* Posts by Tom 7

4424 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

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Re: 3 wheeler

I think the major worry is this will be bought by BMW driver types and the skies will be full of aeroplanes with their wings knocked off from banking too fast to avoid some dick who has overshot his destination.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Honest inquiry

Ten years and more ago booting a machine faster was a useful thing. But even a raspberryPi zero is up and running without systemd by the time you've hung your jacket on the back of the chair and cleared the shit off your desk.

There is no problem for systemd to solve anymore.

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Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

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Re: Ha Ha

AI in this case is a neologism for back door - Arse Inspection.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Impedance missmatch.

Shakespeare wrote good stuff cos it was hard for him to get it onto paper and gave him time and the need to think about what he was writing.

Today it is a lot easier to put your thoughts on paper and we get the sun and the mail as you can write shit without thinking,

If your thoughts come out without thinking I really dread to think how seriously low the usable data rate will be.

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Re: If any crims want to know if someone has a firearm in your area...

Having had to break into a friends gun cabinet once this is a bit worrying - it only took 3 minutes or so.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: WRONG

I knocked up a website for a company I worked for - 30,000 customers and 300,000 products. Three months work and customers could see all their orders and order items etc. This was early in the interwebly and it was only when someone though they were going to lose commission did sales get involved. Ended up with a dozen people working on how to stop the customers doing what they wanted - repeat orders that they had been doing for decades in some cases - to pushing shit they would never want and in many cases weren't allowed to buy!

Last I heard they were employing half of India to re-do the coding the other half of India had screwed up.

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I havent got the bandwidth yet

but I was hoping someone would just blank all adverts out and intercept any javascript calls to 'visible' so the advertisers have no clue if we are seeing their shit or not. Its my browser - fuck your business model.

Until I get the bandwidth I shall just block that shit and go elsewhere if necessary.

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Fixing your oven can cook your computer

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Re: Firewall

We have a washing machine on its third motherboard and god knows how many other bits that have been replaced as the motherboards said they were FUBAR.

I think the problem here is the desire to make things more complicated than they are prepared to pay to actually have maintained. I do not see this changing and I think its safe to say any IoT device should be de'I'ed with extreme prejudice unless its open sourced.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Wow - so all those dossiers the CPC got were going to lead to convictions?

Just a thought.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

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Sorted.

Just ritted an extension to randomly load and delete fonts!

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Re: Corner shop

I'd charge him a fiver just for soiling my lino.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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RE Should someone point out to the EFF that the US constitution for free speech ...

I think you missed the bit where companies in the US are treated as individuals in that they are allowed to interfere in elections and other things that any sensible democracy would have rejected as abhorrent.

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Re: @hrearden360

Give em a break - we can all learn from our mistakes, I know shitloads but this one has the opportunity to catch up fast!

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Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse

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Re: Talking about fast food

Because glucose-fructose syrup. It has the ability to make shit taste nice and make you hungry as well. You could as well ask - why milk chocolate when dark chocolate, Even my youngest daughter is stopped in her tracks by two or three squares of dark chocolate but will eat a whole lorry load of milk chocolate if we dont stop her. Fortunately our nearest BK or MD is 20 miles away and she cant be arsed to cycle,

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No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access

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Censoring is bad

if you censor people we will censor you - and the people you want to censor obviously.

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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Re: True Sloane Range-r

I think one of the thing people dont seem to realise about the permanently on aga is it is nowhere near as inefficient as people make out. If its properly looked after (the internal insulation needs checking every few years or so) it will just sit quietly in the corner keeping your house warm. Not hot - with an aga you can get by with it several degrees cooler as one its up and running and temperatures are stable you dont have the cold wall heat sinks that you get with a normal on-off heating system so it actually feels warmer than it is. We have ours on nearly half the year over winter and it provides us with heating, hot water and cooking over the coldest part of the year for pretty much the same oil use as our high-efficiency boiler provides hot water and add-lib heating the rest of the year.

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Re: Incredibly inefficient - not

We have a similar age aga that runs on oil and it sits there for maybe half the year heating the house and water. Its never turned off or down over the 'winter' period. I dare say you can get something a bit more efficient but no-where near as nice. And the food that comes out of it is extraordinary and modern 'smart' agas dont come close. It has two ovens and you can put a chicken carcass for stock in the 'cool' oven and take it out three days later and the stock is unbelievable. I have looked into the idea of seeing if it can be converted to rape seed but Aga are so up their own arses these days I'm not going to make their fortune for them.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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The raspberryPi zero is going to bugger things up

if you'll excuse the image.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: I realise it's simplistic but....

And what on earth makes you think they would actually pay for the staff they need?

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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I can only assume Murdoch is complaining because Google and Facebook

are linking to his rags in their news feeds.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Re: An interesting paper...

Using Voltaren as a price guide for other quack medicine is a bit rich. A simple understanding of the circulatory system would show that an emulgel is a fucking rip off to start with. My doctor recommended some once and I asked her how it was meant to work and after two seconds thought she realised it was just woo that contained a tried and tested drug with an improbable delivery mechanism.

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Re: Seven pints

Not challenge as such. More bias-confirmation research. Top drawer research too!

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Please discharge battery before entering the aircraft.

There are two billion passenger flights a year. Coming in 2 hours early equates to over 6000 lifetimes wasted every year in 'security'. We effectively kill more people every year in airports than have ever died in air terror related incidents.

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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Re: The little man who wasn't there

They have - they have shit loads of men who aren't there so they can miss most of the things that dont happen and still have a good chance of seeing it.

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Re: IANAS Boring? Never

My first proper job after big school was chip designing. Running automated checks on the computers that were around then used to take several days. Several days spent researching things related to work that may or may nor help in my job. Never a must-see supernatural event but the flashes of recognition of other peoples brilliance were fireworks enough for me. Admittedly working with people at the pinnacle of any 'discipline' can give you imposter syndrome but if you cant get a buzz out of learning you should move into management and abuse people instead.

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Revealed: Blueprints to Google's AI FPU aka the Tensor Processing Unit

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So about par with the (soon I hope) new Parrallella chip.

Ish . Possibly. Who knows - it should be back from fab soon?

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Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

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re first star to collapse into

No - the gravitational field outside the event horizon does not change when a black hole forms. If fact you cant actually tell when a black hole forms - its normally associated with some form of supernova event and we assume a black hole has formed but - what with it being out of our purview and all that - we just have to assume there is one there.

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Re: Teenagers think Google is cool...

Its not like they're going to have any money to prised from their digits though.

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

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Lunar mining?

Not worth it. Scraping might be good if you can find where a meteorite rich in something you want landed. But without lots of geothermal activity and water flow to concentrate certain minerals you'll find the moon is made mostly of moon rock and not anything useful.

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Thats one in the eye for design

NToilet paper.

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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Re: One small suggestion - dont use the road!

The journey should be taken entirely by boat which can be slept on after using the right to roam and breaking records in local drinking and dining establishments, Anyone who drives up the Great Glen is missing out on a huge amount of fun,

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One small suggestion

In between Loch Lochy Lochyface and Loch Oich Get Orf my Land one needs a distillery and or brewery to break the monotony of gobsmacking countryside hidden by various forms of water.

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Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

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Re: The 11th Century?

The Harrying of the North did happen. The Doomesday book does record a lot of Yorkshire as 'waste'. Wharram Percy has land but no mention of households.

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The 11th Century?

Would that be when WIlliam The Conqueror treated Yorkshire with the respect it deserved and wiped it pretty much clean?

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Re: Finally!

And no-one ever has written shit CSS? Its not the tools its the tossers that are let loose with them. I'd put money on CSS grid falling foul to exactly the same problems as <table> did. Designers (I want) and logic (I can) do not fit on the screen together.

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Re: Finally!

Tables have never been a problem. If you think tables are a problem I'd write to your primary school and demand the teddy bear gets some more IT teacher training.

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

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A lightening breaks

Used to work on a GEC 4000 and it could detect lightening at 30 miles and protectively switch itself off. During storms these days my fingers still tap out the cassette tape boot code!

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

I welcomed many new graduates over my career. I may have even belittled many of them. What used to grind my gears was the fact they thought they were good and yet couldn't do basic programming and engineering things - I found one guy with a first sweating his tits off over a relatively simple problem but he didnt know how to run the remote debugger on it to see that a variable was not what he thought it was. He had a first class honours degree for fucks sake and couldn't run a debugger!

You should be clear on one thing - the three years you do at uni are to prepare you for the 15 year or so apprenticeship you are about to embark on if you want to be a proper programmer. I know its frustrating but you have to understand you will do more damage than you are worth for quite a few years - but only because those mentoring you wont have enough time to do their own job properly let alone assisting manoeuvring your round peg into the square hole HR made for you against our recommendations.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Never handle a £5 note

without eating a bacon buttie first.

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Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs

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Re: Worrying thought

and any technology will be taken from them at the airport!

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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

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Re: Never had an issue...

I have a couple of holiday cottages where we provide internet for the guests. I can tell when guests with W10 laptops have arrived - my youngest appears from her cave and complains the internet is broken.

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Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

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Re: jobs aren't entitlements

Sales aren't entitlements. For a start your market has to have some money to buy your shit. If everyone is out of work then you will have to start paying your robots to buy your shit.

And then you might have to pay some taxes so you have roads to deliver your shit on.

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

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Re: Thought it was 120....

75 is all that is required to get a 1st at PPE. We need a measure of over-self confidence (is that the inverse of the imposter effect) and it needs to be connected something in the low ohms but high KV range.

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Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

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re:Is an undular bore the cloud expert you're at next to at a dinner party?

I've found horizontal rolling has rescued many a dinner party and in more ways than one!

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King Battistelli's swish penthouse office the Euro Patent Office doesn't want you to see

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Re: How much for some trunking...

I would imagine that would be a management 'afterthought'. Having stamped foot and demanded this be done now with no arguments it turns out there is no way of burying the cables or finding matching trunking,

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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Re: To be honest...

I've a couple of bank accounts I cant access online as they ask questions the answer is easy to discover and I cant remember the shit I used instead. I've probably got encrypted files on old disks that are there from playing with encryption algorithms as part of one of my jobs. I'd bet there are files generated by storing data to disk in proprietary and or experimental formats. I've got half a dozen disks from Raspberry Pi's that are corrupted with god knows what because I'd been running them of a large battery that hovered around the failure voltage for a noticeable period of time.

Basically I've probably got several Gig of innocent noise* that cannot be distinguished from an encrypted file which I could be locked up for. Fucking stupid law.

*I've also got white noise files (and pink and others) some of which are useful but some out of bloody mindedness.

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With your spare ram memory on the computer you need to keep it randomised

to ensure that you dont leak. I'm keeping all the spare space on my harddrives in a similar state. The trouble is its actually impossible to know whether that is cleverly encrypted data or just white noise.

I keep white noise files as well just to be annoying.

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McDonald's India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

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Re: Over 100 gazillion requestburgers served

That would be a first for them!

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Effort to fire Euro Patent Office president beaten back – again

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Re: Sleeping with the Battistelli

Cant they quit? Its not like there are lots of Patents offices in the city. Even if they could get other jobs with the hope of returning there would be serious interruptions and changes to T&C and pensions. I'm guessing Battistelli can walk away with the ball as far as the staff are concerned. The 'management' probably think this is a good time to ask for a pay rise due to 'difficult times'.

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The priest, the coder, the Bitcoin drug deals – and today's guilty verdicts

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Re: Amusing

"Some of the commenters here seem to feel that any thing organized is designed to rip them off"

no but I'm betting someone somewhere will work out a way to rip people of using that organisation.

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