* Posts by Richard 81

1071 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

Richard 81

Re: I thought....

You mean "pretty cool character in the Halo series that became increasingly naked as the series went on".

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Cortana?

You mean that thing that I go into the registry to permanently disable as soon as possible?

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Re: Slight typo

Well you know what they say: "if your wan't something done, give it to someone who's already busy".

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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Giving the ad industry sleepless nights?

Personally I wish irritable bowel syndrome on anyone in the ad industry.

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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@OP:

You do realise Goodwin's Law has been extended to include references to "Snowflakes", right?

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

Richard 81

Starter?!

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Re: Goose

Yorkshire puds with every dinner.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Man Flu - banter OK but no balance

@Jason Bloomberg:

Indeed, statutory sick pay doesn't kick in until you've been off for four consecutive days (including non-working days).

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

Richard 81

Re: WTF???

Is this your first time here? I guess you've not seen the Bootnotes sections before.

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Daytime TV is always fluff like this though. It least this is less harmful to one's health than watching Jeremy Kyle.

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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Re: Excel drives me nuts

Magic, but pretty counter-intuitive considering how copy-paste usually behaves.

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Re: 30 is not 'middle age'

Most dictionary definitions put middle age as 45-65. As a 32 year old I found the title of this piece utterly horrifying.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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@Tigra 07: But they won't be earning the same; if their pay is the same as their UBI, then they've doubled their income.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Why not

@tfewster: The Watch books don't have too many of those though.

I don't tend to think "CSI: Ankh-Morpork", but rather "A Touch of Frost: Ankh-Morpork" but with even more humour. Unlike every other Discworld TV adaptation (of which The Hogfather is still the best), The Watch needs to actually be quite dark (as well as funny) and definitely aimed at adults.

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Richard 81

Well, pretty much every game based in the LotR universe had done that too.

Everyone seen Sexy Shelob in Shadow of War? I rest my case.

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Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?

@AC: ...yeah I still don't see anyone going for it.

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It can't end up worse than The Hobbit movies. Seeing a Billy Connolly, as a CGI dwarf, riding around on a giant pig and twatting orks was the last straw. The third one was basically Warhammer: The Movie.

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

Richard 81

Re: Bring back Nexus!

Seconded! My Nexus 5X is a fine machine that I hope lasts for a good few years. When it does finally give up I don't know what I'll end up getting, since there doesn't seem to be an equivalent well made but bare bones Android now the Nexus line is dead.

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Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

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Re: Voice ?

Hah, compensation!

...oh, you were being serious?

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: Metric please

Are you saying you want to see the units (understandable), or would you like the UK to adopt kilometres as our unit of road distance (not going to happen)?

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Playboy founder and dressing-gown wearer Hugh Hefner dead at 91

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I never really understood the nature of his relationship with the resident bunnies; was it like his harem or something?

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

Richard 81

Re: Never understood the obsession with ICBMs

"just exactly what are your qualifications for dealing with international, and I might add, Nuclear opponents in our so-called Free World?"

One might ask you the same question.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

Richard 81

Aww

I like the old emojis. Those look a bit facebookey.

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Richard 81

Oh when will Google allow us to revoke permissions to apps. If an app that has no business being able to send and receive texts or voice calls, or access mobile numbers etc. still lists them in their required permissions, we should bloody well be able to turn those permissions off.

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

Richard 81

Re: As a Canadian

British forces were pretty lucky at the landings, but both British and Canadian forces had a hell of a job taking Caen. Monty always like to give troops under his command the worst jobs.

As for Ypres, that was nasty all round. Looking at the causality records in WWI, you can always spot the times when a regiment has been rotated into the Ypres salient: the casualty rate always increases ten-fold.

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Ofcom: Blighty has devolved into a nation of unwashed binge-streaming mole people

Richard 81

Re: Newsflash

Dammit, I want a steamed jam sponge pudding now.

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Richard 81

It's always nice when someone with no interest in a subject weighs into a discussion. Particularly when that someone's contribution boils down to "I HATE EVERYTHING YOU LIKE!!!!1111"

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Richard 81

I suppose the downside of series for the likes of Netflix, where it can be assumed that the audience will binge watch, is that there's no longer the need to make each episode stand on its own. Usually an episode would further the plot of the season somewhat (or sometimes not at all), but also represented a complete story in its own right. That doesn't seem to be the case for some more recent stuff, such as the Marvel series. Of those I think Luke Cage was the worst offender, with hardly anything happening in each episode.

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I guess it's no wonder web advertising is becoming more obnoxious. Advertises can no longer rely on us having to sit through their rubbish. I can't even be bothered to use ITV's on-demand service because of the adverts. Well that and the crap resolution.

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Richard 81

Re: Newsflash

Sometimes it even improves the experience. Me and my wife have just recently finished re-watching all of Buffy, having not seen any since it finished running on TV. I distinctly remember the last few seasons being a real drag, and yet I really enjoyed them this time. I think it's because, yes, some episodes are a bit of a slog, but you just have to watch one more and the whole thing picks up again. In the good old days you'd be stuck with the memory of that one crap episode all week, and if the next one wasn't great, you'd quickly lose interest.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

...because it doesn't contain any actual smoke! Passive smoke is still smoke and contains lots of carcinogenic products of combustion. The vapour from a e-cig is almost all water vapour.

I get not liking the smell, but I don't get why people refuse to acknowledge that there is no evidence that vaping is dangerous at all, unlike actual smoking. It's always "we don't know", "we need more evidence" etc. but it just smacks of puritanism.

IMHO if everyone who smoked switched to vaping tomorrow, the world would be a hell of a lot better off.

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Richard 81

Well Brexit was mentioned in the article.

Perhaps another version of Godwin's law can model how long until someone calls someone else a "snowflake".

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Richard 81

Re: Jesus, NO!

Banning smoking in public places? Sure, since it is actually harmful. Banning vaping? No way since it doesn't hurt anyone. I don't do either, but I still believe in rational laws.

I will admit that the sickly sweet smell that some vapes produce isn't nice on a hot bus or train, so people should be considerate. Mind you that goes for people who overdo their perfume too.

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

Richard 81

"...able to legally request 10Mbps..." - oh whoopie

"By 2020, anyone will be able to legally request 10Mbps as a minimum download speed under the government’s Universal Service Obligation (USO)."

So... what happens when you make this request? Can your ISP tell you to "f**k off"? Or will they say "OK, we're happy to oblige! So long as you pay us a ton of money to upgrade your exchange."?

Having a right to request something is a bit weak isn't it? I mean, all employees have the right to request flexible working hours, but that doesn't stop an employer from telling them to "f**k off". They have to go through a whole load of bureaucratic procedures, but ultimately the answer will still be "f**k off".

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

Richard 81

If the ad spewers didn't make their ads as obnoxious as possible, there wouldn't be this problem. Whoever invented the full screen ad for mobile browsers deserves to be shot. Whoever invented the full screen ad for mobile browsers, capable of activating a mobile's vibrate function, deserves to be shot slowly.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Richard 81

Re: Perspective

Well, humanity went from first man in space to first man on the moon in just eight years, so it's not impossible. Granted, there was a bit more drive back then, but if a big moneybags like Musk has the will then there are enough boffins that can give him the way.

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

But everyone knows that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

Richard 81

Also the ISS is still protected by Earth's magnetosphere.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

Richard 81

I'm pretty certain that any tribunal would find in favour of the junior dev. However since they'd just started, they'd only be able to claim wrongful dismissal, and only if the dismissal was in breach of contract.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Richard 81

Then I guess it comes down to how one defines "lifetime". It can't mean forever.

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It certainly isn't fair to expect MS to support an OS version forever. However, there could be a legal minimum length of support. That way there's a clear line beyond which the responsibility goes from the vendor to the customer.

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

Richard 81

Re: if that's the answer, then someone asked the wrong question

The important ones are usually the ones you can't hear. The "passengers are reminded that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the station" message usually comes through crystal clear though.

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Re: It would be nice...

I feel your pain, really I do. However, there are people for whom being able to get a bus to go 200 yards down the road is the difference between making that journal or not, i.e the elderly and disabled.

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The 7th has been cancelled. Stagecoach would like to 'apologise' for the inconvenience.

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

Richard 81

"It is possible to feel for both."

Of course it is. There are those who'll call you a champagne socialist for it though.

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It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)

Richard 81

Text file? Get with the times granddad.

All the cool companies keep their critical data on a host of obscurely named Excel workbooks, spread across a hundred different folders. Also ageing VBA scripts that no one knows how to debug FTW.

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

Richard 81

Re: Why?

What do you mean "no evidence"? Haven't companies been running driverless cars in tests for ages now? Pretty much the only crashes that have happened have been some meatbag's fault.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Richard 81

Re: Just teach them Python

Personally I'd swap C# for Java, but otherwise I agree.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Richard 81

"nya nya nya"

Blimey Dark Castle was hard. I've played some of the 2006 version, but I swear they made it easier. I was able to finish a level!

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