* Posts by Richard 81

1089 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

Richard 81

Re: Wonder what effect ethanol has on the proteins?

Are you proposing we get a pigeon drunk, for science?

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Re: How would it feel?

It could be like the way our inner ear tells us which way is up; you do feel a sort of pull but it's barely perceptible. Since no human has this sense, it's difficult know how it would feel.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Wireless keyboard is fine, but largely pointless. Wireless mice are heaver, which give me noticeable pain in old carpal tunnels.

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"Negative waves, man!"

Henceforth, the offending user shall be known as Oddball.

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I say, I say, I say: What's the difference between a king penguin and liquid?

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Re: What's average airspeed velocity

Spherical frictionless penguin in a vacuum.

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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

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Re: If it's done right...

Windows 10 being "awesome" is still a matter of opinion. On the whole I like it (love it, compared to 8), but there's still plenty to hate. The Start menu is still awful, so now I never even open it. I could do at home, where I have Start10 installed, but I've just got out of the habit. Also the new settings "app" is terrible; it's a massive pain to find the right options page to do anything. Thank God the old control panel is still buried in there. Cortana is utterly pointless, and is killed with RegEdit on any PC I work with. The notifications page might as well not exist, since I never look at it. Basically any of the bits that Microsoft are adamant should work the same on touchscreens and with a mouse are total rubbish.

Apple will be fine merging iOS and OSX, so long as the touchscreen mode looks like iOS does now and the desktop mode looks exactly like OSX.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Richard 81

Re: Rule Britannia!

Next time, I suggest using the "Joke Alert" icon. Some people wouldn't know satire if it hit them in the face with a salmon.

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BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme

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"Pen-sun"? "Ree-tyre"?

What do these strange, archaic words mean?

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The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed?

Richard 81

Re: What's the point

Well sure, but I was really referring to the build-once-run-anywhere benefit of Java, rather than the download-source-from-GitHub-and-spend-the-next-week-struggling-to-get-it-to-build model of C/C++.

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Re: What's the point

Not interested in multi-OS support then?

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Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail

Richard 81

Re: So...

Coprolite? I'm betting diamonds!

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EE: Data goes TITSUP* for Brit mobile customers

Richard 81

Yeah 25-40 years old isn't that little.

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UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

Richard 81

Funny how whenever we have to pay someone else more inline with inflation, RPI is used, but when someone has to pay us it's always CPI.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

Richard 81

Maybe we should get in the habit of saying "start, full stop, com"?

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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Agreed. To be representative you really need to sample everywhere. Otherwise there are always going to be big gaps in its applicability domain. In this case Scandinavia is over represented, so it's going to be over trained on Vikings, while they've got just three really distant countries representing all of Africa.

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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

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Get thine own house in order.

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

Richard 81
Childcatcher

The child angle

Pretty sure putting a kids face on a smut movie would put you on the wrong side of UK law already. Didn't those anti-smut laws our benevolent overlords pass a couple of years back include simulated acts and even animations?

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Richard 81

Re: FFS people get a grip

@AC: It was ever thus. Why else would people continue to buy the Daily Mail?

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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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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?

Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

Re: Excel drives me nuts

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

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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

@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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Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

Re: Voice ?

Hah, compensation!

...oh, you were being serious?

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

Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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

Richard 81

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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