* Posts by Richard 81

1053 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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

Richard 81

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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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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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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Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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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Richard 81

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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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

Richard 81

Re: It all sounds

I'm finding the whole thing rather hard to swallow.

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WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

Richard 81

Re: Stock android

I agree with wolfetone. At the moment stock Android on the likes of the Nexus is the lightest, most frequently updated version of Android there is (at least that's how it appears to me). However, it's still got loads of Google-branded rubbish I don't use and would rather not have at all. If there was a bare-bones Android, which preferably was ludicrously easy to root, I'd be all over it.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

Richard 81

That sounds like their approach to dealing with over-subscribed areas. They say they're going to review demand in three months. Then three months later they say it's been delayed and will be reviewed... in three months".

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Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

Richard 81

Re: Hmm...

Is that like a hurry-up wagon?

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Richard 81

Re: Litterally

I've got one: Stagecoach.

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Richard 81

Re: Finding a problem to solve?

@ganymede io device

That's certainly my experience. At least the ones that report their arrival time in minutes have an outside chance of turning up. The ones that appear as a specific time are imaginary.

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Your IDE won't change, but YOU will: HELLO! Machine learning

Richard 81
Terminator

Re: Fine distinctions

Show a machine learning algorithm enough sausages and enough willies, with good enough image analysis tools available, and it'll figure out the difference. Make sure you use a range of different looking examples from both classes though. You don't want to over train it on Richmond sausages, or it might start relying too much on pinkness.

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Soz telcos you're 'low priority' post-Brexit, says leaked gov doc

Richard 81
Facepalm

Doubt pharma would've voted leave, overall. Science and tech. are mostly pro-remain.

...what with their people being educated.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

Richard 81

Re: Ok, what's the Trident money really been spent on?

It's not difficult at all. BAE Systems, for instance, have perfected the art of absorbing tons of money while delivering useless, over-budget, barely functional junk.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Richard 81

Re: none of the above

I liked Capaldi a lot. It's a shame the first series he was in was pants, but that's the fault of the writers.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

Richard 81

The colour coded warnings can be largely ignored. Once we hit brown alert, then we should all pay attention.

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Richard 81

Re: Move along, no science here

I don't know about anyone else, but when someone says "sheeple" I find it hard to take them seriously.

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

Richard 81

Re: Beware the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

The UK's system is far simpler and more transparent: BAE Systems tell us what we want and we pay them huge amounts of money for it. Sometimes they might suddenly tell us they need even more money to finish a job, and often the end product doesn't actually work, but it's OK because it's a British company.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

Richard 81

Re: Click baity headline is click bait

"If all 'alien structures' are mountains, are all moutains alien structures?"

adjective: alien

1. belonging to a foreign country.

2. unfamiliar and disturbing or distasteful.

3. supposedly from another world; extraterrestrial.

So the answer is "yes", if they're in another country, really weird looking or on another planet.

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Boffins turn timid mice into psycho killers – by firing lasers into brains

Richard 81

Re: Animal abusers

Most of the people I know that do drug trials on animals are pretty normal.

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Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

Richard 81

...except that he looks nothing like the game character, besides being big and black.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

Richard 81

Re: Appropriate?

But if Food Standards Scotland aren't able to access your browser history on a whim, the terrorist have already won.

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Richard 81

But I thought we "took back control"

I wonder what people who voted leave think of the snooper's charter anyway?

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