* Posts by The First Dave

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

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Originally, "in the neighbourhood" meant 'close enough to take a useful photograph - there's no point saying 'no photography' on the fence of a base otherwise.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Re: Err

CI-A, CI-B, CI-C (and indeed CI-E) were all tasked with more important things at the time.

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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Re: Accident reasons

Typical mis-understanding of the requirements:

Req: A drone that can fly in all weathers.

Result: A drone that can _fly_ in all weathers, but prefers nice conditions when you want to stop flying.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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"Could not have happened to a nicer chap."

Apart from Trump, Assange and Farage ...

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

You're talking about a R/C car aren't you?

A car that costs less than a grand isn't gonna make it through more than a couple of MOT's without costing you the same again.

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Re: £1,149

It rather reminds me of the Twentieth Anniversary Mac - anyone remember/buy that?

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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While in theory, the Tax Man would be happy to take all your money, in reality if you try and give him more money than he asked for, it will be very difficult.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Re: Lost in Space?

"celestial north" means North in relation to the entire solar system, though defined by 'North' on the Earth initially.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: Motorway median

I thought that was already reserved for motorbikes??

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: The right don't smash things up? Eh? Political Correctness "key words" and "tricky phrases"

@AC

"Have these people not heard of history?" - said on a story that begins with tearing down what passes for an ancient monument in the USA.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

Not one single rose in any of the houses I've lived in has a permanent live. The feed goes {Ring main} -> [switch] -> [rose] -> [bulb][s]

Return goes [bulb] -> [rose] -> [terminal in switch back-box] -> {Ring main}

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Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

"there is no permanent power at the switch"

Wrong. That is what the switch, you know, _switches_ !?

The ceiling rose on the other hand, only gets power when the switch is on. Unless it's wired up 'strangely'...

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: Lithium batteries are last century's technology

"no one wants a fatter battery"

Citation very much needed for that - everyone wants better battery life, its just not a choice you can actually make - there is no iPhone 1Ah vs iPhone 3Ah, (or for any other specific brand)

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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Re: Bobbies love em

Yet funnily enough, when a suspect 'falls down the stairs' the camera's never seem to be working/recording/looking the right way.

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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@ Codysydney

But that applies to the flown hardware too - only little extra bump on take-off and the whole machine fails...

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

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@commswonk

"it ought to be bloody obvious that the costs of providing anywhere near 100% coverage in Scotland have to be much greater than the equivalent coverage south of the border"

Really? Is that how you think things work in general? Have you done an analysis of how many Scots live in the five big cities versus those that are rural? Or how many live in completely isolated properties?

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UK publishes Laws of Robotics for self-driving cars

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Re: What should it do when it is suddenly blind?

Indeed - the correct response to loss of vision is _gentle_ braking (to a standstill if necessary). This assumes that one was driving within the limits of vision beforehand of course, but if you drive into a bank of fog and do an emergency stop, someone WILL run into the back of you.

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This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval

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Re: Interesting idea but...

I take it you didn't read the bit about artificial muscle?

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Re: But what if it has a strong magnetic field

Surely this just means that the "Goldilocks Zone" is further out than previously thought? Does this mean that we need to head for Proxima-C or possibly -D instead?

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Twitter's twits turned troll's tech taunt into thought-provoking tonic

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What exactly does it mean when the article talks about "3.5% per billion renders"?

Is that the same as 3.5%[full stop]?

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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Re: Cry me a river, whingeing academics

And even then, just 'cos Adobe stop updating it doesn't mean it will suddenly stop working for any kit that you already have; labs kitted out with banks of PCs will still work for as long as the hardware remains viable.

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

One of the main reasons for getting rid of steam locomotives was their need to carry large/heavy amounts of water around with them, which was then vented to the atmosphere. Stationary engines don't have supply issues, and don't need to vent steam either.

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Re: Back in the day

"this doesn't seem to even begin to make a dent in the problem"

I quite agree - all this really consists of is a virtual board of knobs - the operator can then twiddle them one by one, (then all over again) until they get the best possible results from the current method - it doesn't directly alter the method at all, and unless they take some time to analyse the _reason_ why these settings are optimum, then they will have learned nothing.

But at least they are trying.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Are you forgetting that IK Brunel already tried this? And if HE couldn't make it work then it isn't possible.

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UK.gov watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

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RED means, its already dead. So no need to audit it, so not on the list.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: Devil's Advocate

@myhandler

Being unaware is no defence in law.

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Re: Devil's Advocate

@Neil

"The driver of the car ... does not make a decision to activate it"

The whole point of them is that the driver _does_ make a decision that causes it to activate.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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Re: Explanation point?

exclamation _mark_.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Is there any possibility that this is one of those crimes that are actually perpetrated more often by women, or is that too simple an explanation?

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Talking of peculiar; a segment of a pipe is just a pipe, shirley ?

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JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

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What makes JS painful is reading through code written by people who think Java / PHP / C is the only right way to work.

Learn it _properly_ and its lovely to work with.

And to answer an earlier comment, the time spent chasing that one bug due to _not_ doing type-checking is more than offset by all the time saved from not having to fix bugs due to unnecessary type-check failures.

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LHC finds a new and very charming particle: the Xicc++ baryon

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Re: Awe

"Finite" and "Infinite" improbability engines, actually.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: Ewoks.f@$!$ Ewoks

DS9 deliberately left off?

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Re: Creative license

Common sense suggests that it was actually a 15mm (OD) copper pipe, but a little fluid dynamics tells you that after even a fairly short run, no pipe will ever 'gush'.

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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Re: Shrinks are useless or crazy

How could he have anything in his pocket if he was naked????

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Tesla, GitHub, tech bro VCs... Silicon Valley sexism row explodes as more women go public

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Re: Ok, so I read Ms Yeoh's blog post

And a minor corollary: don't invite a bunch of idiots to your own home, ESPECIALLY if you have to work with them afterwards.

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Payroll glitch at DXC leaves former staff in employment limbo

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I wish I was earning enough for such a short period on the Emergency tax code to leave me £6000 short!

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'Vicious' neutron star caught collecting dustbunnies

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Seems like some very deep meaning being gleaned from a very grainy image - but presumably these conclusions are based on much more than we've been shown/told?

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Re: yeah, i'm not quite ready

@John

Just like a human driver, I would expect a self-driving car to anticipate this.

But then, I'm not clear on what _you_ would do under those circumstances - do you normally drive too fast to be able to stop?

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Re: yeah, i'm not quite ready

Any self-driving car _should_ be driving within the limits of the road conditions, so there is no need for any ethical decisions.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Mobile Phones

The point is that you are not supposed to use _ANY_ radio transmitter in close proximity to a petrol pump.

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123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

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Re: Catches up with https everywhere memo

To what advantage?? Were you worried that someone might intercept your commentard login credentials and use them to login to your bank?

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Google Earth image

Copyright _should_ be the year of first publishing, unless there is a major amendment.

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Using any American source for spelling/grammar/science is a bit unreliable, shirlye?

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: a sufficiently motivated person could in fact find out exactly how I voted.

And how would "a single private individual of average means" get their hands on an entire set of ballot papers? (And also on the ballot records, which are probably stored entirely separately once the polls close.)They are rather well guarded at all times, and even for a national election, they are run by local councils, not by central gov.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: They still call it Autopilot?

I'm also amazed to learn from this that the car didn't know it had crashed, though not entirely clear on why it _ever_ came to a halt - presumably the sensor suite must have been damaged too badly for it to navigate properly, but again, surely that should have triggered an immediate halt?

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Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

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Re: UGHHRGHGRUHHUGR

'And why the fuck are England and Scotland running identical concurrent projects to do the same thing?'

Because everyone knew from the start that the Government IT project being run in England would be a giant failure. (Admittedly the wrong conclusion was drawn from that known fact)

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

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Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

Talking of towers, I don't see the point of sending an empty ship back from Mars to Earth. They would be very useful as 'starter homes' on Mars, and/or would give the new residents a way to leave Mars if everything went tits-up there - after all the odds of an asteroid hitting our backup facility is just as great as it hitting our primary.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Re: Things that are foolproof:

I'm not quite so sure about Gravity...

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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"You have someone 200K approving paperclip spending."

Giving a budget of £20 only works if you then sack the person earning 200K - in this case that doesn't seem likely.

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