* Posts by James 51

2550 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

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What about treating brain injuries and disease?

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What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

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Re: New Q10?

Amazon a still selling 'new' Q10s. Then there's stuff like CEX. If the keyboard and screen are in good condition you can replace the battery.

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Re: New Q10?

I haven't seen another phone with a keyboard and a removeable battery. Q10 has both and a microsd slot. BB10 is a bonus (I know it isn't being developered any more but I still find it eaiser to use than Android).

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Still have my trusty Q10. Have to admit, a Priv does look tempting but the keyboard on this looks closer to what I am use to.

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FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

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Re: Yet another example

Sounds like you're describing PR. Works for Germany.

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Mr. Python had a sketch about witches and ducks. I think they've taken the logic from this scene and applied it as required.

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Isn't that the line that is going to be used against journalists who publish embarassing truths about the economy?

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Perhaps, but it also undermines the credability of the witch doctor who is insisting their spells and potions will reveal the secerts of the other side. Of course the exaggerated behaviour might stem from 'How on earth can I avoid triggering their magic voodoo landmine when they can move it around and say I triggered it and can't know and can't prove it doesn't work cause science just doesn't cut it any more for these people.'

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"They told me I had a common name and it was a match ... and they wanted to see if I was the person they were looking for..."

A system with a huge number of false positives built into it from the start. That's going to be reliable.

Also, thermal sensor? Hiding stuff? I hope this is just like that scene from the wire with the photocopier and the staff don't actually believe that nonsense.

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Nokia plans comeback on back of virtual reality

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Re: Suicidal?

Don't you mean 'finnish'?

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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lolberal brought a wry smile to my face. I may have to borrow that.

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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You haven't addressed the issue of fear, fear of change and especially of responsibility. Some people, some times entire departments or entire companies think if they don’t make a suggestion or don’t engage they are not responsible for anything that happens and I have seen that fear cripple projects and stymie good plans by IT departments that don’t have the clout to force fearful users to engage.

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

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Whenever I look at belloflostsouls on my q10 I get a popup add that fills the entire screen and is very difficult to get rid of. Then when I click on on article, the ad appear again and so on and so forth. It also slows my browser down a lot. It is really annoying and I don't go there as often as I use to.

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Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

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BB10 had an something like this. Took one look at the all data shipped off device for analysis clause and turned that thing off before I ever use it.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Strictly speaking chemistry is a branch of physics.

I will have to see if I can find the episode of the infinite monkey cage were Brian Cox pulled this line on a biologist and he ripped him to pieces pointing out that compared with biology, physics is simple.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Anyone more familar with the story any idea why he did it?

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Intelligent robots can walk the walk – but if they can't talk the talk, we can't get along

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Which would be unfortunate as I was asking it to be quiet.

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If I ask it to haul its whist, what will happen?

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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If I end my ticks to the left instead of to the right of the vertical stroke, will the trademark wars implode?

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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When we moved from one version of office to another in work we ran into bit rot as every once in a while someone would have a file from the previous (or even two versions ago) that didn't work well with the new version. I suggested that we all move to sigil (it does have a WYSIWYG mode) and use epubs. Surprisingly, that didn't catch on.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Project Scorpio?

Speed read that as 'Might I suggest free hemlock for all users?'

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Re: Multiprocessing

A bigger problem than the unusual choice for CPU was the bandwidth choke which meant it was hard to move large amounts of data around.

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A wireless VR headset to go with it would be nice.

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Democrats draft laws in futile attempt to protect US internet privacy

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Re: The usual

I have to admit, I first read your name as unwarrented trumphallicism. Sorry about that.

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Re: The usual

Because Donald Trump is the master of childish posturing and that was what people were voting on.

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It is probably a bid to influence the next election rather than get it implemented now. 'Look at this list of people who want to sell you like cattle to big corperations!' Of course lets hope that the Dems actually act on this if they win anything.

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Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports

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So who was it said the EU wouldn't want to punish the UK for brexit?

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Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag

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Re: Did you try Linux on it?

The windows 10 new data slurp story is probably just an unfortunate coincidence. It would be nice if there was a linux option, minus the win10 licence fee of course.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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It would be interesting to know where the information is stored when the computer is off line and how much it will store for forward transmission. Should offer the poential to corrupt or erase the data.

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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Wouldn't 'Hello cruel world', be a better tag line?

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Optical boffins tweak antennae with photons so MIMO can make WiFi serve more masters

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CUDOS, really? Reminded me of that line, 'Someone really wanted our name to be shield.'

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Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push

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Re: How Many?

My reading of the article is that 400 experience developers are moving company but not necessarly job.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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BB10, Win10, Jolla, there is a small graveyard of alternative mobile OSs out there, people for one reason or another just won't buy them and I wish they would. If there was a new 3310 with 4G and wifi hotspot build in I'd be sorely tempted and buy a small tablet for all the non-phone crap we use our phones for.

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USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

Trump isn't charging cost, he is making a profit. Why is that so hard for you to admit? It probably isn't a huge amount in the grand scheme of things but it does show his attitude to the office he holds.

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

Sure, if he actually did it:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/after-pledging-donate-salary-trump-declines-release-proof-n732466

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

@BJ BTW, the attitude you have of 'They are calling us on this, right or wrong we must attack!!!!' isn't a constructive one. Trump might actually get more of his agenda through if he wasn't his own worst enemy.

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

Trump coulld have chosen to fly commercial when he was a candidate. Instead he flew on his own plane and pocketed the money. He is chosing to spend a huge amount of his time at his own golf courses instead of other peoples golf courses or goverement owned places like camp david where other presidents have gone. His family is living in trump tower instead of moving to the white house or at least a more defensable location nearby so the secert service must pay rent to trump to have the space they need to operate. There are all the security upgrades and things like helicopter pads that have added value to his commercial property that he has not had to pay for. Stuff like this has brought down presidents of other countries. The secert service has to buy this stuff. They can't say there is a building across the road, we'll go there as it is cheaper. There is another golf course it will be cheaper to operate out of, we'll go there. Trump's problem is that he never feels shame, even when he should. As for saying water isn't wet and being an uneasent twirp till every sensible person has gone home, that doesn't make water dry nor does it mean that you have won a victory. If you look back over our last few posts I have presented evidence (from the media admittedly) and reasoned arguments. All you have done is be unpleasent and told me to back down. It is going to take more than a conman's smile and a bully's swagger to convince me I am wrong.

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

How do you measure flawed? All it seems you are doing is sticking your head in the sand and saying I can't see you. BTW what about the second story? Or these?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cost-protecting-jet-setting-president-elect-trump-yuge-n687336

http://www.redstate.com/jaycaruso/2016/11/25/donald-trump-profit-secret-service-protection/

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/donald-trump-profit-his-own-secret-service-detail-who-reportedly-need-rent-space-trump-tower-1593414

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/50a74442-d276-333b-82fc-c41d2e1ee33f/donald-trump-to-profit-from.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-secret-service-campaign-travel-payments-228553

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2016/11/26/donald-trump-profiting-off-of-secret-service-billing-taxpayers-millions

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

How many different sources would it take BJ to convince you Trump is lining his own pocket? Is there any evidence that could do that? I am just surprised Trump doesn't come out and say he does it and that makes him smart.

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

Trump is choosing to spend time in places that he owns rather than in US goverment owned facilities. The SS (that's an unfortunate abbrev.) has no choice but to pay the prices he sets and he pockets that money. He is literally making money out of the people who are protecting him.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-lifestyle-taxpayers-20170216-story.html

For Trump, the costs come with an additional perk: Some of the money flows into his own pocket. While Trump has removed himself from managing his company, he has refused to divest his ownership, meaning that he benefits from corporate successes such as government contracts.

The Defense Department and Secret Service, for instance, have sought to rent space in Trump Tower, where leasing a floor can cost $1.5 million a year - though neither agency has disclosed any details. In addition, Trump's travel to his signature properties while trailed by a press corps beaming images to the world allows the official business of the presidency to double as marketing opportunities for his brand.

The White House did not address broader concerns of the costs and potential conflicts inherent in Trump's early travels. But White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told The Post this week that Trump is always working, even when he's left Washington behind.

Club members pay $200,000 to join - a fee that has doubled since his election - and $14,000 a year to belong, giving them access to the beach, tennis courts, a spa and, now, on occasional weekends, to the president.

The weekend brought the presidential entourage to two other Trump properties, as Trump and Abe golfed 27 holes at the president's courses in Jupiter and West Palm Beach. The events meant global publicity for the Trump brand - and even more security complications.

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/137087/secret-service-paid-donald-trump-16-million-fly-plane

There is also the money they pay to rent space in Trump tower and the golf resorts he owns and spends a lot of time at.

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Re: @James 51 .... WRONG!

Lets assume you're right but I wasn't talking about the attitude of the person in the office to the person on the door. I was talking about professionals being asked to do a job then not being given enough resources to do the job (in their estimation) but still having full responsibility for the outcome.

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Re: Golfing harms nearly no-one

@TomPaine No doubt every tax payer cent that goes into his coffers will be paid back to avoid any corruption scandels and Trump will start paying taxes too.

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The secert service asked for more money due to the level of stress protecting the Trump family is placing them under and they were turned down. When the movie gets made I wonder if it will be played as all goverment spending is bad coming back to bite or with weaked security here, here and here... Though imagine the frustation of being the people who have to protect him without the resources to do it. You'd hope that Trump would golf a little less like he promised and do some work, everyone would win then (I think).

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Web-app devs note: Google wants to banish JavaScript dialogues

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Re: What about applications

I was thinking that, sometimes alerts are generated from within the code. Of course that's our in house apps, not general usage websites.

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How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

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Even if it only delays onset by a month it is still worth looking at.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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Given how powerful modern handsets are and you can buy Windows 10 2-1 tablets/laptops for £150, why can't we have something that will run desktop applications in a dock? I am not talking big games but stuff like scrivener, the best reason I have (along with a little DRM stuff I need) to use Windows. I'd've bought a 950xl last year if continuum could do that.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Can he also pass a law requiring device sellers to invent FTL drives?

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/753997/Theresa-May-Brexit-ECJ-influence-European-Court-of-Justice-Michael-Gove

The ECJ has slapped various UK goverments but the tories in particular around when they have abused UK citizens (just see the whole data protection saga as an example). May wants out so she can have free riegn to do what ever the hell she wants to whom ever she wants when ever she wants. Make no mistake, Brexit is being used as an excuse to destory the legacy of the post WW2 generation that put things like the ECJ in place to prevent the horrors of the 30s coming back to bite future generations. The ECHR is next on her hit list.

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Spain can not risk Scotland breaking away from the UK while the UK is still in the EU and might scupper its chances of joining the EU if it does become independant. There will be no extension and lots of other countries will look to expand their own industries at the expense of the UK's. Just look at Paris and Frankfurt going after the banks. This will be short, sharp and incredibly painful. Lets not forget this is not just ecomonics, it is politics and May wants out of the ECJ at any cost, UK ecomony be dammed.

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