* Posts by James 51

2591 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

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Bring on electric cars (and they will have to be recharged at 2am on ecomony7 no doubt).

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Particle boffins calculate new constraints for probability of finding dark matter

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Well, the thing about dark matter - its main distinguishing feature - is it's dark. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?

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NSA takes one-two punch to the face

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@SirSpoon as long as we don't get fooled into thinking that they represent the people who elected them.

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Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

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How much do we have to pay to make one drive optional (I don't mind if other people use it but it annoy's me a lot that I can't get rid of it) and cut out the data theft?

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

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It also means putting your trust ina company who has been willing to hover data up first and ask oh was that illegal never and has bee willing to drop products without warning.

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How well does Chrome OS support Eclipse? What about Tomcat? Scrivener? Handbrake or Sigil?

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Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

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Re: Big mistake..

Yea, the impression I've gotten from reading other stories is that in you're in the CIS and you leave the CIS alone and target aboard the worst that will happen to you is that you'll get a tap on the shoulder every once in a while and asked to do a favour in return for not being arrested. It's once you start fouling the nest that the problems start.

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Go ahead, stage a hackathon. But pray it doesn't work too well

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We had a hackathon at my work. However it doesn't match the description here. The manger in charge solicated ideas from the organisation (to be fair including the IT department). A small group of managers including the board looked at the ideas and pruned them down to six. We were broken up into teams and given one of those ideas and then we could go forth and code for a day and a half. It was a useful exercise but the IT department already has a backlog of work that people are pushing for and while some ideas might get cycled in over time (and it was nice to use some new tools) it wasn't somethig that threatened to overtip the cart.

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Euro Patent Office staff warns board of internal rule changes

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Re: Just say no?

Given how creative they have been with the disiplinary actions that isn't as easy as it sounds. Plus with these kind of rules soon they'll not only be able to take away way but steal from peoples pensions too plus seize their stuff (although the article doesn't say what or for how long). Although it would be interesting to have that happen and the employee call the police to say their bosses have stolen it.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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The updates Dell releases don't affect the system
Then what is the point of them? If Dell borked the machines with an update they should be making good on the damage they have caused.

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

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It is possible to tweet from a computer, novel I know.

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Cisco to fire another 1,100 after sixth straight revenue fall

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IBM much?

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Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin

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Re: Confused....

I just have a hard time believing that the industry will bear the full weight of the costs. They'll find some way to weasel out of it.

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Re: Confused....

I can see Rynair handing over their new higher fees with nary a whimper.

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Re: Confused....

@James51

Of course, we can't propose anything because the 'Evil Tories' won't let us?.. and people wonder why the Brexit debate went the way it did.

I was pointing out the Tories attitude to funding for public bodies (and if the drone industry in the UK isn't profitable enough the CAA will have to have get some if not all of its funding from the goverment). You were the one who linked (and I still can't make the link myself) that to Brexit. BTW I don't hate the Tories, it the lies they are coming out with at the moment. The NHS is getting worse, what are you going to do? But we are giving it more money! and refusing to acknowledge that both things can be true. We're are friends of workers, just look at all these new rights! while ignoring all the other rights they've taken away (and assuming that they ever implement the new ones anyway). We meet the 2% Nato spending commitment (by counting lots of different types of spending that never counted as defense spending before). Labour caused the last fincial crisis, no that was the banks. Labour bankrupt the nation, bailing out the banks because the alternative would have hurt the country even more. I would repect May and her supporters a lot more if they just said they want out so the ECJ can't tell them they can't get away with it when they break the law (or they can change the law to something that most civilised societies would not accept).

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Re: Confused....

@Skippy if the UK is going to start drafting its own drone rules and the UK drone industry isn't making enough money to foot the bill, where else in the money going to come from?

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Re: Confused....

I know enough about stats to see through the lies (in the I am going to deceive you sense rather than make a factual error) like the extra money for the NHS. If the head of the NHS says we need an extra thirty billion pounds just to stand still over the next X years and the Tories allocate eight or ten billion that is technically investing the most money ever but in reality the Tories are saying they are happy to see the service degrade to what ever level not having the twenty billion will force them down to. This is an open and deliberate policy of running down the NHS the same way my local council is running down our local library so it can close it. Given what the attacks on the poorest and most venerable members of society they have conduced (the bedroom tax and Atos conducted PIP assessments I am looking at you) evil is not too strong a term to describe them. BTW what the hell does that have to do with Brexit (other than the ECJ might protect people when their rights are violated)?

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Why not call for some sensible investment in the CAA post-Brexit

Ha ha ha ha ha, wait you're serious? The Tories won't pay a living wage to the people who will save their lives when they need help the most and you think they'll splash out on that?

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It did have, 20 years ago, but we've sacked three quarters of the people. And the expertise... has gone to join EASA," he told The Register.

I almost needed a new keyboard.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Re: With the Samsung Galaxy 8 implementation - yes.

This made me laugh so hard I got some looks in the office. Enjoy one of these and check your blood pressure.

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Bixby, is just a slurping engine that you can’t disable.

And that's a thanks but no thanks from me. When Blackberry had an assissant in BB10 I was able to disable it but keep stuff like the device serach (which is still better than anything I've found on android). I do not want to be bothered by crap like this on my phone.

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Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

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Re: Why oh why

Yes, they only had one kind and it was £8 but I had a CPU and a fan but I am certain my two year had been playing hide daddy's things again. I did check online before I went though.

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Re: Why oh why

I needed some thermal paste there and then so I popped in a few weeks ago. Saw a a can of air duster and thought, yeah I could do with some of that too. The air duster was £13 and I actually laughed in the poor cashiers face when she told me the price. That went back on the shelf. Occasionally they do (probably by accident) have a bargin. I picked up my pebble steel for less than half price but I did have to bring it back three times to get one that worked.

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Never mind custody decisions, let's AI up our police cars

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Re: I'll bet there are lots of lawyers salivating

The optimistic part is the officer overriding the system and not arresting someone for the resemblance or lack there of. They would only have to let the target go once and they'd have that hung around their neck for the rest of their career. No risk for them in a false arrest cause hey it wasn't a false arrest, I had my handy magic box that told me it was okay.

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All this gear is a poor second to human intelligence (both decision making and having someone in the know telling you stuff). It seems like what ever investiment is being made, it is missing the point.

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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Re: Who created the rules Atos is operating under?

Don't feed the troll.

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Re: Fun with statistics

@DougS As an avid listener of more or less normally I would applaud your coloration is not causation attitude. However after having seen friends and family go through the process, the only conclusion I can draw is that there is a deliberate policy of driving down the number of people qualifying for benefits by means possible and this does include things such as completely ignoring all medical evidence when making an 'assessment' and dam the consequences to those who are least able to fight back. I know of one person who went back to their consultant after being declared fit for work and not ill at all. The consultant was so angry they personally called Atos. I'm not privy to the contents of that call but that person got a call from Atos soon after and was told that after an internal review the decision had been changed and they were getting the maximum award. That wasn’t an isolated case either but it’s hard to fight the decisions when the process is weighted against claimants (and even then there is a huge number of appeals which are successful).

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Bot you see is what you get: The cold reality of Microsoft's chat 'AI'

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Re: " because no one really enjoys typing on mobile devices,"

Should have bought a Blackberry.

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Re: ymmv

Command lines are inherently unintuitive.

That is what I was taught in my HCI class. For expert users they get the job done quickly but for anyone else they can be a pain as discoverability is opaque to non-existent. Before you start arguing, can you show me who this is intuitive to:

cprofile [/l] [/i] [/v] [FileList]

$ nano ~/.bash_profile

at \\prodserver 23:45 /every:1,4,8,12,16,20,24,28 "bkprtn.bat"

Command lines have to be learnt and there isn't an AI behind the scenes trying to figure out what not only did people type but also what they meant.

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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

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Re: Time to bring in some STALIN to expedite processes

If he is a diabetic you can bet your co-pay that is a big deal.

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BT to axe 4,000 jobs across the globe

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For the fibre roll out, what we need is a state body with a mandidate to roll this out with universial coverage. They could charge other firms for using the infrastructure they provide. Begin in the big cities and radiate out from there as the fees provide the money for the next wave of investment. As for its name, something to reflect the national and telecoms roll. UK Telecom?

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Stalin and Mao were never slow to stab someone in the back after they had been helped by them.

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

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Oh for the love of God just no. Isn't there enough spyware floating around without paying for it too?

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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Wasn't IBM's reputation built on rock solid hardware and hand holding when things went wrong?

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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Re: Ummmm

Upvote as we have all been there (last sentence assumes there is something to city mapper's work but time will tell on that one).

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: In another earlier time and austere place was its service named STASI

He loses it a bit in the middle but the beginning and end make a lot of sense.... need more dried frog pills. Frankly I am surprised it took so long for someone to mention the old pros.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: Limiting but with a 50%upgrade to Pro

Because the spec of the basic machines falls way short of what most professionals would be willing to settle for.

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When ever Win10 was announced lots of people were saying that certain features would be disabled in the future and you'd have to pay to get them back. Looks like they were right.

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Don't panic, Florida Man, but a judge just said you have to give phone passcodes to the cops

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In the UK of course they'd convict them of not handing the password over and put them in prison. Then when their sentence is up, rinse and repeat.

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3D printing and drones are the tech del día at Spanish startup fiesta

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Re: Cleaning solar panels and crop spraying do actually sound quite good used for drones.

Because it's most likely a scaled up version of that which will be used for flying close to buildings. You could use a modified predator as a crop duster but that would only make sense if you were doing it on an epic scale.

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Re: Cleaning solar panels and crop spraying do actually sound quite good used for drones.

I assume that they would be tethered to a tanker via a hose . Another cable could supply the power for flight, control data etc so they could stay up for a lot longer than a quad copter from Game.

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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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