* Posts by James 51

3015 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

OMG! OIG to audit SLS: NASA probed over big rocket project's big budgets, big delays

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Take the politics out of NASA and the things it is trying to get done and that would lower the cost. Unfortunately given that most of the political support is tied to contracts going to particular companies and places regardless of efficiency, the costs were always going to rise but they didn't need to rise by that much.

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Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

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I'd opt for the key one but I still have my Q10 for everything that I would use it for.

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I might stick LineageOS on my S6 when ever I decide it's time for something new. I'd like a newer handset but between the expense and the slow feature creep (and outright spyware like bixby) why bother? External battery packs are taking care of that problem.

When are the networks going to actually expand their coverage, improve indoor coverage and put in more backbone fibre?

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Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019

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I had a whole rant typed up but I'll shorten it to what a steaming pile of raw fertiliser. I hope this new handset has a removeable battery to support the extra power needed. Oh and a 5G network with nationwide coverage to use it on.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: That has to score some sort of record...

@Lotaresco First world polution poisons everyone.

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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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I got a F but I am going to go with non.

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US army boffins use AI to spot faces in the dark

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Read this then thought about that line at the end of robocop were the executive says they had the contracts lined up for ED-209, who cares if it worked or not. Expect this in the next generation of airport cameras you're asked to look into.

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Pirate

Hopefully the extremely useful assissant and privacy bias of BB10 also gets copied into Android as well.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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In the couple of classic collections it is those games turning up again and again (PSP and 360). Guessing it's a licensing thing.

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NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

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Re: Agree

re AC: Non-UK nationals are automatically charged more for car insurance than UK nationals.. Know quite a few people who have been on the receving end of this and have been told by the insurer it is because they are a non-UK national. Change that one varable and the price starts multiplying by x3 to x7 depending on your circumstances and who you are talking to.

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David Cameron sold NHS data for a tiny fraction of its actual worth. You can bet other departments will get in on the act soon and in a country were councils use anti-terrorism powers to spy on parents to check were they live and tackle dog fouling, that should worry us all.

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The whole point is to try and create an environment so hostile that immigrants, both illegal and legal as well they pack up and leave. It's openly xenophobic and this approach will do more harm than good as it harms as all.

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UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Pint

How would people be able to text their order to the person who actually managed to make it to the bar while they are on their way over?

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

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I had assumed that if you could turn bixby off on the S9, you could do it on the S8 too. I bought my S6 new about 14 months ago and it has been EOL'ed by Samsung. That is not great support.

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You can get the S8 for about £460 on amazon. I think I'd like a Note 8 but not sure how my handwriting would turn out on such a small screen. Perhaps when the Note 9 comes out the Note 8 will drop to a sane price.

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Rudd-y hell, dark web! Amber alert! UK Home Sec is on the war path for stealthy cyber-crims

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Mushroom

The king of Germany was jealous of all his realtives who had big empires (such as the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha's who 'ruled' Britian) and he didn't . So when the oppertunity presented itself to build an empire, he took it.

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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The instinct to hide every action no matter how justified or innocent (by anyone exercising this kind of power) is one that should be pushed back against. Might have a delay if the info is for an on going case but this reeks of planned abuse.

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Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

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xkcd

https://www.xkcd.com/1977/

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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If a drug dealer had killed one of the cops coming to rob them, I doubt the other police, DA or other parts of the justice system would care about the justification. No self defence argument would work. They'd make an example of that person, could be riddled with bullets on the spot or spend thirty years on death row but the why would earn them no mercy.

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@ashton

You realise it's not possible to be both a communist and a muslim?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxist–Leninist_atheism

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Epub3 can handle multimedia pretty well and there are apps on multiple platforms that can read them.

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BTW are kids going to be allowed to type their exams? If not it will make marking exams (and takibg them) even harder.

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I always wondered, why not get a robust ereader and use calibre server to distribute epub files? My sony ereader from 2012 has built in drop box support. I know it can't edit files but would be a good way to allow students to get a copy of the notes they can annotate.

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

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Will this plane even be relevant by the time it gets to fly? We keep reading about rail guns, drone swarms, hypersonic missles. Is this another case of preparing for the last war instead of the next one?

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Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

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BB10 was all gesture too, although using the keyboard make a lot more sense.

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BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

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Re: Z10 Became Quite Good

I've had a Q10 since its launch and I've never had any of those problems. Perhaps by then the bugs had been ironed out.

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Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

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The N900 could run full fat linux but you needed to overclock the CPU to make it run at a reasonable speed. That was over ten years ago.

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It doesn't run desktop apps so you still need a traditional computer. If you have the tradional computer, you aren't going to run this along side it. I do like the concept, just can 't see it replacing my new 2400G with Ubuntu.

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Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

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Re: "Project Fear"

They should have enough sense to not eat it by the shovel full while venting their frustration.

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UK mobe network Three's profits hit by IT upgrade costs

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The price of contracts with flagship contracts is eye watering. SIM only is better value.

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

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I do not understand how currys managed to avoid being charged with fraud.

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NHS Digital heads accused of being 'suppliers', not 'custodians' of UK patient data

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Big Brother

“Patient data is a national asset"

No it is not. My data belongs to me. The NHS gets to hold onto it to do its job but that does not mean that it belongs to the NHS or the nation.

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

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Still don't see something that makes me think of ditching my pebble steel.

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What would Jesus sue? The FCC, it seems

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Does beg the question Mr. 9, how you are posting on el reg without one.

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Because everyone with an internet connection has access to sites like el reg (and for all its faults) the BBC.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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Given it's my wish list I'd want a high res display and the current gen of VR/AR/MR headsets are probably about the same price as a couple of decent monitors. I do have three different monitors, all difference sizes, shapes and resolutions. One is an old dell which is pratically square and good for working with documents but is low res. Another is a newer dell which is widescreen and good for looking at code (I can't be the only person who puts two method codes with their parameters inside an assert) but I barely get forty lines of code on the screen. The third is an a 3k 13" laptop screen. Moving windows between them is a resizing hassle.

Bonus point for blocking out the distractions of a busy office and making the backdrop look like somewhere on the Med. I'll even fly out there and take some high res pics if I need to.

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Gimp

AR is something I would like to see in work. I can still see my mouse and keyboard but have a couple of virtual monitors surrounding me. One window would be code, another the console with outlook running somewhere in a corner. Just a pirty the potential isn't going to be realised this time round. VR is too antisocial for me to use a lot at home. Have a gear VR and am lucky if I can get to use that one or twice a month.

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Capita screw-ups are the pits! Brit ex-miner pensioners billed for thousands in extra tax

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Headmaster

I hate it when bodies refer to me and others as customers. We're not customers, we're tax payers, citizens/subjects and there is a difference.

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Department of Work and Pensions internal docs reveal troubled history of Universal Credit

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I often find focusing on the how is a displacement activity for not know what they are trying to achieve.

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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Re: agreed

Still have my Q10 about 5 years after I first got it and still use it for browsing and reading emails (and sending them too of course). If I could find someone to fix the mic at a reasonable price it would still be my main phone.

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Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky

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That's how NK killed the great leader's brother as well.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Games, anyone?

You forgot did not want a mac in your list.

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Defra to MPs: There's no way Brexit IT can be as crap as rural payments

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The IT disaster wasn't the fault of the CAP, it was the fault of DEFRA and the subcontractors. I doubt enough has changed to make BAP (British Agri Policy) any less of a nightmare with the same DEFRA and subcontractors attached.

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Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Want to bet to start seeing that image at student poster sales?

BTW anyone else see the eye of Sauron in the middle?

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Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling

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Re: Perhap they kick Three

Three 3G aboard is a result of the contract they have with their partners in other countries so they can claim it's the best they can get out of them (or at least it was when the contract was signed).

I do wonder if they throttle VPNs though. I have often found my VPN to be extremely slow to the point it was timing out on connections almost every time I used it.

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MPs lay into UK.gov's planned immigration data exemptions

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Big Brother

Given that home sectary after home sectary has not tackled the issue of illegal databases and illegally held data by police the most likely scenario is what ever the law is in practice they will continue to do whatever they like.

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ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

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@AC all I need is a lightsabre and a helmet with a broken visor.

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I was thinking more of how they could move from being proof of concepts and a way to get students interested in space to a workhorse platform that can do interesting or helpful stuff faster, cheaper and easier than higher orbit sats but I should have figured out el reg regulars would find a way to view it from another angle.

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depends on how this tech scales but you could find more sats lasting longer in low orbit. More accurate GPS, sat phone prices (both handset amd air time) might drop to sane levels (imagine access outside everywhere in the world and pico cells for inside). Cube sats could be revolutionised.

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Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

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Re: Weird

It will be stuff like, soaking your chicken in bleach allows your industry to offer lower prices because they operate in ways which would be illegal here. Therefore we will add a tarrif to prevent a race to the bottom your industry will win because we aren't will to sink as low as you are. Or if you sell goods to us below the cost it takes to produce them, we'll add a tarrif to prevent you destorying the native industry here and are free to ramp prices up till the pips squeak.

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