* Posts by James 51

2657 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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The £150K for the prime minister is a purely political amount. If they could get away with more they could but given the money they make afterwards it''s not worth the hassle.

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Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

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I'd buy a nokia 100 that support 4g. My three sim doesn't work with the 100 I have.

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Guns And Explosives

It is obvious from the conduct and statements from the TSA they care not one jot about the people going through the airport or any number of false positives. It's false negatives that agitate them and it is better that 10,000 innocent people are punished if it reduces the risk of a guilty person showing up.

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Well, James Bond did have a laser hidden in his.

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

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Re: Six figures

More like 1+1+1+1+1+1. That has six figures in it.

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Re: The Camera is also very useful

No need for a camera for that, the trusts are more than willing to hand the data over and are willing to break the law to do so:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/03/google_deepmind_trial_failed_to_comply_with_data_protection_law/

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: River is dead after spending twenty years/one night with the Dr.

It has been established that crossing your own time line is a bad idea (they've still done it though) and from what River has said, she had caught up with all their meetings by the time they got to the planet with the singing rocks.

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River is dead after spending twenty years/one night with the Dr.

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Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

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Alien

For a moment I thought it was going to be another space mirror to help crops grow 24hrs a day.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Nailed it in one

There was one lady in a plcae I worked had who had very long nails (not sure if natural or artifical, guessing the later) and could type very quickly but all the letters had been scratched off her keyboard.

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Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

Prejudice is probably too strong a term but talking with him and saying pratical clothing was encouraged would have been a better way to handle it. There are some shops that require support staff to be in trousers/shirt/tie/nice shoes because it is what looks professional. Anyway, graduaties are always encourged to turn up looking smart and was probably just following the careers advice they had been given.

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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£8m facility to help government identify and fix weaknesses

Was I alone in thinking that is an expensive mirror?

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Re: THE REGISTER IS FAKE! ON THE SIDE OF CNN!

@Dave You forgot the joke icon.

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Astronomers fire up AI algorithms to hunt Milky Way's hot Jupiters

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This is a good use of machine learning. Isn't stuff like this already going on already in big pharma research? I'm sure there will be lots of uses for this kind of data sifting technology. It will be up to the researchers to determine if it's gold or iron pyrite.

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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@DaLo I have a roccat keyboard and almost all the leds in the keys died within two months. You'd need a solidering iron to even try to replace them. At least I know why it was on sale at the same price as the ones without leds now.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Re: Green lobby failure

Of course the price you pay when you buy it is not the true cost but this is what I mean by that. The full cost of any device should include dealing with environmental damaged causing during its creation and disposing of it when it has reached the end of its useful life (or when people decide to chuck it in the bin and buy the new shiny). There are lots of costs you can associate with a device but as manufactures don't bear the cost of dealing with them, they aren't included in the price you pay when you buy. Cleaning up the pollution released in the mining and refining the materials needed to make the phone. The environmental damage done directly by the mining (particularly if it is open cast) and the human cost were safety standards are very low. Then there is the pollution released in creating the components and manufacturing the device. Then when it is time to be disposed of, there is dealing with any number of toxic materials embedded in a device that has been designed to be difficult to dismantle and repair to encourage people to buy the new shiny rather than repair it when something goes wrong. All this could be applied to TVs as well. I could go on but you get the idea.

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If there was a fairphone 3 coming out or someone took advantage of the fairphone 2's modular construction to put a more powerful CPU in then I'd probably head over to the co op website and get one. As it is, after about four years my Q10 struggles with some websites as they are so media heavy. Don't want to end up with hardware that's fine but unusable because of software stuff (my playbook being a case in point).

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Re: Green lobby failure

To pay the true cost of the device over its entire life cycle.

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

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@DougS Imagine a Chinese firm bought in the chips, examined them and saw how it worked, pushed out other customers and then said thanks but we'll start producing our own version now and we pinky promise it won't infringe on your IP. Would your post have been as blaise about Apple's conduct then?

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Elop crippled Nokia's stock before MS bought it. No one took him to task over that.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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Re: Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Arresting a lieutenant to say you don’t have ties to a king pin doesn't mean you're not in the pocket of organised crime:

http://uk.businessinsider.com/eric-trump-says-syria-strike-shows-there-is-no-tie-between-russia-president-donald-trump-2017-4?r=US&IR=T

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Re: If the facts support it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_military_intervention_in_Ukraine_%282014%E2%80%93present%29

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Google may follow Apple, design mobile chips in-house

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Gimp

Android multitasking is dire. Still can't match BB10.

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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Re: Good job, Kepler!...And oh, the space telescope too!

We'd need a space elavator or a radical new propulsion technology for that to happen.

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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@winger, if you read the article you'd know there are issues with docking large ships (cause oil tankers crashing in their dock is no big deal) and aumblance drivers not being able to make it to where they are needed as quickly as possible. We could do without just as we could do without other benefits of technology but that doesn't mean it will be a pleasent experience.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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FAIL

I have a gear vr and I've tried to watch some 360 videos on it. The first problem is realisticly you need to be standing up in order to be able to turn around and view what is happening so you have to have the ablity and the room to stand. Given that VR is profoundly anti social you can't do it when other people or there. Motion sickness is another problem. I know if I try to play minecraft full screen after five minutes I have to stop. Another problem is that you're always going to be missing something. Your field of vision is only so wide so you can't see it all all the time unless it is straight in front of you. Plus people are still new at the 360 thing, it's going to take a while for people to learn what works and what doesn't.

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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Re: BS

@ Mr Herd you just need to pick a pictular book and everyone goes and buys it. Or even something like the best selling book of last year on the new york times book publishing list. A self updating pad in that case. Or this on line book club's list. etc etc.

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Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G

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First world issue but will 5G be able to get a signal, preferably with a good data connection in the middle of a building? Will there be no more not spots on the train lines? Will it take up less battery life than 4G or 3G (I could swear that each phone I but has less battery life than the last one when doing the same things)?

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Sounds a lot like how the first version of the sims worked.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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We need something like the single transferable vote to apply in generation elections throughout the UK. It's a sensible compromise between something like PR and the mess that first past the post has become.

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Sharp claims Hisense reverse-ferreted its US telly licence deal

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Pirate

They are worried that when the five years are up they won't be able to reverse the damage done to the brand and Hisense will have won market share and mind share at their expense. Sounds like Hisense was playing the long con on this one.

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Connectivity's value is almost erased by the costs it can impose

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So that is why Argos keep printing those big books.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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Brazil is a far more likely outcome than the prisioner.

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: Prescribing

@Pen Perhaps multinations and the billionaires who own most of UK media could start paying theirs.

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Re: Real world underfunding

@Syntax It cost £1m but how much tourism has it brought in?

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Re: Real world underfunding

That is what they are planning to spend over the next five years including three years when we will be out of the EU so I'll take that stick back and see you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8yjNbcKkNY

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Re: Money is the solution

Because the Tories want to push us towards that model of profit extraction rather than patient care.

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Re: The long-term cost no one talks about..

The PFI are a national scandel. I know of one hospital that was forced to have a private company replace a car park and after three years into a twenty year contract all the inital building and finance costs have been covered. Seventeen years pure profit and probably 600%-700% return on investment or 35% per year. Hopsital staff do get a slight discount but because of the hospital's location they have no choice but to use that car park. There was no business case justifying they outsourcing of that car park, only politics and jobs for the boys.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Re: Impeachment?

If the Chinese delagation want to bring two cars they'll have to pay import taxes on them.

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The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog

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No more front to back base for measuring distances...

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Virtual apple shops coming to an iDevice near you....

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I have a gear vr. It's good for watching netflix (though I wish the virtual screen the image appears on could be bigger) but my s6 overheats too quickly to play the demanding 3d games for long. I've seen the AR examples mentioned in the article but nothing appeals to me (though an app which animated combat between units in WH40K would be a laugh, at least for a few minutes).

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

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I read recently that new russian tanks had a new point defense system which made traditional anti tank weapons ineffective. Was this more smoke and mirrors or is it for real?

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Ignorance and greed. Trusting the professional to do their job can overcome the former, not so sure about the latter. BTW it needn't necessarily be the greed of immediate managers. Business in general tend to live like the grasshopper before he learns his valuable lession.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: The Internet again!

@about IT Her desire to get out of the ECJ and ECHR so people can be tortured on our behalf or we can hand people over who we know are going to be tortured or have evidence 'extracted' using torture used against them is what made my ears prick up.

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Re: Book stores.

Given that she personally oversaw the reduction in police numbers it's strange how she isn't apologising for saying the police federation was scaremongering when she announced those cuts.

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Re: Not as bad as it appears

That is paying other countries to not polute the way the US is and buyer geener techology which they are going to buy from the EU and China. The US is make weaker and poorer by this withdrawal.

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Re: cripple your own economy

Don't feed the troll folks.

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No H-1B visas? No problem, we'll offshore says Tech Mahindra

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Re: Simple government response...

How would that account for the cloud when programs and data might get moved around the world without the user being the wiser? Will you have to pay every time it lands in the US? Of course the company could just say it cost $0 as there is no invoice and a 100% tax on zero dollars will yield zero dollars. If that is an externally hosted service like Office365, who pays? Microsoft or the company buying the service?

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The number of immigrants from outside the EU have always been greater than those from within it so no change there (though how will the Tories squard that with 99,999 people in a year?).

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