* Posts by Ken 16

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LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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false comparison

LG's gadget can organise at least a facsimile of a piss up in a brewery

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HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Re: That's a lot of notes for Notes

I wouldn't say anything hugely positive about Notes under my own name either

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Re: @Ken 16 - That would be cruelty

When I were a lad, we went from cc mail to Notes 4 and we were glad of it!

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Pretty sure they all will have to soon

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Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Long pig?

Home made rather than home grown suggests auto cannibalism

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Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Messy business

That pun was so tortured I spent minutes thinking about poutine

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No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

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Re: mmmm

I wonder if anyone in the area can think of innovative uses for a quantity of antimatter?

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Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

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Re: Accenture wont care

It is very difficult to pitch to a government department or agency. They take ages to decide on anything and procurements run months past the original dates. A company has to be big enough to throw money at their bids and accept when 2/3 fail. They also need to satisfy a lot of due diligence, usually involving delivery on similar sorts of contracts to similar sized public sector bodies. It's a self perpetuating cycle and the usual suspects keep winning the bids but it's incompetence not corruption.

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Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS

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All that Health & Safety rubbish

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Re: Still find it amazing

Excellent troll for the union of sets that is Flat Earth Society/Vulture commentards

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Shall we have AI judging UK court cases? Top beak ponders the future

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Re: Anything that eliminates lawyers is a good thing in my book

By that logic, the US should be the most just country in the world, having 1 lawyer to every 1.6 people in prison. New Brunswick must be a veritable police state compared with New York, having only 1/8th the number of lawyers per capita.

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Is there a place for Blockchain in the judicial process?

AI+Blockchain>IoT

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Anything that eliminates lawyers is a good thing in my book

Anything!

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NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Re: Storing PII Data in AWS (S3)

I thought England and Wales were leaving the United Kingdom???

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Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Cunning plan

Anyone selling blockchain should only be paid in cryptocurrencies

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@MGL

"you essentially need multiple parties who wish to transact with each other who do not currently have a trust relationship with eachother. Getting enough of those people in a room together to work together"

|I need this spelled out, there is only a point to blockchain if people who don't trust each other (or an intermediary) want to do business AND to get them to use blockchain they need to work together to agree on that? Surely if they're in the same room working on the problem, whoever assembled them can act as trusted intermediary?

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Re: Blockchain tutorials

No, or at least not in a way that would make you pay for it.

As far as I can tell (and I could be wrong) it's a way of packaging data so that it can be verified as uncompromised while allowing you to add records to it, a distributed database relying on good encryption and cross checking multiple sources. I haven't been able to think of any use for it that can't be done more easily another way either.

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HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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so has Ireland

well, half the expected total, since the government are still hoping a withdrawal agreement will give another 18 months to recruit the remainder. Funding is there to expand the ports and airports customs areas. Why wouldn't the UK get these things sorted before declaring their exit?

*Paris is puzzled too

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Re: Don't worry

@Pen-y-gors I'm from the EU and I've already jumped your queue

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The customs union 'deep end' governing Northern Ireland can't be changed without EU agreement but the 'shallow end' covering Great Britain can be changed unilaterally, which is what the DUP are worried about.

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Don't worry

With the right rates you can bring in contractors from all over Eur... d'Oh!

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: FFS

That's the spirit, Mr AC. Soon you and your fellow South Britons will be driving around in your C5's, knocking up spiffing apps on your Amstrads and laughing at the Scots farmers for wanting to stay in business rather than eat new Zealand lamb like the English. Pretty soon the UK economy will be back to it's condition in the 1970's, with rocketing inflation, sterling in freefall and the IMF bailing it out, like the good old days!

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Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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"Warships" sub-heading?

Interesting article but does the Enterprise count as a warship? It looks more like a support vessel? I'm curious rather than critical.

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Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Drone space is reserved for Vietnamese Pot Belly Pigs

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catalogue shopping

Haven't you heard, pets by post is the next service from Amazon. When next you open an Amazon locker there'll be a stray cat waiting to follow you home and it will be hungry.

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Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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I'll raise a pint to the people I worked there with

I wasn't there long (by old time IBM standards) but it was a nice posting and I enjoyed walking to the train in the evening, seeing the rabbits hop around the bowling green.

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Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: re: Scotland

Yes, England and Wales could join the Channel Islands, Mann and various British Overseas Territories outside the EU while leaving the UK inside.

@Pseu Donyme

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Trivia

Scottish Notes aren't legal tender, even in Scotland. Neither are NI notes. They're promissory notes and the banks hold the same value of Bank of England notes to meet those promises. The BoE prints million and hundred million pound notes to let them do that. English banks did print notes but a change in the law stopped new banks from doing it and the old ones merged or went out of business.

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Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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good cybersecurity

Too many government employees would quite happily plug a strange USB stick into their computer, this minister probably won't. That's safer.

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Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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Re: @Milton Marketurds

any tips on which bins to look in first?

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Re: Unfortunately, we did not realise

what are you running on it?

I've got an SF which I got as far as android 4.0 with a lightweight app set as a loaner for guests but I haven't looked at it in a few years.

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Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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Is this BoJo's Technological Solution for the Irish border?

To airdrop the blockchain around escaping Paddies?

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Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: Blackberry

BB10 UX was great - everything just worked and most of it just a swipe away.

I was sorry when I just couldn't get enough 3rd party apps still running to justify keeping it - banking, local transport and messaging

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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You sail it into the middle of the ocean and shoot anyone who gets too close?

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Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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Snobbery or self interest?

So Xiaomi are a tat-flinger while Apple are a fine purveyor of hand crafted ornamental devices? I'm not sure if your distress is because you think a Chinese brand is beneath you socially or because you're afraid the high end manufacturers will stop sending you kit to test if you don't disparage people from buying something cheaper.

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: I doubt she'll ever be Home Secretary, but...

They have to out think the current government's front bench...

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"he can't afford to let her loose abroad"

Because Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have set the diplomacy bar too high?

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Russia inches closer to launching a crew again while NASA waits for a delivery from Germany

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send the Orion-ESM combo beyond the Moon to check it out

How will it know where it is?

I can see how it makes sense to send it into space uncrewed before putting humans in it but I can't see why it needs to be sent beyond the moon. Are conditions different there?

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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: Does anyone use an IDE on RHEL anyway?

Point of Sale applications can be tricky all right

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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Re: It's called a laptop for a reason

I've got a laptop on either end of my travels - but there's a time at the start of a plane journey when they say laptops and large electronic devices must be stowed, phones and tablets may continue to be used provided they are in flight mode. That's when I take off the keyboard and watch Netflix. :-)

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It's called a laptop for a reason

In airport lounges, hotel corridors and occasional bars, can I prop it on my lap? I've had several tablets and the Surface Pro was marginal, all others inadequate and that's before I start cursing the keyboards.

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UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

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Re: I'm confused

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldeucom/7/7.pdf

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: Dear God,

but the demons are the only ones that the church will try to drive out

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Xiaomi waggles Mi MIX 3, the first smartphone packing 10GB RAM

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Re: Xiaomi's Apple Watch clone is mechanical

They make a lot of products, as the article says, their mechanical watch isn't competing with Apple, they have watches in the Amazfit and Mijia ranges to do that, here's an example;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazfit-Smartwatch-Bluetooth-Monitor-Waterproof/dp/B07919KHVT

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

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Re: It does not matter what GCHQ think..."to leave their cozy little club"

The EU hasn't invaded anyone, it's secured the peace in Europe since it was created. The last time Europeans mounted an invasion of the UK, it was Netherlands and that worked very well.

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Re: It does not matter what GCHQ think

@Steve Davies 3

since you're writing in the English language, the name of the country is Ireland, you can only correctly use Éire when writing in Irish.

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Re: Barnier bombastic bullshit

@John Brown (no body)

Why not draw the line at the nations who get to vote on their membership of the United Kingdom? If Scotland had voted to leave in IndyRef 1 it would all have left the UK. If Northern Ireland has a border poll then under the Belfast agreement they also go as a unit.

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WTF?

Belgium is certainly looking for some of them

Do you think GCHQ can help them prosecute the Belgacom hackers?

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Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

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Re: Aye, right

Freedom!

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Re: Also...

because orange juice was the only mixer it had

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