* Posts by Steve 114

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Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street

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Why?

Why would anyone push a loaded bicycle into the path of an oncoming car?

Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars

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Progress?

A nice little arc used to clean contacts. Could it be that LEDs don't draw enough current?

Ministry of Defence's new payroll contract is, surprise, surprise, MIA: Missing In Action

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FAIL

Systems Analysts?

I was one, decades ago. Later, in a management capacity with a major 'client'-type, I was horrified that they went to market to buy a 'solution' to a spaghetti problem they had accumulated, only to buy some off-the-peg USian COBOL that half-solved some other non-Brit problems, and charged premium rates for change-notes to rancid dataformats and file structures. I couldn't stop it, it was a predictable disaster, and it has now only come right through a period of most painful 'evolution' - because no one ever properly analysed what the systems were supposed to be doing.

Redditors start flinging Pooh after mega-forum takes cash from Chinese behemoth Tencent

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Kittens and bears

If you've watched, ever since Christmas the Reddit front page has been aberrant. Now guess why.

Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts

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Fine the channel

The calls come through BT. BT systems allow the numbers to be spoofed. BT charges extra to let customers (inacccurately) block numbers. Now who do we think should be fined?

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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All of the major policies cover cancer. That's why they get so expensive as you grow older.

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

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Chaucerian

So where was the 'Nun's Goats Tail'?

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

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Headmaster

Re: Yiddish?

Isn't Yiddish a Germanic dialect (derived fron the German word 'Judisch') with Hebrew and Polish borrrowings, but entirely distinct from pure Hebrew?

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

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Try harder

Disabled people I know seem disinclined to explore the many facilities available, some need helpers to show what can be done. A partially-sighted legal professional had never even explored the 'magnifier' that's been in Windows since forever. Some software gizmos do need a software licence - hey, cheaper than TV, cheaper than a car?

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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Re: Actually...

Maybe the 'real' business model is to accept the opprobrium for operating unpopular but necessary public systems which the 'client' is constitutionally incapable of specifying properly. And doing it in a British way that has a visible cost, rather than a USian way which has contracts that will destroy the source.

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Re: Actually...

Crapita originated as an outfit to do more efficiently what Local Authorities were failing to do themselves. We can dispute whether they ever managed that, or were ever ready for the transition to central government operation - but we should acknowledge the (failed?) principle

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Utter fail

If I were young, bright, brave, unemployed, and enjoyed a fistfight in the pub (man-spec?) would I wait a year for some squirt to interview me? Click 'are you good enough?', then assault course to try (with expenses) next week - and video links for your mates to see how you do, and challenge to do better. Without benefit of internetty, that's how it was done 100+ years ago.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Tab?

This civvie did a brief stint in an RN establishmet, had a wardroom bar number for '1/3 HN' etc. Got wardroom bills for months after (who had clocked the number on my chits?). But no gent ever questions a Wardroom/Mess bill, so - paid they had to be.

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

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Re: Remeber those heady days of the Apollo missions well

Those who worked on the project were from several nations, but committed to full integration of culture and language. Maybe a wall is needed against those who might never be.

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Re: Remember

I was allowed to sleep on the sofa until it happenned. Immensely exciting then, and truly astonishing now - and is there really any practical need to do it again?

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Get Real

How hard can it be to get young people to signup online for exacting bootcamps, conducted for free by serving military, with 'Start Monday' awards for anyone who can make the grade and impress the experienced instructors?. Then 4 months basic to do the weeding, before they get an (assisted) choice of Regiment. Cybersqaddies could have a different, but just as arduous, track.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Conversely

Seeems the new Boeing system would have prevented the old Airbus crash. The old Airbus system would have prevented the new Boeing crash. Needs a big red disconnect-all button: "Just fly me" (and pilots with occasional experience of doing so).

Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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Happy

Read what you sign

'Kellen Dwyer', we're looking at you.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Just go Linux

Of course I can, it's on dual-boot. But that doesn't solve the problem with all the irreplaceable (and often legacy) things that depend on Windows.

The nights are drawing in. Pour a cup of cocoa and join us for Windows 10 Autumnwatch

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Facepalm

Re: sudo

Simple incantations from the forever-non-obvious Book of Spells. When there's a GUI for that, Linux might just be ready for my cousins' desktops. They haven't needed DOS for decades.

Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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Digital substraction

Did you say 'Saudi-backed', or Saudi hacked? Mind your fingers!

UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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FAIL

Wrong questions

I set mine up, but then it always asked for my mobile provider and rejected me (several providers, several brandname changes). It never asked the other check questions, and never got used.

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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Re: "Legal ways"

Joking apart, how about inviting the competent English Court to have a special sitting in the Embassy? Then the bail-jumping matter can be resolved. After penalties, subject can then make his own way to the country of his choice, with whatever extraneous risk (not our problem) that might entail.

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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Re: Couldn't have said it better myself

Totally agree, having worked there myself. Noted though that most Commission staffers are hard working and effective, in several languages, except... that they are required to implement Treaties which everyone wishes they hadn't signed, or the French managed to make ambiguous. The real nonsense happens in the so-called 'EP', and in the not-even-EU 'ECHR'. I voted (at last!) against 'ever closer union', on page 1 of the most recent Treaty.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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Disrupt Disrupted

Why did they choose to call it 'Disrupt'? How surprised were they to find themselves disrupted? 'Hoist' and 'Petard' comes to mind.

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: whatever’s wrong ...Xi does happen to be competent

Oopsie, I was on UK-Govt-paid visit to the PRC, who I found fascinating, credible (in local circumstances) and fully authentic. I'd question when 'repressive' begins to approach close to 'broader public interest'. We, and they. elect (or whatever) authorities to make that judgement. But I'd part company on 'Brexit' - if the PRC had inherited a 'free movement' Treaty with Japan, India, Indonesia and Russia, what would their public now prefer?

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Flame

Fake news?

'they may have mown down their own students with real tanks...' Any actual evidence of that? One tank stopped when a man stood in front. Tanks only entered the Square aftere it had been (OK, roughly) cleared. Meanwhile, townsfolk did hang some out-of-town soldiers from bridges - there IS evidence of that. Poo bah, rather than Pooh Bear.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Mobile office

At Bata Shoe in Essex, the Big Boss had the goods lift (US: 'elevator') rigged as his own office, and could appear on any floor at any time, looking through the steel concertina gates.

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MBWA

Best bosses I've known just go wandering around when they feel like a break from the fug on the executive floor. As a necessary courtesy, they make a point of saying hello to the guy/girl in charge at each level while roaming, but don't want to be escorted.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: Radio as a gateway drug

My first radio had a red knob connected to a sprung brass pin which you used to select the best 'point' on the crystal. My father taught me that this process was, in the days of his own youth, called: 'tickling the cat's whisker'.

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Re: DAB

Rubbish 'statistics' too: I 'own' two DAB radios but neither works well enough to use indoors. For the car, FM is fine for music - except that Radio 3 is now so infested with voiceover-Ads (for the BBC) that I prefer CDs.

EU court: No, expat Frenchman can't trademark France.com

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Good show

I have a .net and .org domain. Some registrar gave me free ditto.com for 6 months (without telling me) and now wants to charge me for rescuing me from pirates imitating .com. Every such 'offer' has 'return address not monitored'. Scammers-all.

England's top judge lashes out at 'Science Museum' grade court IT

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One step forward...

My cousin used to draft his judgments with enormous care, print them double-spaced, and have Tribunal colleagues vet them with well-considered inky marks. Now he has to dictate them onto some voice recognition gizmo on-line at home (after reading bedtime stories to his children, and in that mindset), hope the spelling is almost right, and get comments from whenever colleagues have finished their family supper, and think to log-in. I'm sure he couldn't possibly comment on the virtues of paper..

Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Re: "Starved of hydro-electric power

Really does sound like a 'BBC' programme.

Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

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IT Angle

Re: So confusing.

The Court has set what is called a 'precedent', so HMRC is almost certain to go to further appeal. They will need exact criteria for deciding what's genuine in each and any future case, worded to exclude the obvious abuses that will arise from expert jiggery-pokery with the core intentions.

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: Dear France

Agreed - isn't 'office politics' wonderful?

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Pirate

Nice Subs, if we had an adversary with similar assets (rather than, say, Russians who should be cultural allies, or Chinese, who have no tradition of invasiveness. All 'our' likely threats will be in shallow seas, where Subs are not much use. How about several dozen fast boats, equipped to arrest smugglers, repel human-traffickers, help immigrants get back home, and thus give independent commands to deserving young RN officers? Nothing nearing the price of a (wonderful, but obsolete) submarine>

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Pirate

Re: Dear France

An ancestor here got command of captured French 'HMS Chiffonne' who sailed so well she 'burned out the pirates in the Gulf'. Come again!

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Re: Dear France

The thing about Hastings, was that it was a 'Norman' (norsemen) conquest, one of several cousins-in-occupation winning disputed territory, and then running it with rather notable efficiency. Nothing much to do with 'French'

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

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Re: I don't mind about Coratana . . .

Can't you copy Freecell off an old XP HDD like the rest of us? (don't forget the 'cards' DLL' too).

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Liquidation

Sometimes liquidation is the most economical way of avoiding irrational sueballs. And in US law, little is rational.

Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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IT Angle

Better speak Spanish, fluently. No, really.

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Happy

Re: Unstable operation coming soon...

My registrar charges a few dollars a year to keep my ID 'private', standard option. I wonder if I'll get that service free now.

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Happy

I moved 7 elderly cousins to 10 (one from Vista-7-10, 2 from 8.1) and for them it 'just works'. Did them all remotely with splendid TeamViewer (oh yes you can). Hardly any calls since then for OS glitches: maybe it's helped that with ClassicShell and anti-slurps I've made them all look just like XP. Only failure was one that didn't have HDD room for 'previous system' backup, which needed some repartitioning before it would 'downgrade' safely - give 'em credit for due caution. Only complaint has been that version upgrades take so very long on their ancient kit - but at least it says what it's doing while they're waiting, and fails gracefully if they shut down by mistake.

Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'

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Re: Where's the BOFH?

More defenestrator than decelerator.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Failed when they moved from Electronics to Electrical

Weren't the 'OC's the transistors? Like little black bullets? Still got some somewhere.

BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: the Beeb don't do anything that is or requires a natural monopoly

'Impartial'? But they aren't - even if they offend the Lefties exactly as much as the rest, you still have to look at e.g. RT to get the other side of a story. Worse is their active propaganda for PC causes that the majority may choose to resent.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Even applies to Radio 3 ('The Third Programme') which is nowadays infested by irrelevant music clips that fade annoyingly into smug voiceovers advertising another programme altogether. Just play the music, folks!

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

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Go

'Walk-On', Meklenburg

My brother's landau was self-driving in London, because the horse knew its way home. However tight the corner, the long rig never ever scraped a car with a wheel boss. Good luck with self-driving software, like Never.

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