* Posts by Bill B

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US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

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Re: No need for the tinfoil hats

"How exactly does one service a racehorse?"

Very carefully? (Or is it bulls I'm thinking of?")

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: Sounds rather flawed to me

Hold on a minute. "The old code was not fit for purpose?".

Let's look at this way. The software in your car is updated so that a new feature "window wind half way down" is added. This does not mean that the old code is unfit. I can see a legal minefield here

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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Re: Credit where credit is due

Yeah I noticed that. Maybe the OP isn't a big fan of SpaceX and doesn't follow EVERY launch

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'It will go wrong. There's no question of time... on safety or security side'

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Re: Heavy industry runs on PLC, not the IofHype

On the other hand, sending an expert to an oil rig when things go wrong also costs a shed load of money, particularly if said oil rig is the other side of the world and the plant is shut down because they can't diagnose what is wrong.

Being able to remotely diagnose what has gone wrong can be useful.

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Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

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Unhappy

Re: Phew, got away with murder

I appreciate that AC is joking here (because no sane person would think that Tesla was engaged in a deliberate attempt to kill someone) but it does perpetuate the Luddite belief that this technology should not be in use, in spite of the fact that it is reducing accidents in this class of car.

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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Re: More than just for warming pies

My cat never forgave me for moving from a CRT to LCD screen.

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Re: The trolley problem isn't real life

OK so let me pose another trolley problem. If the block to autonomous cars is the law and culpability for manslaughter, then change the law to remove the culpability. Our lawmakers now have the trolley problem. Do I bring in legislation to encourage the use of autonomous cars (and from existing evidence therebuy save lives) or do I leave the law as it is to low grieving relatives/friends someone to go after?

Answers on a postcard please.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

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Re: "creative output"

Steve; you're thinking about management or marketing meetings. Development meetings are normally more productive

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Re: Sorry to be dismissve

Whiteboards are wonderful tools for brainstorming and collaboration ... as long as everyone is on the same site. Our problem is that we have distributed teams ranging from US to Europe. We occasionally travel to conferences but a 3 day visit to the States from Europe is around $2.5k per person. Doing that every month or even every quarter for a team of 12 soon adds up. So one of these whiteboards in the telepresence room would probably pay for itself relatively quickly.

We tried to set up a collaborative conference with a pseudo whiteboard earlier this year. I reckon the cost of trying to cobble together a touchscreen TV, WebEx, video cameras etc came to about $1000 worth of man hours easily.

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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Coat

Well, at least it wasn't a full stop.

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FAA powers up an invisible hand, groping the skies for rule-busting biz drones

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Pint

Re: Drones coming home to roost

I'm all for a lager commercial drone

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VMware shipped public key with its Photon OS-for-containers

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I know I'm displaying my ignorance here and I'm going to get flamed by those more expert than I am, but I thought that the whole point of a public key was that it was ... well ... public, and it's the private key that you don't want to leave lying around.

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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

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Re: Pillock

Don't need to get rants about this, but the context is that of a diabetic hypo. For those of you who don't know what this is, it's a lack of blood sugar caused by an excess of insulin, usually because the diabetic in question hasn't had a dose of sugar (read 'meal') at the appropriate point after an injection, or has engaged in an activity that has used more blood sugar than the insulin was supposed to have balanced.

The commentators may not know that the early symptoms of a hypo is similar to that of a drunk (probably due to the same reason ... brain functions shutting down). This means that the sufferer's judgement is impaired. If the person is in a 'zone' (for example .. In the middle of a job) they may judge that there is enough time to finish the job and then get some sugar ... and that judgement may be wrong.

As someone who had a diabetic in the family that phone conversation was very familiar. The '60' in this conversation is less than 60mg/dL of blood sugar and yeah, at this point the person is still rational but really really needs to get some sugar. Myfamily would often detect that my mother was going hypo well before she knew herself. She would respond to 'mum, take some sugar' (or if she was particularly advanced, "mum, take some sugar NOW") even though she herself didn't feel the need, and I suspect the son in the article hadn't realised the need himself.

I would agree that this remote alarm to family etc shouldn't be the first line of support. However, I can see it being a useful tool to help diabetics manage their condition. As I've pointed out above, families, friends and neighbours can be a great help, but the problem arises when they are not there. I've come back home to find my mother in a coma because she hadn't realised she was going hypo and there was no-one around to help.

So to all those who call this lunacy, shouldn't be implemented etc ... you're entitled to your opinion but as someone who had to deal with a family member with type 1 diabetes ... I think it's a great idea.

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Bill B

Re: What?

Hyper is right. My mother sometimes wouldn't detect an insulin reaction and there were occasions when I'd returned home to find her slumped on the floor. If you have a problem with the 'cloud' word then let's just go with "neighbours and friends can be alerted in the event of an attack".

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: "War on Smut"

Hopefully some politico will soon issue a War On Common Sense. We need more of it and that seems like a surefire way.

I thought that was what that nice Mr Trump was doing?

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Microsoft completes its Skype bot invasion with Web, OS X versions

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They're anticipating the aftermath of a Brexit when Scotland votes to leave the UK and Wales and N Ireland follow suit.

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Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?

Bill B

Re: Utterly Pointless as a Presentation Device

I guess you've never used a whiteboard then

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Let's not pretend its just Microsoft

I suspect the down vote is because you had Windows 10 installed

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Clear November in your diary: SpaceX teases first Falcon Heavy liftoff

Bill B

Re: Money for nothing ?

"it makes good sense to run some IPA through the pipes"

This sounds like a complete waste of a good Indian Pale Ale.

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Hackers add exploit kit to article asking 'Is cyber crime out of control?'

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Re: Hmm

There is nothing wrong with the Guardian. You just have to read the Telegraph at the same time.

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Re: blame

This is the grauniad. Corbyn is unlikely to get the blame here. Cameron, Blair are all likely candidates though.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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Not enough information

Dear Mr Dabbs.

I Read your Article and Thought that the Rs:Wyp sounds like a Very Good Idea but I couldn't find out Any Information on it Even a search on Google didn't give me Any Link and there was nothing on Kickstarter or on the Apple Store so Could you please Post A Link so I can Invest all my Life Savings because I think that I would make A Lot Of Money investing in such a Brilliant Project.

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CISA latest: Law urging tech giants to share your info with the Feds shows no sign of stopping

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Safe Harbour

@skelband .. You've succinctly summarised why the EU objects to the sharing of personal data with the States. Privacy laws are a lot stricter because of the invasion of privacy by an oppressive government is still fresh in people's minds. I can understand why Microsoft et al don't like this law. It widens the chasm of privacy between the USA and the EU, making it increasingly difficult for these companies to do business here.

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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Re: I fail to see the logic

A lot of posters are missing the background to this

"From 1 September 2014, a new EU energy label for vacuum cleaners means manufacturers are not permitted to make or import vacs with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts. "

What Dyson is saying is that these products exceed the emissions ratings and should therefore not be sold. There's still a bit of wiggle room for lawyers though,since the manufacturers may argue that on average their motors operate below 1600 watts.

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Re: eff that

"Except if it plummets to earth over, say, a playground or beer garden or what have you.". Pretty sure that's illegal in UK, so you just keep hold of the unit until plods arrive.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Would you like a shag?

I'm not sure why this was struck out. If the person making the offer is old enough they are either offering some rough tobacco for her pipe or they're a carpet salesman.

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Am I particularly unobservant...?

@bbt (nice name by the way). You have asked a technical question about a well know OS on the El Reg forums. You can't honestly have been expecting a reply that answers the question? What you can expect is one or more of

* an implication that you are a spawn from hell for associating with <insert OS of choice>.

* a suggestion that you move to the true path of <insert OS of choice>

* The implication you are a fanboi (Apple), fandroid (Android) or just brain dead (Windows)

* A pedantic post suggesting you asked the wrong question

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Spanish summer soother salmorejo

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"This ... is not faggy resturant grub"

I'm absolutely with the poster on this one. Eating stuff made by a guy who drops his cigarette ends in the food is to be avoided at all cost.

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

Bill B

Re: @BongoJoe

"Perhaps if we had a heatwave it might switch from peers to piers?"

What .. you want a full page spread of a half naked Piers Morgan? You are WEIRD!

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: "...doors can remain unlatched even when in the 'closed' position..."

The articles (and some commentators) all seem to use the words 'unlatched' and 'unlocked' interchangeably, and they are NOT the same thing. An unlocked door is still safe until it becomes unlatched, at which point it can be opened.

I'm guessing that the fault is that the door can become unlatched and swing open when going round a corner, but I wouldn't put it past some someone to have confused unlatched and unlocked and reported on the more newsworthy fault.

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SpaceX gets ready to crash barge-land ANOTHER rocket

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Flame

To make this really perfect it should do this WITHOUT BURNING ANY OF THE DECK CHAIRS.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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London Underground next?

I so look forward to Dabbsy reviewing the TFL pay by bonk system.

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EXTREME FEEDING: BLUE whales' gluttonous gobbling of fishy fluids

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Coat

Re: Wake up El-Reg!

Wales are noted for their blow jobs.

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

Bill B

Re: Ceterum censeo!

No. Alistair is English. Butt is an American word. Try again. Nearly there but it has three letters, two of which are 'm' and 'u'.

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Bill B
Paris Hilton

You've juggled a lap dancer? I thought you weren't allowed to touch?

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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

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Re: Sony strikes again...

I'm sorry Mark, but did you actually read the article? Sony has its own equivalent of Onlive, but for its Playstation platform only, so it's not exactly 'patent troll ... Nothing using them'.

Sony could have sweetened the deal for existing Onlive customers,must I suspect that they are a bit oblivious to their 'bad big Corp' reputation.

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Latex gloves

I can't wait for my next visit to the States.

TSA Bod: "So, what does this glowing key ring do?"

Me: "Oh, it's a radioactive source. If you have enough of them you can make a fission bomb".

TSA Bod: "I'll get me gloves".

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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First of all, I have to start with my father's opinion that "No two economists can agree on anything". As an economist himself he had a healthy degree of scepticism on the subject.

I appreciate that Mr Worstall is having to tackle a wide subject in a short article, but even then, there seem to be a few short cuts in his article.

The statement that "low interest rates screwed Ireland" seems to be one of those shortcuts. I thought it was Ireland taking advantage of those low interest rates without any thought of the future that screwed them. Note what I've done there. I've made the responsibility for Ireland's economic woes their responsibility not, as the article suggests .. Germany's or the EU's.

Similarly, I thought that Greece's problem was that they cooked the books and hid several bad debts in order to look as if their economy was sufficiently sound to join the EU. Similarly to Ireland, they took advantage of easy money and then found they couldn't pay when things got tough.

The idea that an area is too large for a single currency should also be challenged. What is required is that that area has to appreciate that the rich will subsidise the poor. As a regular reader of the London Evening Standard (I live in the Midlands but pick up the occasional discarded paper) I am often amused by the attitude of "why are we paying our wealth to those poor people up North?". The problem at the moment with Greece appears to be that Germany has the same attitude ... except that it's the poor lot down south they object to.

However, as always an interesting thought provoking article ... as long as you appreciate that Mr Worstall is not necessarily right!

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NASA preps lobotomy for Opportunity rover to cure amnesia

Bill B

Re: Necessary XKCD Reference

You would have to ask it if it wanted to go and why.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Linux

Linux future

Serious question ... what would happen to Linux is Linus was knocked down by a bus. In my company we are always taught that your software has to outlive you. Is Linus that central to Linux?

Not really flame bait .. genuinely interested in the Linux relaese/management process.

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We come bearing internet: Google sends up Project Loon balloons in second test

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Mobile homes?

"...that can beam 4G-style signals to phones and homes circling the globe on stratospheric winds."

There many of these then?

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It’s PAYBACK time as HUMANS send a PROBE up ALIEN body

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Coat

Escaping aliens

One word

Clangers.

(walks away whistling)

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Bill B

Re: Why do the play-by-play announces ALWAYS downplay these?

Alternatively.

"Ohhhhh f***k"

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

Bill B

Re: From your photos..

@Gavin. You are obviously far too young to remember the song he's quoting:)

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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

Bill B

*sigh* This is El Reg. Quoting hardback prices is more appropriate to a review for The Times.

Kindle price is £8.03. Although I must admit (because this is El Reg) quoting the price of a locked in eBook format might be a red rag to a bull.

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Paris Hilton

I'm sorry, it has to be asked .... the first thing you do?

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Sod the IT arguments

@shoot them later. I agree the rUK haven't had a say in this vote. However, we DO have a say next year as the rUK and Scotland negotiate on the break up, and I'm pretty sure that say will be 'You will not make any decision that benefits Scotland'. Alex Salmond is assuming (in public) that the voters in rUK will play nice about the split. Privately, he knows damn well that playing nice with an independent Scotland (and this includes monetary union) would be political suicide for any party.

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Re: What's in a name?

Just back up vagabond here. We would still have a United 'Kingdom' since we would have the same monarch. In that respect we would be in the same position we were in between 1603 and 1707. The same goes for the Royal Flag (the Union Flag) which James required to be flown on his ships before the union of 1707

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

Bill B

Have you done your usual thorough research into the move? Rumour has it that the States is a no (good) beer zone. Tea might be in short supply as well.

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Robot cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: AC:- I want a driverless car!

@nuke. You have made the assumption that you own the car.

There is already a model for using a community car (let's call them taxis) that are responsible for taking someone from A to B . There's also the Car2go concept where you rent the car for the journey but drive it yourself. Combine the two into a driverless car model and it might work.

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