* Posts by Fading

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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Joke

Reminds me of the Rorschach test joke.....

Patient being shown Rorschach ink blots...

"Two goats copulating with a house-wife"

"Hmm - next one"

"A giant bat receiving fellatio from a nubile ballet dancer"

"and the last one"

"Gangbang involving the entire nation of Luxembourg"

"Well my diagnosis is complete - you are a sex addict."

"ME.. me a sex addict?? You're the one with the dirty pictures!"

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Placebo

I for one thoroughly recommend placebos and believe they should be used more frequently in modern medicine. Given the amount of antibiotics that are handed out for little reason, a cheaper placebo with no known side effects (to be fair no known effects either) would be a better general solution.

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South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

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Holmes

Does this come under.....

Funding criminal activity? Is the hosting company breaking international law by paying up?

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Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

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Alien

Sounds interesting....

Sort of TOBii eye tracking within the headset that will increase the resolution only at the dead ahead (pupil-wise). Picture in picture with a higher resolution on the smaller picture. Still going to need a high density of pixels over the entire view though - so some pretty powerful GPU will be required.

Nice idea and uses the limitations of human eye-brain processing to improve the perceived quality

- wonder if it powers-off the pixels at the blind spots :)

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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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Terminator

meh

I'd be more impressed if it was able to get that score whilst being hassled by the chippy shop owner to get off that machine and get out as he's closing up soon.......

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Paris Hilton

Pix or it didn't happen

Am I doing this right?

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

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not as bad as it appears

The staying in required transfer of rather sizable lumps of cash to the "green fund" named more to do with the dollars accumulated than for any real environmental benefit. Have a read of the Paris accords - it does nothing for the climate but a lot for wealth distribution.

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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Facepalm

Re: Climate explained (by americans, for americans)

Too many Adamses not enough time to edit :)

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

Peer reviewed and published (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-5899.12295/full) what more do you want?

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Trollface

Re: Climate explained (by americans, for americans)

I'll see your xkcd and raise you a Douglas Adams'

http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-05-14

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

No. An expensive partial solution that reduces the economies of the participants so that they are less able to provide assistance when the modeled disasters occur is not a solution - it is an additional problem.

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Facepalm

Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

China's renewables are not the success story they are being touted as. There is already over production in the energy sector in China (with more non-renewable generation on the way) so the entire "renewable" building plan is not a replacement of traditional energy production but an addition. So you can laud China's renewable boost if you want but it is doing f-all good for the planet.

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Re: Dumping Paris is a good thing

It gives China a free pass until 2030. So no it is not a good baseline - merely expensive virtue signalling without any plans for adaptation.

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Holmes

Dumping Paris is a good thing

I'll leave this here (http://www.lomborg.com/press-release-research-reveals-negligible-impact-of-paris-climate-promises)

and from what I can tell there is little wrong with Bjorn Lomborg's analysis. The Paris accord will do nothing for climate change.

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: It's our money they are using

It is not for supranational governments to provide oversight over national bodies for the good of the people but for the people to force their national bodies to do good by them. That is democracy.

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Holmes

Re: It's our money they are using

[cough]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Air_Act_1956

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukla/1995/1/contents/enacted (British waterways act 1995)

https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/kitemark/product-testing/ (Kite mark since 1903)

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Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

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Holmes

Re: "Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned"

I use mine (Fitbit Charge HR) to reduce the excess on my private medical care. Oh and tell me when my phone is ringing (on silent) and for finding out the time.

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Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

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Gimp

Harmony.......

I've been using a Harmony remote for the last few years so probably wouldn't be able to recognise which remote goes with which device. Takes a little setting up to begin with but I can't recommend them enough. Unlike a standard universal remote you program the activity (e.g. watch TV) and it turns on the devices needed whilst powering down those that are not. The buttons are then related to the devices required (e.g. amp for volume, virgin box for channel changing, colour/contrast for the TV). Worth it for the extra space on the coffee table alone.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Windows

Really?

Labour? When last in power they were forcing through the ID card scheme? Whose leader has some rather unsavoury friends and prior associates?

This back door to all encryption has been desired by the security services for at least the last 3 governments and whilst we should fight it tooth and nail (I will be less likely to use internet banking knowing there is a back door in the encryption) it shouldn't be considered a single party issue (only the Lib Dems seem to be fundamentally opposed but then again there were opposed to increasing tuition fees - trust is so easily lost) .

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Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

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Happy

What we need.....

Is a method to ensure the engine produces N2O instead. That will keep everyone happy......

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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May be true....

But look at the shape of the music through a graphic equaliser on a modern CD compared to the original vinyl - the modern CD is mixed for volume and has no shape - all at max.... So yes the CD has more dynamic range but pretty meaningless if it's all set to eleven :)

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Windows

I like Vinyl

I have inherited a sizable collection to go along with my own meager selection and there is just something pleasant in playing a recording that is much older than I am. I also have a large CD collection most of which is ripped to mp3 (minimum 256kbs as even my cloth ears dislike a piano at 192kbs and below) plus many purchased downloads (total is about 160 GBs) .

The convenience of mp3, the quality of CD and the nostalgic joy of vinyl are all mediums I use to appreciate music (I have a digital cassette player - also inherited - pretty good sound quality just lacks the CD track skipping convenience) and most weekends I be supping ale enjoying a live pub band (not known for the quality of sound).....

As Plato said "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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Holmes

Rebel Assault?

or Rebel Assault 2?

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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It's been a long 7 years......

I loved ubuntu up until 10.04 - and then unity happened. At the time I was dual booting with Vista and whilst had an issue every time I updated my GPU (from an ati 3450 to a 4550, 5550, 6570 and finally 7750 - all low profile to fit in the SFF case) it was only with unity the issue became a Problem. Just couldn't get along with the UI and found myself more and more doing rather basic things via the terminal. In the end I shifted to Mint and that machine is still in service as a HTPC with Mint.

I might try ubuntu again but only out of curiosity.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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Mushroom

Something went wrong.....

Frequently suffer the statement of obvious error above which thus far remains one of my favorites. I am hoping to subsequently receive a "something went right" message if ever I am notified electronically of my lottery numbers being picked.....

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

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Big Brother

What has been seen....

Cannot be unseen....

Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to extend my apologies to the CIA agents who had the misfortune to hack my smart TV and watch what I do in the comfort of my own home.......

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Re: For all we know...

I give the BBC as much good faith over this investigation as I would the Pope and for similar reasons. BTW I have not defended FB.

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Re: For all we know...

Call me cynical - fake news has been cited by the more Liberal side of the media as the reason recent big votes went the way they did. One of the portals frequently blamed is FB. Is it beyond the realm of possibilities that certain unsavoury stories would be "investigated" to deligitimise said portals?

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Trollface

Re: For all we know...

Given the BBC's history?

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For all we know...

the BBC may have posted the images on Facebook in the first place - wouldn't be the first time they attempt to make news rather than report it (just connected Saville's old work computer).

Whilst not a fan of the anti-social FB this is another example of the lack of self-awareness over the BBC's own actions (just like taking helicopters to Cliff Richard's house).

Will no one rid us (Licence fee payers) of this troublesome broadcaster?

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Holmes

Stand up design thinking =

We don't have enough space, tables or chairs if nobody quits and they all actually come into the office.......

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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Devil

All I need is...

an option to edit the data I send....... preferably with a little SQL injection....

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Windows

Just treat all news...

as fake news. Cogito Ergo Sum. Now wheres the Descartes Icon....

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That's cute. AI and IoT need 'ethics regulation', mumbles Lib Dem baron

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Paris Hilton

Re: Wait:

Ethics..... a county in south-east England associated with white stilettos and Max Power. But that's not important right now.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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Facepalm

Unknown health concerns vs

Known health benefits of switching to vaping? It is a good thing to switch people from known hazards to safer alternatives even if the alternatives carries some "unknown" risk. Simple cost benefit analysis applies. Precautionary principle need not apply when the known benefits are so much better (the unknown negative effects would have to be pretty damn damaging to beat the known negative effects of smoking).

So keep vaping you ex-smokers!

[disclaimer] I do not smoke or vape [/disclaimer]

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Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

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Terminator

Why build any of that into the appliance....

When everyone and their dog already has the always on processing/communication device on their person in the form of a smart phone?

NFC to phone from appliance is all that is needed and merely have the phone/app as the central hub. Alexa app/siri/cortana -with NFC to all the smart devices in your home/work place/car/mass transit system would substantially reduce the complexity of the security and update model.

Then comes the smart chip in your head and the future is already here......

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Unhappy

Correct horse battery staple...

Still hasn't made the top 20.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Coat

Re: Inconsistent GUI behaviour to blame

Well "X" is 10 in Roman numerals......

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Paris Hilton

Re: Fighting your way to the top of the food chain?

"Let's not also forget that one of the top causes of world-wide deforestation (the lungs of our planet) is animal agriculture."

Well that and for Bio-oil plantations so the oil companies can meet their climate change commitments.......

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Black Helicopters

Time to open up.....

my wifi connection to all and sundry.

Plausible deniability is my middle name.....

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BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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Happy

True story...

"True Story: The antivirus coordinator at a place I once worked sent out an IT security CD to all staff - with a virus on it."

Well how else are you supposed to test that it works?

Disclaimer: don't try this at home.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Paris Hilton

So essentially...

A rip-off of Madonna's sex book?

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Second opinion.........

Getting a second opinion isn't when you ask the same doctor twice.......

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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The joys of the law

Got to love the judges on this one - though it seems a quick vote in parliament on the activation of article 50 is all that is needed. Given as the EU will not negotiate until then there is nothing to debate - a simple can the UK Gov activate article 50 as advised by the majority of the UK population or do we acknowledge we have no mandate to rule and therefore resign our seats with immediate effect....

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: stupid question

Well you know when you were doing long division way back at school and you had a big number being divided by a smaller number - and at the end you had a remainder? The boffins have added up all we know about how the universe is and measured it against what we have observed about the universe and there is a remainder left (not be confused with a remainer which is a brexit free-radical)

Some of the boffins postulate this remainder is made up of WIMPS that have a certain mass, others that it is made up of many more axions which may have the mass this super computer in the article has calculated.

What they do is hang around all the other subatomic particles and give them a bit more gravitas.

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

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Coat

Have you met the pope?

Makes a fair amount of wedge with his church going......

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Trollface

Re: "how we label our food"

Whilst I would purchase the one with maximum CO2 produced - more plant food to green the planet with!

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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

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Re: Hacking a simulated power station

"Just who in their right minds connect a power station IT infrastructure to the Internet?"

We call them smart meters in the UK :)

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Star Trek's Enterprise turns 50 and still no sign of a warp drive. Sigh

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Faster than light....

Easy enough if you slow it down first.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherenkov_radiation

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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The problem is not autocorrect.....

I've all the autocorrect turned off but the conversion to dates still occurs.... If you accidently open a .csv or .txt rather than import, even with all the auto corrections off, you still get some interesting data entries (new one for me the other day was 10 P being turned into 10:00 PM - did not see that one coming) .

Just being able to turn off all the conversions would be good but even in Excel 2016 this is not an option (I've been complaining to MS since Excel 5).

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