* Posts by Arctic fox

2752 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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@ Richard 12 Re: "Sadly, Apple are killing Mac."

Indeed, I fear that you are right. To a very great degree It is not Nuance who are crapping on their customers but Apple themselves as far as macOS is concerned. Their attitude to loyal punters who pony up very significant sums for Apple kit, frankly speaking, stinks.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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@Terry 6 Re: "If they are disregarded, disrespected, not considered...."

Loud applause from this example of the Vulpes lagopus. By way of support I proffer this which describes what happened when Queen Mary College took the the decision some ten years ago to bring their cleaning back inhouse and offered their now permanent cleaning staff a living wage and the same conditions of service as the rest of their employees:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/18/cleaners-fair-wages-university-in-house-working-lives

See icon.

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Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security

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Headmaster

Re: "...a PIN - that will surely be easier to brute force than a password"

Ahem. Did you forget the three strikes and you are out rule in this context? You get three bites of the cherry and then you are locked out if you did not guess correctly. The odds concerned are 1:333,33 recurring. I.e. Unless the person concerned is very fucking lucky trying to brute-force a PIN-code suggests that our would-be perp's IQ is lower than his shoe size.

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

It has always been a wonder to me that companies can get away with not reporting. If, for example, your local branch of your bank got visited by a couple of gentleman equiped with stocking masks and shotguns and they failed to report the matter to the police then the bank could be punished for failing to report knowledge of the commission of a criminal offence. Companies that conceal attacks on their IT-systems should be prosecuted for failing to report said offence. The senior managers responsible should end up in court.

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Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Re: How Does Cloud Work Again?

Actually Bob I strongly suspect that your downvote totals have at least as much to do with your obsessive use of caps lock as your opinionate certainties.

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Heart-stopping predictions from AI doctors could save lives

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Joke

Re: Correlation does not imply causation

"....our models pulled out a home visit from their GP as a good predictor of patient mortality"

This sentence suggests that the last thing you would want is a home visit from your GP!

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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@JohnFen Re: "You get six faded colors for your whiteboard?"

"What luxury! Where I work, we're only provided with four."

You had rats? You wer lucky, when I wer a lad.....er sorry I am obviously getting past it. See icon.

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AI software may help eggheads predict where aftershocks will strike

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@Def Re: "That was my first thought too. It is a real word though."

Personally I feel that the dictionary publisher that was willing to accept that travesty should have been sent to the scorpion pits.

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Headmaster

@John Mangan Re: "discretizing"....."<sob>"

"“By discretizing the volume around each mainshock in this way,"

Indeed. What about:

"....by using/choosing/selecting/defining a discrete* volume around each mainshock in this way........"

It would at least show that one had some feeling for the English language and was not making up verbs whenever one felt like it.

*Yes, then one is using the adjective "discrete" correctly in the context.

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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@Ledswinger Re: But we're taking about games here

"The whole point of the debate here is what do Google do that justifies a 30% cut?"

They are of the opinion that they do not need to, they do it because they can. Indeed that is not surprising given that they have about 85% of the moble os market. In the circumstances it is hardly amazing that the European competition authorities are beginning to look very closely at the situation. Bluntly put, as Andrew has pointed out, there is no app store competition because each of the two "biggies" have a closed market in practice. Yes, I know you can side-load on Android (and indeed I have) but in reality, for hoi poloi (due to lack of knowledge) Android is in practice almost as locked down as ios. The net result of all this is (as this article is pointing out) that to all practical intents and purposes, there is no competition worth the name. The devs are getting screwed and so are the punters.

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Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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@Gene Cash Re: ""duur, whut's a see pee yew?" "

Indeed. When you are paid the salary of an enterprise lawyer you are expected to have background and context for your legal "expertise" in the business you are working for. See icon.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: All Verizon need now is a fire...

What the Fire Dept should do if Verizon's offices in California catch fire is turn up, park the fire tenders in the parking lot and hold a tailgate partly whilst singing "burn baby, burn". Icon? What else in the circumstances?

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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@ Mephistro Re: I spy with my little eye...

"All right, the answer is FOUR PERCENT OF GLOBAL TURNOVER!"

Once a fucking month, every fucking month until they stop fucking doing it!

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Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

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Re: "a publicly usable statement"

I was about to ask what on earth they had said that El Reg would not publish. It must either have been worthless boilerplate that Vulture Central saw no point in quoting or so unbelievably obscene that even El-Reg wouldn't print it!

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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@DCFusor Re: Love the cognitive dissonance

"Why is that virtually unearned 30% not evil no matter who does it?"

I believe that what the competition authorities would be concerned about is that Google has 85% of the mobile phone market and is therefore in a "market dominant position". Though I admit that as an ordinary punter the sight of unrestrained greed is not a pretty one regardless of who we are talking about.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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"..... that the word "but" is more likely to be followed by a comma....."

It should then be trained to assassinate anyone who follows "but" with a comma. Icon? What else?

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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@mpentler Re: "..... but your ideologies can't even fathom that possibility..."

What one has to take into account here is that the anti-Redmond hatebois cannot conceive of any honest reason for preferring Windows under any circumstances. The inevitable result is of course drive-by shill accusations, howls of "FUD" and general aspersions cast against the virtue of the mother of whoever has been foolish enough to challenge their world-view. They are not content with the huge role that Linux has throughout the whole of our planet's IT-infrastructure; nothing will satisfy them other than the complete eradication of anything and everything emanating from "The Demon Lords of Redmond".

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Headmaster

From your article 2nd July Andrew.

"......scientists reported an antidote – an under-glass fingerprint sensor which makes a display cut-out superfluous. But so far we've yet to report a successful field trial."

We can only hope that the notch is a shortlived phenomenen. The word "fugly" does not begin to cover the case.

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Like my new wheels? All I did was squash a bug, and they gave me $72k

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@jmch ".......a greater or lesser extent be sucked in to office politics......."

Indeed. It is of course often very risky for an ordinary employee to report this kind of thing. A fairly large proportion of middle managers react in a very hostile way to something they perceive of as an attempt to make them look bad in the eyes of senior management. They certainly do not see it as the "shop floor prol" doing what might be a very considerable service for the company.

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Automation won’t take your job until the next recession threatens it

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RE "shhhhh! You'll upset the communists dismissing their dream....."

I have rarely seen a more clumsy and politically ignorant piece of trolling. This whole AI and jobs schtick is the ultimate wet dream of the Managerati and the owners of capital that employ them.

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1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded due to botched IT migration

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@macjules Re: Didn't they used to be known as, "The Bank That Likes To Say Yes"?

Now let us be fair, they did indeed say yes.....to a large number of phishers, charlatans and fraudsters!

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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"...0.00000022 plus or minus 0.00000025...."

This in fact (speaking as, amongst many here, a scientist) illustrative of why experimental evidence cannot ever be expected to provide absolute proof. There will always be a set of error bars included in the stats because nothing we build (in this case the atomic clocks) has zero error/variation. We will continue to improve the equipment and the next time it may be 0.0000000022 plus or minus 0.0000000025 but it will never be truly zero. What we will be able to say is that experimental evidence shows that General Relativity Theory is highly reliable within these error parameters. The whole concept of absolute proof ought to give any self respecting scientist hives.

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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@Dave 126 Re: "Qi Charging"

I have to say I agree with regard to features that are "nice to have" and feel that Andrew's point about " fingerprint unlocking and rapid charging" being the only important features to have turned up (hardware wise) in recent years accords with my feelings/experience. The more of the article I read the more depressed I got about new high end shinies. Makes me even more convinced that I made the right choice recently when I bought a Nokia 7 Plus - bloody good mob in all respects at the price point (about £350 inc VAT). :)

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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"The company, something of a lawsuit magnet because of its deep pockets,...."

Hmm.. I think that one could equally well argue that people know that Apple can well afford the best legal help going? Something which would discourage both potential litigants and the possibility of hiring "no win no fee" lawyers (who would by definition be uninterested in a frivolous case* they would be unlikely to win?). After all unless you are very well heeled yourself going up against an example of "BigCorp" with pockets as deep as Cupertino's would likely be a very painful financial experience if you do not have a very good case. If we look at, for example, the activities of patent trolls we see that they rely on their targets folding rather than going all the way to a full court hearing. In general terms I cannot see Cupertino folding unless they have very good non-financial reasons for doing so. The best hope the litigants have here is that Apple will decide that the potential reputational damage outweighs their desire to tell hoi polloi to fuck off.

*I am of course not suggesting that their case is frivolous. I am speaking in general terms.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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@Dan 55 Re:"But the question is, should Amazon do all it can to avoid paying taxes....."

Indeed, a very good question. I have to admit that when I contemplate the attitudes of the super-rich and the behaviour of BigCorp (pretty much all of them) when it comes to having in general any sense of obligation to the society they make their eye-watering sums of money in and their attitude towards paying a fair wack in tax in particular is concerned I begin to develop an odd affection for piano wire and lamposts. See icon.

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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@rg287 Re: "Basic common decency, sadly not so common these days."

I remember dear Dad saying to me many, many years ago "son, there is a big difference between the exercise of liberty and taking liberties". Revenge porn is clearly taking liberties which IMO cannot and should be defended. "Basic common decency" (as you point out) is the matter in a nutshell. See icon.

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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

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Re: "you chose to enter against German........"

I suggest that you take look at the history of WWII in Europe because you are clearly very ignorant of the course of events that led to Britain and France declaring war on Germany at the beginning of September 1939. The word "chose" had very little to do with the reality that both my country and France found themselves in when Hitler invaded Poland on the first of that month. Your jingoistic attitudes with regard to US interests and the hell with everybody else do you no credit whatsoever.

Oh and no, I am not one of those who have downvoted you - quite frankly I could not be bothered.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Windows

@Simon Harris Re: "With Windows updates...."

If there were any chance that updating my SP3 would shoot me into space I would not be nervous, I'd be terrified! :)

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Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets

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@Ledswinger Re: "That pair of crooks Brown & Blair....."

Whilst I had absolutely no time for Blair & Brown's shenanigans with PFI (being a rather traditional old style centre-left Labour chap myself) I pose a little question with regard to political history. Who was it and which party was it that introduced that goldbricking scheme PFI? Clue, it was not either of the aforementioned nor was it the Labour party ("Nu" or otherwise). If you need further guidance I will simply say that the shysters concerned are the current governing party of the U.K. I repeat, that I hold no brief whatsoever for Blair and Brown's use of that piece of hows-your-father but let us not pretend that they were the only guilty ones here.

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Childcatcher

Is that you on the bog in that picture Dabbsie?

If so, which poor benighted bastard was obliged to take it? Talk about a shit job.

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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As far as Uber's pretence that they are not running a taxi service is concerned.......

..........it looks as if the European Court's ruling can be summed up as "if it's got feathers and it waddles and it quacks it's a duck". Common sense ruling in my opinion.

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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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@ Christian Berger RE: "Since most IT-departments are horribly bad at what they are doing"

You post that here at El-Reg? You enjoy getting hosed with downvotes? Your masochistic inclinations should be a private issue. See icon. :P

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

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Terminator

Re: "Copyright be damned. Does it even apply in space?"

In space, no one can hear you sue.

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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

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Re: Engineers...? A very good point.

The term "engineer" in this particular technical context (if not being abused by their PR dept.) would imply that the people concerned were qualified at degree level in electronic engineering or allied trades. I doubt very much that they intend to employ that many people with those kinds of CVs. After all they do not want to have to pay any more than they can possibly get away with.

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After repeated warnings Facebook bans Britain First for 'inciting hatred'

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Re "moderate Christian conservative"

That description is the very defintion of an oxymoron.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

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Re "Err, what? Does not compute!"

That would be because Mr Bombastic misspelled the name of the TV station concerned. The correct spelling is of course "Fake News". :)

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Scientists change their minds, think water may be all over the Moon

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Re: "The results point towards OH and H2O......."

Hmm... What form of "OH" are we talking about here? In ionic form with a negative charge? Or are we talking about OH as a functional group on a molecule as in, for example, alcohols?* The idea that our dear moon may be as soaked in booze (thanks to solar radiation) as the average Christmas pudding is very appealing. :)

*Yes, I am a chemist. It's not my fault, all I wanted was a nice easy indoor job with no heavy lifting (thank you Sir Terry) and this is what I ended up doing.

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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

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@Maelstorm RE:"Now lets get technical."

Thank you very much old chap. This is definitely not my field and your admirably lucid explanation was most gratefully received by this member of our little congregation here at El Reg. See icon.

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A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

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Headmaster

Re: "No, altruism is the greatest human survival instinct"

I agree, humanity would never have survived swinging down from the trees to walk upright if cooperation were not a very important contribution to our socio/evoulutionary biology. The idea that all that is needed for evolutionary success is a bit of "red in tooth and claw", ie greed/devil take the hindmost, is asinine.

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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Re: "The Earthsea Trilogy..was a constant companion to me throughout my teenage years."

In my case it was my twenties. Fantastic lady and an amazing writer of profound ability. She will be missed.

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Re "A stable genius."

As in the fact that El Orange produces a lot of horse-shit?

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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RE: "the missile to fly upside down it would immediately crash"

Yes h4rm0ny. I had in fact forgotten about that trick some of the RAF pilots used. I seem to remember that it involved flying just under the V1 so that the fighter's wing was just under that of the drone and tipping/flipping the V1 over onto its back. Those brillcream boys were crazy/very brave - luckily for us!

Edit: Sorry, I read your post too quickly and failed to see that you had already mentioned this.

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RE: "The thousands of German V1 attacks on southern England"

In fact a number of the aircraft stationed at British airbases in S.E. England at the time of the V1 offensive could successfully intercept the V1. The Spitfire XIV, the Mustang III, the Tempest V and the Mosquito could all do this. The biggest challenge to interception was in fact the time window between detection and the V1 being over a densely populated area when shooting it down would probably have caused it to explode when hitting the ground thus negating the point of the interception.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Whose customers are being punished?

The really stupid thing about this is that a very large number of Amazon's customers are, independently of their customer relationship to Amazon, also customers of Google in the direct sense. I.e. Mountain View is punishing their own customer base in order to give Amazon the middle finger. Don't you just love the antics of the Big Boys - they do not care who they piss on when they are making their displeasure felt. There seems to be very little today that hinders the big corporations when it comes to behaving like arseholes whenever they feel like it.

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Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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Happy

Re: Tom Baker will always be the Doctor

I am afraid that I am of an age that the doctor is always William Hartnell in my (childhood) eyes.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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Headmaster

"One OS to rule them all"

"The presence of a compositor and libraries that are backward-compatible with Android indicate Fuchsia is being lined up as a drop-in replacement – and maybe the one OS to rule them. Again, judge for yourself."

Google is already getting an increasing amount of flak from the regulators in Europe and potentially in the US as well. If they ended up with the kind of control of the market that Redmond arrived at during the middle nineties they would find themselves as target number 1 above all others on the competition authorities' hit list. They might then have good cause to remember St Therea's words, "There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers".

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Uber loses appeal against UK employment rights for workers

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Re: Not over yet

That does not surprise me because this ruling essentially cuts the legs off of Uber's serfdom business model.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Headmaster

This kind of idiocy is not confined to matters IT

I was supervising a laboratory course in general chemistry at the uni where we live in the back end of arctic nowhwere. The experiment concerned required the students to start by heating up some water to boiling point. I turned round to see that one of these geniuses had gotten hold of a polystyrene bowl, filled it with water, put it on the hotplate in his extraction dood and switched the plate on! I got to it just in time to stop it from melting and sticking to the plate.

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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WTF?

I just need to ask.

Speaking as one who was born and grew up in London, which London in which alternate universe are they talking about?

"In London, people wait for the bus patiently and they wait for the others to get off the bus before they get up."

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Manafort, Stone, Trump, Papadopoulos, Kushner, Mueller, Russia: All the tech angles in one place

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@Re: Um, pardon? ".........will be Presidential pardons all 'round, if needed."

That is likely the explanation for why the charges that Mueller has brought so far are under New York state law and not Federal law. I.e. So far El Orange is not in a position to deploy his main get out of jail free card.

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