* Posts by Triggerfish

2231 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril


Re: Isn't that what the watches with the numbered bezels are for?

Those bezels are a hangover from old school I think. Before dive comps and so on, when you worked out your dive plan and profile by hand and lookup tables, wrote it on a slate and that was basically your stopwatch.

Rotating the bezel meant you could align it with where the hand was currently

A Dive computer basically does all of the above, plus more, (depending on the model).


Re: I would look for a different provider

There are other diving computer manufacturers out there, but I would bet most people went with Suunto, before this, their rep was very good AFAIK, most people I know use them.

Yeah I am not sure about the gauge either, I have always dived with a old dial type gauge and thought that was pretty standard on a set up, with or without computer.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out


Re: @Triggerfish

Most places I have traveled only one ATM has not been an issue, (except Laos and they had a guard with an AK47 next to the machine).

Generally speaking I tend to leave the card behind and take what I need day to day. YMMV but getting mugged and having the card taken and the pin for me is still a limit on what you can take out and its less than a bundle of holiday cash.


Re: Cash, always

Then you are carrying your cash around all the time, lose it, get robbed it's a big loss. I'd rather pay the ATM fee for peace of mind.

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


Re: I disagree...

I'd say this ball of mud is pretty special, after all it's where we live and it keeps us alive.

Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt


Re: No Slater did not intentionally set it up.

How about set up this way then?

Monkeys can be unpredictable, they can utterly dislike some people from subtle queues in body language, I have had them run past me photographing them and attack other people. They can also do a remarkable amount of damage for their size and often one in all in with a troop.

It takes a while to get close to Monkeys in a lot of cases, depending on how used to people they are. Patience, an awareness of them and yourself around them. Traveling to Indonesia and getting to be comfortable with monkeys, and all the logistics and work that entails could count plenty as set up for me, as the above post said it's basically what things like the beeb do with their camera traps.

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS


Re: Just say no

This is the problem I have people may be switching of facebook in the West, South East Asia is a different story, pretty much everything is done on there.

I didn't even use facebook really till I moved out here, now I have messenger on my phone dammit.

The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players


Re: Funny...

"effect of Brexit" - Like this is ONLY due to the effect of Brexit, like there isnt anything else going on in the world that would cause effects, the markets reacted and got over it, the effects of Brexit at this point are of little consequence compared to say the possibility of a Major war about to break out. - No its Brexit..

I did not say that it's the only reason. I was pointing out you said the effects lasted a day.

"Ill just repeat this bit" - No let me repeat it, in the long term this should benefit us, growing our national industries rather than relay on imports.

How does this work? Where do we get raw materials from? Please explain why long term it's better for us? Willing to listen.

"Like what?" - Like what? why dont you ask the person who made the point?

That was you in an earlier post.


Re: Funny...

So are you saying you do understand there can be general trends that last long but the effect of Brexit only lasted on the day of announcement?

Ill just repeat this bit - we buy a lot of stuff in, including raw materials for manufacturing, the myth that cos the pound is cheaper our goods will be cheaper is not exactly correct due to this.

*fuck off! this isnt big companies that are holding development, its a bunch of "academic's" leeching off the public purse.*

Like what?


Re: Funny...

Yeah, the market response to Brexit lasted all of a day as those factors were priced in by the big players, the next patch of uncertainty is when the deadline is actually up, the current economic issues have very little to do with Brexit and more to do with the general trend of world trade

Erm no the market response is still happening, it doesn't last just a day.

"A weaker pound" - is suddenly bad for the economy?

Yep can be we buy a lot of stuff in, including raw materials for manufacturing, the myth that cos the pound is cheaper our goods will be cheaper is not exactly correct due to this. Abroad you have less spending power.

"academic projects are ending and new ones aren't starting" - oh no Communists will have to find actual jobs.

You're right new tech, products and innovation make no difference to an economy. We do not need to create the next ARM holdings we can all work at McD's

Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove


Also, what surplus? Wasn't every uk gov study coming out that brexit will cost extra money?

Yes yes but that's only until the resurgence of the British Empire They're preparing for it right now, there's some Polish guys down at Portsmouth recaulking the victory. BAE are doing mods; the masts are coming down and a couple of Yamaha outboards are being shoved on the back to make room for the F35s. Apparently there was a worry that the decks might be damaged by the engines, but they got a great deal on some cladding from an estate management company in Chelsea.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto


Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Well no, see above. The percentages of successful women in engineering versus men does at least correlate with the theory that women are less suited.

Not necessarily, after all it's been a male dominated field for social reasons as well, may take a while for the filter to wear off.

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump


Re: We don't need no education @Lars

Balderdash it would be easier for us all to do geometry if we change Pi and square the circle. I'm all for it. History and Biology would be easier as well with every answer being God did it, grades would be a record high.


Trump wants to privatize the space station, and sell it off to commercial concerns

WTF? I still can't wrap my head around that.

Think of the presidency as a hostile corporate takeover, with asset stripping.

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins


Re: Galaxy S9 Lite

Is that correct though, for example if you had the S8 out with a removalable battery vs one without, same specs and design in all other ways. I am pretty sure the replaceable battery one would win out.

India signals ban on cryptocurrencies, embraces blockchain


Re: Sales tax in India

Similar in Thailand, one way they used to get round it was have all the parts shipped in and have someone build it there

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial


Re: Quality of British Business versus Service to British Customers

Yeah I came across that, washing machine broke after about a month, seller tried to get me to do all the work. Took a couple of weeks but I ended up getting a fixed washing machine and about 90% of the machines cost back in compensation. CEO email address sites come in very handy.

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters


Re: Insects...

To add to that, ants eggs taste a bit like Lemon Sherbet.

Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python


@Doctor Syntax

I beg to differ


Some of those picture might not suit the squeamish.

Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report


Re: @ Pen-y-gors

How curvy is a banana? Or cucumber?(did they retract that one for being too pedantic?). Or what can be called jam? Or apparently the size of a drink in a pub?

You do realise there's a reason for standards don't you? And that things like bananas weren't banned for curve shape?. And that a lot of the appearance of fruit and veg in stores is dictated by a mix of what the consumer wants to see and what the retailers think we want to see? Which is why some of the classifications of things like fruit came about.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful


What a delicate flower you are - there are large parts of the world where it is consistently that temp or substantially higher for major parts of the year.

It's called adaptation it takes a while. You don't just step into somewhere that's twenty odd degrees hotter than what your body thinks is a really sunny day and instantly adapt, the body registers only a couple of degrees as a temp change, It's a process that takes months. I currently think 18C is a bit nippy, last year in the UK I would have been sleeping with the window slightly open all the way down to near 0C with just a light duvet.

Also those people in hot climates. If it's humid especially they suffer as well, there's a reason people in hot countries often take siestas. Real feel this year was hitting 48C in the cities there were plenty of locals who suffered, not as badly as me, but enough that there was articles in the paper about how deadly the heat could be.


Re: Hot?

Vietnam it hits upper 30, and the odd 40 a good portion of the year. But humidity is around 85-90%, not so much fun.

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'



UPS problem, SCO running on pc servers as back end to a shop Contract field tech on 3 times my first level support spod salary, gets to the site late for no good reason, (and I worked in one of the call centres that expected you to stay till the job was solved, while treating you like scum), so already half hr past when I am supposed to leave. Calls me, first words are "So I have two boxes in front of me, which one is a UPS?", He reported me because I swore.

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station


Re: Quentin Sommerville

And also a bit of drop the dead donkey


Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked


Re: RIP free speech

It's not a public service.

Free speech applies in this way, set up a shit load of kit, do the coding, run your own version of twitter.

In fact by imposing rules on the people running twitter and silencing their right to dissent against these racist groups you are actually calling for the suppression of their own rights of free speech.



It's not a requirement to have a twitter feed, not having one doesn't impose on your basic freedoms and human rights, if they want to use it they have to play by the rules. Alternatively they can set up their own. Look at it this way if your CEO, would you want to be tied in with those fools like Britain first, after all by letting them air people could say you were endorsing/ supporting them.

Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage


Re: Poor relations

As someone living in a country were the daily wage is low, there is some truth in it provides work that is equivalent to a a not bad, possibly little above average wage.

Thing is though plenty of people on this average wage, have also some pretty poor conditions. At that wage you can't afford health insurance, and state hospitals can be inadequate as a generous description someone I know recently had to share a bed with three others in a hospital while they had dengue, likewise affordable housing can be of a lot lesser quality than we grew up with, 12m square of living space for example. Or places we would consider as a decent master bedroom being occupied by multiple people.

I am a little ambivalent on this, part of me realises it provides work for people that in their countries may be considered a living wage and as such cutting it off could be disastrous for them, part of me thinks there really should be nothing wrong with paying a little over, a company could still pay a decent wage and make savings and improve someones life for only a little extra expenditure. I don't think there is an easy cut and dried solution.

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote


Re: Whaaat?

What happens to those with opposite opinions? Are they to be ignored because they aren't in the select group of "internet pioneers" that signed the letter?

What you mean people like Ajit Pai, Verizon, Comcast? You're right they don't have enough of a voice, they are not getting a chance to promote their ideas anywhere.

O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches


Re: Note to self...

That's a kid with some biz sense.

You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach


Re: Softbank

It's not the only one they invested in they put $2b USD in grab, an Asian version of Uber.

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market


Re: Note 3...

Was contemplating finally upgrading my Z3. I can still buy them new where I am. note 4 is about £200, Note 5 is about £250, do they still hold up? Was contemplating a note FE or 8.

Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen


Re: What if ...

They have your record for the payment though.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access


Re: Who would pay for BBC access?

I'd likely pay as someone abroad, to stream r6, and have access to things like the Blue Planet 2 that's on now for example. I'd probably happily pick up the comedies like QI and Have I got news, and the odd bit like that as well.

Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account



In a way I admire their audacity, and attempt to bring world peace to the planet if only for five minutes.

But yeah career wise dumb move.

Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft


Re: Just been migrated to Orifice 365

UI that many aspects of which seem to have been designed by a marketing reject whilst out of his head on Spice

Oh don't worry they seemingly change it every year, usually for the worse.


As a poster said below, they is going to be cash going mopping up this mess, it's all very well clicking and enabling things, understanding the ramifications of doing it is a different matter.

Plus I have worked with a lot of small businesses with very clever owners in their field, but were hopeless with computers, I'm not sure any of them would even want to open up something like this and do it themselves.

Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech


Re: I have an odd psychological response:

I do exactly the same thing, I have to fight to stay awake on car journeys as a passenger. I have been asleep within minutes of being in a vehicle, turns out I am the same on boats to.

WhatsApp? You still don't get EU privacy laws, that's WhatsApp


Re: Helpful tips to make the above concept better welcome. @Dropbear

As I say YMMV but I live abroad and phoning someone and speaking their own language is a bit beyond me at the moment, text has some advantage over that.

Here FB is so entrenched I don't even know some peoples phones numbers. People don't do calls av wage is low, it's money thrown away when someone can use leeched wifi and FB. People over here even have phones that don't work for calls because they are broken doesn't make any difference to them.

Whatsapp tend to be among the more Westerners and even then it has advantages, from a quick text message to parents with couple of nice pics to reassure them I am alive (or being able to give me a call via Wifi), and friends back home, shared groups and messaging people in other countries. It has advantages that are very hard to beat. Without having to try and get everyone across to a new style of thing, including technophobic family members, it's not really practical.

In the UK I avoided FB, easy enough to say call or text, over here its the communication tool of the whole of the region, genuinely unavoidable, if you would like to talk to people and find things. Whatsapp likewise.


Re: Helpful tips to make the above concept better welcome.

YMMV but for me that's pretty much everyone I know, plus half the places where I live don't have websites they have facebook pages. I'd struggle to access services and find shops and so on. It's so ubiquitous that a phone call or text message is unusual.


Re: Helpful tips to make the above concept better welcome.

Unfortunately not using them is not always possible, unless you want to cut yourself off from people and so on.

Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think



My boss uses

International Billing Machine

Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock


Re: I must be in the "Beta" programme

next-door neighbour is arbitrarily designated as the custodian of all my undeliverables

I used to work for the council one of the duties was taking calls for bins, the amount of delivery people who thought a bin was a good place to store stuff, calls from people asking if you can go through the dump for an item.

Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada


Re: I kinda want a drone

Agreed the little microdrones are fun and cheap, I had a little Hubsan X4 cost about 30 quid, fine to fly indoors, in the office or your garden (it really won't reach any height to worry about).

No good if you want to do photography but for mucking about perfectly fine.


Re: How is it different @ Muscleguy

I'm thinking less Hawk, more Harpy Eagle. Pretty sure one of those dive bombing a drone operator will put them off suitably.


Re: How is it different @ DainB

It didn't. Murphys law, it happens.

Although that knowledge, probably did save a lot of other planes that have birdstrikes, and probably allowed them to engineer so that if it does fail, nasty bits don't fly off and do more damage somewhere else while you have an engine loss.

Xperia XZ1: Sony spies with its MotionEye something beginning...


Re: Real world usage @Brangdon

MY Z3 is just starting to make me think I should replace it. Give Sony this they make not bad phones.


Re: Real world usage @ SkippyBing

IP67 / 68 Water resistance would likely not do much against swimming. Its basically water resistance if you drop the phone in say the sink. Water pressure from moving around and doing things like swimming will overcome it. You'll also run the risk of ingress if it's left in water too long.

Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?


Automation at it's finest.

I mean years ago you'd have to go a bit Smiley, or Palmer. Infiltrate the country, set up an asset, use a dead drop, and exfil.

Nowadays you just find a defence contractor whose security team is run by bean counters, send a "joke" attachment and wait for some fool to open it.

Man with 74 convictions refused permission to fling sueball at Google


Looks like him is that enough now for being convinced and taking action? should we dox him? maybe get his address out? set his house om fire?

I mean the guy in the article is obviously loathsome, but lets not just start this pogrom shit here ta, especially as it's all based on you an AC ffs, who has absolutely no evidence.

Oh look there's a cat that looks like hitler let's get it...

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