* Posts by JimmyPage

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Digital mortgage service sounds handy, right? Oh, it's through UK.gov's Verify

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Re: They seem to like it in Estonia.

My recollection is the Estonian Prime Minsters grasp of the subject was pretty impressive, and he was completely aware of what digital ID was - and was not. (I'm sure peeps can find the El Reg article themselves).

We really have to find a way to lose this ludicrous arrogance that because we are "British" we are somehow naturally good at shit. Because generally, I'd say we were naturally shit at being good.

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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SRVL ...

ISTR stories from the 80s that the Yanks kept smashing the front wheel ... I suspect they either weren't told about SRVL, or couldn't learnt it ?

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All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight

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Apollo 13 ...

The space sequences in the (excellent) film "Apollo 13" were all filmed aboard one of these ...

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France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

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Re: In return

Why not the Pembroke tapestry ..

http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/attractions-events/last-invasion-tapestry/

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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RE: [citation needed]

let's start with ...Uruk, c.3000 BCE, pop. c.80,000

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why are people seeking to preserve the concept of the city at all?

A better question might be: why has every civilisation (and we'll ignore the fact that the root of that word means "city dwelling") from prehistory onwards only thrived in cities ???????

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

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"Lost source"

Didn't they use sourcesafe ?

Anyway, I will bet that the source isn't "lost". It's all there. In fact, probably a bit too much.

The real problem is they have no idea what combination of patches and modules actually compiles to the binaries they've been shipping. So they can't "tweak" the program without a thorough testing cycle of the base source beforehand.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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@jaduncan

would that cost more than £0.00 ?

Now you know why it wasn't done.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: Why not a cargo version

Because nothing - absolutely nothing - can beat ocean shipping for costs.

Even a back of the envelope calculation suggests that carrying 10,000 widgets in 1 TEU container from the UK to LA (so the long way) is c. $2,500/10,000 = 25 cents per item. And I'd guess you could get 10,000 HDDs (for example) in a TEU, easily.

Seriously, if you have something from China, the most expensive part of the journey will be from the depot to your house.

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Ford giving 'leccy car investment a jolt to the tune of $11 BEEELLION

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Forget technology - we need a perception check ....

I will make an informed wager that 80% of the uses cars get put to *today* would be totally receptive to a short range car.

The trick will be to make the people affected realise it.

Suppose we progressively taxed cars on their potential range ?

I agree with a commentard upthread who pointed out that waiting for the perfect solution means forever.

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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Re: As she is 14 years old

How come face book is not being prosecuted for distributing indecent images of a minor

Are they not treated as common carriers - thus absolving them of any liability for what they distribute. same as the Royal Mail.

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US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

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Re: everyone replaces their PCs

Sorry to sound snippy but where did I say business aren't replacing their PCs ? I even replied to myself to point out that there will ALWAYS be some use for PCs.

I know this is just a knockabout forum, but if it's a microcosm of the comprehension skills in the real world, no wonder things are going the wrong way.

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re: Wait, are you still using a fax machine?

Whilst it does sound incredible, I'm afraid brain dead one-size-fits-all IT security is probably the fax salesmans best friend (and has been for a while). The most common use for a fax machine I know of is to bypass attachment-stripping email filters.

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Re: "utter and final death"

who predicted that ? Not I.

I have absolutely no hesitation in believing that "the PC" will be with us for a long time. In fact, truth be told, I will probably be in the market for one soon, as the heart of my hobby home-music system.

However the glory days, when world+dog needed one have passed us by. In fact they probably passed us by 10 years ago (which is when I started calling the PC sales slowdown from a strategy POV).

I guess there were probably similar misunderstandings when solid-state electronics became commonplace. People were bewailing the "utter and final death" of thermionic valves. Wrongly. Even in 2018 there are applications that call for valves, factories that make them, and people who can design them into circuits.

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Re: everyone replaces their PCs

you reckon ?

I think we'll see a surge in landfilled PCs, and no replacements bought.

In other news, my 8 year old Cyclone media player gave up the ghost recently. Rather than splashing out on a replacement, I got off my arse, spent 15 minutes setting up casting on my Android Tablet, and carried on regardless.

(I could have done that 3 years ago, but the media player remote was always by the sofa).

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Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat

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Re: What if....

I would hope the UKs process for vetting people proposed as diplomats would winkle him out.

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Re: Smuggle him out in the Diplomatic Bag

Because once it emerged what had happened, the UK would be forced to cut diplomatic ties with Ecuador ?

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Forget everything else - it's just the bail jumping.

Assange broke the terms of his bail which were issued under UK law, and that's what he will stand trial for when (and if) he finally leaves the embassy.

Anything else is a sideshow.

A pragmatic person might ask why the UK didn't get a formal undertaking from the US that they would not seek to extradite Assange once he was in UK custody (possibly being then passed on to Sweden) as that would have removed the excuse which Assange is hiding behind.

However:

1) WTF should they ? Assange is wanted on suspicion of a criminal act. Generally the UK doesn't treat with such people (unless they run a country)

2) How ? The US could quite rightly say that they have never sought to extradite Assange (which is embarrassingly the truth); or they could correctly say that they do not issue statements about ongoing investigations.

3) The fact that Assange could not be legally extradited on from Sweden without the UKs agreement. Which would not be granted as he has to stand trial here first.

His most serious error of judgement was to do something which makes the courts look stupid. Offences about justice are (rightly) considered very serious, and always attract the severest penalty. Otherwise any Tom Dick or Harry would just jump bail and cock a snook at the beak. And that would never do.

The way things are going, it'll be President Winfrey issuing a free pass to Assange. I wonder what excuses he will have then ? That the entire US election of a sympathetic president is really a CIA plot to "get him" ?

Assange and Farage. Two people who seem to need the limelight.

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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

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Embarrassing ...

I live about 15 miles from there, and never knew.

Thanks El Reg, that's somewhere for a nice Sunday with the Good Lady Wife in 2018.

If people are in the area, I could also suggest a visit to Witley Court. It's an eerie shell of a stately home, with nice gardens and the Andromeda fountain is one of Europes larger fountains.

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Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffet

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It's the Blockchain, stupid

I've no time for the cryptocurrency hype, it's the blockchain that's the big story here. It's not going anywhere soon, and there are jobs in writing smart contracts that weren't there last year.

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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Once again, mention of compensation for victims ...

only this time, I'll get the icon right ...

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Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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It's the CPU equivalent of devaluation ...

Computing has just had a 10% haircut.

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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and inevitably

people focus on the "currency" aspect, ignoring the meat.

I did a lot of research into blockchain in 2016, and it was clear that nobody got it, and a lot of people couldn't see the point.

As long as KODAKCoin ha addressed the inflationary aspects of using a digital token, then this could be an interesting development.

What would be unique about it, is that anybody can download and verify the blockchain themselves. Furthermore, the blockchain could be programmed to only allow access to work once proof of payment is recorded.

Blockchain ? Programmed ?

Yes, that's the bit 80% of people miss.

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Put a lot of effort into something that'll never see the light of day ?

Sounds like a perfect CompSci project.

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£185k in fines rain down on dodgy PIs and claims firm for illegal data slurp

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Re: Once again, the story misses out

Should have used this icon ->

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Once again, the story misses out

how much compensation the victims received ...

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

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Re: but has since been put to practical use in cryptography

Not a joke

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

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Battery life and accessibilty

... are the two features I predicted will be the next areas for big news. Simply because without them, an entire mobile-device ecosystem built on the richer members of society will collapse.

And we can't have that.

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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54%

wow - bigger than 52%

We have to respect the will of the people folks.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Let's just accept that the UK

doesn't do evidence based policy.

Has everyone got that ?

Great. Now we can stop wasting our time trying to influence policy with evidence.

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Skynet it ain't: Deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin

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This is news ?

I have said, and will continue to say ...

If Google (for example) *are* developing "AI", then they are keeping it a long looooong way from their search engine.

Bear in mind that almost the first thing I would do with real "AI", is to train it to zap adverts and other unwanted cruft.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Freezing ...

Happy Mint user here, but every so often it will freeze. And I mean freeze. If I have a terminal window with top showing, I see Cinnamon jostling with Chrome for >50% of the CPU.

While that's going on, even the systray clock is frozen. I've seen it lag by 5 minutes at times.

So no worse than Windows, certainly.

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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The article didn't mention

how much the victim received ....

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Apple macOS so secure some apps can't be easily deleted

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Deja vu ...

Didn't Windows have a similar idea with Win2000 ?

Any attempt to replace system DLLs (and OCXs as I recall) resulted in the imposter being zapped back to the official version.

And kids wonder why it was called DLL Hell .....

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Remember how artists sidestepped the labels ...

and grew their revenue stream from live gigs instead of vulture-ripped recording contracts ?

This is a moribund music "industry" trying to get it's mojo back.

You have to wonder, in this day and age of Uber and AirBnB, why we "need" ticket agencies and promoters anyway.

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re: you can't re-sell your own football (soccer) ticket

Wasn't that one of the laws bought in to crack down on football hooliganism ? Along with ID cards for people attending games ?

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Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant

are just two acts that I know of that managed to organise and fulfil a concert without any complaints of touting.

Having experienced the Percys methods, they work very well. I can't see how a ticket could have been sold on, since you needed to collect it one the day, with the card used to book it. If you had lost the card, then your new card needed the same name, and you needed additional photo ID.

So the question is, how come *some* acts manage to look after their fans ?

I look forward to hearing the tales of how this law gets misused. Because that always happens.

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Honda pores over in-car navigation software with Alibaba – report

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+1,000,000

You beat me to it.

Having had the "delight" of a car with all sorts of electronic wizardry, I have one criteria for my next car ...

Just some speakers, and blue tooth. Leave me to bring SatNav and entertainment to the party.

I'm certainly not paying extra for it.

In the last 18 months, I haven't found a single hotel, museum, or train station in my Citroens "POI" database. Which is also very patchy when it comes to speed limits. I can't even leave it on to tell me what the current speed limit is reliably.

by contrast, my Android phone has spot-on GPS (Thanks to "HERE"), and serves up whatever tracks I might want to hear by voice. Oh, and it's a phone, too.

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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RE:The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world.

tell that to the homeless and hungry

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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Re: mass bankruptcies and suicides would follow

Christ. How bad would it have been if they had lost the referendum ?

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RE: That was news to him.

When Hitler commissioned "Triumph of the Will" (which is surely begging an internet version: Triumph of the Will of the People) he noted that the British as a race were tended towards ignorance and easily swayed by feeling over reason.

I know that's a Godwinism.

But it's true.

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

Who stole your pie today ?

It's incredibly Eurocentric to assume that all cities have distinct names. For all I know there may be a Barcelona, WA, US. Or Barcelona, Mexico.

Same way "Birmingham" is either "Birmingham, UK" or "Birmingham, Alabama".

Whilst predominantly UK based, El Reggers are a diverse bunch, and it's fair to cater for that

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Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!

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Re: focus on the minutiae and not the stuff that's their job.

If you had read "The Peter Principle", you'd know why this is.

I can't remember the category, but I recall the example of promoted headmaster who made it his lifes work to organise movement about schools, with arrows, lanes, priority systems, and stopwatches. (Meanwhile the school ticked along nicely thanks to the competent underlings).

If I had to recommend *one* book to anyone interested in IT, that would be it.

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Re: Helen Sharman to become the first Briton in space.

The ever-affable Jim al Khalili feature her on his "The Life Scientific" a while back. She had to learn Russian in order to participate.

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Helen Sharman to become the first Briton in space.

has anyone told Tim Peake ?

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Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

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"I'm not sure about other what firms charge sir"

"Then how can you say you're competitive?"

Bam ! Back of the net sir. Have a --->

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Brrr! It's a snow day and someone has pwned the chuffin' school heating

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WTF?

Yawn. Once again 2FA ????

Even a basic Google Authenticator version ?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Also, it was 1972 tech ...

If you reverse the explosion in tech, you quickly get very primitive.

It's worth noting that the actual tech in the Voyagers was frozen in 1972. It could actually still be 4-bit (haven't checked).

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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The cynic in me says it's academic ...

UK (well, E&W) courts are quite happy to admit illegally or unlawfully obtained evidence.

So you're going to chokey anyway.

And even if your conviction is overturned, you won't get a penny compensation, as if you were innocent, you wouldn't have gone to jail in the first place. As Barry George discovered after 7 years in jail.

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Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

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car entertainment system

Sorry, but I don't want to be lumbered with whatever shitshow the car manufacturer wants to dump on me.

Just give me decent bluetooth and speakers, and I'll bring my entertainment system myself.

Same for sat navs.

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