* Posts by JimmyPage

2663 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010

Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply

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Tech equivalent of the Golden Triangle ?

(for those whose history is up to scratch).

I guess the holy grail here, is to be able to charge twice or three times for the same electricity. A bunch of cryptominers strategically placed below a town means you can charge twice ... maybe making the town a tourist destination means you get to charge thrice ???????

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Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers

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Re: For people who can’t be bothered building it themselves from the source.

Then WTF are they doing on GitHub ?

We are talking a ****ing WINDOWS EXECUTABLE FGS !!!!!! The worst kind.

Penguinaistas are probably more comfortable with MD5 checking - and more likely to do it.

But your average Windows user really will just click and run.

Bluntly, I'm not impressed that Microsoft - of all companies - has created a situation where people think it's OK to just run any old .EXE file they found on GitHub. Because that's what it is. No one can be trusted on the internet. Microsoft doubly so.

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The GitHub repo includes a zipped executable of UI Recorder

Why ?

Just Why ?

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Sigh ...

there are some ****ing morons out there. And the fact some of them are driving Telslas means there's no correlation between wealth and brains.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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RE: Essentially, the EU are denying the UK a secure future.

By request of .... The UK.

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Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

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Wait for the magic words ....

"in good faith"

CASE DISMISSED.

Next !

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EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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Where are the EU alternatives that aren’t completely shite?

If you dig, you'll find they were probably bought out by a US company and borged or borked.

It's SOP to buy put your rivals where you can.

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Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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Try again

after a rejected comment (???)

Basically agreeing with Gordon Pryra upthread ... best people to decide if a jury would have convicted or not is ... a jury.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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FAIL

Good luck with that.

UK tort law starts with having to show a "loss", and your time is worth .... nothing.

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Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

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Arthur C Clarkes "2061"

weirdly I was reading this last week (sleepless night) where the premise is diamonds can be created in gas giant type planets. I think there's a 1980s NASA paper on it ?

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Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation

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The correct response is ...

when you pay your tax, we'll give a shit.

Next !

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Nominet throws out US corp's attempt to seize Brit domain names

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Re: Did anyone else immediately expect something about hotels?

Well, now you mention, whatever happened to Trust House Forte ?

It's a sobering reflection on my advancing years, but I'm not of an age where I have to ask - tentatively - is Rocco Forte still with us ?

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Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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Re: It's almost as though crowdfunding is a terrible idea

Downvoted, because it's a sweeping statement.

Crowdfunding is a good idea for things that are outside the remit of contemporary capitalism.

It is emphatically NOT a "different way of doing the same thing".

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re: it said it was ready to go into production.

how is this not "fraud" ?

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Re: crowd funding is just a new way of gambling

pretty much. The advice about being prepared to lose what you put in certainly applies.

I'm more interested in the potential of crowdfunding to deliver a political "put your money where your mouth is" message, independently of the big political parties. After all it's now possible to deliver £100,000 - that £1 from 100,000 people on things like expensive legal actions. Cheaper than joining a political party and then having to swallow ideology you don't agree with.

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USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

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Cake and eat it seems to be a thing now.

TL;DR. They want to be #1, but don't want to pay for it.

Where have I heard that before ?

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

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Nocebo ?

All this talk of placebos, and nobody has mentioned nocebos

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Re: you must accept the scientific fact that placebo ... works.

but I do. Indeed, I'm not quite as fanatical about quack medicine as some, since it can actually produce an effect for a fraction of the price of real medicine.

If a homoeopathist came clean and said "look, it's just water, but it seems to be able to create a verifiable improvement in some patients,so lets go with it," I'd have total respect for them.

It's the camp-followers of woo and "memory of water" and that hogwash that grind my gears.

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This is why science rocks

and homoeopathy sucks donkey balls.

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Gummy bears ?

Just sayin'

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Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

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Wasn't this predicted in "2012" (the film) ?

"The neutrinos ... are mutating"

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Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

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As predicted (again)

I am guaranteeing that Apple and Google will be wetting their collective knickers at this news (if indeed they haven't bunged a few quid into the research to start with).

Not a massive power source. But as a few commentards have noted, it could be used to power up a capacitor to act as a reserve/impulse battery ?

Of course, for the tinfoil hatters, for the 5-Eyes there is now the tantalising possibility of a lifetime tracking device in your mobe.

I love nuclear power. I really do. Especially as it scares people who can't be bothered to learn teh physics of it.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re:beans that are not suitably roasted.

Ealing Broadway (well, just round the corner, near Haven Green) - "Importers". A real coffee/tea shop (pissed all over Whittards). They used to roast the beans in the window. A copper drum over a heater. The smell was divine. Add that to freshly baked bread (possibly with a hint of oregano) ......

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Those internet trends? It's bad news if you're not Amazon, basically

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re: Sounds like you don't like shopping in PoundLand.

In this case, I already knew they didn't stock it (anymore) from their website.

Now Sainsburys, on the other hand, confirmed via FB messenger that they had stopped stocking some things - thus saving us a lot of trudging.

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Subtle, new (?) threat to bricks'n'mortar stores ?

Last weekend, MrsJP and I decided to pop to a local shopping centre for a coffee. That's all.

As we left, MrsJP said "Is it worth popping into Poundland ?" (for an item we couldn't find last time we looked in a city centre one).

However I had already perused their website and learned that they no longer sell it.

So being able to check range, stock and availability means dwindling footfall will dwindle further. And from my POV, quite a few stores are already running on empty ... relying on footfall to survive.

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UK judge appears in dock over Computer Misuse Act allegations

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Re: Quis ispos custodes ?

Romanes eunt domus ?????

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Quis ispos custodes ?

as they say in Rome ....

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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100Mbs VM customer here ....

Shame I can't stand sport.

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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

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Re: Why exactly are we doing this?

to comply with a regulatory framework which had to be imposed after "the industry" proved itself totally unable, unwilling, and increasingly unlikely to manage that itself.

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Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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Re: the flavour of Brexit currently known as Max Fac

er... in other news today , nearly all of UK industry has asked the government to stop pissing around with "max fac" as it's clearly a non-started and try and do some *real* work.

https://www.eef.org.uk/about-eef/media-news-and-insights/media-releases/2018/may/industry-calls-for-max-fac-option-to-be-dropped

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New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

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Twice in one day (thanks to Brexit)

have I been able to point out that this bill won't be debated in this parliament, or the next. so is also five years off. At least.

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Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

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Asymmetry in nature ...

While an interesting instance, I think the bigger picture is exploring any asymmetries like this in nature could point towards more fundamental truths ?

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Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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But when ?

Won't be this parliament.

Won't be the next.

So that'll be at least 5 years. And that's if a change of government doesn't scupper the whole thing before then.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Branson/Assange

has anyone ever seen them in the same room together ?

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Brit doctors surgery fined £35k over medical data fumble

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It's getting harder and harder to read UK data breach stories ...

Why ?

Because the sound of the rest of the world laughing just gets louder and louder.

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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Is it propulsion though ?

(With the caveat that I am not a quantum expert, and am not asserting anything, merely reporting what I've heard elsewhere)

The most intriguing explanation for how a rig like this might work was a suggestion that the energy (microwaves ?) being pumped into the cavity is somehow very minutely distorting spacetime enough that the centre of gravity of the rig shifts relative to the rest of the universe. This shift between the centre of gravity and centre of mass might just be enough to create the appearance of thrust.

If claims were being made that the EmDrive was producing thrust with no energy being expended, I would happily side with folks that dismiss it out of hand. But that's not what's happening here - energy is going into the system.

I have to admit to being a little annoyed at the opprobrium this appears to attract - especially as even detractors are forced to admit that there is a possibility that it's our "current understanding" which is wrong - or certainly "incomplete".

The one thing we do know, is energy and mass are equivalent. The one thing we don't know is the full implications of that. In fact we haven't even touched the surface.

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Brit Attorney General: Nation state cyber attack is an act of war

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And non-nation state cyber attack ?

like Facebook or Googles data slurp of UK citizens ?

Presumably that's "OK" ?

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Top UK court to rule whether 4.5m Brit iPhone fanbois can sue Google over cookies

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I predict this will fail.

Since no one will be able to demonstrate a loss.

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Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins

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Oxymoron ?

I hope that the MoD discovers that the proportion of experts in the field that will work for them is pathetically small. Even if offered jewels and trinkets.

Problem is that leaves the field free for the bullshit merchants ->

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Pages rule (again)

Do not buy a phone with any pre installed cruft on it.

Yes, you can do all sorts of (warranty invalidating) things to remove it. But why *pay* for it in the first place.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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James said social networks should use AI to do the job,

JPs test for "AI" for Google (other epic fails are available)

Does:

"show me all sandals with no mention of velcro"

return what you wanted. Or does it see the word "velcro" in the search terms and return the *exact opposite* of what you asked for ?

Rinse and repeat for anything subtle and nuanced

Until that works, AI ain't gonna do squat to "police da interwebs". And people should stop pretending it will.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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RE: First thing to disable on a new phone

Why disable ?

I wouldn't buy a phone with it installed to start with. Which rules out all network branded phones.

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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Of course, for us oldies, the deja vu is strong ...

Controversy around shipping promises for a Sinclair product ?

(Mines the coat with the pocket calculator ....) -->

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Epic fail, surely ?

Maybe it comes from working with numbers so long, or maybe it comes from not being as fucking brain dead as the combination of our elected and unelected overlords clearly are.

But surely, just from an efficiency point of view, it makes more sense to focus your resources on the minimum number of variables that returns the maximum reward ?

So rather than pissing around with plans to try and extract a bit more from 2 million people, it would be a better idea to see if you could raise the same from fewer ... starting with Google, Facebook, Vodafone, Apple, Amazon, Starbucks and the like ?

I've long stopped seeing incompetence as a conspiracy. That said, sometimes I still find myself marvelling at the unerring ability of governments to come up with almost the worst possible solution.

Come the revolution, I suggest we rewrite the rules to specifically prevent government departments from suggesting their own solutions. How many more employees are HMRC hoping this wheeze will buy them ? In fact, I will go out on a limb, and suggest that when HRMC were tasked with providing a "solution", they simply ordered the spreadsheet by budget descending, and then set that column width to zero when presenting their "findings". (And if they didn't then they are even more incompetent than I was giving them credit for.)

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UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year

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Er, "could" ?

She added that rejections “send a damaging message that the UK is not open to the ‘brightest and best’ across the world” and could harm confidence in the UK’s immigration system.

I think the rest of the world has got the message loud and clear. If you're foreign, and want to have your rights pissed all over whilst governments illegally deport you (and steal your cash) then head on into the UK where you're sure not to be disappointed. If you saw how badly we treat our own citizens, you can be sure that damned Johnny Foreigner is going to get it worse.

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People like convenience more than privacy – so no, blockchain will not 'decentralise the web'

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*If* the early web was "chaotic"

(and you have to agree it was ....)

Then the current web is more chaotic.

Suggesting the wrong direction of travel ....

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S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats

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Re: Now if I were going to design a secure messaging system ...

You miss the point.

I'm suggesting methods by which the "bad guys" (who aren't so much interesting in building a new computer as blowing up a railway station) could ride a horse and cart through the security services obsession with digital encryption.

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Now if I were going to design a secure messaging system ...

I'd start with my encrypted message handwritten on a piece of paper flipped in front of a webcam amongst a load of random characters on other pages.

If you've got your tradecraft right, you can use a public webcam that's pointed at a city square or something.

With the killer punch that if there are people doing this today we'd never know, because all the spy agencies are obsessed with digital encryption.

On a similar note, does anyone here know what that postcards in newsagents windows in London *really* say ?

The more the spooks show they rely on using digital technology to "operate", the more ways I could dream up of frustrating them.

We already have an internet dead letter drop mechanism in Usenet and binary newsgroups. Good luck finding any secret communications there. Especially if they were encoded by photographing a handwritten notice (in Farsi) and posting the JPEG.

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US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

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IANAL, but this is where UK law fails big time.

The requirement to *prove* a loss.

So police stopped you unlawfully (or even illegally). But you "lost" nothing ?

Jog on, my (poor) friend.

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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Crowdfunding ... as a funding stream for upstart content producers

Having flung a few quid at Richard Herring for his excellent "Leicester Square Theatre Podcast" (or, as the cool kids are calling it: "RHLSTP !") I'm quite happy with this arrangement. Generally an entertaining and occasionally thought provoking hour with a (generally) comedic celebrity, unencumbered with worries about taste and decency.

There are also a few non-comedic gems ... Mary Beard, Ben Goldacre spring to mind. And it's thanks to RHLSTP that Mrs Page and I have been to see James Acaster, Josie Long, Robin Ince, Josh Widdicombe, Sarah Pascoe, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Mark Thomas, Bridget Christie ....

And, famously, it was on a RHLSTP that Stephen Fry admitted to attempting suicide - so real scoop there.

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