* Posts by John Brown (no body)

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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"Please don't judge us based on Quebec.... *whispers* they're a bit crazy..."

In some cases, they are to the French as certain Boston, Mass people are to the Irish. So ultra patriotic to their heritage that they missed the bit where the "mother country" evolved over time out of the rose-tinted past the ex pats "remember".

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Re: Comfort food!

"UK grilled = US broiled"

And

US grilled = UK Barbecued :-)

But, just to confuse us right-pondians, a US grill is also a sort of flat, hotplate where things like eggs and bacon are fried.

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Re: Forget peer reviewed

"This is why Mythbusters needs to come back."

Well, they did a sort of "Americas Next Top Mythbusters" series. No idea if it will ever evolve into another actual series of Mythbusters. (Actually, if it ever does, I suspect it will be "updated" and "down wiff da youff" and end up being a one season wonder)

The Mythbusters "B" team, Kari, Tory and Grant did a sort of Mythbusters show called The White Rabbit Project on Netflix last December if you need a fix in the mean time.

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Re: Ban them!

"The thing about boxes, babies, bowling balls etc. is they generally aren't found hovering five and a half meters above people's heads, where as drones often are."

Babies and pop singers comes to mind. The other items, and more, coming to an area near you Real Soon Now, courtesy of Amazon.

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"Ergo, a drone should stay the f*ck away from the trajectory of any aircraft that isn't stationary on the ground. There really is no argument, none whatsoever, for endangering those in the aircraft, however slight anyone deems the risk.

The rest is detail."

I think you missed a minor detail. The subject of the research paper was about the effects of flying and falling drones of three specific models, onto people on the ground.

Your other assertion that "if a drone is present, there is a likelihood of damage" is a bit spurious if technically correct. I'd used "possibility" rather than "likelihood" since possibility implies that an accident may happen more most likely won't, while "likelihood" implies far more certainty of an accident occurring. Even assuming that reported accidents are only 10% of the total of actual accidents, compared to the number of drone flights, the odds are pretty small of an accident occurring.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: the RESET key was an Apple idea!

"I regularly accidentally hit keys that do weird stuff like put browsers into full screen and launch an HTML editor of the page I'm looking at."

I remember a few occasions on mashing a keyboard either accidentally or deliberately and ending up with it in a sort of inverted shift mode, ie normal typing was as if the shift key was pressed while pressing the shift key gave "normal" operation. I never did find out they key combo that caused it or reversed it, or even if it was a keyboard function, BIOS function or an OS function.

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tells us more about the Microsoft haters who will pick up on any pathetic attempt to have a dig"

He has a point though. Why have a single key-press on the keyboard where an accidental press results in a complete system reboot? It really did need to be at least two separate keys far enough apart so as to require both hands to activate. I'm sure we all have experience of desktops, or worse, servers, with badly placed hardware reset buttons that have been inadvertently pressed with knees or other objects.

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Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

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Re: Temporary penises

"Would they be able to take off still?"

No, they are moving when they take off.

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Re: @AC re:7inches

"ducks todgers are freaky as hell...

the one on the sea cucumber is funny too...."

There may be examples here

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Orland-whoa! Chap cops to masterminding $100m Microsoft piracy racket

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Re: get rich or die trying...

"let's hope his many hidden bitcoins can help heal 10 years of ass drilling trauma"

I find it rather sad that so many have the impression that the US prison system consists of male on male anal rape for everyone. Even sadder is the actual incidence levels of male on male anal rape in the US prison system, which, while nowhere near as prevalent as some here think (or wish for), is well above the level of every other civilised country. I wonder if said commentards are jealous?

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You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

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"But in the UK, where most houses built over the past thirty plus years have externally accessible and unsecured electricity meter cabinets (with a master switch),"

Really? Any passing chav can turn off the whole house' power and run? Sounds like a recipe for a much worse version of Knock Down Ginger. My meter is on the outside, but the CU and master switch are on the inside.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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"* (for starters, they don't even scan live streams, which is why you see streaming channels like this on youtube playing cartoons all day)"

Something seems to be working because "This video is unavailable.". Geoblocking maybe?

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Re: History repeats

"We're not complete arseholes."

That's good, or you'd need a LOT more bog roll!

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Re: Why not fuck off and sort out Brexit instead

"It still hasn't returned all the church buildings and other properties seized by Henry VIII to their rightful owner, the Roman Catholic Church, which is still in business with its headquarters in Vatican City."

Yeah, the church was "nationalised", so maybe it could be sold of to private inverters :-)

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Re: It makes sense when looking at it from the other side...

"This has been done in Germany already at the Anti-G20 protests in Hamburg. Just claim that protesters were violent, surround them so they cannot flee, then arrest them."

In the UK it's called "kettling" and is a long standing tradition of the Police.

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: I still have two XP instances

"Theft, unless of course you bought an XP license especially for the VM?"

"Would you steal a car?" Or maybe you meant copyright violation rather than theft?

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Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

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Re: I am not a Number.

"I am localhost!"

And so is my wife!!!

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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ROI?

Assuming normal wear and tear type maintenance and not the more likely spray paint and knock 'em over, what's the TCO on one of these? More than just putting in a decent CCTV system with the same AI looking at lots of fixed cameras instead of through a few very expensive mobile ones?

These things seem like a solution looking for a problem.

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Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

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Re: So... what's the big point for slack?

You know that gives me an idea. Wouldn't it be interresting to have am "IT Security and/or Engineering"-doll?

There's already an IT Barbie doll

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Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

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Re: The Russians you say? Guilty?

"Joe Arpaio was found guilty Monday of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s order to stop detaining illegal immigrants"

The case was brought by a group of Latinos.

Not too sure what your point is here. The Sheriffs method of identifying illegal immigrants was to stop pretty much anyone and everyone with a Latino "look" about them and demand they prove their right to be in the US, ie anyone with a "suspicious skin colour", the very definition of racial profiling.

Hopefully the above is confirming your point and not refuting it.

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Re: I thought this was Uber's business plan...

"...and a partridge in a pear tree...."

just so long as they don't have an accident with the five gold rings while screwing everyone over. Otherwise they might need a fireman with an angle grinder.

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Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

"Any intelligent AI (yes, I know that's what the problem is, but still...) would be able to interface with a satnav as well."

In an SF novel I read a year or so ago, they called them AS, not AI. Artificial Stupid because Intelligence is hard to mimic. An AS has a limited "expertise" :-)

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Re: Competing is Anti-Competative?

"It's a very strange state of affairs to fight over real-estate *within* a competitor's shop, and then complain that the shop owner has an unfair advantage."

Not really. Unless the shop owner is the only game in town, which is effectively what Google is.

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Re: Curious to see the answer of the EU

Consider how an AI answers "Where's the nearest place to buy a good hammer" and how many competing map, location, shop, products, recommendation engines could be involved in a verbal answer?"

Sadly,for those of us who live by a river (or other geographic feature) where the nearest crossing is a 2-3 miles up or down stream, not one of those systems are much use when they always use "as the crow flies" measurements when telling me about all the wonderful results "within 5 miles". A.I.? We've heard of it but never seen a working example.

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Viacom exposes crown jewels to world+dog in AWS S3 bucket blunder

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What price security?

Why are huge companies with $billions skimping on security and storage costs and dumping data into the "cloud"? Storage is cheap. Much cheaper than the costs of a leak or even just the bad PR.

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Ofcom to crack down on telcos' handling of nuisance callers

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Re: Hmmmm

Ah well, that'll be another £1.75 on my monthly line rental in one of BT's 4 price increases next year ......"

Well...considering that BT and others all seem to think that it is a cost to provide CLID, then by definition, if they provide it to everyone and bump up the line rental to cover it, they ought to offer a discount to those customers who ring up and ask for CLID to be blocked.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: BoJo is very right

"On exit, we regain control of that money. Of course, some flows back into the UK in CAP and project payments, but the UK government does not control that money."

And a lot of those "EU mandated" projects are in the regions. Would you trust Westminster to spend it there or re-direct it to Crossrail or the Home Counties?

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"rebate"

Yes, "rebate" implies that you spend the money and then later apply for and get some money back. What happens in reality is we get a discount, ie pay less than the full amount.

I do wish the media would report this properly instead of parroting the politicians misleading PR.

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"The EU demands something more than £17bn a year of the UK. Divided by 52, that comes to £350m a week. In fact we have "rebates", and there is also EU spending back in the UK. That brings our net contribution to £200m."

And not forgetting that some of that net contribution pays for EU institutions that we used to have here and closed down in their favour and will now have to rebuild from scratch.

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Re: Journalists

"I'd like a general election please, early next year, before they ruin anything else : it's time for a change."

Much as I agree with you, in the greater scheme of things, the "other side" already see the UK as having a weak negotiating position due to Mays snap election and loss of her slim majority. Having another election any time before Brexit along with the uncertainty of our position changing and possibly having to restart some of the negotiations would almost certainly be far worse than leaving the existing crowd to muddle along as they are.

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Re: The closest thing to a . . .

". . . Donald that we have?"

I heard Boris described as "a Poundland Trump" somewhere recently.

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"should of written"

<points and laughs>

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Re: In the words of Homer J Simpson:

"Actually it would more likely be "153 out of 204 people agreed" but that statistic looks like a a lot of people disagreed."

Like Ryanair. Which sounds worse. 2% of all flights cancelled. 50 flights per day cancelled. Marketeers and PR will fudge where they can, otherwise choose the "best looking" numbers, percentage or absolute, whatever they think plays best with the audience.

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Re: Not Qualified

"she does security from the musical perspective."

And when the music stops, she'll be in another (highly paid) chair somewhere else.

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WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

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Re: "...the popular content management system"

"Whats that old saying? "If all you have is a hammer,"

I wish I had a hammer....

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

"Normal approach for China is buy a handful (which they already have, here) and then just copy it."

That's exactly what they are doing. They have licensed the design but bought working ones too,

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Re: Once More, With Eeling

"Eeling Comedy?"

Only if your hovercraft is already full.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Re: Autoplay

"what part of "nearly all of that CRAP is advertising and we don't want to have it SHOVED UP OUR DOWN OUR THROATS" do they NOT understand???"

It's Google, the worlds BIGGEST internet advertising company. What makes you think they don't understand?

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: Biscuits?

"People get biscuits. You don't qualify as "people"."

The green biscuits ARE PEOPLE!!!!

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: Like, d'uh!

Sir Jony B. Ive? I bet that gives him a buzz!

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"I see an iPhone XI in Dabbsy's future!"

Yeahbut! Is that Kye, Tchee, Shee, Eleven or Ecks Eye?

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Re: Say what you mean and mean what you say

"Anyway gym membership for children? How many kids do you see in the gym? I bet they make a fortune in fees for children that hardly ever use the facilities."

You're probably right, but to play devils advocate for a moment, sometimes it's the only convenient place to take the kids for swimming lessons and just to play in the pool. (for those gyms which have pools, that is).

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Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

"The other question I have about wireless charging is efficiency. "

Yep. Isn't the current green advice to always unplug your phone/tablet charger when not in use? IIRC the primary reason given was that all those unused chargers, TVs on standby etc add up to a significant power draw across the National Grid. A wireless charger in that situation becomes just a geeks talking point since the whole point is that the user is far too busy to spend 0.5 seconds plugging it in.

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Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

"Also a direct cable works when phone is in your hand."

I'm sure we've all been in the situation where plugging into a charger while on a call is the only option. I can just see the contortions required trying that with a wireless charger :-)

"No, I've not passed out or fell asleep at my desk! I'm on the phone!"

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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"Looks like El Reg still hates Apple?"

They don't seem to be showering MS with love either. I wonder if that little phrase in the masthead might have sometime to do with it? Something about hand, feed and bite if I recall correctly but it's just too much effort to scroll back up and check.

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"Also, where does this sit with Ofcoms rules on unlocking a device? If it's locked to EE what if you want to go to another network?"

Like most US companies, they assume the whole world works to US law and their T&Cs are enforceable because you can "sign away" your rights over there. Considering the slapping the Italians gave Apple over the enforcement of the EU mandated 2 year warranty that Apple were trying to claim was only one year and chargeable for the second year, you'd think they might have engaged some "local" lawyers in the their target markets by now.

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Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

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Re: Amazing...

"Remember that these are people who think a wallpaper might need to send text messages for some reason."

Yeah, that struck me as a bit odd too. After all the press over the years, why are people still installing apps that request permissions outside of what is reasonable? I stopped allowing auto-updates of apps a long, long time ago. Every once in a while I manually check the listed available updates and any apps which want more permissions than I already accepted, get left as-is unless the permission relates to new functions and are reasonable. I also keep a separate copy of the relevant APK files so I reinstall the one with the limited permissions I've agreed to, not the newest version that wants much more.

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Re: comments like "rapid unscheduled disassembly"

"and "it DID land, just not in one piece" always remind me of this bit"

I LOLed! I thought it was meant to be serious for the first 20 seconds or so. I can just image a real Aussi Pol taking just like that!

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Facepalm

"Is it just me or do those platform names..."

Are you new here?

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