* Posts by John Brown (no body)

7979 posts • joined 21 May 2010

Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Re: Park Service cutbacks?

"Does it pain you to see an expenditure that doesn't have federal control over it?"

That sounds like a loaded and partisan question to me. "When did you stop beating your wife?"

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Park Service cutbacks?

Surely Trump didn't intend this when he cut the budgets? Part of the history that Made America Great going to crowd-funding? Really?

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: It's going to make life tougher for El Reg

"What are tech journalists to do now that they won't be able to milk the hitherto-reliable stream of "Flash vulnerability causes (insert name of important institution or societal process) to fail." stories?"

There's always Acrobat (reader)!

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Re: Message from Web Team to PHB

"Well, Flash is officially dead..."

GORDONS ALIIIII......wait....what?

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: more needed than ever

"Google is the big daddy of spyware, not Microsoft."

Yeahbut! Two wrongs don't make a right, innit!

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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

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Re: 20,000 updates a day.

"According to notes in the Customer Information Section printed in both maps it had not been revised for 10 years, but was copyright dated the previous year."

You don't generally buy OS maps for road navigation, and not that much else changes in a 10 year span. I'd be surprised if it caused any issue for you unless you specific requirements that you've not mentioned.

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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"I have seen attempts to do this, but bloggers are getting wise to this as well, e.g. it is common now to see bad science blogs using references, relying on nobody ever reading them (because heck, reading proper journals is hard) - I've seen writers claim x is true because of this research, when the actual cited research claims x is false..."

And then, of course, you get the circular references where a claim is made without evidence, others cite it and the the original cites the others as "proof". This circular citing might contain many links before getting back to the original source, making it hard to find where the false claims originated.

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Re: Facts are... hard

"because I know, for a fact, that the decimal expansion of pi is infinite and non-repeating."

Prove it!

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"Also, there's the hypocracy of which side you're on."

You mean like how the American colonial rebellion is seen by some extremists as a "revolution"?

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"You have no moral high ground there."

Why? Both you and he have pointed out the blindness of ultra left|right but the moral high-ground is somewhere in between unless you think there's only a vacuum between the two extremes.

Mind you, having seen the ire generated in these forums when US politics comes into play, many would be forgiven for assuming that there is only ultra left|right with nothing between.

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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Re: Scare stories

"Of more relevance would be were the products NOT double insulated or SELV (2 main reasons not to have an earth with CE) - if that was the case then it's an issue"

As per the article, that is precisely the issue reported. NOT double insulated and no form of earthing. But, of course, that's not limited to so-called "KODI boxes", not by a lock chalk!

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Re: UK.GOV and Big Media - Kodi is evil because ... we do not control it!

"Kodi is just a highly configurable open source multimedia centre and is NOT responsible for piracy!"

Yep, no different to YouTube and other video/music sharing sites and the browser plug-ins to download the music/video but we don't see continuous tabloid stories about them. Odd considering the installed base is probably much higher.

I suppose the headlines of "Windows boxes used for piracy" might have the MS lawyers all over them.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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"Not at all, but by all reasonable definitions you cease being a kid at the age of 18 - he is over this age so is legally no longer a kid. Maturity does not come into it."

Childhood is being ever extended. See the Challenge 21 scheme and now the Challenge 26 scheme for sale of age restricted items in the UK. Or the US, must be 21 to buy alcohol in so many places and even aged 90, you still have to show ID to prove you are old enough to buy alcohol in most places.

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Re: No doubt

Reminds me of the old saying, "There is no one more dangerous than an embarrassed bureaucrat".

Yeah, the default reaction these days seems to be to deny everything until the position becomes untenable and then claim no knowledge and blame someone else.

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Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

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Re: No specialiat training...

I'd wager the majority of great programmers had little to no formal training...

FTFY

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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"Contactless payment has issues."

Imagine the reaction if the warlock is so powerful he cast his payment spell without even the magic talisman!

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Re: Not a good plan?

"*) Doesn't this make your location trackable? (Unless you wrap aluminium foil over your arm (or wherever), I guess)."

No more so that your standard swipe card or RFID card many people in many companies already carry.

Rather than worry about tracking around the business, I'd want to know what the cost/benefits are for a $300 implanted RFID chip compared to an ID card costing pennies. As per the article, is this tech for the sake of "cool tech" or does the employer already have some feature creep in mind?

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Re: This makes sense

"If you believe that linking your payment cards and employee info to a $300 non-updatable device sounds like a bright idea."

I'm wonder what's special about the one used by the company in the article that it costs $300. If it's basically a company ID "badge", then why does it cost 15-30 times more than having your dog chipped?

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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"Doesn't meet emission standards where I live."

In most places, emission standards only apply to vehicles built after the the standards were introduced. Otherwise you'd be forcing people who can't afford a new car to go without, not to mention the classic and vintage car owners.

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Re: For an extra $ 200

"If you pay two hundred Dollars extra, you get a magnetic attachment with a microphone device."

Did you read the article?

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Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

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Re: I think this is the business model of those companies.

"Actions like this are why tech workers who hated Trump often voted for him anyway and just told their friends they voted for Clinton."

Hasn't El Reg reporting these investigations and prosecutions over the years? A cursory glance over the results of an El Reg search for H1-B shows stories of prosecutions dating back to at least 2008. Trump may well have shouted louder and caused increased action, but he didn't instigate it.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Not the only problem with the SuperHub 3

"I'm sure the individual staff members aren't inherently dishonest; more likely it's a bad management ethos that's filtering down to the support personnel."

It's more likely that they have very few to no SH2 in stock and they need them for those customers who are clued up enough to understand the SH3 problems and are demanding their SH3 is replaced with something which works. This leads to VM staff making every effort to "upgrade" anyone with an SH2 so they can take it it away and use it to placate the "squeaky wheels", probably under management instructions.

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Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

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Re: I agree

"Looks like the Geek's Map is in need of a second set of pins: places of interest that El Reg Geek Guide has yet to visit."

I was thinking that too. The nearest places within a day trip drive are Edinburgh and Manchester for me. There's no Geeks Guide to the North East of England despite. At the very least, a fully equipped Cold War bunker in York that's a good visit. Maybe we should be suggesting place for El Reg to visit then they can have an office lottery to see which staffer gets the all expenses paid trip to go write the article :-)

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Fibre

"VDSL"

Marketing are NEVER going to go with a product terms that sound like an STD. Oh...wait.

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Boffins back bubbles for better bonding with beautiful belongings

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"The authors envision AirCode tags being used to encode hyperlinks associated with information about an object."

And how long will those hyperlinks remain active in comparison with the life of the object? We probably all have experience of older hardware or software where auto-updates fail because the servers are either gone or moved.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Re: Why so much anger?

Yeah, I had that on a site visit once. I arrived well within the 7 working hour response time and the boss on site was *very* abusive. I just said I don't have to take this and walked out. Phoned the office from the car and told them what had happened and they said to wait a bit. 20mins later said abusive boss came out, apologised, and invited me to come sort out his crashed server, which I did. It took about 30 mins. On calling in to close the job off I was told that it had been escalated up to director level who rang the customer and told them the contract was cancelled and they could stew in their own juices if their attitude wasn't resolved immediately. I never had another problem at that site. Apparently the boss there had had a bad day and the server crash was the final straw. Still no need to take it out on me and I never looked forward to site visits there ever again, even though he went out of his way to be nice afterwards.

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Re: Not exactly a *customer* thankyou...

It took me 10 minutes to find the problem.

It took me 20 minutes to summon up the courage to apply the fix.

Ooooohhhh....been there. A sphincter tightening moment when you feel "sure" you are about to do the right thing but that nagging voice at the back of your head is saying "Nooooo....don't do it!", even though you can't make it worse. And the massive sense of relief when you succeed!

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Re: sexy rewards

"Sex isn't everything it's up-cracked to be."

You jaded old fart!

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Re: No lunch for me

"No overtime payment for me (salaried worker) "

I'm salaried too but still get overtime payments. You're well out of that place!

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Re: Agree on the paper

"Also, could read Latin. And Anglo-Saxon."

So you're good at interpreting and fixing other peoples code? :-)

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UK uni warns students of phishers trying to nick their tuition fees

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Re: Am I missing something?

Yeah, aren't spillchuckers wonderful. Even someone whose trade is words switches their brain off and lets the computer do it for them.

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This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

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Re: It would appear...

"And, of course, Micro-shaft will REGRETTABLY support Win32 API appLICATIONS for as long as they have to. But you know... you KNOW that they want to GET RID OF IT ENTIRELY and force *everyone* to use ".Not" Core, UWP, and whatever OTHER "new, shiny" they excrete from their bowels inside the halls of Redmond..."

It's called Windows 10 S. S for "Security" and only works with Edge browser and Apps from the MS App Store. It's here now. Many have been saying MS wanted to emulate the Apple walled garden, and it's here now.

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Re: Florida Man

"I have long maintained that there is a finite number of IQ points in the world. the larger the population the lower the average number. We used to keep some in reserve so that people like Newton, Einstein and Franklin could exist. Now we end up with people calling the cops when their drugs get stolen..."

It's time we all moved to IQv6

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Re: Arcane system or just too many ports?

It would be interesting to plot both the number and cumulative number of ports per annum. As I'm interested in whether the total number of ported numbers is increasing either as a percentage of all numbers or just in simple numerical terms and whether this volume of ported numbers is in itself is causing problems.

I was wondering if maybe the porting database needs to to know the full porting history to track the number and "no one will ever need more than 640KB 5 porting operations" so the database is running into problems with field overflow or buffer overruns ;-)

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Towns again....

"I'm looking forwards to the HMS Wetwang!"

Or, named for a local village, I quite like HMS No Place. Might be best reserved for a stealth ship.

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Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

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Re: "destructive, egomaniacal"

"some ridiculous protocol that allows anything "international" in designation to violate human, civil and workers' rights."

It's rather surprising to me that the big international corporations haven't tried to argue for the same rights for themselves.

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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"Unlikely as his 15 hours presenting a week is a live "radio" show."

Does he not do the Friday edition of The One Show any more?

Ah, just Googled and no, not for about 2 years, but still, I doubt he just rolls in, sits down and starts the show, but yeah, that's a LOT of money, even for 30 hours a week!

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: We already know.

"Popcorn lung" is still out to jury.

No, it isn't. The jury came back in some time ago with a not guilty verdict.

While studies like Harvard’s are critical to fully understanding e-cigs, they too often have the opposite effect. Tobacco cigarettes, for instance, have also long been known to contain diacetyl — at levels over 100 times those found in electronic cigarettes — yet earlier tobacco studies found that even these levels were not enough to cause popcorn lung in smokers.

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Re: Jesus, NO!

"Don't tell me what to breathe, and I won't tell you what to eat!"

Then please don't exhale anywhere near other people. $deity knows what infection diseases you might be exhaling! :-)

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Re: Jesus, NO!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/01/22/ecigarettes-worse-than-smoking-cancer_n_6522402.html

It's telling that the article doesn't link to the paper, just the front page of the site. The Liverpool John Moore research, the only proper link they do provide, a study published 3 years ago, so data from 4 or more years ago, has been superseded by more recent research showing that young non-smokers are NOT taking up vaping other than in very small numbers, less than those who would, in the past, have taken up smoking. Overall, it's a large drop in smokers and much smaller uptake of newbies to both smoking and vaping.

The NEJM study also said e-cigs *may* act as a gateway to smoking, in other words, opinion, not fact.

Here's some info from the British Heart Foundations that's reasonably unbiased.

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

"Yes, but the most senior politicians in the country are pushing forward policy-based evidence..."

...and yet the politicians are agreeing with the medical community and going with the evidence in this case, which is the primary point of the article.

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Re: One has to wonder who is paying those guys off

"but the obvious other side is innocent bystanders who have to breathe that shit."

Please describe "that shit" and the harm that it does. Extra marks for providing actual evidence and not just your own personal feelings of disgust aty something you don't like.

PS, I hope you don't eat Pot Noodle in public. That makes me heave and should be banned. Because I don't like it. $deity knows what chemicals are being vaped off it and I have to breath in.

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Re: Smoking on buses is illegal

"Just because it's not harmful, doesnt mean we should all have to deal with it"

I was doing job in a office just the other days and I had to put up with the disgusting stink of a Pot Noodle and the feckin' bloke eating it was a noisy eater whose sounds, in combination with the stink, almost made me heave! BAN POT NOODLE. You know you want to.

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Re: but... but...

Yeah, I usty had a quick scan down the story...and guess what? All the "related" stories linked at the bottom are as anti-vaping whacko stories as I've ever seen. I can't quite work out whether they are sponsored by tobacco companies or ant-smoking lobbies.

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Re: Psychosomatic?

"Edit: vaping does need to be regulated to ensure that the liquids remain safe. Just food, drink, drugs common sense."

Oh, absolutely. But not as a medicine, which is what the article is primarily about.

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Re: Mmmmkay

"Vaping isn't good for you or the person standing next to you."

Please describe, with evidence, the harm caused to people standing next to an average vaper.

Current evidence states that there is no risk greater than those toxins one is exposed to in normal everyday life. Probably less.

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"The is as much evidence for the safety of vaping as there was for the safety of tobacco when it was first introduced."

<sigh> another one posting before bothering to read the article properly or the comments with links.

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Re: UK OK

"and we can examine in five years time whether more or less people are actually smoking as a result. "

FYI, e-cigs have been available for over 5 years, widely available for at least 3 years, and the number of smokers has dropped noticeabley with the take-up of vaping. Thanks for your concerns and hopefully your local government will see the results and act on them soon. Unless, of course, it's one of those places where people pay for their medical care so there's no financial incentive to reduce smoking related illness and so many die before spending their pensions.

BTW, if you'd bothered to find out what the vaping process entails, you'd know that there is no fire or smoke involved in the process. It's a tiny heating element that doesn't even glow. Or were you referring to all those guns the TSA misses on domestic US flights? The explosive in the bullets does tend to burn rather rapidly.

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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no one says "I'll get a taxi to yours" it's more "I'll get an Uber".

Well, for balance, and despite Uber operating around for a year or two, I've never heard anyone use Uber as a generic term for Taxi. Quite the opposite in fact. People have multiple taxi booking apps on their phone, Uber only being one of them. Apps for taxis were around before Uber. Uber just happened to spend billions on marketing and bending/breaking the law to get more publicity.

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