* Posts by A K Stiles

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: Vagisil

Think these ones are also beef flavour - brown beef rather than blue beef though. It's the new twenties that are going to be Orangutan flavoured (or something)

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

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WTF?

Just incredible that the security of one of the most used systems in the world is so lax.

Also interesting to note that people regularly change their mobile numbers when they change phone / carrier. I've had the same number in the UK for about 17 years, but it's on the 5th new phone and 4th carrier in that time. Does no other country port numbers easily? (or is it an outside Europe thing?)

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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There are other things you can do legally in the UK at 16 too... assuming you can find a consenting partner, but apparently you're not allowed to look at pictures of it happening for another couple of years!

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Sun 28 Nov 04:35:28 UTC 2032

That's the date I'm waiting for, in some unconscionable blend of decimal and hex delights.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: if cost == 0 then panic

>What happens if a photo is set up so that a ball is released at a random time

I have a camera with 'smile' detection, it's on a tripod pointing at a blank wall. When people go and stand in front of it and smile, it takes their picture. I haven't really framed the photo of them and them smiling triggered the shot, so who now owns the copyright on that picture?

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Hammers

Are you so sure about hammers being 'done'? Claw, ball-peen, dead-blow, lump, sledge, toffee... Wood, steel, rubber, plastic... How about the handles - again, wood, steel, or maybe plastic (GRP, ABS...) Not to mention power hammers...

I realise that probably wasn't your intention with the analogy and I'm being somewhat pedantic, but hammers, like software, do actually get tweaked and adjusted when what exists doesn't work properly for the current situation.

Now if you were renting a hammer (hammer as a service?) or a shower, you may very well find that the provider does decide at some point that what they're willing to offer does change so you end up in a forced upgrade situation, much like your hosting provider.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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PC World pricing

Haven't been in for a good few years now, but the one I used to visit occasionally always had items on the shelf behind price tags for similar-description-but-different-and-much-cheaper items. There was nearly always someone at the till complaining that an item had just been put through at way more than the advertised shelf price.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: Mandatory voting.

Interestingly, with a PR system and these results (out of 650 seats) the tories would have got 276 seats (318 FPTP), Labour 260 (262 FPTP), LibDems 48 (!2), SNP 20 (35), UKIP 12 (0), Green 11 (1), DUP 6 (10), etc... My point mostly being that under a PR system either the Tories or the Labour party would have had to form a coalition with at least two other parties, and it would probably have been a Labour lead coalition (with SNP and LibDem?) as there likely wouldn't be enough right-of-centre support to break 326...

Interesting to see the breakdowns by district / polling station and how they fall into the new 600 seat constituencies.

Of course, the results would probably have been different with a Single Transferable Vote per constituency system as there wouldn't have been the tactical voting between the anti-tory sections...

What does it all mean? no idea - I stopped diving down statistical-rabbit-holes many years ago.

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Not forgetting...

... the effect of tactical voting - I might vote for this person even though I most closely align to someone else because they stand the best chance of stopping the incumbent I really don't want to win (Least worst option - hmm, single transferable vote anyone?).

I also wonder what the effect is of the pollsters getting responses along the lines of "Do one, my voting intentions are none of your business sunshine!". Do they just discount them completely, or have they calculated that one party's followers are more likely to decline the poll so allocate them that way?

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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Nothing to see here

It's a "Strong and Stable" aircraft which will "Make America Great Again" and anyone who says otherwise is just a pinko-commie-socio-liberalist-tard!!

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Toto

The first 30 seconds or so of Africa.

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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USB cables

I've heard gold plated USB cables are the best thing to use for mooring your narrowboat^W luxury yacht. Perhaps you'll get a chance to test that in your new 'yes man' approach to product reviews?

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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What a load of sh^H^H (pigeon) poop!

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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How about Bruce, Sheila, Blue, Mate, Bludger, Drongo, Kylie and Madge - that seems to cover the aussie spectrum, right?

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Re: Bruce

Surely they should be called 'Sheila' as they're normally considered in the female?

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Voice recognition

"Okay 'Otto', I have the controls"

"I'm sorry Dave..."

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

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Pssshhhaaaww! Like it isn't going to have IR cameras enabled too!

What year do you think this is? 1984?

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$6,000 for tours of apocalyptic post-Brexit London? WTF, NYT?

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travel included?

I wonder if the price includes transport from the airport to whatever hotel it is they're staying in? Maybe a few black cabs with the opportunity for some extra cash?

Does £200 sound about right to you guv?

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Curiosity Rover's drill is ill. But chill: we can dig Martian sand instead of rocking hard

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Ingenuity at work

Incredible to think that they can contemplate a fix for a dodgy drill from several million miles away, without replacing parts! All speed to those scientists and engineers - top boffins every one!

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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just missing the bit in the middle

With no comment on any ethical or moral issues, they can now create embryos 'in vitro', and artificially extend the 'in utero' portion where it ends prematurely, How difficult would it be to handle the portion in the middle? I presume there are a number of hormones etc that would need to be provided? Any medical experts with opinions?

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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incorrect air-quotes?

I think that rather than having them around "save" they should perhaps have been around "beer" given the beverage in question!

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Biggest problem is the apostrophe

I'm now left wondering whether your typographical and spelling errors were entirely deliberate or not - I believe 'spelt' is a type of wheat whilst 'spelled' is related to one's capacity for correctly arranging letters to form words.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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Re: Bah!

Chippy! How fondly I remember thee!

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This story is no more

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Re: This story is no more

I thought that was just a particularly great click-bait headline... apparently not!

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: Brilliant!

Surely not? Bad guys wouldn't lie on an official government form, would they? That would be naughty and disingenuous!

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Meh

People don't hate adverts, just awful adverts...

Like the dreadful autoplay video ads for Microsoft cloud that assault my eyes almost every time I load a page on here (also something in red, possibly Linksys? Looks a bit like a youtube frame). Granted they don't have sound on the autoplay, but the swirly, whirly, wooshing is really irritating, like getting capsaicin in your eye or other sensitive areas, but without the subsequent adrenaline or endorphine rush!

Yes, I know I could adblock them into oblivion, but I like coming to the Reg to read stuff so I'd like them to keep getting paid. It'd be nice if it was a bit less invasive to my eyeballs.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Dr Hugh Lewis...

And the news? (about space junk)

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Or possibly "Help once, forever deal with someone else's problems" ?

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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Re: His in-laws?

If I remember correctly his (alleged?) infidelity probably already did! (I may be wrong about that...)

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Don't fine the charity...

Make the managing director (or whatever the relevant title is) personally financially responsible for such things and then they might be a bit more circumspect in what they permit or encourage their staff / volunteers to do.

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Re: Ugh

I think that's the same marketing company as the 'World Series', right?

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Re: Oreos

Kind of like the circular offspring of a bourbon and a custard cream?

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Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

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Valves

Just a quick reminder that the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park are always on the lookout for working valves to keep their rebuilt Tunny / Bombe / Bedstead going a bit longer.

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Change documentation

Surely there would have had to be full documentation of the changes they wanted to implement which would need to be reviewed and agreed at a local level, and then a senior change board, before the design for the changes could be architected, again to be approved at 3 separate levels and then the developers could look to implement... Oh, is your two week placement over already? never mind, we can take your good start and progress it from here!

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

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Pavements

Frankly I'm astounded that the pavements are in a good enough condition to permit the plucky little delivery-bot to progress - how well can they really handle the reality of broken slabs, uneven kerbs and half-drunk McDonald's 'milk' shakes? Never mind the constant barrage of buggies etc.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: Curiosity's Landing

It appears from Mars reconnaissance photos that Beagle 2 actually did land pretty much as planned, but that it then failed to open fully to expose the solar cells and allow the science-bits to exit the landing module.

and the skycrane for Curiosity was the rocket propelled platform that slowed the descent, then winched curiosity down close to the surface before releasing then hurling itself several hundred yards away to avoid contaminating the area around Curiosity with nasty toxic rocket fuel.

You may have known all that already and I missed the tone of your post, but I'll finish by stating how utterly stunned and impressed I am by the latest reuse and landing from SpaceX - long may it continue.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Liposuction waste

Sounds like a great idea to me (with no technical / legal consideration) - frankly I'm willing to let them have some of my spare in exchange for a few examples of the new currency they produce with it! Everyone wins, right?

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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Re: surely purgatory, not limbo !?

I keep seeing that and wondering what kind of cup is being brought...

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steady now!

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Alternative approach

As occasionally practiced in our house - when you get a drip running down the outside of the bottle you apply your tongue to said drip and thus lose nothing, except perhaps a little class!

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: _

Just maybe remember to take your own sponge... Or at least don't get hold of the wrong end of the stick!

(coat please - the one with the etymological dictionary in the inside pocket, no sorry, the other inside pocket!)

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Re: Launch delayed...

And now successful. Still amazed by the fact we can do stuff like this, and get the pictures of it effectively in real-time. Beers or whatever their preferences are all round. I'll even let them off for the presenter's "super-awesome" description of launching a first stage the old fashioned way, sans-recovery.

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Launch delayed...

The Echostar 23 launch scrubbed 05:34UTC due to wind speed - hopefully Thursday launch window now...

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Polls? How very 2016. Now Google Street View AI scanner can predict how people will vote

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Alternative test?

How about painting the Russian flag on one side of the car and the Mexican flag on the other and see which side gets shot at more?

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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Re: Right Royal Softly, Softly, ...... Catchee GCHQ and Assorted Monkeys ....

So scoldog1/AC which one of you took the dried frog pills this time?

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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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Re: Reassure me

"You, speeding in the black Audi, pull over to the side of the road and await ground patrol! You have 10 seconds to comply..."

I was going to use the joke icon, but I'm not convinced it is just a joke these days!

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Re: living on the Left Coast

How about now? Can you verify it now?

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SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Re: Credit where credit is due

It's the first from Canaveral (actually KSC this time)

Took me a moment of "Kerbal Space Centre?, Doh!"

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Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done

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Re: IPv6 usage soaring?

Interesting that that Google graph linked to by le.zap has a 7 day cycle on the %age - peaks every Saturday, slight slip to Sunday then a drop off through the rest of the week until the following Saturday...

Suggests there's more IPv6 via home providers than commercial internet connections perhaps?

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Ironic

The only ironic thing about that song is that all the things she listed were unfortunate circumstances or coincidences but not really irony...

<edit> beaten to it! </edit>

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