* Posts by kwhitefoot

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Wrong bridge I suspect.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Thank you for posting that link. I wish more people would post details when they post about exceptional service. In this case it's not relevant to me but I'm sure it could be helpful to someone to have a recommendation directly from someone with firsthand knowledge.

Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp

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GDPR?

Do they do the same to EU residents? If so surely it is a GDPR violation?

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Thanks, and Merry Christmas

I'd just like you say thanks for all the recipe ideas. You should all get together and write the definitive Learn You Some Sprouts for Great Good recipe book.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Re: No way ready!

> it is so far off what would actually be useful.

Have you tried driving one?

> urban stop/start congestion.

this is exactly what traffic aware cruise control and autosteer are good at.

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Re: Whisper it…

> doesn't notice any material impact on range from driving it like he stole it

Agreed/ What really kills the range on my 2015 S 70D is storming down the autobahn at 225 kph on my way from home (Norway) to visit family (UK). But it does that to fossil cars too. Even sub-zero temperatures and mountains (-20 C over Dovre) don't have as dramatic an effect as the autobahn.

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court

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Re: I expect to be flamed

Pure laziness. KPMG should have audited it on-site.

Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

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Re: Lost in translation?

It was English to Russian and back last time I saw it.

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

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Re: I'd happily pay $800 to not have one...

Set t car in valet mode before you let anyone else drive it. Anyway, I thought Autopilot was an option.

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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Re: Hmm

I have a 2015 S70D and I use autosteer a lot. It frequently refuses to engage because of inadequate lane markings and it disengages promptly when they disappear while giving audible and visual alarms.

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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First I've heard of breakdowns because of cold weather. My S75D did a run from Oslo to Trondheim and back last month. It was minus 20C in the mountains. The car drove like a dream.

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Re: Get a grip

So now they will print 24 times as many. As Stalin is reputed to have said quantity has a quality different from the individual item.

More power to UK, say 'leccy vehicle makers. Seriously, they need it

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Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution

For long term parking you only need a 13A socket. Every bay could have one at very little cost.

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: GPS

Any idea how soon? For now I'm sticking my trusty N9 to the dash so I can get reliable routing. Tesla's own routes me down B roads; in Devon that's a bit stressful in a wider than average car.

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: let me guess

Where I come from Casey Jones would be a train driver not an engineer.

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Re: Been warning of this since long before...

See the Air Trust by George English.

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

> with the same happy outcome.

You mean all of the rest of us being wiped out by a particularly virulent bug caught from a dirty telephone?

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Re: Tepid storage for home users

Perhaps you should write it up as an Instructor or a Github repository.

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Re: I've been told that SSD isn't good for cold data storage

Temperature variation will probably kill those drives. Lofts are bad places to keep anything temperature sensitive.

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Push the red button, I dare you

Asking the questions doesn't help. In my stint as Unix sysadmin about 20 years ago I pointed out that we couldn't really tell if our plans would really work and asked for funding to run a disaster recovery exercise. The request wasn't denied, just ignored.

Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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That's why I switched to Basic from Fortran at Exeter Uni in 1974. Shortened the length of the debug cycle by nearly 24 hours.

Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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Forty years ago I was a test technician at Emerson Electric in Swindon. When I discovered a fault in the UPS or variable speed drive that I was testing I immediately padlocked off the main supply breaker and called the foreman of the department that would fix the problem. He padlocked the breaker. When the wireman came to fix the wiring fault he padlocked the breaker.

To power up the machine again all three of us had to agree that it was safe and unlock the breaker.

Surely the same rules apply today?

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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How often do you check your email and how long is the grace period? I would have to make a special effort to check my personal email more than twice a week by which time the order would surely have been dispatched.

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Re: "CONFIRM"

Isn't a chimp some kind of monkey?

I think you've just insulted The Librarian. Better run.

How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Re: Chromebooks

All a school really needs is teachers. Unfortunately such a school would not be capable of doing what the authorities say they must do.

Just think on this: Pythagoras taught geometry with a sharp stick in the sand, Euclid's Elements were taught without computers, without even proper pencils and certainly without a ready supply of paper.

That'll have to do can't type fast enough on this touch screen to rant properly.

US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

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I assume you are in the UK where SMS is indeed very unreliable. Here in Norway it is rare for me to have to wait more than ten seconds for the text to arrive from my bank.

The mobile phone system in the UK is astonishingly bad. I visited Selby in Yorkshire a few weeks ago and had a really hard time making calls in the villages nearby. And it wasn't just one network that was bad either, family members with UK subscriptions on different networks were just as poorly served.

Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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Re: America

I think people are getting a bit carried away here.

I've had one interaction with the US police while on a business trip to the US, a traffic policeman in Cary, North Carolina, after I was rear ended by a newly qualified driver. It was one of the most professionally handled situations I have ever encountered. I had three children in the back of my car and my wife in the passenger seat. The 19 year old girl who rear ended me was in shock but that was because she had made a mess of the front end of her father's Volvo not because of anything that the unfailingly polite and professional policeman did. I have colleagues who were also involved in traffic incidents (like me also the innocent parties) and they had no concerns at all about how events unfolded.

So let's calm down a bit and stop claiming that the sky is falling. I'm not denying that there is a problem but we won't get any help from the police to fix it if we all simply assume that all police officers are murderous bastards.

Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Surely their value is zero. I thought Apple could remotely kill them. Certainly they can blacklist the IMEI number so that even if they work at all it will only be in a few third world countries.

So Apple has lost the cost of replacement but no one has gained the dollar value mentioned.

Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Re: That's yet another point caused by needless complexity

VLC is in the play store.

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And even if she has she doesn't have any way or not giving the permission other than not installing the app. I have a lot of apps that require more privileges than I like to give but I can't revoke them. For instance Kitchen Timer needs rwd access to my SD card and a Latin English dictionary demand the right to read phone status (it's on a tablet without phone capability and still works so it plainly isn't a necessity).

Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Re: The end of passwords?

"me" is not a single value concept. I have several online me s and I want them to remain separate but if Android logs me in always as the physical me that isn't going to work very well.

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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Re: "systemd isn't just popular because of Red Hat...."

>This is why, for example, that MeeGo (which is the abomination that replaced Nokia's Maemo OS) went with RPM instead of DPKG (deb/apt) for package-management, because RPM is specified by the LSB.

Pardon?

My N9 runs Meego and applications are installed from .deb files. Have I missed something fundamental about RPM and dpkg?

It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Re: Why the hate?

A quick scan of the linked article suggests to me that the incorrect information was itself and was inserted in articles that were of little consequence, who cares if the Buddha turned someone into a goldfish or whether or not a legend exists saying he did.

This seems to be the core quote:

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Had I not attempted to unravel my deliberate mistakes, I am quite sure that Wikipedia would still say that the Sagami Railway in Japan was initially set up in 1917 to transport corn and fresh spicy shrimp (can you imagine the odor?) along the Sagami River valley. Likewise, a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Edwin Stanton would still be falsely directed to Albert E. H. Johnson. And the legend of Bodhidharma turning a bridegroom into a goldfish would still be Wikipedia’s version of truth.

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Is that it? No attempt appears to have been made to vandalise a page that contains information that actually matters to anyone in the modern world, that is, information that would affect their livelihood, income, or health.

So, while I agree that misinformation can persist, it is still unproven that important misinformation will persist for very long.

And as for your point about finding a more reputable source; that is surely one of the things that Wikipedia helps you to do.

Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: Will this mean the death of BYOD

If my company wants me to use a device for work they will have to provide it, pay for it, and maintain it.

UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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Re: Purpose

That's just incompetence.

Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Law against offshoring

> Why spend more than you have to?

Because the money gets spent in the local community you get a lot of it back.

UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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Re: Cautiously optimistic

Anything that requires the Home Secretary to personally evaluate and decide anything more than a couple of times a year is plainly nonsense because there simply cannot be enough time for him or her to do it. Enshrining such nonsense in the law simply confirms my belief that such laws are not intended to be enforced but are merely intended to give the state the freedom to do as it wishes without any meaningful democratic control. And as for requiring a judge to be involved as well, well that's just another smokescreen as such things will inevitably happen behind closed doors.

GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

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But we all know that we won't be exempt even if they are. Perhaps we should just embrace the technology, learn to love the bomb so to speak, and go for the inadvertent solution described in Clarke and Baxter's the Light Of Other Days and just make everything available to everyone.

Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Re: ADD = Additional Dimensions

It's plural, I presume; MS = manuscript, MSS manuscripts.

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Re: How would we know?

I very much doubt that anyone did any kind of risk analysis when the kettle was invented.

Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

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Pint

At last a comment that actually has an interesting and relatively uncommon point. Pretty sure i don't like the idea but have point on me for bringing it up.

Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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If the requirements had been in the contract he would have known not to shut down the pumps until everything had stopped. Too many domain experts think that too much is obvious. I spend a substantial amount of time asking the domain experts to clarify their requirements so that they say what they really mean. It helps that I started by getting a physics degree, then hardware design, then embedded controller design and programming so I understand a lot of the physics, electronics, mathematics, or chemistry behind what my clients want and can read between the lines well enough to see that a lot of lines are missing; but many of my CS educated colleagues simply have to take the domain expert's word as the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

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Re: ew Acer.

My two Acer netbooks are doing quite nicely thank you (Aspire One ZG5 from 2008 and Aspire One 725 from 2012).

On the other hand I've had Thinkpads fail (especially fans), IBM desktop machines with dodgy power supplies. And have you tried using the trackpad and trackpoint on the Lenovo thinkpad W540?

Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

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So encrypted files are forbidden?

If they reserve the right to transcode then encrypted files can't be stored there and there is no guarantee that the file you get back is even usable on the system that create it. Surely they really mean that media files can be transcoded on the fly to support different screen resolutions and bandwidth.

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Count this as a footnote

I know what you mean by modern (I think), but really things are not modern simply because they are current or new.

Many of my colleagues describe C# as modern; I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Its all about selling your labour

Unfortunately the BS is contagious and our current government here in Norway is hell bent on selling all sorts of strategic assets like StatOil, the wildly successful airport express trains and anything else that doesn't currently make a loss. They are also keen to reduce employee power by making it easier to hire and fire and to employ people part time ostensibly to reduce unemployment in a country which hardly has any (3.5% in 2013 according to the World Bank http://bit.ly/1JDKzqB).

I could understand selling state owned companies that weren't working properly but they never seem to do that they just sell the ones that are bringing in plenty of revenue. Even the bloke who runs the magazine Kapital (a very pro business monthly) and who is as free market as they come is alarmed that well run natural monopoly companies are in the sights of the right wing privatisation fanatics.

Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

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Re: What a complete joke

> we now refuse support for Debian, and may soon refuse them permission to use our trademarks

We who? Who's trademarks? If things are as bad as you say it seems a little churlish to withhold that information.

Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: Thank You

I think the Plutarch quote makes a good point; but did Plutarch actually say it? See https://codeandculture.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/fake-plutarch/

Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: But the elephant in the room...

But the US does have debtor's prisons. They just don't call them that. See https://news.vice.com/article/debtors-prisons-are-taking-the-us-back-to-the-19th-century, and also our own darling Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529281/Comeback-debtors-prisons-U-S-courts-revive-Dickensian-practice-jailing-people-failing-pay-legal-fees.html

Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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Re: Missing information

If it's after information that can be found in the user's files why would it need root privileges? I don't care if the miscreant can own the system if he already owns my data.

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