* Posts by MrXavia

1420 posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

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If you guessed China’s heavy lifter failed due to a liquid hydrogen turbo engine fault, well done!

MrXavia

Rocket science is fairly easy, rocket engineering, now that is hard!

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

MrXavia

Re: Unstable operation coming soon...

"The only difference is that our details won’t be available for anyone to access. They should never have been in the first place"

Glad that this is being changed.

I wonder if companies house is allowed to continue under GDPR, I never understood how they were allowed to publish officers addresses without any comeback... Problem is once its published, you cant take it back.

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

MrXavia

Smart ring?

I saw someone with an Apple Watch on the tube trying to exit using it and making little progress (in his slight defence, the last week the tube has been acting up with my cards a bit, but he did look like a plonker!)

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

MrXavia

Re: Probably very close to a zero sum game

Cube-Sats

If you can have scheduled cube sat launches, for a fixed price, it would work great

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Musk should use the next test flight of the heavy to do a lunar orbital return flight, or even a landing and return with the dragon2 (assuming it has the delta-v capabilities I can't be bothered to look today)

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

MrXavia

Re: Obscene? Nah.

I would laugh with my kids if we saw this on the street

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

MrXavia

Re: Glossing a commercial turd

"It's a module in the cargo hold,"

now if they could pre-fill these modules before the plane arrives, you go to sleep before the plane takes off... wake up at your destination...

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MrXavia

Re: Glossing a commercial turd

" the cattle-class seats are equally uncomfortable in both."

" BA operate"

That is your problem, BA have terrible comfort.. and unfortunately others have followed...

not sure if there is a nice flying option for the USA in cattle...

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple Lens Shooter promises the Earth ...

MrXavia

Re: Smartphones are SOOOO over

"Nobody cares how thick or thin the smartphone camera lens is.

Please tell me that whenever you buy a new smartphone your purchasing decision is based on the thickness of the camera lens."

The idea is to get the lens flush with the rest of the camera and still perform well, so the camera performance will be a purchasing factor

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

MrXavia

Re: Not really dispelling the idea that generally the police are a little dim ..

Can I sue the highways agency for the excess wear to my car caused by the terrible roads?

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

MrXavia

Re: No surprise

" The "majority" voted leave but I choose to exercise my veto and we get to cancel Brexit?"

Depends on what you mean by majority...

Majority of those who voted.... barely

Majority of the electorate, definitely not.

Majority of the population? No where near

To me the lies spread officially on both sides of the debate should mean we vote again...

£350 Million a week.... what a farce...

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Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

MrXavia

Re: Crash (almost) re-created by another driver

That video is scary!

surely the car can see the barrier ahead and should know it can't drive through it?

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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

MrXavia

Re: Mmmmmm, thanks, BT.

Where does your WiFi come from if not a landline?

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

MrXavia

Re: Guardian has more details.

"there is no legal requirement to identify yourself on the spot to police or other authorities "

Good, because we should remain a free society, so many of our freedoms are being eroded, we need to fight to keep the few we have..

I think we need to open our borders to those who want to work, just don't give them access to our benefits system until they have been here and contributed for 5 years.

The restrictions on international students that were introduces were idiotic and harm the country

The restrictions on foreign spouses I see as a violation of human rights and just plain decency.

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Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

MrXavia

Re: "Self driving cars can only only react"

"I timed the video and from when the pedestrian appears to when the video stops seems to be closer to 0.75 seconds rather than 2."

True but emergency braking as soon as the obstacle was detected would have reduced the impact speed and increased chance of survival, I saw no braking at all..

But as other dash cam show, that area is well lit, even in the darker section, so the cyclist should have been seen earlier and the car should have been slowing down already anticipating the hazard and not accelerating towards 45...

Seeing someone crossing like that I would have taken my foot off the accelerator and covered my brake (but not actually applied the brake until she crossed the middle line, so I would have been braking from the moment her wheel started to enter my lane and stopped in time to avoid her death...

But even if I was not paying attention my 5 year old cars radar would have braked automatically as soon as she stepped into my lane even if I could not see her.. and that would have reduced impact to a survivable speed....

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UK smut overlord declares age checks should protect users' privates

MrXavia
Childcatcher

Re: privacy should be maintained

It should be 'Anonymity must be maintained'....

That is my biggest issue (of many)... no matter what they do, you know hackers will be pushing hard to break in and find the politicians/celebrities that are using the sites and what they look at!

You know that the sites will use this as another way to track their users viewing habits across multiple sessions.

Privacy means nothing to our politicians...

It is always 'think of the children' how about educating kids about sex a bit better? stop it being this big mystery....

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

MrXavia

Re: Yawn

I always thought an active structure is a better way we can build a space elevator than just relying on materials...

plus it could be built from the ground up, no need to launch rockets with all the materials first.

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Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

MrXavia

Re: This Timeline thing

The only reason I can see to use windows 10 (and the reason I use it) is gaming, once there is better Linux game support then windows will loose traction again...

Even my 10 year old only uses windows because of games....

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UK's London Gatwick Airport boasts of driverless vehicle trial

MrXavia

Re: Eliminate any pedestrian humans

"Just imagine how much faster the whole getting on off planes would be if people could be loaded in containers!"

It would be much more comfortable than current airline seats

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

MrXavia

Re: So ?

"The only people left on the platform are unthinking cattle."

Errr no..

Windows is the only choice for many, some software just isn't available for Linux or Mac. Not all hardware is fully supported in Linux...

Personally I have Windows 10 (pro version), it is not the worst Windows ever, although I do have a fear that an update will cripple my PC at some point, or remove a feature I use... I've had that happen with Android apps in the past....

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MrXavia

Re: Popcorn

Well if you search on the task bar or in Cortana you have bing and edge, you have no choice... I would much rather they force ms to use the default browser first than worry about a hardly used mail app

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

MrXavia
Facepalm

Re: EUSSR

"while their shareholders get wealthier and wealthier is OK?"

If a company is not profitable, then they shareholders don't get any dividends,

they only way they make money is if they sell their shares....

No fortune is being taken out of the economy, in fact by definition a loss making company is spending more than they make, so that money is coming out of investors pockets and into the economy...

So far all I see is idiotic politicians and economists with no real ability to think suggesting rash ideas to take money from someone and give it to themselves in one way or another...

The tax system is broken globally, the UK tax system is a mess... too many different taxes and too many ways for big companies to try and avoid paying it, yet the little guy is over taxed

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You can Ring my bell: Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart

MrXavia
Facepalm

one billion for a product not fit for purpose? wow.....

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

MrXavia

Re: Hey Siri! Argh! Help!

Of course they do wait for keywords, can you imagine the processing required to do 24/7 speech recognition in the cloud?? and then imagine the cost! I would bet most companies want to shift the speech processing out of the cloud back to the device if they can and reduce their costs

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

MrXavia

Properly classified or not, being made to work 75hrs a week she deserves to be paid correctly!

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

MrXavia

I find adverts weird, constantly for sites i've visited recently, the advert won't effect my purchases, it won't make the publisher any money as I won't click on the link to a site i've already been to...

Now show me an advert for a different company, selling a similar thing to what I was browsing and maybe I might click, or show me adverts relevant to the content I am reading...

The problem is not adverts in general, that is how we learn about new sites/products, but the lack of relevant adverts and poor quality adverts is a problem

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

MrXavia

Re: i want a slice of that $600M

@LewisRage,

Have you used a computer with Windows 8/10 recently? took me 2 hours last week to actually get my windows 8 laptop to boot from a Win10 install USB stick (going from windows 8 to windows 10 is an upgrade).

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

MrXavia
Coat

Re: Is spreading

but also women usually have one less differing facial feature to help.. Beards..

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

MrXavia
Big Brother

Re: The child angle

They did indeed, our benevolent overlords love banning things without actually thinking through the problem... I often wonder if they ever actually think before acting...

From what I can see, bans usually drive stuff underground and increase the danger to people, because if there is no legal and harmless way to get what someone wants, they will often turn to illegal ways to get it...

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Brit escorts: Without the internet to keep us safe, we'd be totally screwed

MrXavia

Makes sense to me, prostitution is a profession that will never go away, so the more that can be done to protect both the client and the worker the better...

Although this black list does remind me of the companions black list in firefly...

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Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

MrXavia

Re: Answering a few points in the comments...

"The UK and many other counties have committed themselves to stop selling fossil fueled vehicles."

What about bio-fuels? why can't we keep combustion engines but ramp up the bio-fuel production and reduce the pollution cars emit.

EV's have a place, but until a cheap, efficient, bio-fuel fuel-cell is created, combustion works best...

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Mushroom

Re: EVs simply pay more for electricity

a full 100KW charge fwould be about £20 i expect for me...

Tesla Model S is about 400 miles for 100KW so about 5p/mile

a full 70 litre tank is about £85

I get around 700 miles out of that £85, so about 12p/mile

The tesla costs around £90k

My car cost £45k

I can drive 370,000 miles on the difference in price...

My car works out way cheaper, and could run on bio-fuels quite easily, so the only reason it is not 'green' is because of big oil..

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

MrXavia

Re: You do know that Moore’s law says nothing about speed?

"Just not everything can be run in parallel."

But I find most things that are computationally intensive can be,

Even your web browser should benefit from multi-processing.

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

MrXavia
Devil

Re: Whatever next?

Considering the number of times i've seen a GP look something up on google I would not be surprised if someone used AWS Machine Learning and Alexa to provide an interface for DR's to look up medical information fast and assist diagnostics...

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

MrXavia

"[...] they cannot be fried, boiled or microwaved. "

I dissagree, I serve fried sprouts, chop them (finely or quartered, add some bacon and chestnuts, a bit of salt & crushed garlic, and you have a lovely winter veg dish!

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

MrXavia

Simply don't share anything you don't mind the world seeing....

It shouldn't be that way, people should know not to share intimate photos someone sends you, no matter what the age

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

MrXavia

Yup, My kids grew up with Octonauts and now my kids love The Deep

The Deep is great, its made me want to learn to scuba dive and crew a boat!

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

MrXavia

This might deter a few idiots from flying a cheapo drone near airports and accidentally hitting a plane, but luckily these are mainly plastics and will cause negligible damage..

Hobbyists and professionals with expansive heavy drones will follow the rules, because they do already and don't want their precious toy being broken..

Those who want to fly something heavy into an aeroplane will do so anyway registration or not, no amount of legislation will prevent that, so active security measures are needed.

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

MrXavia

Re: That probably explains..

Make it easier to replace the batteries and then have a message saying battery has problems, please replace it as soon as possible and the phone will run slow until you have done this..

Not hard to do....

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

MrXavia

Re: I'd happily own a phone

"Unless you video call or take selfies"

I regularly video chat with friends afar, and when in a group, selfies are a way to ensure you are all in the photo.. SO both functions seem needed.. Then again I don't own an iPhone, I have a sony, with a bezel at the bottom and top to hold onto while taking a selfie or video chatting without accidentally touching the screen....

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

MrXavia

Re: Follow that star (trek)

I think sprouts are best sliced and fried with bacon and chestnuts!

Delicious

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Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

MrXavia

Re: OK... really stupid idea, but here goes...

The chinook could possibly lift it...

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

MrXavia

"Nah - Simon Pegg as the baddy would be a way better call..."

that would be brilliant, Scottie goes rogue!

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UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

MrXavia

I expect not, because to continue working with European data, we will have to tick their boxes on data protection, I expect this will be part of the negotiated deal..

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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

MrXavia

" they could, you know, just stop maintaining the roads."

I thought they already had?

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

MrXavia

Wouldn't it be better to sit a few small probes at a the Legrange points with ion drives ready for missions like this?

If they were designed right, they could give plenty of science bonus while in place and then be re-purposed for intercept missions such as this?

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

MrXavia

Re: Feral Blundiering

I think you meant

"to error is human but it takes government to really screw things up"

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Jet packs are real – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

MrXavia

Looks like a Very basic suit! (but still brilliant)

Just jets strapped to the back and arms with manual throttles...

Can you imagine what you could achieve with some more engineering and the same engines, maybe ducting on the fans while attaching them to the backpack rather than the arms, with computer automaton to balance the flight, some kind of thumb joystick in the hand to control the flight parameters maybe?

I could see a foldable wing, or wing suit being added to enable better fuel economy.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

MrXavia

Re: Which country?

can you get netflix on a Kodi box?

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

MrXavia

Re: New toys are always more exciting than repaired ones

Starts to make sopwith camels look attractive!

In all seriousness, by the time the F35 is ready for active deployment drones will be taking over the skies!

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