* Posts by MrXavia

1446 posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

MrXavia
Big Brother

The problem is probably your passport photo, I had the same issue recently returning to the UK and I am sure its my poor quality photo and less so the tech... The old IRIS system was so much better, never had an issue with that not recognising me..

But I do think we should be grabbing bio-metrics of everyone entering the country and for every passport, last time I arrived in China I had my bio-metrics taken, fingerprints, face, possibly iris (not sure if the camera was good enough for that) and I can't actually think of a reason to deny that data, its only really useful for identification of a living person, and its data we leave lying around the place everywhere we go... (CCTV captures our face, fingerprints on surfaces we touch)

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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

MrXavia

Re: Is it likely

"How about a good device that's actually useful?"

Impossible Dream

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Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

MrXavia

Re: Happens all the time

Minecraft is a bit different, mods is the term for non-official add-ons, and they are usually ok.. Although I hate the new windows 10 way of charging for mods that you could get for free in the java edition...

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

MrXavia

Re: Killing the patient

We are talking about data that is not needed for a school to teach the child....

So why ask it?

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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

MrXavia

Re: Your creepy Fakir will be with you shortly.

"I would never let an unaccompanied lady get into an Uber cab. It would be considered neglect of a duty of care."

That is a sad situation to be in, there should never be a situation where a pre-booked car (or black cab) is a threat to anyone.

what could be the solution to this?

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

MrXavia

Surely Rolls Royce could come up with a replacement power-plant if things got really bad?

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

MrXavia

Re: If only I could pay

I'm happy for adverts,

targeted to the content is perfect and appreciated as I'm probably looking for it

BUT

No tracking

No personalised adverts

And no google analytics...

I only block the tracking.. but that seems to block every advert aswell..

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

MrXavia

Re: New better technology?

"the cost of retrofitting was about the same as building another carrier!!"

Some serious mistakes were made in the planning for that to be the case....

But I don't get why traps would have been hard to install?

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MrXavia

Re: Carriers??

"With the HMS Queen Elizabeth currently sitting in Portsmouth wouldn't it make sense to just treat the delivery as an extended sea trial to a friendly port?"

My thoughts exactly!

Even the shakedown crew should be able to handle landing one fighter....

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Doctor finds physical changes to astronaut's eyes after ISS stint

MrXavia

Re: Gerry Anderson - UFO

"Doesn't explain the purple wigs worn by the female staff on Moonbase."

They looked cool?

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

MrXavia

Re: dont be a panicky idiot

I think the make up of the crew should be one man and 5 women for faster re-population...

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

MrXavia

Re: The more I listen to the EU...

"Punished? Really? ...... Hey guys, I want to leave the golf club I've been a member of all these years. But i still want to come back and play golf; and decide how the club is run; and use the bar; and maybe keep my seat at the club table; and parking space. But this golf club isn't for me. FRO."

No, its more like "I want to leave this business I am a shareholder in and have paid a lot of money into every year, I would like to keep doing business with you but if you want me to follow your rules, i'd like a say in them"

It is all about perspective... Now I don't agree with Brexit, but I also think the EU is corrupt and wasteful.. And it was obvious we would be punished for leaving, and our government is too focused on cutting net migration to actually see the bigger picture...

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

MrXavia

Re: Wot Smart TV?

So you don't watch Netflix/Amazon Prime/iPlayer/YouTube?

Although I agree with the idea of a dumb TV and an external smart device... Shame the TV companies don't get that idea...

Now if someone can tell me of a decent dongle that has all the major streaming services AND a way to watch UltraViolet shows, I would be very grateful!

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UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year

MrXavia

Re: Visas and skills gaps

You are basically suggesting exploiting visa applicants

did you forget that they are still humans(well most of them)?

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MrXavia

"One wonders how many visa applicants are qualified for Ms. Main's position?"

They probably all are more qualified....

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Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

MrXavia

Re: BOFH Trainee?

No need to sabotage, just make them 'sugar free with Maltitol' since this is a laxative....

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

MrXavia

The UK charges are not fabricated, he is wanted for skipping bail.

The others, well that is for the courts to decide, and I am not sure he can ever have a fair trial, not that I think trials are generally ran fairly.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

MrXavia

Re: Well done that Captain...

A Tsing-Tao?

I expect he needs a bottle of Maotai after that!!

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

MrXavia

Re: Oh this will be fun....

I suggest an amendment that states that updates must only apply while the car is not in use and must not prevent the car from being used during the update and in the event of an update causing the car to be unusable the manufacturer must be liable for costs incurred.

Can you imagine parking in a car park but overstaying because your car is updating the software, or you are about to leave home to catch a train/plane and you have to wait for the update to finish so you miss it?

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

MrXavia

Re: I think..it's the air getting hot during pressurisation by Concorde driving into it,"

"Concorde was surprisingly like the SR72. Both grew and both leaked fuel on the ground. However I don't think the Concorde designers needed to use it as hydraulic fluid as well."

Are you sure the Concorde leaked fuel? I can't find a reference to that, and it seems unlikely that a commercial aircraft would have been permitted if it leaked....

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

MrXavia

Re: Where there's muck there's.....

I remember watching a program on while in China about something like this, it used the animal waste to create enough gas to burn to cook on every day. I can't remember the details, but it was impressive that they could generate that much methane gas daily just from a single households waste!

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MrXavia

"_£70_ on Amazon!"

it does seem very expensive for what it is, and for the people who need it..

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

MrXavia
Stop

Re: "But what's wrong with using a browser to point to"

"Because suddenly you upgrade the browser and the old pages work no longer, because something changed in JavaScript or HTML support"

Would be some seriously badly written HTML with JS to stop working on any browser, we are talking Help pages, which should be simple HTML with a bit of CSS, and still work if the CSS is missing.

Even if the new standards are implemented and features were removed, these should still work in any browser.

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What could Facebook possibly do next to reassure privacy fears? Yup – make a dating app

MrXavia
Facepalm

Re: Besides the privacy, not a bad idea

Seriously?

It will be no different to any other popular dating app, especially considering it will be used by die hard Social Media addicts that only care about apearances...

In other words, it will be men pay to use and swipe right to everyone, and the women swipe right to the guys with the best paying jobs....

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

MrXavia

Agreed I purchased the hp headset, the resolution is brilliant and runs all steam vr games I've tried very well.

How many games did oculus have when it was first released. And vive same..

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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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MrXavia

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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