* Posts by werdsmith

2953 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: How desperate are you folks getting?

As I understand it there was no attempt to pass off the robot as a real mechanoid. But western media outlets are attempting to spin this against Russia as an example of their dishonesty.

I would be interested to know where their motivation for doing this is coming from.

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Re: Nope

It’s true but you can’t say it....

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Re: good margin

It’’s more than the 60% of votes that she got from her own party in the second round of the leadership election that put her in to number 10.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Was this

Thousands of certs is precisely why they should be electronically tracked.

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Re: Painter's 2nd Law of IT - Fixed it for you...

"the system is down, nothing is working...."

"what time did it stop working? "


Ahh, I see.

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You see people in Grauniad comments doing the same.

In fact all over the internet.

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Re: Was this

Cheap almost free open source monitoring software can keep an eye on certificates and give you prior warning that the date in one is approaching. You can choose how much warning you want and it will display it on a dashboard in red, ,send you an email or automatically open an ITIL compliant helpdesk ticket for you, with P1 urgency if you want.

Even the most shoddy IT shops I've dealt with have this sorted. It's really simple stuff.

And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX

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It's not usually linux support as much as GPU accelerated desktop that is a problem with Android chipsets supporting linux.

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Pi also want to keep compatibility across devices, so one OS image will run on any Pi version.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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"Apple sees nothing from second-hand trade."

Yes they do, that's some of the point of your article.

The fact that they can sell on for good retained value is a selling point that helps shift phones therefore contributing to Apple's business.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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I can't help feeling that this means that a life will be saved.

1000MPH on the deck is just nuts. I love all the engineering and tech though.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Oh, the fallability of the BBC!

They might have used this thing called "email" she used while at her home (sat at a device known as a Personal Computer or "PC"...or even a device called a "tablet" connected to a magical device called a "WiFi router").

Do you not see the problem with this reply?

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Re: Outages get blamed for everything.

"I'm going to have to buy a satnav because I'm already late for my first meeting - because I can't find the place".

-giffgaff user this morning.

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Re: Not just O2

Bought phone service from O2 and it doesn't work? You shout at O2.

No, don't shout, whinge or whine at them. You will only get a service rep anyway And it just makes you look a dick. You can usually get much further by dealing with them in a businesslike way.

Those people who have been conditioned make a huge fuss at every little thing are just bell ends.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: Defeat devices

All makes of car that I've seen recently have a version of this, driver fatigue detection. Will pop up a warning noise and picture of a coffee cup if it detects you are not on the ball. Mine hasn't activated yet.

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Re: Good thing they didn't program this feature

Suppose the Tesla had been programmed to pass slow-moving vehicles?

That can do that. I don't think this one was in that mode. It was just using active cruise and lane assist.

Which is the same as my ordinary Toyota can do.

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Re: Easy to Spot

So a cop would give someone a ticket for driving on the speed limit in litigation-happy USA?

Yes, I can really see that working out.

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Re: The question to ask is whether self-driving trucks will ever be a thing.

Good luck trying to leave the motorway when the slow lane has a twenty long convoy of trucks in close formation and you're in the middle lane.

In the autonomous world the trucks will be self driving and cooperatively communicating with surrounding traffic. they can then predict the arrival of the car at the exit and make space.

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Re: Arrested for being drunk

"where what we should be setting the bar at is as good as a human driver."

A brick on the accelerator should be enough then. If we go by Audi standards.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: 92 million?

Have you ever seen a queue at a bar in an English pub?

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Re: 92 million?

Haha Brexit Britain. We are a nation of twats. World class twats, but twats nonetheless.

Face up to our twattishness, own it and be proud.

But WTF does this mean - quote: "And the Brits, of course, love a rule."?? By my experience we detest them. Was the writer being ironic?

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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That, Sir, is absolute genius. Even the most hard of thinking chav will preumably recognise their own mugshot on the wrapper.

Even the thickest chav is capable of removing the identifying parts of the packaging before chucking the rest over your garden fence. It's not much of an idea when thought through.

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So when the leaves drop in winter, the hedges reveal all the dog-baubles that have been hurled in there.

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Re: They try, they try, then inflation kills the incentive

Yes, I used to take bottles back to shops for the deposit refund decades ago. Used the money to play Space Invaders. Paying people to recycle is common in Europe.

I recall a can crusher in Sweden that gave out discount shopping vouchers.

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Re: They're all wrong

No, that's what American GIs call people in black & white war films.

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Re: Another design approach:

Yep, cars used to have ashtrays and there used to be tell tale piles of butts and ash by the side of the road where they were dumped by selfish wankers.

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It's less than 10% of people that make 95% of litter. If you've ever tried talking to a person who throws litters down in the street, they really don't get what the problem is. They don't see it like the rest of us at all, to them it's a trivial thing and someone else will pick it up and that gives them a job.

But, if the 90% of clean people picked up and binned 2 items of litter on every trip out, litter would be hugely reduced. I do it.

I've just returned from a month in Germany and I had to look hard to find litter.

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The problem with tracing dumped rubbish is that the dumpers know about the tracing and will steal personal details from the correctly disposed rubbish of others to include in their dumping. This diverts the simplistic investigation that might be done. Wastes times, throws people off.

Even if you are disposing properly in your collected rubbish, make sure there is no ID on anything.

Now, I will go and get my McDonalds takeaway, complete with personalised packaging, remove the identifying parts of the packaging and chuck the rest down the street.


Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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Re: I love my Pebble

Try the Bip for a Pebble replacement. And ignore the price in this review, they are available for half (less than £40).

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Re: Smart watches can be pretty useful actually

Indeed, with the demise of Pebble I paid £37 for an Amazfit Bip from AliExpress. It is like an improved Pebble, or where they might have got to if they survived. The phone put away and a quick glance to see whether the silent incoming needs more communication or not is the function that I find really useful.

And is exactly what clockwork wrist wearables were for in the early 20th C. The regression to having to pull something from a pocket, open it and put it away again is the way of morons.

I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods

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Re: Hamilton is a twunt of the highest order

Yes, primary school and nursery teachers in UK is 85% female. I don't see it as a problem.

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Re: re: why should we give a toss?

LH called out a chief exec on the number of women. So he was addressing the employer.

In F1 LH is not a chief exec or employer and not responsible for hiring.

So well done Lewis, good call.

Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

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From what I can see, this is more expensive than on demand T instances.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: And to those Brits who celebrate Thanksgiving:

And to those Brits who celebrate Thanksgiving:


I've never heard of that yet. We used to have Harvest Festival when I was a kid, not sure if it still goes on.

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Re: payday

Does it matter? I have credit cards.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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The £1 billion is not really lost, this is stupid headline reporting.

Work done by Airbus in UK and SSTL in Guildford, who are part of Airbus and the other tech companies who have contributed so far is going to be paid up as per the contract. So a sizable chunk of the billion, ir not all of it, has come back into the economy.

Brits shun country life over phone not-spot fears

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Re: Rural?

Yes, I have the same. We chose location so that the kids would have a short walk to school. Then I chose a job with an easy commute..Having those two things sorted make a world of difference.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: Schadenfreude

Unfortunately the Linux community is in denial about the reasons for the continued Ubiquity of Windows. The things that Reg reading techies value are not the same as in the wider world and we are a small minority. They see Linux zealots as Jeff Albertson supercilious bores and they are not far wrong. A different approach is needed. They are not interested in your openn source and your free choice and superior architecture. They just want to get on and get their work done.

I am not a advocate of any os. I use all three main desktop options daily, interchangeably .

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

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Sorry, but we just don't have

Another one who apologises for his comment before even writing it.


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My radar adaptive cruise sensor will occasionally just tell me it's not playing anymore until I clean the sensor. Usually on motorways in bad weather. It also won't play unless the windscreen is totally defrosted.

But when it works (99% of the time) it's wonderful.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: It'll still be a damm sight cheaper than the UK launching it's own Nav Sat constellation.

No it won't. One set of birds will serve however many users. This needs one per user.

You still need at least one receiver per user.

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Re: Isn't this inertial guidance?

The trick of turning on a magnetic compass was UNOS - undershoot north overshoot south and with experience you would learn how to roll out of a turn on heading.

The directional gyro would point its heading right through the turn, but would drift off over time. Part of the regular checks was to re-align the gyro with the magnetic compass after a period of flying straight and level at a constant speed.

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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When there is a lot of money available, a company can just try a lot of different stuff and hope a couple of them catch on.

Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed

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No, like buying a car with a 400 litre boot, but the spare wheel and toolkit (yeah I know, not these days) takes up 50 of those litres of space.

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Re: New plan...

They could always use himem.sys and loadhigh. Get back about 10 MB at least.

We don' need no stinkin' bounties: VirtualBox guest-to-host escape zero-day lands at GitHub

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As I have a policy giving oracle a wide berth I don't use virtualbox, I try where-ever possible to avoid java.

Because one day I just feel that oracle are going to show up with lawyers and tell me that they own my house.

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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they were doing sh*tty HTML instead. It is the best way to make a student a complete future failure at CS.

Coached my son through GCSE CS and I don't remember that.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: "secure" boot is *EVIL*

The consumer can simply buy something else.

They can, as long as there is something else to actually buy that isn't something else but also exactly the same.


A laptop that can run linux? There are plenty.

I think this is just another whinge trigger. Seriously, I can get by perfectly without needing a Macbook to run linux and I doubt I'll ever need to give it another thought. If I do I'll be sure to get the right help.

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Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

To have something to run on it after Apple declares it "vintage" and arbitrarily bans it from running the latest version of MacOS?

By which time the problem will have been worked around.

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