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Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

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That thing ppl think is OCD but isn't.

Does it bug anyone else that the drone isn't painted the same as the chopper they obviously want it compared to in that pic?

Anyone want to buy me some Humbrol and a first class ticket to Aus?

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A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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Emirate must screw the hell of pricing out of Airbus.

I don't know - Emirates do love those planes (rightly so, they're the nicest places I've ever been on, and that's just in economy). Having the supplier say "if you don't buy more soon we're going to stop making them" probably pushes at least some of the pressure back to Emirates if it's clear they can't try and get the price down by waiting another 3 months.

And my reading of "this guarantees parts for another 10 years" is that without the deal parts might have started to become a problem.

The Dubai - Melbourne flight is a dream in an A380 compared to the A320 or 727(?). Didn't really notice a big difference on on/off boarding either. Since they needed modified gates, it's possible they effectively just open 2 gates at once.

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How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

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Re: Proof indeed

There's even a rumor that they know a bit about IT.

[citation needed]

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

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I was starting to think I was the only one who remembered that it used to stand for Personal Home Page...

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Like most programmers, I guess, I have strong opinions on tabs vs spaces, but why the hell is a semicolon an issue? Most languages I've used have insisted on them so I use them habitually and can't see the issue in adding them.

For tabs vs spaces, the only argument I can see for spaces is that online resources use spaces so it makes grabbing snippets easier. Tabs lets the developer choose how big an indent they want, and (potentially) lets every developer have their own preference without messing up other people's code. But, honestly, most IDEs nowadays let you toggle back and forth easily enough that I'm not sure why anyone cares.

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SpaceX delivers classified 'Zuma' payload into orbit

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Wasn't Zuma a giant frog that spits multicoloured balls?

Anyway, if you want a giggle, go search twitter or facebook for Zuma. Lots of nuts trying to guess what it is. My favourites so far are the (predictable) weather / mind control claims, and a load of people declaring that it's an EM weapon to be launched at the Norks. I'm not sure that would do all that much damage...

There was one guy who suggested SpaceX would land their rocket outside Kim's palace, have it play the American national anthem then take off again. Which amused me.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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Re: ""bug""

At a guess, because enabling something in config isn't so much a bug but a deliberate action.

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Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins

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Fast content vs deep content.

Especially the butt plug...

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Re: Counting down...

7... 3... 2... 1... 6... 5... 4... *boom*

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You too can fool AI facial recognition systems by wearing glasses

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Re: Apple thinks my dog is a person

my sisters two different people

How many different people are your sisters?

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Years ago we had a "comfort cooling" system in a server room go wrong and piss water all over the floor. The temperature then rocketed and the server room turned into a sauna. It may surprise you to learn that servers don't like saunas...

( I never did get the building manager to explain the difference between aircon and comfort cooling... )

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Re: Tonnage

You know those facts that you only remember you know after someone tells you? Yeah, that. No idea why I knew about a tonne of ice in 24 hours though. Probably another random ElReg article...

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No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL

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Re: The solution is simple

I think you've just invented the super-injunction.

You'll be rich! Rich! As long as no-one stops the UK press talking about it.

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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

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Okay, I hadn't noticed that. Makes the original comparison even more random and irrelevant.

Have your +1. :)

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"Many people get this phone for the unlocked bootloader and then remove all of the above," writes one Reddit owner. But as we can see from the stats, hardly anybody does that. Just 0.085 per cent of Android owners in the USA unlock their phones.

These two facts aren't even vaguely connected. The fact that 0.085% of Androids get unlocked has no bearing at all on how many of the Rubins get unlocked. If they're popular with a group who like unlocking phones then they could all be unlocked without affecting that 0.085% stat in any way.

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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Somehow I missed the release of the Nokia 6. If you can get it from someone other than Carphone Warehouse, it might be the successor to my much loved WileyFox.

(How anacronistic does Carphone Warehouse sound? Most of their customers probably have no idea what a carphone even is...)

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AI taught to beat Sudoku puzzles. Now how about a time machine to 2005?

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Re: Colour me a slight tinge of underwhelmed....

I don't know - quite a few people are obsessed with her bot.

( has any non 1970s parent ever used the word "bot" for "bottom"? )

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Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

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Re: Street names: C: drive, D: drive, etc..

There will be no A Drive or B Drive, and no-one under the age of 30 will know why.

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'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

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Ta! Wouldn't have occurred to me that "-w" would give you the path man was using. Yeah, I can see how that would cause problems, and nth-ing the suggestion it would have been fine if it only easter egged if it had no params...

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It's a while since I've played with linux boxes, so excuse my ignorance, but why would an automated test want to run 'man' without any parameters?

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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What with the uncovering of vulnerabilities all over the place in IT, I have the uneasy feeling that IT is being steered towards some sort of a climax...

I'm looking forward to the followup puns once Sarsons' gets hacked...

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Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

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Re: "Hi, I'm SO.."

If you aren't being snarky (who knows here) that's the social media drone's initials.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Where exactly was the religion bashing?

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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It would only be right to demand a recreation. I suggest full size ElReg hacks dressed up as playmobil characters. Get to it lads.

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Uni staffer's health info blabbed in email list snafu

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Any email that goes to a distribution list of more than 50 people needs a maths check (even "whats 5+3") to stop people sending it without thinking. Any email intended to go to more than 50 people (not on an official list) should just bring up an alert that says "stop it, go find a real mass mailer".

It's been like this since I joined the workforce. How has no-one fixed this kind of thing in the last 25 years?

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We're not saying Uncle Sam has lost control on Twitter, but US Embassy in Riyadh just did a shout out for oatmeal

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Re: Abandoned usernames?

Actually, the article mentions nothing on the matter.

It states that twitter allows username reuse, but doesn't address DougS's question as to if this policy also applies to verified accounts. There's no hint (in the article at least) as to if @USEmbassyRiyadh was verified or not.

Maybe, read the question?

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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

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Re: Has anyone else seen Qualcomm advertising?

I mean, standard business logic would indicate that if you don't sell to the public, you don't waste money advertising to the public.

I don't know - it worked pretty well for Intel. It's a great idea advertising to the public if you think you can get people wanting devices with your stuff in them - and can get them to distrust things with doodads in them from someone you've never heard of. Even if the general public have no idea what the stuff or doodads actually are...

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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Re: Hardly a surprise...

<quote>Abstract: In controlled trials involving dropping calibrated weights of cannabis a distance of 2 metres onto laboratory rats, the LD50 value was estimated at 376.2 kg +/- 17.8 kg.</quote>

Sod the rats, you'd kill an elephant if you dropped 376kg from 2m.

Besides, shouldn't the measurement be stones?

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Re: Hardly a surprise...

UT - have you got a single citation for a death that was due solely to cannabis?

I'll bet you an upvote that you haven't.

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WhatsApp? You still don't get EU privacy laws, that's WhatsApp

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Re: Interesting

I have less of a problem with FB / WA / Whatever slurping data from inside their networks. It's the other crap that I hate. The only tracking beacons I routinely block are from FB and I'll happily admit to browsing FB in an incognito window despite watching pron in a normal one. FB still frequently gets hold of things I've browsed in a supposedly different sandbox.

The real data slurp (IMHO) comes when you install one of their apps on your phone...

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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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Re: Flying Toasters

I remember, but respectfully ask that no-one puts their hand up me.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Lets stop this nonsense before one of us gets in treble.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Whereas in the UK

It's cancelled Crimewatch because the viewing figures have crashed. Or were they faked too?

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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Re: Microsoft is trying very hard to kill itself.

I'm sure they will soon start a diversification effort in order to find new industries to fail at.

Animal husbandry, for example.

Then we'll know they've truly screwed the pooch...

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Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

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Weren't you going to start including the old logo too, so we could point and laugh compare and contrast?

Anyway, that font is frankly horrific and flattening the two sides of the box means that it's now just an abstract shape instead of having any connection to the name. It's the sort of thing I'd expect from someone like Microsoft or Google just before they dropped / changed its name.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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I've just watched the trailer embedded in the article. The main spoiler I witnessed was the obligatory WHHHHHHHHhhhooooooooommmmmmm that every post-Inception trailer has needed.

Oh. That's not the kind of spoiler you meant, was it...

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: Prediction

Dyson is Britain's Apple.

Decent ideas but with a hell of a marketing distortion field that make everything seem unique.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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It does make me wonder why you can't just hire a guy for less than $60,000 to do the same job, though.

Because you can't hire one guy to do that work.

8h shifts, you need 3 guys to do a day. Add in weekends and holiday cover and you probably need 5 people minimum. I doubt you'd get many braincells in your meat robot for $12,000/year.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Being 100% technically accurate and 100% misleading is the holy grail for a politician, isn't it?

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Re: In the words of Homer J Simpson:

Personally, I think I can forgive an advert under playing its stats by 0.17% and (hopefully) 0.49% for the sake of brevity.

The changing sample size is harder to justify, unless 18 people didn't answer the second question.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid.

"Gambling is for people who can't do math(s)."

Yet every Maths graduate I know (I fell in with the wrong crowd at Uni) has a weird addiction to slot machines...

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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What's the point?

Apple will announce something that Androids have done for a while & claim it as a great revolution in technology - the apple fanboys will be incredibly excited and the android fanboys will be incredibly confused.

My wishlist for any phone would be 6000mAh battery (replaceable), decent memory, SD card, and OLED screen to do semi-always on notifications. That's not going to be an Apple any time soon.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Re: Logic?

"yet no one got the fabled: 56Kb/s**"

IIRC, wasn't 52Kb/s the practical limit of a modem on twisted pair?

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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There are times I wish people would say why they're downvoting things - I wasn't aware I was saying anything downvote-worthy. Hohum.

That Droitwich box is glorious. It's there in two different streetviews too, 2015 and 2016. The box a few feet down is in a hole in the wall, so I wonder if BT were clueless twunts or if they put it in before the houses were done and the builder was to fault. They seem equally (un)likely culprits.

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It's clearly blocking the glorious view of the houses opposite, but "blocking all the light"? Even with the nice low sun in the Mail photos, the shadows don't reach the building let alone the windows.

Seems stupid that Virgin and BT aren't obliged to place them against walls / hedges at the roadside, or to make rental agreements to put them against the side of building. (the walls, not windows. Then the biddies would really have something to complain about).

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: A venerable workhorse

IIRC, Airbus outsourced the testing of the engine for the A400M to a UK company, who bolted it onto the biggest thing they had handy.

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Re: Poor Design

it looks like a plane made by one of those car modifiers who get rid of everything that's not important - without actually wondering why it was there in the first place.

"it's not been tested, but it should fly because it looks like this other plane that flies"

That's horrible logic. And the plane it "looks like" is significantly different...

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Re: Poor Design

Can you imagine if Apple made a plane? Fuck me.

It would crash as rarely as any other plane, but pilots would look at the crash stats for DC-10s and assume that theirs never crashed in comparison. There would be a lot of unscheduled landings at sea due to pilots "flying it wrong".

And it would only be able to land at Apple's own circular runways, of which there was only one - the roof of their donut headquarters...

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Re: A venerable workhorse

Well, anyone round Cambridge (UK not USA) will probably have seen/heard Snoopy knocking around. It's a C130 that for a long time (still?) had a huge engine on it as a testbed for Airbus.

The number of 747 and C130s knocking around, I think we're safe for a year or two...

http://www.qsl.net/g3tso/images/Aviation/SnoopyE.jpg

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Actually, I find if you gently drift toward them, they get back in their lane surprisingly quickly...

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