* Posts by druck

1501 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Saw it flying over Cardington from St Neots train station (~11.5 miles) yesterday.

They don't call it Flatfordshire around here for nothing.

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

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The dull bit around Cambridge is where people who work in the city can afford to live.

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Better not fly past my window

Using drones in this way is still illegal in the UK, which includes CB1.

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TalkTalk full-year profits rise but shares slump after raid on dividends

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@Kaltern

Jeeezus, perhaps you need to wonder a little further than the first "free broadband" provider that comes up on google. There is a vast difference between good and bad providers, and the fact that they may use Openreach infrastructure has nothing to do with the quality and security of their offering.

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European Patent Office dragged to human rights court – by its own staff

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Re: They're doing it al wrong!

It looks like the only serious attempt to remove him from the EPO that had any chance of succeeding, was the tampering with the brakes on his bike.

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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Who are they trying to fool

Why are they using adverts in newspapers about how to recognise fake news? Those who think there is news on Facebook don't use traditional media. The only reason to is to try to convince non Facebook users and politicians that they are trying to tackle the issue.

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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Re: @albaleo

There is no legal obligation to answer the questions of some junior paper pusher waving an I work in a police station badge in your face. If they can't show you a warrant card, they can fcuk right off.

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Not even 1 cow

Not even one cow was killed for the tallow, it's a by-product from animals slaughtered for meat.

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Poor old Intel. No flash profits for you

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The Emperor's New Clothes...

...also known as 3D XPoint won't help them in to the black, not for this generation at least.

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Imagination puts two-thirds of itself up for sale as Apple IP fight rumbles on

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Cash4Lawyers

Well the sales of the units will generate cash, to piss away on lawyers to fight apple. A pissing content they won't win, no matter what the merits of the case are.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: "The difference with ChromeOS is that they didn't take an existing OS"

No ChromeOS wasn't written from scratch, but it's also not leaching off the Linux name.

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Another AI assistant... It's getting crowded in here, isn't it, Siri?

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Re: Still, I find too creepy a listening device always on sending data to some megacorp...

Plus having one in your car too - playing a hefty cellular data subscription for the privilege of letting it send everything you say off to a remote server.

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Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

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Nagware

I don't want the browser nagging me when I check the temperatures at home on my Raspberry Pi's web server. I'm not going to set it up for https, its only accessible locally or via a VPN.

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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

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Re: Maybe I'm missing something

Optane is a massive disappointment, look back at the early hype from Intel, it was supposed to do to flash what flash has done rust. Now we are staring to see products, they are nothing near what was promised.

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Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

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Re: Another Thing

Intel could quite easily make the best ARM chips money can buy, but ARM customers wont pay the obscene x86 mark up for them, when there are plenty of other manufacturers close to the same performance point selling for a fraction of the price.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Oh you optimist

Even if the manufacturer never issues another firmware update, I’m probably good into the future, because it runs apps which will be updated.
Riiight, but in the real world...

My Humax box has just told me it's going to delete the YouTube app because YouTube is switching to https and they can't be arsed to update the app.

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British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

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Then get a decent device which switches automatically.

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Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

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Apple & Google

Disk-makers didn't rush to help Google – in public at least – but Apple had no trouble getting what it wanted
Google wanted something which would have reduced the drive makers profits, where as Apple wanted something which would increase them.

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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

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Re: Next car I buy

Well good luck with that, alternatively choose something old without an ECU. If enough people did, the place would end up looking like Havana.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Flying nightmare

Uber will of course claim they have no need to take heed of any aviation regulations such as licences, flight plans, or safety.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Any bank offering this will become very quickly my ex-bank !!!

I had to phone HSBC when my old phone died in order to re-enable the security app on my new phone. At the end of the call they suggested I might want to try voice recognition for phone banking, despite the fact they'd spent the last 10 minutes struggling to understand me because I'd almost lost my voice completely with tonsillitis.

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Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

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As it says, 250 flights of an hour each. You aren't going to do all that without being near a computer at some point.

Or as it actually says; 250 flights of less than 15 minutes, equating to 60 hours.

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Worried - No

Do we really need to be worrying retaining the sort of tech firms that inhabit around Silicon Roundabout? Hipsters sucking up funding catapults to write apps with no viable business model, except hoping they might get bought out by Google or Facebook.

The real UK tech industry is based all around the UK, and intends to stay here.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Fingerprints...

...the password you leave on everything you touch.

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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

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Waste

Half a billion to work it out it's mainly hype, only suitable for a very small subset of problems, and can be gamed.

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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

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Pay per mention?

How many times did you have to mention 3D Xpoint?

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Not the solution

"In addition, we are developing and bringing to market emerging technologies such as blockchain and quantum,..."

Hype and bullshit isn't going to save the day this time.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Chrome/Chromium

Although there is no fix such as turning off punycode in Chrome/Chromium, if you are running ScriptSafe it will show you the real URL - and hopefully will have blocked anything nasty the fake site is trying to do.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Lets find something to be offended about

It seems that the claim behind this story is that AI systems have been trained on datasets which reflect the majority culture in the countries which are developing them. Then this has been jumped on by those eager to take offence and mislabelled as racist. According to them every dataset has be to ethnically/gender/sexually balanced, or even adjusted to be positively discriminatory to certain groups they feel deserve special attention.

tl;dr It's crap.

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Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners

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Reboot

Lets hope they've let go the person that decided that requiring a reboot after upgrades every other day was a good idea. Other distros don't do this.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Nothing changes

Back then saying Vista was a work in progress was an admission of failure, with Windows 10 its a strategy.

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

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Faster

Two times = twice

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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Re: Attempting to pigeonhole people has a major issue.

Plastic is NOT biodegradable

You try telling that to the confetti which was a Tesco carrier bag that has been at the back of a cupboard for a few weeks.

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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Brands aren't even consistent any more. Some of the better named white good manufacturers don't make their lower end models, but farm them out to cheaper companies. It might allow them to cover more market segments, but if those models don't have the same quality and reliability, it's going to bring down the entire brand. See exploding tumble dryers for example.

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Huawei mystery memo (and phone strategy) confirmed

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Re: Last two paragraphs lost in translation?

Well our au-pair had her brand new P10's screen cracked by airport security at Stanstead, so we'll try and argue it didn't stand up to reasonable wear and tear by MAG's hairless apes.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: re: I'm confused now,

Stanstead security monekys are confused now too, so they've taken to smashing phones in the x-ray trays with a heavy bag, <irony>just to make sure it's not going to explode</irony>.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: Apple, so disappointing now.

Pedigree-Pete wrote:

Ah! Those were the days in the early 90s. 1152 x something in 24 (32) bit colour ON A PC.
1152x896, although not sure why it wasn't 1152x864 for 4:3 ratio. Thinking back, it might be because 1152x896 is the most pixels you could fit in before crossing a MB boundary.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Unwanted Microsoft Experience

My latest Galaxy was already infested with Microsoft software such as OneNote and OneDrive, they were the second things I disabled. Facebook being the first of course.

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Cambridge Analytica arrives in Australia to STEAL our democracy!

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Re: Not Required

Australia's major parties are Labour and Liberal, morons perhaps, right wing not so much.

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

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Minus Football

New formula:-

Openreach wholesale broadband charges -= BT Sport payment for football rights

Lets stop everyone else paying for BT's failed TV experiment.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Re: WTF?

STOP PRESS; the world hasn't ended with A50.

Have a cup of tea and then get on with the rest of your life.

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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Re: The Turd Bird?

Someone trying to score themselves a free Amazon parcel is going to get a nasty surprise if they capture one of these Turd Birds instead.

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EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

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Oh and did I forget to mention every other ISP using Openreach's wholesale broadband products, as BT make sure they are paying towards BT TV too.

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The more BT pays for the football, the more you pay for your phone line, broadand and EE mobile.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Re: Next

WHAT? You want to look at uncovered females under the age of 5 - STONE HIM!

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Re: Now watch Alabama's taxes dry up.

And then watch for the next bill which is to prevent the trafficking of non porn filtered internet devices across state lines (Class Z felony, $1bn fine, 100,000 years hard labour with no prospect of parole).

Welcome to Prohibition 2.0TM

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CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

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Duh

How about; if you don't trust the database owner, don't use the data. A solution looking for a problem, if I ever saw one.

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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

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Re: Two Lanes

Because the technology doesn't live up to the hype, and they don't want like for like comparisons.

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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Re: But that does assume Spain

@AC if you really knew more about the Spanish situation than a Daily Mail reader, you'd know it is not The Basque Country that's giving them the shits, but Catalan independence.

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Researcher hopes to teach infants with cochlear implants to speak – with an app

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Re: It's a lot harder than having an app

But it wont though. A 12 month old child might be fascinated by flashing lights in an app, but they won't make the connection between learning and reward that they do in the interaction with their parents or other adults.

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