* Posts by Timbo

302 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007


Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe


Surely all the plods need to do is to contact the mobile phone operator and get the logs of the MAC address over the last say 3-6 months.

They should then have time-based location information and that should pinpoint when and where the phone has been kept (esp overnight) ? That should be enough to narrow down where the perp lives and charges their phone (probably overnight, like most people !).

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight


Re: $3k prize?

"That might just about cover his electricity bill then."

Given it's only a fairly common place CPU, 12 days of crunching on an i5 wouldn't have cost that much.

Might be a lot different if it had been crunched on a 1st or 2nd generation Butterfly Labs Bitcoin miner, which were extremely inefficient...they were pretty good as central heating fans in fact !!


'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos


Re: Do we need 5G?

I can't wait for 5G as I can then get rid of my pesky landline...and reliance on BTs ancient copper infrastructure (paid for many, many times over).

Given that I only use the LL for broadband, it's an extra expense that can't be switched off until an alternative option becomes available.

And given that my mobile provider allows me to have a number of SIMs on the same contract, so I'll be in the market for a 5G SIM card-compatible router as soon as they come out.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: Tinsel might do the job or a net

"I'm imagining what the pilot of a helicopter would have to say about suspending a rotor-jamming net underneath their aircraft."

But the downdraft of the police choppers own blades would keep any suspended net under the chopper.

You could always weight the net down and also use metal rods around the perimeter of the net to keep it's shape.

Help, you could even get the SAS in, with their men armed with submachine guns, suspended off ropes under the chopper - have you not seen "Who Dares Wins" ??


Re: Wow, blundering around like freshly castrated cattle.

"Stray bullets.. really?? what happens every bloody pheasant season??? surely a shotgun blast will suffice to bring the drone down.. like they do pheasants with minimal risk to the public??"

To be able to shoot down one of the drones, you need to be able to see it and be in range of it.

A shotgun, might be good enough, IF the drone is directly above the weapon used to shoot it down. Otherwise, the distance to the drone would be greater than it's altitude, if the shooter was on the ground - so the range is increased so a scatter gun approah won't work so well.

If you used a rifle and missed the bullet would travel in a trajectory that would eventually come down and could hit someone or something.

I think the best option is a helicopter (or three) patrolling the perimeter, and hanging from it/them, a large net strung across a wide pole. The choppers then just sweep around (as nothing is flying in the area as landings and take offs are suspended) and you'll catch the drones.


Re: I wonder if...

"Talking of fire, don't airports usually have access to fairly powerful water canon. What is the maximum range of one of those things?"

Time to buy back those Boris water cannons, that BJ paid 300,000+ for and then London mayor sold for 11,000 as scrap....

A small refinement to the reduce the bore of the end of the nozzle and that'll increase the water jets range and should dampen the drone.

Otherwise, a RF detector should be able to se what frqequency is being used to control it and then just get a radio ham (or the miltary) to jam said signals. It'll take minutes and with no control frequencies, it should be easy to snag. (Or it'll fall to the ground).

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die


I could write a book...

...based on some of these ill-informed comments:

1) DAB can sound better than FM - the issue is that OFCOM have NOT licenced enough ensembles/multiplexes, and Arqiva charge a small fortune for broadcasting from their old original 405 spectrum transmitter masts.

So, IF Arqiva dropped their prices a bit AND OFCOM allowed more multiplexes, (say 30 instead of 6) then the result would be more stations and with fewer stations per multiplex, higher quality (as most multiplexes are limited to a maximum of about 1000kbps =- so 4x 256k stations (all at about CD quality) or 8x 128k stations, etc

2) More recent DAB chipsets can receive DAB+ as some EU countries now have DAB+ broadcasters and sell the same models in those countries (but with different firmware). PURE offers some models with either DAB or DAB/DAB+ firmware so once UK licences more DAB+ stations the PURE models can be upgraded to cope. Other brands can do the same.

3) The Single Frequency Network, on which DAB is built, can offer a better signal than FM and with no receiving issues...BUT FM has had many more years to build up a range of repeater transmitters and cost issues have stopped Arqiva from rolling out more DAB transmitters (as they want to give money to their shareholders from whatever income they get from broadcasters, rather than increase the number of DAB transmitter sites).

4) The power consumption issue is being dealt with as better, more effcient chipsets come to market...in the same way as happens with a lot of other electronics.

5) Some stations left Digital One and moved over to the Sound DIgital platform, which had less national coverage than Digital One - this was a cost-saving move on behalf of Bauer Media...but they have recently increased the numbers of their transmitters so coverage has improved (but still not 100%). All you need do is to use the radio menu to so a full scan of stations...and you should find the SD multiplex, if you are in their reception area.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


"the drive makes a nice clicking noise when powered up. Should I bin it?"

Yup - certain ZIP drives exhibited that fault...I seem to remember that Iomega claimed that there wasn't a fault and it was a user error...but ultimately, enough ZIP drives failed that they were forced to concede that it was their fault.


I will see your 10 mbit ISA network card and raise you 2x 10 base-2 network cards AND a really nice combination VGA graphics/2Mb extended memory card (ISA bus) !!

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


...and Win 7 as well ??

I have a PC running a genuine (and registered) copy of Windows 7 Pro (for work purposes) and yesterday morning, I found an error box claiming that this software wasn't registered.

As of this morning I now have the transparent box at the bottom right, that advises me that "This copy of Windows is not genuine"

So, maybe their activation servers have crapped out on more than just Win 10 ?

RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74


"RIP Charles Wang....dies aged 74.

Wang, who was born in Shanghai and left China for the US when he was eight, is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, HIS MOTHER and two brothers."

How old is his mother FFS ??

Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant


No matter what it is expanding into, in billions of years, all the known and undiscovered galaxies will have moved away from each other.

All the black holes (assumed to be) at the centre of galaxies will have evaporated due to Hawking radiation and all the stars will then start to recede from each other such that, they too will become ever more distant from each other and will become less visible.

And eventually as stars go super-nova or just fade to being brown dwarves, all the known energy will just dissipate to nothing, leaving a cold, dark universe with all known matter spread far and wide.

And unless they have collided with something (or been drawn into a gravity well), Voyager 1 and 2 will still be going.

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes


Re: How much space could Apple possibly book?

"iPhones come in pretty small boxes, surely a single cargo plane can carry more iPhones than the UK will buy during launch week?"

True, but flights out of China may have been block booked - so if not enough cargo spaces are available (due to Apple and/or everyone else), your stock will be sitting in a terminal building waiting for the next flight where there is space.

Also, some firms will pay a premium to get their stock sooner, so shipping companies will prioritise those shipments on earlier flights, leaving anyone else, waiting.

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?


Re: RE: second only to the voyagers

"Life is pretty uneventful floating out there in the void..."

Hardly "floating" - Voyager 1 is travelling at around 17 km/sec and Voyager 2 at around 15 km/sec...that's about 61,000 km/hr and 54,000 km/hr respectively.

Blink and you'll miss them !!

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


Re: Smart Meters are a tempting target

"SMETS1 meters cannot change supplier, so if I had one of those it'd be useless the next year.

And none of the companies publish whether they would fit SMETS1 or SMETS2."

So, is this why energy firms are SO keen to force smart meters onto UK consumers...because it actually locks you into a supplier?

What happens to the old meters? Landfill or do they get re-used elsewhere.

And what about changing suppliers? Can this only happen after the previous energy suppliers meter is removed?

I'm going to stay clear of these so called "useful" devices as I can gauge all my energy requirements already...as they are only switched ON when *I* decide I need to use an appliance!!

Astroboffins spy the brightest quasar that lit the universe's dark ages


I think some source data is in error.

The cosmic dawn (when stars first lit up the heavens) is now thought to have begun about 180 million years after the Big Bang:


So, it is likely that atoms clumping together was happening before this, leading eventually to the 1st generation of stars.

US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now


Re: Recycling

"What do they do with all of the old kit? "

Lots of tech firms specialise in breaking up older systems and selling off the individual parts as most of these supercomputers use pretty standard Intel or AMD CPUs and RAM.

I got a rather nice ex-Google IBM 32-core Xeon server mobo for just a couple of hundred shekels and it is now running BOINC on a number of projects, when it isn't doing it's normal workload.

The TDP is nice and low too, and DRAM prices are low too.

Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test


Re: "ExoMars 2020, which compromises an orbiter and a rover..."

"It's unlikely to arrive any time if it's compromised. Maybe he means "consists of"?"

More likely to be "comprises"... :-)

Tiangong-1 re-entry window shrinks: Duck from March 30 to April 3


Re: can these things be blown up?

"But could you blow it up once it started reentry? Make smaller pieces that would burn up entirely?"

Why blow it up? You just need to get Thunderbird 2 to "help" it a little and it'll land harmlessly in the sand dunes !!


and whizz forwards to abt 3:40

SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere


"I've always thought that the best approach would be to float something up to the edge of the atmosphere then have a much smaller rocket blast to get it out into space."

You still need to reach "escape velocity" although having used say a large helium balloon to get to the brink of the atmosphere, you wouldn't in principle then need as big a rocket to go the final few km.

But you'd still have to accelerate much more quickly to reach the required velocity and that might put larger G forces on the payload.

Time might also be an issue as it will take longer for a balloon to "float" up to the required altitude and it will be dependant on wind speed too - as you wouldn't want it in the wrong place so it cannot achieve the correct orbit or geostationary position. Also, I guess the helium would be lost so that would be a cost issue?

Of course Virgin Galactic are still planning to use a larger "mothership" to fly a smaller passenger craft up to the edge of the atmos.

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals


The massive (up to) 50% off posters in the shop windows belie the fact that most items in store have only been reduced by 10% or 20%.

A small number of items are 30% off and in the 2 stores I visited (whilst passing by - I didn't make a special trip) I didn't see much of interest 50% off.

So, my guess is that the administrators will be transferring all the tangible assets to a new "trading" company (leaving the debts of the old company in a separate legal "entity") and hence whatever they get for the stock will help to pay their fees....and they will know roughly the monthly turnover and what timeframe they expect to sell all the stock off in.

Hence they don't need to have a big sale yet...but I assume that the larger stores (with higher rents and staff costs) will be closed sooner and stock will be moved to cheaper stores in order to keep them "topped up".

The unsecured creditors are not likely to get much and the secured creditors will get something back from whatever turnover is achieved during administration (after fees).

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told


Re: Hmmm

"Maybe all postal deliveries should be done after dark - so the EVs have all day in the sun to charge?"

That makes so much sense...as then most working people would be at home to receive "Signed For" deliveries and we wouldn't need to take a piece of card to our local delivery depot a day or two later to collect such items.

Perhaps ALL delivery companies should follow this route? Far more efficient and no need to leave "I called but you were out" cards.

UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site


"surprisingly good music venue."

The music was great but there were other problems...

When I went, all the vehicles in the car park were forced to use ONE exit onto the main road - which meant it took us over an hour to leave the car park.

Oh and by the way, there is no railway station nearby and apart from any specially arranged buses, no other public transport goes past after the gig had finished...so, to go, you really had to go by car or get a nice expensive taxi from Alderley Edge (a larger town which has a taxi rank) or Goostrey (a small village which is nearer to JB, but otherwise, it is miles from anywhere and lacking in local taxi facilities). You could also travel via Macclesfield, but you'd have the same issue with getting a bus or a taxi - especially AFTER the event has finished...with thousands of people leaving the site at the same time, how would you ensure that the taxi you booked to meet you could actually find you in the dark?

Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches


Re: Ignoramus

PS: It can spin very quickly and it can display gyroscopic reactions, making it more fun to play with.

Though, I have to say, I can't see what sort of application it could be used for, in a Pronhub sort of way...I guess I'll just have to do a search on PH and see what the fuss is all about. ;-)


Re: Ignoramus

"Sorry for the dumb question, but what is a "fidget spinner"?"

In the centre is a "ball race" bearing which you grip between thumb and forefinger (for instance) and then using your other hand you "spin" the gadget, so it turns.

The outer section of the spinner is weight loaded, so that it carries momentum and hence keeps it spinning, until eventually friction and gravity take hold.

Some have a small dynamo inside which can light up small LED's in the outer section which makes it look nice - others make sounds.

And they are available in lots of different spangly colours too ;-)

Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits


So, what happens next?

The lawyers do their bit, Intel is found guilty and offers compensation / replacement CPUs to all affected parties.

Given that this is an "old problem" going back a number of years, maybe Intel will re-design all the CPUs affected by these bugs and offer some cash and free replacement parts?

If so, then I'll look through my collection and get my affected CPUs packed up and returned to them (assuming they want proof of my ownership of the CPUs I'll be claiming for...) :-)

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'


Re: I was driving behind an Audi TFSi the other day...

AUDI - Another Useless Driver Inside or Attention: User Doesn't Indicate!

FIAT - Fix it Again Tomorrow

BMW - Black Mans Wheels

There's more here: https://jalopnik.com/5879789/the-definitive-guide-to-derogatory-auto-acronyms

Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale


"Microsoft UK once had a black Jag with the plate X80XED

Do you think that's still around?"

That number plate isn't recognised by DVLA - so it might have lapsed, and the vehicle scrapped. Or it might be on retention and isn't available.


Re: Many

"years ago I saw a Chanel van registration mark: NO5"

I, too, have seen that Transit van, in/around London. The plate is still registered on a "Black Ford" - so maybe the van is still around, even if not the original Transit that I saw (mid 1980's I think)

I've also seem MAG 1C (the late Paul Daniels, was on a Rolls, now on an Isuzu) and COM 1C (Jimmy Tarbucks, on a Merc), though the best one I saw was B EV1L, on a very nice VW Golf....which now seems to be on a Mitsubishi.


Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate


Re: Threatogram received from Crapita today

"I simply let the paperwork pile up and when Capita come to call I show them the licence and shout "Darling, let the dogs loose now"."

If you have a TV LIcence, then why are you getting letters from TVL/Crapita???

Are you implying that Crapita's database is out of date and perhaps even has errors....no wonder the licence is £145, if licence payers are forking out for all the paper, envelopes, printing AND postage !!


Re: Threatogram received from Crapita today

"If the BBC is so popular, why is it not funded through subscribing, just like Sky."


Let the BBC become a subscription service, added to your Sky/Virgin "bundle" and ensure BBC subscriber cards are available for people watching on Freeview/Freesat.

If the other channels want to go to a subscription model, then let them. Then we all have free choice as to what we want to watch.

Personally, I don't want to subsidise Strictly Apprentice Chris Evans Bake Off Roadshow as a result of maybe wanting to see something on Sky or Netflix.

I have a TV and an aerial point in the house - so what's the betting even if I declared that I don't watch "TV", someone from Crapita will decree that I *could* watch TV via an aerial cable, if that was bought for 69p from Wilko's...spare me the hassle, P-Leese....

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*


NatWest banking website down too...

...natwest.com is alive and OK,

but the online banking at: www.nwolb.com is giving this:

This site can’t be reached

www.nwolb.com took too long to respond.


Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen


"Why doesn't the device automatically lock the door if it loses network connectivity?"

It could - but if the door is still open or only partly closed (when the "lock" command is issued) then unless you have a motorised door closer, then the part of the lock (in the door frame) that allows the door to open, will try to "lock" a door that isn't in the right position...

So, the door is now permanently unlocked, allowing anyone to enter, but the "sensor" in the door lock says it's locked.

I think more people would be better off using the AmazonLocker facility...or if you are in an apartment block or even in combination with some neighbours, one could get a "secure box"m into which delivery drivers can "post" items into, but cannot then remove any other items inside.

If a sig is required then a code could be written on the box (that is changed each day) that the driver can record and then courier firm and addressee can be sure the item has been taken to the delivery address.

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary


"Over the past few years keener-eyed Reg readers may have noticed the explosion in the number of things named after the Queen, including, off the top of your correspondent's head: an aircraft carrier; a housing estate; and a railway line, to name but three."

I can think of a couple more:

The Dartford River Crossing was to be called the Dartford Bridge, until people in Thurrock (on the north side of the crossing) complained and it is now called the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge


I always thought that St Stephens Tower was the "tower" that supported Big Ben - but it used to be called the Clock Tower (according to the wiki), It is now called the Elizabeth Tower and is about to undergo a £61 million pound restoration - twice the original £29m forecast !!

One assumes that with Her Maj now into her 90's, a few more projects will be named after her, in recognition of her reign....and before she pops off this mortal coil....

I wonder how longer it'll be before Charlie boy gets similar treatment !!

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite


I fear that the comment:

"If all goes well, a reused Falcon 9 will hoist AMOS-6's replacement, AMOS-8, in 2020."

may well come back to haunt them...

Of course, I am hopeful that all goes well, but it might take a bit of persuasion with the insurers if a similar problem arises (that causes the loss of another satellite):

"You've LOST another satellite? - and it was on a second-hand rocket ??"

(And yes I'm mindful that re-furbished Falcon's have been cleared to be re-used).

Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks


I'm a bit surprised by the intended use of a "drive belt".

Given that this will be inside the HDD enclosure, and hence subject to the heat extremes present, I can't think of any device that uses belts, that doesn't need them to be replaced regularly - I'm thinking car engines, certain hi-fi turntables, vacuum cleaners etc etc.

So, given that most HDD's require very precise positioning of the read/write heads, I'm wondering whether any type of drive belt system would work so precisely for the entire expected lifetime of such a HDD.

Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!


"Whilst there's all the rah rah rah about unequal pay, it would actually be interesting to see the pay per viewing hour between the female and male actors and THEN maybe we can see how big the difference is. "

What would be nice is if the BBC added some nice on-screen graphics for each "talent" and then we can see exactly how much they have earned whilst being "on screen"...the majority of which would be coming from the TV Licence money.

I can just imagine a 10 second clip of Chris Evans with a "taxi cab meter" incrementing nicely as he speaks...at 2.2m per year, that's over £6k per DAY, every day...£251 per hour, £4.18 per minute or about 7p per second...every second !!

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women


"There is an argument for the BBC to encrypt and only licence fee payers can access the TV content. This would take years for the filter through of the new capable hardware to reach people unless they went all out and forced people to change their hardware. Can you imagine that?!."

The fact is that the BBC had the PERFECT opportunity, when we went from analogue 625 line transmission to digital TV (ie Freeview), to ensure that EVERY Freeview box had a CAM slot, so that everyone who wanted to watch the digital BBC transmissions, could do so. A simple CAM card could have been issued to the viewer when they got their new TV licence.

But they FAILED to do so.

Even now, they could encrypt their signals on the Sky and Virgin platforms and said broadcasters could increase the subscription to those viewers and monies would come in (if they fully went over to the encrypted route). And many Freeview and Freesat viewers could get a CAM card if their receiver accepted it, or buy a cheap new set top box.

But the fact is, that like so many other technologies, (DAB for one), the BBC has failed to see beyond it's limited, blinkered views and still relies on 1960's methods of extracting money from people who might not even want to watch the BBC.

Time will come when the BBC will have to cut its expenditure, if more people decide the TVL is not worth the money anymore, esp with other channels online and from satellite.

PS: It also seems that if you want to watch ANY programs on the BBC iPlayer archive, that were made (say) 5, 10 even 20 years ago, you have to agree to the statement that you currently have a TV Licence. Given that these programs were all paid for "way back when" they should now be in the public domain and they should not require your agreement to something that isn't relevant to the archived programmes.

'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale


Re: 150/night?

"Now I am literally screwed and Oracle asks me to pay the money back that the relocation company has spent on a guest house and overpriced hotels, also travel expenses and whatever."

Sounds to me like he didn't have a choice as the "relocation company" dealt with his accommodation.

NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it


Re: Non-threatening

"Well, it _was_ non-threatening..."

...until some numbskull NASA bloke decided to recycle his old fridge and send it on a one-way trip to some rock...

At least we have until "the early 2020's" to enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about too much...like Trump, Brexit, Syria, Russia, China, IS, the Tories, Corbyn, Putin, North Korea, Microsoft, Musk, TOWIE, Bake Off, Strictly, Murdoch, England teams.....so, not many will remember the odd case of a 160m wide mini-asteroid being sent off course and no doubt delivering a huge surplus of raw materials to the soon to be depleted Earth.

I wonder if NASA could sell the asteroids mineral wealth to the highest bidder and hence ensure an expedited delivery direct to the end customer !!

Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'


Formerly Explosive.....now just Famously Expensive (for what it is/will be) ;-)

MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer


Re: Sperm Is A Mutagen

One other factor is that Testosterone, "feeds" the prostate cancer tumour, which is why before radiotherapy, one can be prescribed Casodex, which reduces the level of testosterone in the body and this then helps to shrink the tumour, so it is easier to "attack" with the radiotherapy.

(Casodex has a side-issue in that, in the male, the oestrogen hormone can then become more "dominant" and you can grow larger "man boobs", so you are then given Tamoxifen, which reduces the risk of men getting breast cancer).

A very simple method of reducing prostate cancer is physical castration, as without testes, there's no testosterone for the tumour, so it shrinks. Chemical castration can be helpful, if the idea of surgery puts you off.

Ultimately, after prostate cancer diagnosis, one has to accept compromises in one's lifestyle, if one wants to live to a ripe old age and collect a pension...

And if you are 50 or thereabouts, go see a GP and ask for a PSA test. Too many men don't and by the time some other health issue makes you see a GP, a tumour could have spread and that makes it a lot harder to get rid of. If any of your recent male ancestors or siblings have had a positive diagnosis, then get yourself checked, irrespective of age.

Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home


Re: Gliese 445?

"According to NASA, "in about 40,000 years, it will pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445"."

...and sadly by then, all the current receiving antennae/dishes would have been scrapped, all the existing receiving apparatus would be too and the chances are there won't be any humans around either.

Such a shame...but at least by then The Trump would have been long forgotten too !!

Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads


"In a second judgement, Curry's PC World was sanctioned for spreading alarm and distress by offering for sale a 1m HDMI cable for £23.96.

Many complainants said they became upset and disoriented when they spotted the price didn't end in .99 and panicked because they felt they may have wandered into the wrong store or fallen through a wormhole into an alternative universe."

It is quite normal in the retail world for shops to price some items with "unusual" pence figures, as this is a "quick and dirty" way to let store staff know what the deal is on that item:


x.99 = normal price

x.98 = special offer for "y" days

x.97 = end of line - no more once sold out

x.96 = in store promo with supplier with extra commission for store staff


Waymo waves off original Google Firefly driverless car


Re: Don't hold your breath..

Isn't it about time all houses and business addresses were able to buy a security type box to allow delivery drivers to deliver a package, and get a "receipt" back from said box that proved they had delivered something... The box could then email/txt it's owner to say something had arrived.

Just needs a simple numeric entry code, for delivery driver to enter that opens a top flap, and they then put item inside, which then drops down beneath a second "flap" to prevent said driver making off with any previously delivered items. Box can be mains powered and have a wifi connection to local router and a small screen that showed a QR code, which is the equivalent of customer signature.

It could probably be driven by a Raspberry Pi and for security, it gets bolted to the outside of the building,

I've seen Amazon type boxes in some stores, which is a half-way house sort of system, but surely someone could easily come up with a suitable design?

PS If anyone takes on this idea, we share profits OK ;-)

Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma


Re: When I was a lad ....

The secondary school I was "allocated" to (SE London, 1969) was known for its roughness, with plenty of stories of older pupils causing physical injury and suffering to the 1st year intake.

So, having one's head pushed down into the (used) toilet bowl and it being flushed, being forcibly circumcised and of having razor blades dragged across one's chest - all "initiation rites" performed by these older male pupils.

As an 11 yr old, I wasn't expecting to see the 2nd year :-(

About 2 years later a new head, (who was ex-army) was installed and the school improved dramatically and the nasty elements were removed.

Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels


Isn't it about time that the delivery firms actually asked customers at what time of day (and on which day) they wanted their delivery to arrive? If the supermarkets can do this for food and other comestibles why not couriers?

Why do we still have an antiquated 18th C delivery model, when most people are at work when the couriers want to deliver?

In fact: a better idea - get the couriers to deliver to a nominated supermarket and then they can deliver your items along with your shopping.

Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead


Re: In the UK

"Almost no contraception* is 100 effective."

Not quite - there is one very good method: UTBNB


Gig economy tech giants are 'free riding' on the welfare state, say MPs


Definitions of employed/self-employed ?

I always thought that the distinction between "employed" and "self-employed" was along the lines of:

"Employed" - you work for someone else in "their" company (either full time or part time)

"Self-employed" - you work for "your own" company (even if providing services to someone elses company)

So, drivers for Uber et al should be called "Employed" as they are working for someone elses' company. In theory, by my own definition, Uber drivers could be working for themselves, but providing "services" to Uber.

In which case, I would further refine the above to:

"Employed" - you work for someone else (exclusively) in "their" company (either full time or part time)

"Self-employed" - you work for "your own" company (and/or you are providing non-exclusive services to more than one company belonging to someone else)


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