* Posts by IDoNotThinkSo

113 posts • joined 12 Jul 2011

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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

IDoNotThinkSo

The article doesn't say what job they were doing.

I'm guessing a large number were in the City, and not necessarily doing development. That's where a lot of Oxbridge science graduates end up.

Hence why the salaries bear no relation to normal computing jobs...

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

IDoNotThinkSo

I can "cost" a Bugatti, but that doesn't mean I can afford to run one.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: I miss the good old days.

Your 'recent car accident' calls are nothing to do with a recent car accident, unless they actually have the full details.

They call everybody. I get them despite having about 20 years claim free.

I always ask them whether they mean the Rolls-Royce or the Ferrari.

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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

IDoNotThinkSo
Megaphone

Re: Disagree - GPS is the future

Indeed. I ALWAYS have a paper map and compass in the bag, even if I'm using a phone (with spare battery) for convenience.

Though I don't normally have to count steps on a compass bearing in a whiteout any more, or do a box search for a summit cairn (Scottish winter can be 'interesting'), I do at least know how to do it.

Also, if you are following a bearing in poor visibility, you do actually need a proper compass. Electronic ones are rubbish and I've never seen a sighting compass on a phone.

Anyway, business speak or not, OS maps have always been a promise of adventure to me. Even the ones in SE England.

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

IDoNotThinkSo
Pint

Re: "Proof of work"

You mean, I do something useful, someone gives me a token for it, and I can then exchange the token for beer?

I'm sure that would never work.

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Reasonable compromise

I'm not particularly a fan of ski resorts, but the impact of Cairngorm ski area is fairly limited in comparison to the entire mountain range. Without tourism, Speyside would struggle.

You won't meet many people on Beinn a' Bhuird, for instance, even in the summer.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

Maybe, but this is a UK website.

You could go up to the Jungfraujoch on a train if you want steep cog railways, to a height of 3454m, but we aren't in Switzerland either.

The weather in the Cairngorms is Oceanic rather than Continental, so the temperatures are slightly less extreme than in the US. I suspect there are actually more days of terrible weather in the Cairngorms than on Mount Washington, and they are spread throughout the year.

I don't think a few mph of windspeed either way makes much difference if you are out in it (although the anemometer on the railway actually measured 194mph in 2009).

Two climbers died on Cairngorm at a height of only 2400ft or so on a main path because they were unable to make the last few hundred yards to the car park into a wind-storm. Due to the oceanic nature of the environment, snow is often thawed and then refrozen into ice, which makes finding shelter extremely difficult.

Anyway, the expensive train set on Cairngorm is a bit of a white elephant, but an amusing one. I would normally walk up, though.

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Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Another Nokia mis-step

I'm still using one!

I have a 'smart' phone but when you are going somewhere that doesn't have power sockets every 50 yards, then it is by far the better option for making phone calls.

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

IDoNotThinkSo
Mushroom

A bit more than a penny.

Shares down close to 20% last time I looked.

These people shouldn't be "leaving the business", they should bankrupted and in jail.

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

IDoNotThinkSo

I'm guessing the point was that, yes, a human pilot can make a split second decision to land on the Hudson and pull that off, but a human pilot can also decide to press on without enough contingency fuel and crash into a mountainside. Or just decide to crash into a mountainside for the hell of it.

So just because an autopilot can't land on the Hudson (if that's even true) doesn't mean that it wouldn't be better overall.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: I don't know

300W is a lot. If you could average that kind of output you would be winning the Tour de France (although you might need 400W to keep up on climbs).

Walking is about 50W.

Not that this makes any material difference to the result.

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: That's no moon… It's a space station!

Obligatory:

https://what-if.xkcd.com/13/

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

IDoNotThinkSo

And even fewer voted to stay.

Odd how prerogative can be used to sign the Lisbon Treaty (albeit in a cupboard after the main event) - thus removing powers from parliament - but not invoking A50, which will by contrast return powers to parliament.

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

IDoNotThinkSo
Headmaster

Re: arXiv = Academic Wikipedia

So you support the locking up of academic papers in journals that nobody can afford to read?

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Seems it's just me ...

If it was in Yorkshire, the pensioner using the £1 shop might well be the one with £150k to spare.

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Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Best comedy of all time?

He is serious — and don’t call him Shirley.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

IDoNotThinkSo

obviously I don't know them all as there's a limit to how much someone talking about themselves you can take.

How do you know when a fast jet pilot comes into the bar?

He tells you.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Oh come on, we know that other force..

There are different sizes of infinity I'm afraid - for instance there are more real numbers than positive whole numbers, but both sets are infinite.

See: the work of Georg Cantor

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Microsoft stops to smell the roses, creates the Shazam of flowers

IDoNotThinkSo

This isn't going to work that well (other than as a first pass) as many flowers are very similar, and a large number of plants require you to look at more than the flower to separate them.

Portable DNA sequencing is the future, and it will probably reveal all sorts of interesting data about plant sub-species and population relationships.

You can already mow a meadow, whizz up the cuttings, and identify all the plants from the juice. Great Crested Newt surveys can already be done by taking a water sample and sending it off to check for environmental newt DNA instead of (much more expensive) trapping and night-time searches.

It surely won't be that long before your smartphone (or a similar sized machine) will able to do sequencing in the field.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

IDoNotThinkSo

Peugeot made good bikes long before it started making rubbish cars.

Looks like Ford now want to make rubbish bikes long after it started making average cars.

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SkyProwler VTOL transformo-drone set to darken skies

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Not coming to airspace near you

There are plenty of better options if you really wanted something like this for nefarious use. 550g is quite a low payload as far as some UAVs / multicopters / model aircraft go.

However, the most recent incidents seem to involve people with no regard for their own safety, so why go to all that trouble?

Besides, almost everything can be used for ill. You can deliver a lot more than 550g with a car or a truck (ask the IRA) but we haven't banned them yet. Mobile phones make excellent triggers but we haven't banned those either.

I'm more interested in doing useful things with new technology than worrying about what anyone else might do with it.

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

IDoNotThinkSo
Headmaster

He [Yossarian] had decided to live forever or die in the attempt *

* Joseph Heller - Catch 22

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

IDoNotThinkSo
Alert

Re: Stupid Human Tricks

The problem with pork is a parasite, Taenia solium:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taenia_solium

Best avoided if you can't cook it properly and/or the farming environment isn't controlled.

This is the main reason for several religions banning it. Probably sensible at the time...

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

IDoNotThinkSo
Stop

Who jumped the red?

Ah, but if all the cars are automatic, there won't be anyone jumping the red light.

In fact, there probably won't be a need for a red light either, but that's level 2.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

IDoNotThinkSo
Black Helicopters

Illegal for whom, exactly?

It will be illegal - except for those above the law, eh?

Who lobbied the bureaucrats? They don't usually come up with this kind of thing on their own.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Difficult to tell

It is definitely inclined at some angle. Possibly as much as 30 degrees.

You can see one of the antennas resting on the surface in the bottom right of the image.

Perhaps it bounced along until it hit a rock?

Worry is that the solar panels won't get enough power. Maybe they'll try and bounce it again with the harpoons, the drill, or the flywheel after they've done some science.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: ARPU

I'd expect them to make no profit at all in the UK if their accountants have done their sums correctly.

The question you need to ask is:

How much profit does the entire organisation make?

(I think it was US$1.5 billion last year)

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Phone Apps

It is still mine and you can prise it out of etc etc etc...

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: OH KNOWS!

News for Jake:

We are all going to die, I'm afraid.

I just can't tell you when.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Insert usual grumble about the term Drone

It is for me.

The less entertainment, the better!

Anyway, flying things around is not new - RC has been around for 80 years. Things flying themselves around - that's different.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: And for something more specific...

At spiffy prices!

:-(

Good if you've got a Hollywood budget and you are replacing an even more expensive helicopter.

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IDoNotThinkSo

For software, I'm suprised the article doesn't mention ArduPilot (and developments thereof) given LOHAN.

I put together a hexacopter from various chinese bits and pieces for less than £200, loaded up Ardupilot, and now have a fully autonomous (automatic take off and landing) UAV.

I generally use it to take panoramic photographs by allowing it to take off straight up, hover at 50m or 100m, point at 8 compass points for 15 seconds each, and then land. I use a compact camera on auto (using CHDK). Works pretty well.

More complex flight patterns work fine but the simpler they are the easier it is to avoid flyaways.

This one can also be pre-programmed without carrying a laptop into the field.

No licence yet though - volunteering 'for amusement only'. I do adhere to the flight rules - insurance won't cover stupidity.

**much soldering and manual reading required**

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: HTFU ^ -1

Yes - Rule 5!

An olde-fashioned touring bike or a modern but strangely very similar cross bike would be rather less than £2000.

If I get to 70 something, then maybe...

Still, I don't ride that far on a commute, so its easy for me to say.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

IDoNotThinkSo

I'd be even more shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, if there were unpatched vulnerabilities in these home network devices which left them vulnerable to attack even without the default passwords...

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Still missing critical feature

Judging by the local council recycling skip, no.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: sounds neato

Yup, another Neato here. Dyson marketing off on another planet again.

One day I might take the lidar out and re-purpose it. Its the cheapest way to acquire one!

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Geography & Data

No, it isn't.

The one in London has no immediate utility value in Lincoln.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

IDoNotThinkSo
Flame

Re: Despicable management.

The PA was there to discover the booby trap. A security guard should know that.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

IDoNotThinkSo
Mushroom

Special circumstances

A crisis caused by your competitors would come and suddenly etc

FTFY

In such circumstances you'd have to find somewhere else for the money, whence you end up down the investment or commercial bank road, or charge customers.

Alternatively, some of your shareholders might get a bit greedy and decide they want to do something else with the depositors money, so that they can get better returns.

Nice idea in theory though.

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

IDoNotThinkSo
Mushroom

Доверяй, но проверяй.

Trust, but verify.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Causes cancer, prevents cancer...

I will live forever, or die in the attempt

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IDoNotThinkSo
Alert

The first dose of pesticide in the morning

Most vegetables are trying to kill pests in one way or another, so they all contain various poisons. OK, we've bred some down to lower levels, but they are still there.

So when you eat your super-organic broccoli, you are consuming a cocktail of nasties, organic or not.

Anyway, sometimes those pesticides are good.

**Reaches for cup of tea**

The environmental benefits aren't entirely clear either. It may well be better for the local environment to produce organically, but if the productivity is lower, it means we have to have more land in agriculture. Which is better - less land farmed, or more land farmed at a lower intensity? Not that simple.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: No, thanks.

"Google Groups" are mostly just a wrapper around Usenet.

Posting on Usenet using unobscured email addresses has never really been a good idea - and 'never' goes back well before Google or even the WWW.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Great, but not entirely perfect..

I get the same - funnily enough, it is also someone in Florida, who I managed to track down to an actual address based on the email content.

Unfortunately I can't find their real email address, which they obviously have a habit of getting wrong.

The dot has no meaning in Gmail.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

IDoNotThinkSo

No leaflet here

I have definitely not received any leaflet in the post, combined with junk mail or not. Nor has anyone else I know in the local area.

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"

"Very tiny" according to Ms Hodge. I'm not sure I'd call a couple of million shares 'tiny' if they are worth over £1m. That's just those in her name, as opposed to trust funds.

She may have no say in how the company is run, but she could always give away the shares if she doesn't want to benefit.

Anyway, the Islington children's care business was far worse.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"

Not just you.

Hodge and her family own a multimillion pound business called Stemcor (founded by her father) that indulges in just the same kind of tax avoidance that she criticises ("Transfer Pricing"). I believe her personal share is worth well north of £1m, although a lot more than that is held in trust funds (wonder why).

There isn't anything illegal about any of this, it is just a bit hypocritical when she goes off on one.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

IDoNotThinkSo

Golf club != Golf course

A golf club, like any 'club' anywhere, no matter what the premise for it, is a place to avoid.

A golf course is something different (and some manicured US style horror is not a golf course).

I'd like to seem them use that thing on the dunes of a links course in a good westerly.

Come for a jaunt round Machrihanish if you don't think it can be good exercise.

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