* Posts by IDoNotThinkSo

134 posts • joined 12 Jul 2011


Brexit text-it wrecks it: Vote Leave fined £40k for spamming 200k msgs ahead of EU referendum


Re: Interesting dilemma

The ICO told them to delete the data, then fined them when they could no longer produce it.

A bit Kafkaesque if you ask me.

Surely the ICO wouldn't have an agenda here, would they?

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?


Re: The reasons for the iPhone sales slump were threefold

There is something to be said for tradition, though.

We'll still be following it in 100 years long after anyone alive can remember why it started.

If Apple last that long, of course.

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports


Re: Excessive

I take vegetation monitoring pictures of a large wildlife site from 25m. Much of it is rather wet and inaccessible.

If any plane is flying at 80ft, 4km from the small airfield nearby, then they've got more problems than my drone. Electricity pylons, for a start. I very much doubt there is anyone there 24/7 to call, either.

Anyway, if the powers that be get their way, no purchased drone will be able to take off in the restricted zone, because they'll be hard-coded not to. Although mine will, because I built it. Perhaps that will make it an illegal item?

What a joke this is.

It seems that all they really want is a list of people to arrest next time someone sees a UFO at Gatwick.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


It is a shame they stopped that service, although it could get quite rough.

I remember watching a film in the "cinema" which was in the bow. Wind was F7 and it was rather choppy.

It was full at the beginning and less than a quarter full by the end, and not because the film was bad...

Watching motion on the screen whilst swaying side to side is a good test of any drugs (although I didn't take any, being brave or stupid).

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons


Re: Identifying the original owners...


That's mine!

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter


Re: Drone crashes shock. Next story Bear in wood scat scandal.


My Mk 1 build made quite a dent losing power at 50m, as it was hauling a Canon camera at the time. As per the regulations, there was nobody anywhere near.

Fly a drone? Gonna crash. Some operators seem to forget that. Don't forget your hard hat.

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling


I blame the cursed one

It is of course Gordon Brown's fault for removing tax relief on dividends in 1997, and thus screwing all UK pensions.

He thought he could get away with it as returns were good at the time, but then came a crash. And later, another crash...

20 years later, and defined pensions are a thing of the past.

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken


Re: I think I'll..

Then again, you could be a Wagnerian (although some may say this is just early Prog Rock).

4 tracks, 15 hours. Though I suppose you could have a break after each act if you are a lightweight. :-)

Whether the heavy mob would drag you out of the opera house during a performance to return you to your padded cell is yet to be tested. One day...

JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?



Perhaps we should just leave this EU single market thingy.

/Steps away/

New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo


Re: Great weight limit

Depends if it is a mass limit or a weight limit, I suppose...

If it really is a weight limit, then I'm definitely building a UAV airship.

eg See http://www.silent-runner.net/index.php/Main_Page

Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services


"Advanced" meaning the civil servants don't understand it and it will cost us all a lot of money.

Defra to MPs: There's no way Brexit IT can be as crap as rural payments


Re: They're probably right

You jest, but one particular DEFRA application form that I had to deal with once was the worst Excel spreadsheet disaster I've ever come across. How farmers were supposed to deal with that horror I've no idea.

There was a course (££) on said form for land agents but that was mostly about how to work around the broken bits.

I don't think the bizarre EU driven rules helped, either.

US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers


Re: It ain't rocket science

It certainly doesn't take more than 5 minutes to think of the many ways that cars can be used to harm society. Ban them now!

As for the idea of automated cars? Even worse.

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry


A grand gesture. We should lend them a similar cultural icon in response. How about HMS Victory?

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign


According to that BBC article "Semi-conductor chips are found in many of the world's computers".

Obviously someone out there is still using valves...

PHWOAR, those noughty inks: '0.1%' named Stat of The Year


The criteria appear to have been selected to support an agenda (whatever that is). The best sort of statistics, obviously.

This isn't exactly new data, the Corine data set has been available for years and the urban part isn't exactly hard to examine.

I imagine most parts of suburbia under their criteria are 'not densely built on' because they have, shock horror, gardens.

You could go to the other extreme and look for areas with no modern human structures visible (shrinking very rapidly due to wind turbines) - and there isn't really that much.

"Urban" land cover by most definitions is between 5-10%

Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots


Re: Polices the irresponsible, perhaps: not the wicked

Flying into a plane engine deliberately would be very difficult, although not completely impossible.

You are right though, none of the bad things can be stopped by technical rules or import bans as the technology is used everywhere.

Maybe the idea is to add anyone to the monitoring list who buys drone parts without also having a licence, but given you could use a mobile phone as a flight controller with a suitable USB interface board, I'm not sure that will really help.


There is no evidence that a consumer drone could bring down an airliner.

I would guess drones are the new UFOs when it comes to airline pilots. Try identifying something 30cm across at 400 knots. How long can you actually see it for?

Don't bet on at least half of these sightings not being geese, plastic bags, etc etc etc.


Re: OK, so which part do I register?

I'm in the same boat - built in about 2013, dropped into a field from 50m after a power failure and rebuilt with a collection of parts. Thinking of replacing the old 16-bit flight controller with a new one, just because.

I'm not about to fly it anywhere stupid, because crashing happens. I just take monitoring photographs of a wildlife site miles from anywhere. As there is no useful mobile signal there, what good would an app be?

None of the legislation will 'apply' to the idiots anyway.

My #95Theses of #Digital



The man who actually buys Photoshop is as rare as he who is really penitent; indeed, he is exceedingly rare.


Those who believe that they can be certain of their salvation because they have paid for Oracle licences will be eternally damned, together with their finance department.

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


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...

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


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

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


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.

The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler


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.

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


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.

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


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.


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.

Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia


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.

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


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.

BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland


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.

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


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.

'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week


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



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


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.

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


Re: arXiv = Academic Wikipedia

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

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


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.

Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer


Re: Best comedy of all time?

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

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


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.

Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature


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

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


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.

Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR


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.

SkyProwler VTOL transformo-drone set to darken skies


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.

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


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

* Joseph Heller - Catch 22

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


Re: Stupid Human Tricks

The problem with pork is a parasite, 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...

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


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.

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

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.

Philae healthier: Proud ESA shows off first comet surface pic


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.

Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012



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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