* Posts by theModge

266 posts • joined 3 Nov 2011

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

theModge

Re: and in the real world

I thought in the real world you only tested people you wanted rid of anyway, in the hope they'd show up drunk and make it easy for you?

Probably less the case with Network Rail (who really don't like there poor employees drinking), but I've heard of it working that way in the private sector, especially banks and the like.

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

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Very exciting for the railways

Funky modern signalling systems that actually know where the train is have issues with not knowing which of several parallel lines a train is on, purely from GPS, so there is a need to use Balises on the track for location. If this could be made reliable enough then in 40 years time when it clears all the committees that will need to discuss it, it could be very useful.

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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Re: A towed Plough???

Sennen Cove.

Beware militant surfers? Sea Lions can be dangerous I guess. I seem to recall the first transatlantic cable landed in Sennen Cove did it not?

Related geeky interest, whilst in that neck of the woods check out the telegraph museum: http://telegraphmuseum.org/

Interesting enough for a visit even on a dry day!

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Re: It will be interesting to see

their Five Eyes friends

It does leave from the US of A. So ironically GCHQ can't spy on American citizens for them, but the NSA can still help our government out by spying on us.

Politics is a silly game.

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Currently, they're tied up with research being conducted at the Vatican

why? there's no bears there /s

Incidentally tied up in the Vatican is a phrase with "problematic" written all over it.

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Apple actually opens up about something – the R&D behind Siri's voices

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Siri came from an academic background

The knowledge management side of Siri came from Tom Gruber, who to this day is the person to quote when defining an ontology. As his website shows he doesn't publish much about that now, but he still does interesting and related research.

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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Re: People aren't terrible drivers.

Another I read but can't remember the source sadly, but apparently if do do something regularly, such as the drive for your commute, your brain realises you're not learning anything new after a long time doing it and as I understand it stops bothering to store memories.

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US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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What do they all do?

There's billions of sailors* on one of those tubs. The tanker will have had 12 men and a dog. How come tankers don't keep driving into things?

I realise someone must press the big red "Fire" button, but that doesn't seem to taxing. I assume the other 275 spend their time polishing missiles.

*276 I asked wikipedia

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Re: Uninstalled immediately

I'd been holding off doing this because of the bloat, since some of the extra functions are actually quite handy but....this has pushed me over the edge. I've had SumatraPDF installed for ages, so it only needed me to uninstall Foxit and set Sumatra as the default.

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Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', prays for IPO

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It's not the credible-for-cretins idea's that are the problem, it's gullible but rich friends you need. I mean anyway can be convinced you're in a position to sell a bridge, but what's the point if they don't have any money to buy it with? All the rich people I know are either a) just not that dumb or b) got rich by being tight and wouldn't part with cash for anything.

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Scary news: Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October

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Re: It's those damned Arachnids again...

I thought the book somewhat glorified the war and the idea you weren't a citizen unless you fought, where as the film was a satire.

I concur. I've heard arguments that Heinlein wrote starship troopers to show us a dystopia and that he wished to show us what a bad idea a society that really venerated the military to that degree was. Maybe I'm just not literary enough, but I just didn't get that feeling from him. He wanted snappy uniforms and synchronised marching and he wanted it now.

The film, conversely, dropped in a couple of little bits of subtle satire (the recruiting adds for example) in-between and otherwise fun action film, which is most fun if not entirely sober.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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rapid repressurisation

I've been at a rail conference where one of his snake oil sales men discussed this, they have to their credit thought about that. The intent is the long pipes stay depressurised, except for maintenance and the trains will be airlocked in and out. No idea if it'll work, but that's the idea.

What he wouldn't tell us all is how they'll do switches (points since we're in the UK) and crossings - he kept saying they had "ideas" for junctions. If you want more than just a stop at each end, and no one wants a pipe that doesn't stop near there town, you need to get the stopped trains out the way of the one behind, or run a very infrequent service.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Towns again....

INVINCIBLE

Might as well go the whole hog and call the thing unsinkable?

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Worthless.

> "Great Firewall of the UK."

I rather assume this is an excuse to implement same

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Re: Lucky parliament have got so much time on their hands

"This will later be used as a justification for outlawing / backdooring VPNs because the very obvious next step is to show that VPNs are being used to access "illegal porn". Why is it illegal? Because the government made it so. That is what we are seeing today."

That's certainly how it looks to me, at least for personal use, because as the user above says it would greatly damage business. That said, the current "Europe Thing" we're having proves that the interests of business or the economy can come second to a politician's personal gains.

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Chris Morris is to be fair hilarious, if you haven't yet laughed at him I suggest you start now. The Brass Eye is amazing, the religion special seems appropriate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tGkw6mHxJw

Other, the day to day is also great

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Brit teen accused of running malware factory and helpdesk for crims

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In a similar vein, all draft reports are daft reports in my mind

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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Re: I wonder

Indeed not, but they're still banned, mostly to keep people in work, but partially in case you hold it to someone's throat and start making demands.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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I believe the main expense is biscuits

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: Who...

Amazon Prime... IDK what that's got to do with your telly, it's just a higher charges / quicker delivery thing isn't it?

Which includes free access amazon's video streaming service, or at least a 'lite' tier there of. Smart telly's have an app to connect, obviously you can watch it via a laptop and a cable, as I had to before I got a smart telly, but if you have to use the VGA out (as opposed to a digital port) then as with several of the legal options you run into HDCP issues.

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Re: Who...

I watch virtually no live broadcast TV, aside from the news if I get a chance over breakfast. Beyond that it's a mix of iPlayer, amazon prime and netflix. I struggle to find anything I like live as such not having to plug my laptop into the telly whenever I wanted to watch anything has been a massive bonus since I procured the smart telly. No doubt this means the organisations listed above know my viewing habits (mostly vikings recently for the record) but given they don't even offer porn there's nothing to worrying there. I do worry a little about Samsung spying on me them selves, but logic prevents them employing a human to listen to voice recordings (too many TVs) and anyway what's the point? That leaves some meta data. I can't say it's a price I'm happy to pay, but they will find my data surprisingly low value and confusing, I doubt they can do much with it.

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UK Home Office spy powers unit pretended it was a private citizen in Ofcom consultation

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Re: Trust

Are you fucking listening Theresa.

Nah, it'll be some king of dated attempt at machine learning on her behalf, almost certainly procured at so many times the market rate you're forced to assume, inaccurately, that it might be good. Afore mentioned buggy piece of software will accidentally be protecting us all from governmental prying by picking up so many false positives that no bugger has time to read them. Assuming that is they follow standard government procurement procedure.

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Re: unpopular comment with daytime tv fans

What are the sweepstakes on how long it take IBM so start encouraging remote working one all the experienced, knowledgeable, high paid workers leave?

My pound says directly after the current board have left, declaring this a resounding success and collect a bonus proportional to the money saved.

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New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

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Re: Ok...

Now lets campaign for a prison to be built next to the houses of parliament.

Undue expense and disruption. All locks for the house of parliament to be on the outside. Politicians can argue with each other until blue in the face, but can't get out to do any harm

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

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Went better than Marconi's Italian adverture

Despite the Italian name and founder buying companies in Italy worth a lot less than they claimed to be worth was the end of a major British tech firm. I believe Ericsson own some bits of the carcass now but all the factories in Chelmsford have been converted to flats.

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Bursar!

The dried frog pills please.

(I still upvoted it though. I enjoy such silliness)

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Lloyds Bank outage: DDoS is prime suspect

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DDOS as a cover for intrusion?

Sure they could just have been blackmailing the bank. But that would seem lazy wouldn't it? Why not do both?

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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Re: Well of course...

You don't put all your eggs in one basket.

You do not. But I've always set up new email accounts just for the job, rather than use a personal one. All very small business of course: I've no doubt big corporates have a better way round this nonsense.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: End of the TV Licence

Equally, I'd like to see the UK version of the BBC website when travelling.

Likewise, I very much miss it when abroad.

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Re: End of the TV Licence

I personally don't foresee* either the BBC publishing to the world or the end of the TV license fee. Why?

Because state funded TV channels look, as they so often are, corrupt. Maintaining the hypothecated tax just for the BBC prevents the government threatening them quite so directly, much as they still manage to do so every time the license fee is up for negotiation. I'm not sure the government would choose to look so openly totalitarian when it can still exert a fair bit of control and seem independent. As to publishing to the world: BBC world has been selling UK content abroad for years and I'm sure they'll continue to do so.

*I told all my friends Brexit wouldn't happen and Trump wouldn't get in, so take this with a pinch of salt.

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

theModge

Re: Not very popular in firefox

Just to update: one firefox restart later and it's fine.

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Re: Come on

clearly lists this behavior are a feature.

And the setup page lets you turn it on (off by default)

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Re: Not very popular in firefox

I'm trying it in firefox as a result of the article. So far: so ineffective, but I'll persist a little longer before I switch batch to uBlock Origin

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Plug in overnight.

For Joe Average who commutes 50-100 miles a day, it's not a problem; plug in overnight.

I wish! Many people in English cities, my self included have only onstreet parking, unless I get home early, no where near my house. I foresee difficulty charging overnight. My employer (a university) provides 2 charging spaces for a campus with 30,000 souls - the competition for them is a bit of a problem already and most employers are not even that generous. I'm not anti EV (far from it) but there are outstanding problems. Beyond that I regularly do trips (not easily possible by rail) at the out end of an EVs range and a 75 minute stop in the middle whilst possible with proper planning would be no upgrade.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

theModge

Re: Danger of falling pies

It's a pie so...alleged meat

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Re: deja vu

English really needs such a word; the number of moving lights I've fixed by putting them on the floor (we assume they're scared of heights) is equal to the number of problems that have gone away for looking at them hard

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Dell trips over US sanctions by selling PCs to Iranian embassies

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Re: Iran's never gone without.

Quite true, but imported goods cost a fortune there - relative even to inflated UK prices.

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UK.gov has outsourced tech policy to Ofcom because it is clueless – SNP techie

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Re: Will go badly

They've not acquitted them selves terribly well re: power-line Ethernet either.

I realise it's a complex problem: a useful new technology that does indeed splat interference everywhere, but some planning and reaching comprises re: power or available bandwidth is surely possible?

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: Bah!

...Because forklift jousting is safe and fun for all the family!

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Dad

@Voland's right hand

I wish you were wrong...possibly. Revolutions are messy and people who are good at leading them are not often good at governing.

People generally won't rise whilst they still have food - countries get away with far lower standards of living than us without trouble. Note that a constantly rising standard of living has protected the Chinese regime - even a pretence at democracy isn't necessary.

All that said I'd buy a lottery ticket with a chance of winning the right to shoot the pry minister (given how many would want in on that after the revolution it seems the only fair way)

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Regrettably they were pretty big on it in Government, I don't see why they're be against it in opposition.

I joined the Lib Dems instead, because they are against such things.

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Half-ton handbuilt CPU heads to Centre for Computing History

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....inside an FPGA

Actually, that was a very interesting 3rd year undergrad project: make tommy-my-first processor in an FPGA. Possibly my favourite module, despite finding it pretty hard. On reflection I don't think it could do much beyond addition and subtraction.

Impressed that they managed as little as 500w for this beast actually: wonder weather if all the LEDS came on at once it would add up to rather more.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

theModge

Depends on the jurisdiction: that's the UK rule certainly but there's no saying it's the same the world over. Also, they may well have conducted the research with line of site, in the, quite reasonable, hope that rules will change in the future.

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How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate

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the civilised world...

"Water boarding works" --D.Trump.

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"I'd be more worried about the murdering bastards that were born here..."

The government you mean?

The points about re-prioritising traditional intelligence seem reasonable, though I suspect that they're just not doing very well at that, hence resorting to other methods.

I'd also suggest that given that England is really quite comfortable and Syria is not, asking them selves why not just lone terrorists, but even mothers with Children are trying to go there is also a worth while exercise.

Lastly I'd point out that given the recent banning of much porn the average citizen is going to be using a VPN. This in turn will mean that just investigating everyone using a VPN is of no use. As is investigating everyone using TOR, when every student and his non-technical mate is using it to procure their drugs.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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I believe that post may contain all of my Russian vocab. Apart from "pivo" which IIRC is beer?

I can neither read nor write Cyrillic sadly.

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

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Re: Fibreglass and cotton ...

I mean... you hope the crew managed to get somewhere else first, but they're expendable compared to a multi-billion dollar space station.

Investing thing on the the museum warship in London; the crew in the magazine (shell storage) had to get out really very quickly indeed (up a vertical ladder) to avoid being drowned by the fire-suppression system (a pipe, going to the sea). To add a frisson of excitement to the proceedings in order as to avoid flooding the ship the escape hatch had to be locked fairly shortly after the water was turned on, thus further reducing their escape time.

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What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

theModge

It's a similar procedure as for listening to Disaster Area: http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Disaster_Area

Just place the mic 37 miles away, in a concrete bunker.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

Personally I think the only way to settle this properly would be a second referendum that's actually binding

I was with you right until that point. Personally I think we should go with mud wrestling as the sensible dignified alternative to what's currently going on. Assuming however that isn't allowed at least allowing MPs to decide the manor of the brexit - which would I suspect make it a lot softer than may otherwise be the case.

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