* Posts by Toltec

311 posts • joined 4 Apr 2012


Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits


Re: Timing

The initial contact, if any, on most of the recent ones I get appears to be voice bot, I'd imagine it is running voice recognition for any kind of positive reply to having had an accident.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster


Re: Beanie?

As a lad they were either bobble hats, if with bobble, or ski hats if without bobble. A beanie was an American smooth woven rather than knitted cap, possibly with propeller on top, similar to a baseball cap, but without the peak.


I think that is the problem, most, english speaking, people think "fairly unique" means something.

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias



"with some groups more likely to be detained or asked to identify themselves"

They all look the same to me guv.

Probably not what they meant to say, but easy to read it that way so could be taken as quite offensive. If I were the type to take offence on behalf of other people.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin


Local sundial

I live quite close to this-


A few of us use it as a meeting point to go out for a bike ride.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs


Re: And this is why you shouldn't use the same password/username on multiple sites.

Worse still if you select the 'Forgotten password' option it is obvious where the reset is sent.

If your email password has already been cracked you are knackered.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure


Musa been confusing for them.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut


Optional instructions

To remove the cambelt drain the coolant system before slackening the water pump bolts and rotating the water pump to release the tension on the belt.


Slackens water pump and turns, three drips of coolant later the bolts are nipped back up and the belt is loose.

Reassembly performed in reverse order.

I did shear one of the cambelt cover bolts, then snapped the lug with the hole for the bolt off while trying to drill bolt remnants and use a stud remover. Cue making a new bracket bolted to another handy lug to replace broken lug.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Oh oh

I may have looked up van hire recently.


Re: 1984

You mean all of the pensioners that up until the point of drawing a pension were paying into the pension pot so they would have a pension when they retired? Not to mention the ones with a large enough pension to be still paying tax and supporting the education of young people.

Note: I'm not a pensioner and at the rate the pension age is increasing probably won't live long enough to draw a state pension.

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs


Yes, Sir Humphrey

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'


Missing the obvious

The vehicles not driven by machines are driven by humans, if you apply the same rules that would not be allowed as many are not very good at it at all.

British cops told to scrap 'discriminatory' algorithms in policing


Re: Statistics

It looks like part of the argument is that the statistics themselves are biased. It is also pointed out that methods other than policing should be used to reduce crime, of course you would need to use statistics to know where to target that effort...

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers


This is the voice of the Mysterons.

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday


Not following the logic

Let's say I have an account with one of those banks, why would I have known about this problem before seeing this article?

I've had an email from the bank this morning, but no mention of system problems, just a marketing shot.

Does everyone else check their balance several times a day? Am I missing out on something?

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack


BOFH darkside solution

"While many security experts warn about paying ransoms or entering into negotiations, the answer in reality comes down to simple economics."

What if the ransom is less than it would cost to track them down and remove bits from them until you had the encryption key?

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad


ACC question

I've never even driven a car with adaptive cruise control so I'm curious to know if a car equipped with it would stop in time in the same situation?

Or is it only a Tesla that would crash?

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


"But the car has its own Wifi"

Do you have a smart phone?

Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)


Funded by a car manufacturer by any chance?

Blowing the entire budget on a new car does not make fiscal sense, buy something a few years old that has taken the main depreciation hit, but should still be reliable. You can always get a make with a long warranty if you know nothing about cars and don't really care what you drive, then pocket the remaining cash to cover repairs or buy something else if not needed.

Depends if you want to be attractive to intelligent women of course.

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic



Does that make trumpet tautological?

Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...


Re: Northerners...

How weird, I must have been brought up in a different version of the north, chips were eaten with mushy peas and mint sauce when I was a nipper. When I was old enough to be looking for post pub scran it might have been chips and curry sauce, but gravy should only be served with Yorkshire plain pudding or with onions on sausage and mash.

I have lived down here for nearly thirty years though so it could be my memory has under gone selective editing during therapy. Probably explains why I like chips and mayonaise a little too much.

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support


This is the basis of about the only nightmare I cannot take control of now, it is so bad that when I am having one I can even anticipate what the next layer of despair is going to be. Which makes sense since it is happening inside my own head, but definitely makes me think I have been doing this too long. Could be time to change career to something low stress like cage fighting or maybe nude glass blowing.

Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter


Hmm a whiff of

"This wasn't good enough for the MPs, though, who variously said they were "astounded" and "staggered" at what they deemed an abdication of responsibility."

The irony is strong with this one.

Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049


Re: Hollywood being moribund

Watching Altered Carbon on Netflix at the moment.

A welcome break from all of the tedious superhero/comic book adaptations.


Re: Hollywood being moribund

For action SF with plenty of sequel material I'd go for Altered Carbon (Richard Morgan) or Gridlinked (Neal Asher), Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson) would make a great TV series too.

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America



That was my first thought too, well second after agreeing with the verdict.

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car


Re: Double Pah

They could just trail antenna on to a system of overhead wires to charge up, even better just fit wireless charging pads to walls or roofs.

Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died


His energy cannot be lost

it is just somewhat less organised.

RIP Prof

UKIP appeals against ICO request for info on Brexit data dealings


Re: The problem for UKIP

Why UKIP as opposed to Labour gaining the youth vote in the national election? Not that that means one wasn't more dodgy than the other.

The government in power does not need to break laws, it just changes them to make what it wants to do legal.

Is anybody really surprised at what politicians will do to get power?

What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?


Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted.

@ Voland's right hand

"It is the Tropical ocean thermocline."

Isn't that basically solar power?

Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment


Could get a nasty surprise

If they take a wrong turn running the fibre while you just happen to be on the loo FTTC could get a new meaning.

Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series


Re: Prequel? Oh no

Is there an Outlander reference in there?

Given Gandalf's fall with the Balrog, not to mention Sauron, JRRT definitely has form in bringing back supposedly dead characters.

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service


Re: Program says "Stop" situation says "move".

I think four, or is it three given the vertical is not that important, dimensions is still too simplistic. By the time you add in probability scenarios for all of the actors and how they might interact it is more like a branching many worlds scenario.

BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?


the basement deluge control…

Why am I visualising massive water tanks filled with sharks?

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang


Antimatter black holes

What if most of the antimatter ended up in black holes?

No idea why it would, however it would be convenient.

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it


Re: Dead people don't have money (problems)

"I would guess that your investment fund would be raided by your heirs"

More likely the government would suck it down to nothing using some kind of wealth tax. Logically it would have to otherwise everything would eventually be owned by dead people that pay no tax.

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user


Re: Now it can be told...

Changing a user's login script on the Prime to provide amusing prompts and error messages, not to mention remapping keys so their console would type gibberish or sound beep tones was my contribution.

Their fault for not changing the default password that was easily guessable...

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs


Re: Gif.

Giraffe International Feed?

Come to think of it shouldn't it be pronounced 'siff' given the well known cleaning product changed its name because people couldn't handle saying JIF?

Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill


This could make me visit the cinema

I haven't bothered for years, nothing has seemed worth it.

Of course if I do and the film is bad I may have to track you down and kill you.

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie


If minorities are supposed to get positive discrimination...

How come most jobs are given to stupid people.

UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum


Re: @UncleNick

Not everything bad is down to Brexit some of it is due to Global Warming, though Brexit has probably made that worse too.

Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?


Re: Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

On a good day, providing I have used the toilet and not eaten breakfast yet...

On the up side I need the exercise so ought to walk anyway.

Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds


Re: Sunday (autonomous) driving

" but took a BMW with their wizz-bang / charge the earth "sports" gearbox"

It was a £150 option on mine, very rarely specified though, the steering wheel paddles are handy for overtaking, however most of the time it just stays in drive and I knock the lever over into sport on the approach to tighter bends so it will use a lower ratio. Mine has the ZF6 and I hear the ZF8 is better still at being in the right gear.

Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system


Re: Uisge Beatha

Dammit Jim, beam it to sickbay now.


Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in


"They already did that with Bill."

They already did that with Captain Jack.

If Bill comes back what will happen with an attractive female Doctor on the scene? Apart from the possible tension would Bill be helping the Doctor with being female?

I'm still somewhat ambivalent about the whole thing.


Re: Sorry, but ...

"Can open, worms escaping..."

Maggots surely?

For many of us Jon was our first Doctor so will always rate highly, but I agree all of the incarnations have brought something to the party. My wife has vowed never to watch it again, I will because very occasionally there is a good episode and hopefully this will still happen.

Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident


In the right seat

Good job he wasn't in a Tesla.

New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'


Re: Artificial constructs

"you turn into an underpass"

That would seem to be rather a rookie error for someone that gets into fights with armed nutjobs, particularly such a very long one. The underpass will need to be at least a kilometre long, straight and level, at car chase speeds to see an accident 30 seconds away, you presumably have very good eysight or have some kind of image enhancing goggles on.

Clearly in your scenario you stop about a 100m (depends how fast you can run) from the accident, slew your car sideways blocking the tunnel and run towards the exit. As the bad guys stop, exit their cars and give chase you fire repeatedly into the fuel tank of your car causing it to explode and deter the bad guys from continuing the pursuit. You run to the accident area and steal one of the cars of the good samaritans that has stopped to help and make your getaway.

I've never played Grand Theft Auto so I just guessed that is where you got your scenario from. ;-)


Artificial constructs

The four seconds is problematic for me for a number of reasons. In an urban environment you should be able to come to a stop in much less distance than your vehicle can cover in four seconds, in a modern car this should even be possible if one of the braking circuits has failed*. This is with a meatbag in control, the reaction time for an automomous car would be much quicker and sounding the horn to warn the pedestrians would be near instantaneous.

Even if we assume a trolley bus with a long stopping distance it is still absurd as an automated system would not need to rely on sensor fitted to the bus alone, it would use external sensors fitted along the route. If it cannot stop in the distance that can be seen to be clear then it is going too fast!

The scenario also fundamentally ignores that the pedestrians will also have four seconds or so to notice and react to the oncoming vehicle, particularly after it has sounded a warning, the chances of them standing still while the vehicle manoeuvers is very low. It is probably better to brake in a straight line, being predictable, and hope the pedestrian get out of the way.

* An EV could have a tertiary braking system in the form of regen or even emergency reverse drive of the motor.

The scenarios should be far more inventive, for example, if an autonomous vehicle detects a human controlled or apparently out of control vehicle about to hit pedestrians should it intervene by hitting that vehicle?

Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck


Re: Confused

"A litre is too small for petrol, but there's no useful equivalent to the gallon."

We could use a decalitre and shorten it to dec (deck), though that would have a similar issue to pounds and kilos. Filling up would cost about £12 a dec, but at least the mpd would be over twice as good as mpg. Perhaps even kpd would become popular as it would give useable number ranges.


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