* Posts by Toltec

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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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.

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

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Re: Uisge Beatha

Dammit Jim, beam it to sickbay now.

Sorry!

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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"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.

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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.

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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In the right seat

Good job he wasn't in a Tesla.

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

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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. ;-)

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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?

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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

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Size matters

Are we talking about a small, under the worktop fridge or one of those American style fridges that can double as a small bedsit?

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Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

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Re: "We've just seen how hard it is politically to address these issues."

"Not exactly. Longer life spans are partly attributable to a decrease in cheap to treat conditions such as heart disease*, thus a rise in expensive to cope with conditions such as dementia."

Yes, I know it does not balance out and even if treatments to prevent/delay/reverse some types of dementia become available there will be other things that cost more. Robotics in the home, while cheaper than humans still will not be cheap.

This may pull in some down votes so let me preface that I mean the following supported by an ethical framework; my father has Alzheimer's. Dependent in individual circumstances stopping treatment of dementia patients for some of the other conditions such as heart disease could be the kindest thing.

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Re: "We've just seen how hard it is politically to address these issues."

"In the UK it is expected that 25% of the people alive today will live to 100, an astonishing figure that's been quietly creeping up year by year, 1% at a time."

If they live longer then it is probably because they are healthier even if there is a cost in drugs to maintain that they are less likely to need high levels of care and, trying to be on topic, self driving cars and other robotics will also help them remain in their own homes for longer too.

An optimistic view perhaps, I just prefer to hope for the best and plan for the worst rather than sink into a pit of depression that will be self fulfilling.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Re: Facebook...

It has been doing that for one of mine for several years now.

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Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

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Re: Maybe they are like funnels between realities

More like a mincer between realities.

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

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Really?

"superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps"

I'll give him the broadband, but that figure is an order of magnitude out to apply 'superfast' to in this decade. No one seems to mention upload speeds either.

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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"Does anyone still have a halon system?"

That is the beauty of it, the sales droids only have to believe that they do, letting off a CO2 extinguisher through the air vent would probably do the trick and be much cheaper. BOFH/PFY sell the idea of what the cloud of gas will be and then deliver a sub-standard product.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: Costs....

"Well just like everything else, I'd ask for a breakdown of the costs."

I reckon the calculation will be something like $20 per phone and $10 per user to reset details with some extra to cover the costs of going out to dinner to discuss making the changes, he is lucky they didn't include the cost to promote all the users to change their rank.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

"Is it acceptable that the poor pay just as much as the rich for an essential service?"

Is it acceptable that the intelligent pay just as much for all of the reality and soap rubbish broadcast for the masses?

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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"pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think"

Guilty, particularly when asked a question with too little content to narrow the answer down to less than four possibilities.

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: Spawn Of Satan

"Genuinely I'm intrigued."

Land tax could come to half my net income now (or when they brought it in), care charges would only come in at the end of our lives assuming we even needed it and that will be many elections away.

Self interest, definitely. Given last year we paid IHT (her parents were not rich, they had just owned the house since the fifties and it is in the SE) equivalent to well over a decade of our combined income taxes I think we have contributed enough of our assets for now. My wife gave up work to look after her mum for the last two years of her life, she could do this because we are both careful with money and have been mortgage free for over a decade.

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Re: Spawn Of Satan

Much as I dislike May the alternatives are all politicians too, they are also more likely to steal the money and assets I have accrued over my working lifetime so I can pay my way when I retire. I'll happily pay more tax on my income, pretty average, but being penalised for saving rather than pissing everything away is not something I can vote for.

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Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

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Re: There is a well known saying

"Don't fuck with Mother Nature or Mother Nature will fuck you."

Which begs the question, which way around did the terrier malamute cross happen?

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

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Re: Off-topic but...

"Seriously? You can buy a house for under £200k in the Midlands?!??"

Am I missing something? Looks like you can get a 3 bed semi-detached from around £105K in Lincoln.

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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

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Re: mutations will adapt to look like real crops

"The same way that antibiotics encouraged resistant bacteria to evolve much faster than they would have normally."

It is the misuse of antibiotics that have caused the problem really, though I suppose if we didn't use them and just let people die the bacteria would not have needed to evolve so much so I suppose you are right on that count.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: "last three decades trying to vote for the lesser evil"

So I'm not the only one to think there are signs of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN beginning.

We should move over to encypted channels to dis - oh bugger

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Re: Action or just talk?

There's a correct party?

Why has no one told me about this before? I've spent the last three decades trying to vote for the lesser evil and there was an easier way?

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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Re: future displays are rubbish

"Do future-people really care so much more about 3d representation than image quality?"

Well people now seem to care more about the number of pixels than how good the picture actually looks, it killed plasma displays which are arguably better than anything produced now. AFAIK a 4K plasma could not meet the EU power requirements to prevent climate change so they just died a death.

OLED tvs do look pretty good though.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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Re: So to get zero stars

"But then they'd be getting zero stars by default, because nobody would be able to give them any, so that would be cheating."

Not so, as there would be no one to observe the number of stars the quantity would be in a state of uncertainty.

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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Re: J-curve probably not real

"Which the drinker in me thinks is a shame. Sigh."

I'd curse you for shattering my delusions, but I don't drink enough to get the 'benefit' anyway. What I liked about the article I linked was that it clearly stated that there are better ways to improve your heart health than drinking. Many of the 'Stuffing Bingon Berries ip your nose reduces cancer' stories fail to mention that doing so may cause other problem such as upper respiritory tract inflammation etc.

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Stay in balance

There were reports of a study that found moderate drinking reduced the risk of heart disease, the Guardian article in the link is not the one I read originally, however it does expand somewhat on what you should read into the findings.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/22/moderate-drinking-lower-risk-heart-disease-uk-alcohol-study-claims

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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Re: Rutherford Advanced Computing Society.

"sitting at the top of the pyramid collecting most of the money until he retires"

That sounds lovely, except we all know that 'retires' means both certainties of life have been attained and the HMRC will only get its final cut.

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Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

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"If they were from up North, they probably just chewed the meat direct from the bones. Did they also find the giant Yorkshire pudding trays to go with the meat?"

At least that means they were cooked, otherwise where would the gravy for the puds have come from?

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Apologies in advance

Many Bothans died to bring us this lubricant.

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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Re: @ Tim Seventh (was Displaced not redundant)

"Ask Hans Rosling. Even though he's dead."

I've watched some of his presentations, as one of the few people that get get air time that are not all doom and gloom he is a real loss.

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Re: I'm for the chop soon then...

As you cannot hurt a machine's feelings it will not be as satisfying as blaming a person so I think your job is safe for now.

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Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

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If you fancy a break

Watch Samurai Gourmet on Netflix

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Lightswitches...

"That it is not part of France? If pressed, almost all people I would have thought."

What have the Normans ever done for us?

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: You forgot one important(sic) catagory

"Most advertising boards are and displays are widescreen, take note DSLR manufacturers 35mm is out of date."

Given the optics produce a circular image a 16:9 sensor cannot be any wider physically than a 35mm sensor. If anything a 1:1 sensor would give you maximum flexibility to crop the image as required, no more rotating the camera 90 degrees to take portraits...

A rectangular sensor will affect the mechanics of the TTL mirror so a 16:9 sensor might be able to let you reduce the external height of the camera body.

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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"It should be easy."

Why? Please explain your reasoning.

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: Better than having none I guess

"the offender did look around more before returning to their BMW."

They are probably paying so much a month on a car they hope makes them look afluent they cannot afford to go to poundsavers and buy the bags.

I just hope they can afford the calories to make the effort to use the bags and put them in a bin.

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Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

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The new Moto G5 appears to use the fingerprint sensor similarly.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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Uber should turn this around

When I first heard of this I thought Uber should turn this into a positive and allow passenger to request a driver that could speak their language. While English may be a requirement, being able to speak another language then becomes a positive for visitors and the service.

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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When you go on holiday

When you book that nice little cottage in Dorset or the Dales do you check to see if there is a TV licence in place?

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Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

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Re: Karen Bradley CV

"Digital skills and knowledge should surely not be impossible to find in this day and age?"

Finding someone with the right skills willing to take the job probably is.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: "unauthorised alterations" eh?

Who wants to bet that there will be a hack that makes the car think it is driving when in reality you are?

As cars become more automated they will become something else in the same way that horseless carriages became something unlike a carriage without horses. What do you think, Pods, (trans)Porters, Autos? I like the latter as it emphasizes the auto in automobile as re-uses part of an obsolete name as the aforementioned horseless carriages became car.

At some point obtaining a drivers license will be a preserve of the military, emergency services or the very rich.

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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Addition to the H&S policy

Section 17.1, sub-paragraph 14a, codicil 3.1

Interfering with the BOFH is not recommended on the grounds that ones health can be severely compromised. This entry overrides all other policies.

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

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@ Mr Dogshit

That is a florist remark and I take offence (on behalf of all Violets, not that I am one you understand), it doesn't matter how little proportion of blue is in a violet it is always blue.

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Re: satanta

You need to think further outside the set top box, you subscibe to the state service provider of your choice, where you physically are is irrelevant as all governments now exist in the Cloud. Supply of waste collection, roads maintenance and policing etc. is unbundled from the actual provider so you can pick and choose what government you wish to live under.

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Re: Not more confusion!

I signed up for an account and used the .gov portal five years ago to renew my driving licence, for the past three years I've used the HMRC site for tax returns. I have the login details for HMRC stored in an offline usb drive, no idea what the login for the main .gov site is or what variant of my email address I used, it is possible I'll find something if I look for it otherwise it will be-

Forgotten Password - click

Forgotten Username - click

Forgotten email address - click

'What is your favourite colour?' - No idea what I said as I don't have one

'What is your memorable word?' - I have a reasonable vocabulary so this could take a while

'Who is your favourite author?' - What's with this favourite crap, what's next name your favourite finger?

Right forget it, I'll just create a new account, what do you mean I seem to already have an account and should log in using that AARRGHHH!

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