* Posts by AS1

9 posts • joined 29 May 2012

Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

AS1

Let's privatise the negotiations

Couldn't we just subcontract the negotiations to Capita? Given how effectively they run rings around our Whitehall negotiators, they would have the ideal skill set to obtain an optimal Brexit deal (for themselves; there is, after all, 350 million a week available for consultancy fees). I suggest we'd still get a better outcome than the cat spat of Whitehall vs Eurocrat negotiations, if not the schadenfreude-laden entertainment factor.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Re: Misleading percentages

There were 12,000 participants from 12 countries according to Microsoft's news page. Not sure why El Reg has decided that Microsoft did not publish the figure.

https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2016/10/17/scams/

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

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Re: 120 London buses

Might I suggest converting knots into an easily understandable unit, "the top speed is nearly seven Thorpes."

The maths:

Ian Thorpe swims 400 m in around 3 minutes 40 seconds (220 s), equivalent to 1.82 m/s or 3.54 knots.

So a Thorpe is 3.54 knots, making 24 knots equivalent to 6.8 Thorpes.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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Would be interested to know if there had been a rise in the sales of pedal-bin liners. In the pre-5p bag days, that's how I used most of the free carrier bags after they'd started to fail. Now I buy bin-bags as that works out marginally cheaper. If many others are following this behaviour pattern then the much touted "6-billion less bags" is only a shift to a different, unreported, plastic bag.

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: "People are living increasingly social lives"

The paper ones don't expire until you are 70; the neat 'charge for renewal' scam only came along with the photo ID element where an old photo may not match the new you.

Alas certain changes will trigger the plastic replacement merry-go-round. Here's the list from the DVLA website:

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You must get a new licence if:

* you change your address

* your licence has been defaced

* you change your name (you must apply by post using paper form D1 or D2)

* you’re getting a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) driver qualification card (DQC)

If none of these apply and your paper licence is still valid, you don’t need to exchange it for a photocard version.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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I've long thought the UK government slipped up in 2006 when trying to introduce identity cards. It would have been far more acceptable to have wrapped it as a Digitally Connected For All programme, to provide free smart phones with a facial recognition login system. People would have been queuing around the block to register.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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"Eh? What is this gobbledygook?", said the 70% of users with ADSL packages. "FTTC? BDUK? I know 20/20 is good vision, but 55/10?"

With all this techno-babble around broadband, no wonder a large proportion just go by price. It's something they understand, and they just run the router supplied with their first package assuming that the vendor set it up correctly.

For deeper penetration, broadband probably needs an A-E rating akin to white-goods. That way the 'better' A rating will be chosen by households who treat their internet access as a fridge, i.e. they buy it and it works. If we look at the transition of the personal computing market from technical savvy PC owners to closed box phablet owners, I suspect that is the vast majority of households.

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Even Google is abandoning Google+

AS1

Re: Didn't everbody with a clue ...

> Where's that Old Fart icon I asked for?

It's an oxymoron, since a genuine Old Fart would not countenance the use of an icon.

Text only, as bandwidth matters.

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Renesas rumours: Semi seeks $1.3bn stimulus, stiffs 12,000

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Re: Not surprised...

The basic options on the Renesas.eu homepage are limited by space, but clicking "Search for other products" opens the Parametric Search page with the MCU category selected.

Now click "Show More Parameters", this will expand the available options to show all the CAN (bottom of centre column) and ADC peripherals. There's a few seconds delay when changing options as it recalculates all the other possibilities. Hopefully this will help you narrow down the wide selection to something that fits your requirements.

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