* Posts by Uffish

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: autopilot age gap

I'm old generation and autopilot means nothing to me in the context of cars but I can quite believe that the Tesla Marketing Dept is very attached to the 'autopilot' designation - for all the wrong reasons.

As an engineer, if I wanted a self driving car I'd take a taxi or if I was a plutocrat I'd have a chauffeur and a car. I would probably enjoy driving a Tesla but I would rip out the 'auto-da-fé' before I drove it.

I would rather not have an accident in a car but the hurt would be worse if it was some sodding, half baked, handful of assorted transducers and a huge touch screen, marketing department driven, programmable controller that caused the accident.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Re: "may contain..."

Don't go talking like that in France or the AAAAA will get you.

http://aaaaa-asso.fr/

(Andouillette - Wikipedia will explain)

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: This is why science rocks

May I remind you that bollocks are a perfectly good food, if you want to eat them and, speaking for myself, pretty damn good in their intended function and place in (on ?) a body.

Homeopathy, on the other hand, is a mostly harmless pastime for the slightly neurotic.

This time experiment however seems to be one of the more boring* bits of science but I raise a glass to all who participated in the experiment, profound thanks and hearty congratulations on getting the result and the astonishing precision of the result.

*boring - I think it took a lot of work, nothing against rocking, but for science you need work.

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Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

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Other cards are available.

I noticed in another journal that we are advised to keep note of any expenses associated with the Visa titsup. Would the annual fees for alternative cards be considered a legitimate claim on Visa.

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UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

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Re: additional energy

Giant waterwheels operated by falling rain.

There, I've solved your problem for you, you just have to do some technical work or something and hey presto, we will be self sufficient in energy.

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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Re:drop in module

For a 100 km UHF line of sight range I have two questions, what is the "full power' of the transmitter(s) and what is the height of the drone ? I would think that one or both of those values should be 'unusual'.

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We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM

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Re: Fail

Flounce all you like, I like it and am saving up. The reason is that smartphones are too fiddly and laptops are too big. I have a smallish tablet that is perfect except that it doesn't have a keyboard.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: "our politicians actually followed our instructions"

I sometimes drop my guard when driving and follow the instructions of the GPS without thinking - usually followed by a pretty dangerous moment or two before I can get back to a rational course.

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Grande Bretagne

Emmanuel Macron has already announced that London is the sixth biggest French city.

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Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: Cable Ties

"And ziptied cables are an abomination..." How about modifying a beautifully, waxed-thread, laced bunch of cables for real frustration.

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

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Re: It is just me that's noticed.....

I remember when beer was less than 1 shilling a pint.

More to the point, try keeping count of the bits of plastic you throw away each day - yoghurt pots, snack wrappers, bubble wrap and polystyrene popcorn packaging, toothpaste tubes etc,etc,etc - all carefully made, high spec materials made to be thrown away.

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Re: What's wrong with a fridge...

... it needs a cannon and an app.

https://hackaday.com/2011/01/01/beer-shooting-dorm-fridge/#more-32335

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Re: Both are lieing...

I would hope that at least the GCHQ bod would be lying.

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Re: plus ça change ...

What has changed is that "Eastern Block" tractor production statistics broadcast by a radio station that identified itself at regular intervals have been replaced by often successfully disguised disinformation about "Western Block" matters. The intent has changed.

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2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

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No dvd drive; no keypad; and Windows 10

1: Meh

2: Good point.

3: This point should be taken to the International Court of Justice as soon as possible.

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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First comes Hubris - then comes Nemesis

Good, old fashioned, observational psychology.

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Re: Cloudy

All your data are belong to US, says US.

There, I've put that in a wider context for the benefit of US administration types.

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Who had Intel in the 'discrimination lawsuit' pool? Congratulations

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Re: Collect data!

Where I worked, before retirement, the max, min and median salaries were periodically published by the unions (France, they even have a union for management).

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For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

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Re: QC

Maybe the production line supervisor said "Get that laptop finished asap".

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Something to look forward to

Thanks for giving me a preview of my 'new' home laptop in five to eight years time.

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: "type their exams"

Depends on whether there is a spell checker or not.

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Bombasticisms

Did the article say the earth was permanently damaged? It did say that GPS readings were slightly affected. No big deal, except maybe for all of the precision measurements that were taken under the 'hole'. I know that if I had been surveying some affected area during that time I would be obliged to go out and at least check my measurements, just for insurance purposes.

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Are you Falcon sure, Elon? Musk vows Big Rocket will go up 2019

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Re: Spring is coming, the windbags are starting to blow

What Mr. Musk said is that his self-driving cars would be "200 per cent safer than a person by the end of next year". I interpret that to mean that next year he will fit bloody great, cast iron bumpers (fenders) to front and back of his cars. That way, in an accident, the cars should be ok, humans not so much ok.

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Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

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re: "catching up"

The US military industrial complex has been known to catch up on technology by some pretty dubious means also, and as for buying up companies to get at the good technology, well ....

You can't expect others not to do what is almost standard practice in the field.

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Did somebody say Brexit? Cambridge Analytica grilled: Brit MPs' Fake News probe

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Re: The Dark side of political campaigning

Yes, ethics don't seem to feature in this companies business and I'm sure they would do as much as they could get away with, or the customer was willing to pay for, but there is one point that puzzles me. Would you even listen to, let alone be influenced by, a cold call from and automatic spieling machine?

I would like to know because I have an absolute fortune locked up in a Nigerian bank and I am looking for a few investors to help me liberate it.

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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Ghostbusters

I hate to be prosaic about an activity with so much comic potential but no one wants exorcism until it there are problems for humans, and providing a successful exorcism service requires happier humans after the exorcism. That requires some considerable skill however you look at it, hence the recommendation of an apprenticeship period.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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Costed

My suspicion is that Gove is betting that we stop paying money to the EU the moment that the EU stops paying money to us. My betting is that this will not happen and the sticklanders will find that no money at all is available for their infrastructure for a number of years.

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Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

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Re: Hole punch chad

Little disks punched from black electrical tape also work fine for cameras and all the little holes with always-on microphones behind.

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Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

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Re: They're not first and won't be the last.

German Democratic People's Republic ? Guards with dogs and machine guns, judges with instructions as to the outcome of the trial, prisons with very bad reputations ?

Google says it is a European directive, that doesn't have the same dissuasive power. It only frightens the bean-counters.

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

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Re: "high end music editing"

Including taking a razor blade to 1/4" tape (admittedly at 15"/sec) 50 years ago.

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Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

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Re: Gates anti-gun agenda

As an occasional visitor to the USA, thanks Bill (and all the others), much appreciated..

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FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast

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Re: distinct risk of not working

There is a communication protocol for that called ALOHA. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Edit: Oops, WarmBraw got there first.

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

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Uncanny valley

They created a system that looks as though it had a tiny human inside piloting it. 10/10 for effort and results but it is the creepiest drone I have ever seen.

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: Expensive

My humble opinion is that the police were there because the UK was pissed off with Ecuador, that and to stop the Americans making an even bigger mess of things.

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Re: any greater reason.

Tell that to the people flown around the world free of charge by that nice Uncle Sam to wherever they could be most effectively tortured.

Just because Americans can be rightly proud of the USA doesn't mean that they don't have some things to be ashamed of, and POI to be scared of.

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Re: entirely of his own making.

I think having very good reason to be scared of the big bad eagle had something to do with it.

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: Fake (news) data ?

I looked at my area on the global map, there is a heat trail going through my house (and my neighbours) that only a trespassing ghost could have made (no doors or windows anywhere near and thick hedges). There are also some trails in the area that look much more like hobby drone flights than fitness tracks (repeated 'one turn of a spiral' tracks in a big field).

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: "secrets"

I still use a phone number that was listed in phone books, when they existed. At the time I thought that keeping your phone number secret was stupid. Now I get at least two phone calls per day from what I assume are cold calling companies. They persist even though for the last two years everything has been blocked by an answering machine. Why do they persist? I suppose somehow there would be a profit in getting through to me. Do I regret not keeping my phone number secret - yes.

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Re: " guaranteed not to share"

My tinfoil hat turns blue whenever that phrase occurs.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Scam

There was a scam in France involving a multinational oil company and the French President (who was of course proven by a specially convened parliamentary commission to be completely innocent). It was something to do with a plane being equipped with devices to detect and map oil deposits deep in the ground. The scam lasted for four years or so and cost millions.

Like backdoors, the whole sorry story was first a rumour, then a coverup and finally (almost) everything was published.

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Re: intellectually dishonest experts

If the intellectual dishonesty means that a backdoor doesn't really exist then the scam won't last long, equally if the backdoor does exist it won't be much longer before it becomes known.

Either way, as Sir Humphrey would have said "I do think you are being awfully brave, Prime Minister, to bring in this much needed measure".

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Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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Re: Oh, *now* it's party political?

All politics is political. The USA constitution expects, protects and uses differences of opinion (a.k.a.politics) in an attempt to provide the best governance in an imperfect world.

Doesn't always work.

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Re: Good news for Yandex and AliBaba

Sorry, China is a great place full of great people but it is a shame that it is run by a despotic system of government. I prefer democracy, even the version currently existing in the USA.

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Walls

I seem to remember that Canterbury and York (and no doubt many other old towns) have quite extensive walls around them, does this mean that inside the walls is a no smoking area. Do say yes, I've got an out of date fire extinguisher I'd like to test.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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I wonder if...

... someone realized that having 57 gazillion slurped but unexamined files cluttering up their system was doing nothing for homeland security?

And that actually searching those files would not do much either?

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Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Re: Converting C to F

Enough of these unnecessary and impossible to understand temperature scales! It is Gas Mark 62 hotter than our sun.

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

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American Technology

When you look at the power and coverage of American technology you can easily understand how Americans were the first, and only, people to walk on the moon. When you look at American technology in detail you wonder how the hell they managed to get them all home again.

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Where did all that water go? Mars was holding it wrong, say boffins

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Re: cherry picking the good bits

As with gambling, cherry picking the good bits can make it all seem very attractive.

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Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

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Re: "Where can I get..."

Taking you terribly, terribly seriously, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1712.09665.pdf

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