* Posts by Shadowmanx2012

32 posts • joined 12 Oct 2012

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

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Re: Touch screens

Can we ban them in cars too?

I think too many desginers have been watching Star Trek etc, where everything seems touch based. As always the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). principle should be applied!

British ISPs throw in the towel, give up sending out toothless copyright infringement warnings

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Online streaming

"Then you have the bollocks that is and soon to be was Ultraviolet. What a load of shit that was. i tried once to use it and had to sign up to about 3 other fucking services before getting the movie. I fucking gave up. Now appears they are shutting down the service on 31 July this year. So assume that means you'll no longer have access to them once shut down? You also couldn't move the movies to another device so pretty much shit."

Have never been suckered in by these "services". Much prefer to buy the media and rip it to my own system then I can stream around my network as much as I like.

Upgrade refuseniks, beware: Adobe snips away legacy versions of its Creative Cloud apps

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Re: Dear Valued Adobe Creative Cloud Customers,

"You're not getting off this treadmill, we've got you now. You should have stayed with the retail versions when you had the chance but you jumped at the shiny trinkets we offered you because you're just as greedy as we are."

Which is precisely why we are still using the older, purchased versions of the software! Anyone could see this coming from a mile away.

People can't say that they weren't warned.!

Be wary of emails with links to ... er, Google Drive? Is that right?

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Re: Standard practice

"This is not new -- it should have been part of everyone's regular security spiel from day 1."

Yep, practised here and repeated at regular intervals.

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it

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Re: It's been years since . . . .

"Don't bin it,just put it somewhere safe. They may demand it back if you change ISP"

I still have my virgin superhub even though I left them over a year ago.

Just in case they ask for it back, you never know...

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Re: It's been years since . . . .

One slightly easier option is to retain the ISP provided router but not to use it

This is exactly what I ended up doing when I was with Sky and it made life so much easier as I would swap it back for "trouble shooting" then remove it again afterwards.

Worked well.

Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days

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Re: Pretty well Inevitable for an Alpha Version

The problem is most likely that they "tested" it with people who knew the product and so treated it with kid gloves. This is unrealistic as when it is released into the "wild" it will be subjected to all manner of uses probably most of which were not anticipated by the designers.

Reminds me of Apples phone wear holding it the "wrong" way caused it to drop phone calls. Except the "wrong" way was how many (most?) people actually used it.

Google Fiber experiment ends with Choc Factory paying Louisville $3.8m to clean up its mess

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HS2 Cancelled?

"That's why the out-in-the-sticks people still don't have broadband at all, but I can get 300Mbps just by paying for it. That's why there's no mobile phone coverage at all in 5% of the country and it will stay that way."

Belatedly some parts of the "establishment" are coming around to that view:

Replace HS2 Project with fibre rollout

AJ

Trump fights with Google over Chinese military, AI scoops Turing Prize, Dota2 competition coming

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How could it go wrong?

“The ability to deploy a swarm of low cost autonomous systems delivers a new paradigm for battlefield operations,” said Ian Williams-Wynn, managing director at Blue Bear Systems.

Perhaps he should watch an episode of Black Mirror, to see how badly wrong this stuff can go.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: Errr, censorship?

If you cannot work out that a video containing images of people being wantonly murdered for doing nothing except worshipping their god then you have a serious issue!

Censorship is an entirely different subject and definitely for another post.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Big Brother

Re: @ toilet duk

“My suggestion: if you're required to obtain one, do so and simply leave it at home in your drawer unless you're required by law to carry one at all times or unless life is deliberately made so difficult that. carrying an ID card makes things incredibly easier.”

And that is precisely What will happen! It will start out “voluntary” then become compulsory, because that is the way of governments.

And it will be necessary as I can see a time where in order to “combat terrorism” you will be required to use it every time you want to access some government service.

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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As for ion drive, where do you propose to get the energy from?

Nuclear power plant.

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Re: Getting a probe there?

Fair point!

Back to the drawing board I guess!

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Re: Getting a probe there?

Maybe not quite today's technology but certainly in the near future and most likely using Ion Drive propulsion systems.

As for getting the information back they will use radio waves, which will take 6 years but better than 30.

Unless they are able to use something like quantum entanglement, which means essentially real-time communications may become possible.

More info on next generation ion drives here

NAO probing Capita's sickly £700m GP support gig

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Re: The Tories want to break the NHS

"We manage it just fine here in Scotland where our NHS is the best performing in the UK"

And the population of Scotland vs the rest of the UK is what 5 million people? Certain things work at different scales. Plus, the NHS has been mis-managed for a very long time by both main parties. As has been said elsewhere, what is needed is a grown up, non political free ranging discussion on exactly what the NHS should be doing vs how we are going to pay for it. Certain treatments may not be viable long term or will require patient contribution.

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Re: The Tories want to break the NHS

"Funding per is a problem, but perhaps not THE problem"

Succinct and near perfect summation of the issue! Sadly, I think your conclusion is all too likely.

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Re: The Tories want to break the NHS

The NHS is the nearest thing this country has to an official religion

The real problem is the expectation that the NHS provides everything for free! Things that were never envisioned in the original setup such as sex changes, IVF and non-emergency plastic surgery. Yet these are expected to be free, although I note IVF treatment is free only under certain conditions and is limited to 3 cycles LINK .

Health should never be treated as a cash cow and a, supposedly, first world country like the UK should be able to provide properly for it's citizens. National Insurance contributions were supposed to do this but this seems either to be insufficient or is not being used for the intended target.

Whilst keeping the basic stuff free necessary drugs, surgeries etc., we should look to charge for everything else. Other countries seem to have found a way to have a functioning system so perhaps we should look at their methods and see what might work here.

Perhaps the government should start with this article: How European nations run national health service

SpaceX finally Falcon flings NASA's TESS into orbit

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Nice to know that we're not just littering our planet but the rest of the solar system too.

Was that seriously the first thing that you thought of?

AJ

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: A solution

Stale electricity? Amusing, but in that instance, why would he not have told the real reason?

Probably because he had and they didn't listen.

Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

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Re: Bah!

Surely that's covered under fair comment on factual local events?

Yes, but like the War it is not to be mentioned!

Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Credulous or corrupt?

So far, the story is consistent with people spending tax payers' money on a genuine attempt to investigate unidentified flying objects. If you have actual evidence of corruption (or extraterrestrials visiting Earth), please post it.

The problem here of course is what constitutes "evidence"? What exactly are people looking for? If it is evidence of unknown flying objects, then depending on your personal view, there is some evidence to suggest that at least some of the objects seen in the sky are under intelligent, if unusual, control.

Does this constitute "evidence"? To some yes to others no.

I do know this, even if there were "real" alien craft moving around and the various governments as many suspect know this, then they (governments) wouldn't admit it.

How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

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AMD

Presumably as this is an Intel bug, can we presume that a AMD based system is unaffected?

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Re: I thought

Way ahead of you there! Have had two machines ever since I could afford to and for exactly that reason!

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Re: Why not include automatic updates in the class action?

"..D) class action for adding Telemetry to Older OS's in critical updates with NO warning what these will do..."

You are assuming that they (MS) were given a choice!!

UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: Engineer

Bit like Doctors, if certain sections of the media and government, had their way!

NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

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Re: Nuclear reactors are heavy, and that's without the radiation shielding!

Yes fission reactors are now. Fusion reactors of the future may not be!

And even fission reactors may get smaller and lighter, though what they will use for shielding I have no idea!

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Re: First flight of hydrogen-powered drone with water vapour exhaust

Ah, but when we get over our "phobia" about nuclear energy, then this plane could be powered by a compact reactor.

Probably a fusion one but this will be a *little* way into the future.

Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

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Re: Why do people pay these people

Rather musical though!

Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

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Great idea

I think there is definitely a market for this idea given the project growth in population of people over the age of 65.

Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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Re: More jet Spitfires? - Oh yes please!

The original is still the best:

http://youtu.be/DGscoaUWW2M

MULTICOLOURED TARANTULAS found UP TREES in Brazil

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Me too!

That said, despite suffering from arachnophobia still, I can appreciate their beauty and definitely their usefulness!

Just as long as they stay in the tropics, we'll get along just fine.

Yale finds second diamond planet

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Diamonds are forever

Would make a great Bond song! Oh wait.... :)!

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