* Posts by Dr_N

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Beer Bores

[yawn]

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: Use python

You mean, "Use cut."

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

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Webcam Shield?

You mean the retrieved "chad" bit from hole-punching a self-adhesive address label?

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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codejunk> "Not exactly reliable people."

Ah, the ENEMIES of the PEOPLE? The ones who are not fully paid-up member of Codejunky's Crazy Brexit Propaganda Club?

Alternative FACTS! Keep 'em flowing' codejunky. They are so amusing.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Ring care

Just be careful logging off it you are experiencing ring trouble.

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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Daily Mail

At least The Daily Mail got one of its wet-dream front pages today.

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Gapless Playback

Was IS this so difficult for music providers to build this into their bloody platforms?

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Home Taping

Was good for "swapping" computer games too. Apparently.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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"Remoaner Scum!"

"Talking down Britain."

"Traitors."

"Brexit means brexit."

"We're taking back control."

"You lost."

[Feel free to add any other empty platitude that are just a metaphor of the brexit plan.]

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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Hmmmmm...

Maybe there's a career in professional internet searching, 'cause I've never had a problem finding things. Apart from in the 90s when there wasn't actually much of anything to find on the WWW.

Now, where did I put my keys ... ?

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Re: Appliance Failures

Designer glasses are (pretty much) all made in one factory in Italy, so easy to investigate?

And they pretty much have a lifetime guarantee. (In France you can get "free" glasses every 2 years under mutual health cover schemes so maybe they are built to last days?.)

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Appliance Failures

I think it's all down to abuse.

Having two vacuum cleaners failing within a year? Hmmmmm...

Catch the girlfriend vacuuming the bare, slightly damp concrete floor of the garage because "It's quicker than sweeping up the dust. I've always done it this way. What's the problem?" A real lightbulb moment.

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UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

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And Don't Forget...

Sky beamed into the UK illegally for many years without a licence and the Dirty Digger was never done for his illegal cross-media subsidising either.

Good to see all his machinations come to nought.

End of Empire for his spawn. Boo hoo.

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Maybe the reason behind the Disney deal?

The Dirty Digger got advanced warning and decided to throw his toys out the pram by binning his non-news side of the business?

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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

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Re: Polygraph Examiner

>What other pseudo-science do they use there? Graphology? Lay Lines? Crystals? Dowsers? Tea-leave readers? Trump?

If you leave out phrenology you need your head examined.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

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So your defence is, "What about the Clinton campaign?!?" ?

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Municipal Tip/Recycling Centre

There is an alternative to hoarding that gives its own pleasure:

Chucking stuff in skips.

Very liberating.

Make sure to apply for your déchetterie card in France, Mr Dabbs. You can even weigh the stuff you are binning. And your car.

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Damn MSMedia. With their "theories" about the Earth not being flat and circling the sun!

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Rolex Wearers

Is that a euphemism? Something about perpetual movement wrist action?

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How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

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350 Million !!!

Ah... no... Wrong bus. My bad. Sorry.

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

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Eye To Eye

Chortle.

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Xiaomi the money: China's latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea

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Another Xiaomi User Here.

Have convinced 3 others to switch as well. ~€150 for a rich-feature smartphone shipped from Europe with the fully-supported "global" version of MIUI. What's not to like?

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France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

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Re: Energy supply, water, transport, telecoms and public health

Do SpecSavers do a retinal laser scan & Ocular tonometry?

Have to agree ophthalmologist waiting lists seem to have ballooned. Especially when you compare to MRIs, X-rays etc that you can get in a matter of a few days in most cases.

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"Speaking to French television station BFM (video here in French), Le Maire said Chinese investment is welcomed, but not if it “plunders” French technology."

He didn't say that. At least not in the cited clip.

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Re: Amsterdam

>Let's wait and see...

Probably THE worst advice to heed in this situation.

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Re: But the good old days!

codejunky> https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2016/05/12/to-properly-explain-the-eus-bendy-bananas-rules-yes-theyre-real/#b8013286fc9a

Quoting Mr Worstall's (you suck up) opinion doesn't make your bendy banana myth any less mythic.

I'm surprised you've not used the "EU bans barmaid CLEAVAGE!" one too.

Brexit it happening. The barefaced lying did it's job. You can stand down now.

Even The Soar-Away SUN has held its hand up to all the years of bollocks they printed:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/politics/1262214/eu-debate-leaves-15-of-brits-believing-brussels-has-banned-bent-bananas-to-busty-barmaids/

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Re: Amsterdam

@Phil O'Sophical

Sorry again Phil, maybe we are talking at cross purposes.

I was talking about working outside of your country of residence. You are quite correct that you normally don't need anything more than a standard vistor's visa (or visa waiver in the US) for business trips: Meeting, training, pre-sales. Maybe even a bit of light on-site support.

However if you want to work you need a visa in most cases. If you work without obtaining a visa you open yourself up to a whole world of possible bad consequences. If you don't believe me, try telling the immigration officer in the US that you are coming "to work" next time you visit the US.

If you've prevously been illegally working without getting caught, then that's fine. I hope you haven't got too strong views on illegal immigrants working in the UK. (Because I hear it's no fun, being an illegal alien?)

My take is that uk.gov are not looking at these issues because they just don't care. The number of people affected probably won't be that many. And most no longer have the right to vote anyway!

Those it does affect just have to suck it up and take the licks life deals. Personally I think it's the right time to look at working outside of the EU if you're a Brit who up until now has enjoyed working in multiple EU countries. If you have to get visas, might as well go all out and try the US or elsewhere.

Either that or "Go Back To Where You Came From!" ;-)

Fair's fair.

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Re: Amsterdam

@Phil O'Sophical

Sorry Phil, you are wrong. e.g. Working in France without a work permit or visa (a la non-EU citizens) will result in a visit by the inspecteur du travail accompanied by the gendarmerie.

I know of at least 1 high tech French company who tried it on with Indian engineers who were over on business visas but actually working on a live project "for a few weeks."

After a snap inspection (Literally, "Show me your papers!") the Indians got thrown out and the company was fined.

That is the future for Brits and that is perfectly understandable. It's what the UK voted for.

Just because the UK doesn't do things properly, doesn't mean other EU countries don't.

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Re: Amsterdam

>You claim to have globally transportable skills so why wont the EU want someone skilled?

Oh do keep up codejunky: Brexit is occuring!

Brits are losing their right to work across the EU. uk.gov is only negotiating for British citizens to be able to live and work in their EU country of residence. Not elsewhere in the EU.

Thus if you have a job that entails work across Europe you will need to obtain work permits for each country. (In my case that'd be: Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and Holland. Not sure about Ireland.)

No one will bother employing Brits in these roles after brexit.

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Re: @ Pen-y-gors

>How curvy is a banana? Or cucumber?(did they retract that one for being too pedantic?). Or what can be called jam? Or apparently the size of a drink in a pub?

At the lying and myth propagation again codejunky?

I do wonder what you'll have to lie about after the UK leaves the EU.

Maybe you can blame it all on the Turks again, hey?

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MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union

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Re: Yes, but

>And don't forget the BLUE passport cover.

Blue passport covers are sooooo yesterday's brexit news.

The latest demand is that the little crown be put back on pint glasses. Those little crowns are an important emblem of brexit and a defining feature of British Sovereignty™®

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Needs a camera as standard.

For scanning receipts for expenses.

Otherwise it's looking good.

Just so long as they remember that the Psion's major advantage was, "Software. Software. Software."

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Re: Planned obsolescence

>I should just throw my 5S in the bin

Here in France you take old/broken electrical goods back to the place you bought them (or the municipal dump) for correct disposal. ;-)

;-)

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Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks

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BBFC

I thought the British public had had enough of un-elected bureaucrats imposing their will upon the population...?

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HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy

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New Defence Minister Seemed to Like It.

"Terrorise THIS, terrorists ... !" - Gavin Williamson

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

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Re: Overpriced

"Between the high price of the machine, the typically high price of mobile data in the UK."

FTFY

Unlimited mobile data for reasonable tariff is the norm in many countries now.

I'm just surprised this has taken so long for everyone to get their acts together to produce such products.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: It's a tradition...

>Yes, in France it's a tradition to not work. That's why the few French high-tech companies in existence do it outside of France.

UK productivity: Express elevator: going DOWN!

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Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

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Squirrels.

Let's all just be thankful these lunatic researchers aren't giving robotic limbs to squirrels.

Because then we'd all be in a whole other world of hurt.

The evil bastids.

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Looking for scrubs? Nah, NHS wants white hats – the infosec techie kind

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NHS + IT

Ahhh. A match made in heaven.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Who needs batteries?

Just string overhead HT cables and take the electricity from them.

Physically link multiple "trucks" for greater efficiency.

Maybe later they can lay some steel guide rails to obtain greater speeds, safety and efficiency.

Ahh. Errr.....

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: Applause

"This makes a huge contribution to the visibility of my Friday columns and it would make me really happy."

How-de-doodly-doo happy?

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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"Ah, so airbrush the inconvenient past, Soviet style?"

Says the man using whataboutery!

IRONY OVERLOAD!!!

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@Big John

So your, "I used whataboutism to catch you all out" was Fake News? Sad.

I'm not pulling you up on use of language, political-non-correctness, or any other red-herring you want to throw around.

I'm pulling you up on your use of whataboutism.

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"I snuck that 'what about' in there just to see who would jump at it first. ;-/"

Did you? Or are you trying to make light of being called out for being a whatabouter? Hmmm.

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"Clearly Trump's heavy twitting is making ambiguity waves, but what about Obama? "

Looks like you've got a severe case of the whatabouts.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: Lots of butthurt Tesla owners here?

'and a lot of those drivers with quite an attitude ("Look at me, I am driving a Tesla, now get the f*** out of my way!" '

Are Audi bleeding sales to Tesla over there, then?

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: Time to start deporting the problem fast before it gets much worse!

The Beaker people are on the rise in the UK...

"Me!Me!Me!Me!Me...!"

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Pokes head above parapet at Schloss Silicon

"Chip folk like Perl as it gets the job done at the physical design end of things."

While you're playing with perl scripts the tcl + sed/awk/grep guy has beat you to tape out.

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'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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Japan

Wrong choice of country. Japanese transport etiquette would have made more sense.

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Door or boot not shut

Door or boot not shut = car will not lock

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