* Posts by mrjohn

78 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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I think Kim has the edge when it comes to subduing the Pacific with rocket fire.

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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Re: @Sub-vulture re. "Breakout"

I think you need the Holy Diver to answer that

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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“I paused for effect,” Newt wrote, “and then replied. No. I don't think you're an idiot.” And then he walked away.

That's not nice, we all slip up. People skills are vital in any tech job, and never forget, to the end user 90% of the interface is irrelevant functionality obscuring the tasks they need.

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RBS sharpens axe again: 900 IT jobs to go by 2020

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You can't cut your way to growth.

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Slurping people's info without a warrant? That's OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

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So does this argument extend to not being filmed every time we walk down the street?

Or being subject to facial recognition software in public & private spaces ( streets & stadiums)?

Or having car number plates tracked?

If internet connectivity is an extension of public space, I can't see how tracking data is any different.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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This is Google on unconscious bias

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLjFTHTgEVU

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Sarcastic computers, that's all we need.

"Have you tried turning me off and on again, no, didn't think so, I'll do it myself, me, brain the size of a planet ...."

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Re: It's interesting that some higly disturbed people...

thus the human race is doomed

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Dungeons & Dragons finally going digital

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Re: Wearing my +2 Rose tinted spectacles of the Marshlands...

You should start again, I played in the 70s & early 80s and came back to it about 6 years ago.

It is great way to relieve stress, because unlike real life, you can fail massively and laugh about it.

WOTC & their players have developed a game which is well paced, well balanced & fun to play. Watch a few videos of Chris Perkins DMing live games on Youtube and you will get an idea of how much better 5E is.

Disclaimer, this evening I will unleash flesh golems possessed by revenants on an unsuspecting party on a desert road.

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mrjohn

The point here is the digital tools are being launched for 5E. There were digital tools for 4E.

The rules for 5E were a result of play testing by thousands of players, with the beta versions distributed online, and feedback given online, the participation and response rates were phenomenal.

The game is enjoying a huge surge in popularity right now, globally. It's come a long way since the days of "door on the left, door on the right, door straight ahead"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvhSNadJalU

In D&D flame wars are green flame wars.

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Just so long as they can insert the phrase "fears that" into every headline all will be fine.

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Re: A possible solution for getting the basic supplies

Possibly illegal.

Definitely time consuming.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Meanwhile in the real world Uber is losing billions of dollars

http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-lost-800-million-in-third-quarter-2016-2016-12

Great business model, borrow cheap money, drive legitimate companies out of business, clean up on IPO, leave trail of destruction behind.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

You might ask why the same Parliament passed such a poorly thought out bill to hold the referendum in the first place. Was it deliberate that the bill gave no mechanism to follow through on the result?

Makes you wonder about other legislation.

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mrjohn

Re: Parliament must vote

But in the scenario of a general election which party gets to put "cancel Brexit" on its manifesto?

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Mysterious algorithms, black-box AI recruiters are binning our résumés

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So it's not what you know, or who you know, it's 101011101000101

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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You can change a password, you can't change your biometric data.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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But married men live longer than unmarried men .........

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EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

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I think compulsive tax evasion/avoidance should be treated as a mental health issue.

Apple squeezes its suppliers and squirms at the thought of paying tax, if a corporation is a human they are the whiny teenager.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Are you advertising Ad Block Plus?

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OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

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the purple ones were faster

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40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

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Next time I mess up at work I'll tell myself at least I didn't mess up on another planet too.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: January 1st?

When I was a student in the 80s I had a holiday job taking surveys in sports clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow, "hangover cure" was frequent reason for using the facilities in the morning.

Lovely friendly people as I recall.

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5% of drivers want Nigel Farage to be their in-car robo butler

mrjohn

Re: No Tomtom Baker?

Ask Mr Baker to narrate at your own peril

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeTIjD0T_4

Not a man who suffers fools lightly

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

mrjohn

Gee, wouldn't it be amazing if a company could put technology in place to protect musicians from having their work stolen and people gleaning advertising revenue from it on a popular internet video web site.............

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

mrjohn

"When the police arrived, an Hispanic Apple worker was found dead in a conference room with a gun nearby."

Is "Hispanic" code for "cleaner"

Why is the person's ethnicity relevant?

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

That's the one day I would change for a Monday

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Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

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The world needs to get back its sense of humour

Boaty McBoatface it is

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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The dog that doesn't bark

"Regardless, the FBI used the existence of the phone and the shocking nature of the crime to wage a public war with Apple over encryption and access to electronic goods. "

And if they hadn't made every effort to unlock the phone you would be criticising them for not following every lead.

"Just shows how lame they are they can't even hack a phone" would have been the tenor of the conversation from the almighty enlightened tech savants

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

mrjohn

So now we see what really worries Apple, having tried to make their device the centre of people's lives they realise people might decide this is not a good option.

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We survived a five-hour butt-numbing Congress hearing on FBI-Apple ... so you don't have to

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Trey

"You can go into people's bodies and remove bullets but you can't go into a dead person's iPhone and remove the data? I'm just amazed by that.

You're not the only person who was amazed, Trey."

I think you are deliberately missing the point. It is starting to sound like tech is a sacred cow which must remain inviolate, however we accept the need to cut open a corpse, irrespective of the distress this might cause the bereaved, for evidence. It's an emotional stance perhaps, not a logical comparison, but humans generally make decisions based on emotion, not logic.

If my assumption is correct I see where he is coming from, smart phones, and the data they contain and access are considered the priority, perhaps even the much vaunted privacy is beginning to play second fiddle to the preeminence of the technical achievement that ensures this privacy. The value is not the information, but the fact Apple have made a clever way of keeping it.

What keeps Tim Cook awake is the possible realisation by the general public that analog alternatives have their plus side. Maybe the US will see a spike in sales of fireproof safes, same as Japan has seen this year.

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Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ

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Re: RIPA

in this case the guy that knows the password is dead

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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Re: Bah!

So the guy damaged property and put people's health at risk to prove that they didn't check under the table for affixed kippers?

In Japanese we say "kudaranai"

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Kentucky spies stricken: Ban on web snaps of horror accidents mulled

mrjohn

Sad that we have to consider legislation because people lack self restraint

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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But he misses the point, we are not concerned with their potential value in dollars, though this is a persuasive argument for some, we are concerned with their rights as individuals. Everyone deserves a chance, and the world needs baristas as much as it needs spawners of global empires

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mrjohn

Banksy and his shadow, drop shadow that is

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Libertarian hero: 'Satoshi Nakamoto', government funds, the NSA and the DHS

mrjohn

Chiba City does exist but I'm not sure a gaijin living there would call it "Chiba City", Chiba-shi is more likely. After you have been in Japan a while mixing Japanese place names with English translations starts to sound weird.

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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Re: "where life is at immediate risk"

Except

"So, if someone has visited a social media website, an Internet Connection Record will only show that they accessed that site, not the particular pages they looked at, who they communicated with, or what they said."

Which makes the whole thing seem kind of pointless, unless people are going to post their terrorist intentions on Facebook.

Blanket surveillance is an excuse to avoid leg work. M15. saving us from terrorism while eating donuts.

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Prepare to be Thunderstruck: What if 'deuszu' ISN'T the Ashley Madison hacker?

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I think we can conclude the hacker was Angus

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Google will make you live to be 500, claims Ventures president

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Google are obviously not fans of Douglas Adams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4P3pvKmbsg

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

mrjohn

Re: How many...

From the ASA link

Kazam Online Ltd t/a Kazam Mobi

Beaver Industrial Estate

Unit A2

Ashford

Kent

TN23 7SH

Beaver?

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: @Halverflake

You sure about that?

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/19/nsa-gchq-sim-card-billions-cellphones-hacking

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mrjohn

"To be clear, Superfish comes with Lenovo consumer products only and is a technology that helps users find and discover products visually. The technology instantly analyzes images on the web and presents identical and similar product offers that may have lower prices, helping users search for images without knowing exactly what an item is called or how to describe it in a typical text-based search engine."

Because the only reason to own a computer is to go shopping?

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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You do pay import duty on gifts if they are over a certain value.

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How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

mrjohn

Did Apple jump the shark already?

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Google must free us from 'invisible web of our personal data' – DPA

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or 10 years tax contribution

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Google kills CAPTCHAs: Are we human or are we spammer?

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Why does every Google video have a soundtrack featuring a ukelele?

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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I'm going to license the note middle "C", and the key of D minor.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

mrjohn

Re: Statistically speaking

yeah, but planes are expensive and you aren't

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

mrjohn

"And after studying the genetic goop, the researchers have concluded that humans started interbreeding with their Neanderthal cousins about 60,000 years ago."

and made white people

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