* Posts by Screwed

34 posts • joined 27 Mar 2013

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


Re: No petition has ever garnered so many votes in one day

Obviously your definition of night might not be the same as mine, but it has NOT gone up by half a million between 23:30 and 07:30.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Noticed a number of machines that had been stuck on earlier W10 releases have recently unjammed and updated successfully. Not yet identified exactly what allowed them to do so but Update Assistant seems to have been used. Ironically, perhaps, I think they have all ended up on 1803.


I have also noticed in the past few days several machines that had got stuck on some earlier W10 release have managed to update themselves.


Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them


Re: That does seem kind of shady...

No, it's really not much of an answer.

It puts Amazon in the position where they have no incentive ever to reduce the price of anything orderable by button. If bog rolls generally drop by 50% across the market, Amazon would be far better off selling the original product at the original price for button orders, and listing the same product under another listing at a more competitive price for human orders.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Is this libel?

Is there even the concept of a spent conviction for a company - or any other non-human entity?

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband


I find it difficult to care about their Bethlehem. What about OUR Bethlehem:

Bethlehem, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)


Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere


Re: Ridiculous

It appears that Rolls Royce and Aston Martin say they agree with you:

Farnborough Airshow: Aston Martin unveils sports car for the skies

Carl Bourne, Rolls-Royce's strategy and business development head, said the consortium rejected plans to build a flying car. "You'd end up with a bad aircraft, and a bad car."


Then they seem to partially recant:

The aircraft would, he said, "be a sports car for the skies".

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: Not since 1998...

Found a few which do not update due to hardware. More, though, due to something wrong such as permissions. Looks like language packs can cause havoc, as can trying to use the domain admin to update a PC. Going over to the original non-domain admin user under which it was first built sometimes works.

Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help


Re: Close, but too early to say how close

"Now the Russians have long had experience of "useful idiots" ..." brings to mind:

Life with an Idiot (Russian: Жизнь с идиотом, Zhizn s idiotom ) is an opera by the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke to a Russian libretto by Viktor Erofeyev. An allegory of Soviet oppression,[1] the opera was first performed at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, on 13 April 1992.

Decision time for AI: Sometimes accuracy is not your friend


The consequences could be an almighty row as partner thinks you are dressing up because the system automatically shows female attire - when all you were trying to do was show her the trousers you would like.

My point was more that I would much rather be in control over what sort of clothing I am offered. The classic clicking through choices is perfectly adequate. What advantage is there to me as customer that their AI assesses my gender/sex?


It might only have been for illustration but the male/female issue is treated with hypersimplifaction.

We surely have all heard of men who like to wear women's clothing. Of women who choose to wear men's clothing. Of people who just might be buying for someone of the opposite for whatever reason. Of people who perhaps don't express such clarity of division.

I might well not wish to be identified as what I really am when buying clothes on the internet! (Could even be the very reason for choosing to buy online rather than face real flesh assistants in bricks and mortar stores.) Do I really want some AI system butting in and deciding how to classify me? No I bleeding well don't.

UK Foreign Office offers Assange a doctor if he leaves Ecuador embassy


I spend all too many hours on health forums where we see all too many reports of inaccessible healthcare in the UK. Whether delays of weeks for GP appointments, people being told to buy their own medicines on the internet because the NHS won't pay (thank you, CCGs), people being refused referrals, and devastating ignorance even among senior consultants.

I'd be delighted if the Department of Health were as concerned for the health of the citizens of the UK as the FO appear to be for that of JA.

Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time


Re: A different problem

Obviously you don't watch me driving.

It does help to be driving in a part of the country where others also most often leave sensible distances. Of course there are idiots, but far fewer than where I used to live.

Interestingly, both the distance that my car's adaptive cruise control uses and my own judgement are in quite close agreement.

Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo


Did they really, really, use measurements like 33 feet, and two feet?

(Mind, can believe the 1,000 square miles quoted from a USA source...)

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more


I really struggle to see how mixed autonomous and human-driven vehicles can cope with the narrow country lanes in this part of the world. Not whether the autonomous vehicles could actually guide themselves - but how they will manage the inevitable situations in which they have to cope with the negotiation of passing oncoming vehicles. Especially when you throw in tractors, animals, birds, hedgerows that encroach over the road, and all the other things that make it, umm, different. Humans manage by civil negotiation and sophisticated understanding of facial and hand/arm gestures, headlamp flashing, nature of the vegetation, depth of puddles and over-road flows of water, etc.

I'd consider it very different to California - and very likely to find shortcomings in what has been developed elsewhere.

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti


Re: Advanced Tactical Laser - ATL

Hmm, how about attaching a laser to a Weeble? Throw it into the area and watch it sweep the sky above - especially if there is a reasonable breeze.

Cheap enough to have dozens or hundreds all going at once.

"Weebles wobble but they don't fall down"

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good


As a never-signed up non-member of the FB empire, how do I find out what they know about me without them finding out even more?

Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why


Re: Deep Learning is the problem

Why only bipedal?


Re: Tea anyone? In France not likely.

Have to agree. Tea with any milk tastes akin to vomit of varying degrees of mildness.



You might say that - but I regularly drink St Dalfour tea. A French company even if the tea is still grown in traditional tea-growing countries.

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser



Have read through fairly quickly, so might have missed it, but I haven't seen any mention of Silverlight!

Yes - that really is a reason we keep getting people calling and saying "Please install Silverlight because I need it for <crappy website>". They get nowhere trying to open the site in Edge.

The second most common issue is that people find PDFs opening in Edge. Mostly they prefer Acrobat Reader DC or whatever other tools they have installed.

The third is that they do not have necessary print options when printing from Edge.

The fourth is using Remote Desktop (or has that recently changed?) which has always needed IE to work easily and reliably.

And my hate, unable to use it in a domain admin account. It isn't that I want to use it, but I have to positively change defaults in order to avoid things trying to open in Edge.

Finally, the fact that time after time, portal.office.com (yes, the 365 portal) fails to open pages time after time. The tab just stays blank and requires one or more F5/refreshes before it will appear. Works far better in FireFox.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


Re: SEO = Sell Everything Online

So is anyone offering an SEO-free search engine that really is aligned to my/our interests - even if we have to pay money for the service?


Basic Google-fu includes understanding that there is more than one p*****est domain - including, for example, a .co.uk version. So needs something more than you suggest.

Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life


Re: Lane departure?

The cloddiau along many of the roads round Pembrokeshire can make some of the roads very much the equal of Devon and Cornwall.

I have been trying to imagine the protocol for human driven vehicles facing robotic when the only thing that works is friendly, polite mutual co-operation and signing.

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Word processing

What I rather fondly remember is the Word-compatible word processor. Although there were imperfections in its compatibility, it was able to do some things that Word never allowed. For example, and I hope I remember this right, you could set an "after paragraph" gap that was negative. What I definitely cannot remember is why this was so useful. At the time I was producing a local town newsletter on it as my only word processor so it was something to do with formatting that.

NHS e-prescription service goes TITSUP: Problems since Monday


My medicine is available in the UK from three manufacturers. Despite claims that they are "the same", everyone who has the experience knows they are all different. There are also frequent stock issues with one or other make not being available from some or all) pharmacies.

Whilst this is the case, I want paper prescriptions I can take round pharmacies and get the last packet from the back of the shelf, if necessary.

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month


Shame it isn't awful...

Then we could have had Obidiah.

(Having looked into partner's family history and found numerous Obi Dyer/Obadiah Dyer names over many generations, that jumped out at me.)

Mac hinge may change


I guess they must have the MacHinery for making the new MacHingery?

Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear


Re: Odd unit conversion

Isn't it conventional to measure gold in Troy measures (with a troy pound apparently being 373.24 g, and there being twelve ounces to the pound)? And bulk measurement, as Richard Tobin posted, in metric tonnes?

Thicknesses of iPhones, and their weights, are very often primarily in millimetres and grams. Doesn't it seem sensible to remain in the same unit scales when they are recycled?

The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?


Reading that article brought back with incredible spped and power, memories of the smell in school chemistry labs when bromine had been used - even in a fume cupboard.

Even once reacted, we should be aware that bromine compounds can have nasty effects on things like the thyroid.

Having dropped lumps of sodium down WCs and achieved quite spectacular explosions, I am not averse to enjoying playing with "chemicals", but I'll keep a very generous distance away from several of the halogens.

TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack


I've been pinching myself overight. Did I really hear Dido on Radio 4 say something like: "The criminals might have enough information about your bank account to pay in but could not get any payments out".

Have been trying to imagine all these criminal hacker gangs beavering away to be able to put credits into customers' accounts. Hmm, maybe not.

NHS to go paperless by 2020. No, really, it will, says gros fromage


I positively choose to get real paper prescriptions.

Having that piece of paper in my hand allows me to get my medicine dispensed at any pharmacy - something the electronic systems do not. If there are supply difficulties, I am free to search round pharmacies to try to find one that has some of my medicine. If I prefer to obtain a product not available in the UK, I can send my prescription to a pharmacy in another country.

(Many of us react differently to the various makes of some products. So freedom to get our preferred product, whether UK or import, is important.)

I dread the further imposition of electronic prescriptions.

The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes


Cloud backup sounds useful. It can be useful. But pray that you do not have a situation in which loss of a physical drive is treated as "don't need to back that up any more, and let's get rid of any copies of the data that was on the drive". That is actually far worse than having chosen to delete the data - at least then there would have been 30 days (or whatever) to recover it from the recycle bin.

Too many cloud backups appear to be mirrors rather than real backups.

Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee


Re: Weird as it sounds...I understand.

Many years ago I needed a couple of drive screws. Saw a new, local shop, dropped in - refused to help because they had not sold the drive. (I was perfectly happy to pay.) And they were pretty unfriendly.

Never, ever went back. Am amazed the shop appears to struggle on - but without any of my purchases going through them. Which was a shame because they are close by and it would very likely have been of mutual benefit to trade there.

I might have bought the drive from them if I had even known they existed.

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