* Posts by Roj Blake

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UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

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Re: Annual Increases

You mean the council tax that before this year has increased at a rate below inflation for the best part of decade, resulting in councils being chronically underfunded? That council tax?

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From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

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Re: Click here for one weird trick to train your brain!

"I could care less about the bandwidth."

So you do care more than the minimum amount possible then?

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Re: Click here for one weird trick to train your brain!

The thing about adverts is the more annoying they are, the more people remember them and the more people talk about them.

Everyone in the UK says they hate those adverts with the opera singer, but I bet you know exactly who I mean. Brand awareness has increased by making something crap.

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We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too?

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Re: AI Back-Seat Drivers and Driving Examiners

We already have mothers-in-law for that though?

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How Long Until the Police...

...demand live access to all of the telemetry.

I'm sure they would even be willing to pay for it at commercial rates, considering how much they would make from the speeding fines.

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Roses are red, are you single, we wonder? 'Cos this moth-brain AI can read your phone number

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Obligatory Simpsons Reference

That tobacco hawk moth caterpillar in the picture seems to be on a tomato - but given its love of nicotene-bearing plants, could it be a tomacco?

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: Does the embassy have a cat, even a white cat?

They actually went and bought a cat for Assange, to keep him company.

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Equifax hack worse than previously thought: Biz kissed goodbye to card expiry dates, tax IDs etc

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Re: Clearly allowing companies to hold this kind of information should not be allowed

What we need is some sort of general regulation that protects data.

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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Re: Machine learning.

If I were IS, I'd make my propaganda videos resemble Conservative Party Political Broadcasts.

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The tool is given to the website's owners, they install it, and it does its stuff after that.

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: We choose to go to the Moon

Here are the other things:

"But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

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The ISS would make a good replacement for Trump Tower if you ask me.

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It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

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What I Want to Know...

is when are we getting .cotton for EastEnders-themed websites?

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Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: I think this is good news

Certainly you should be cautious about using free AV software, but there are some decent providers with subscription models out there (F-Secure, ESET, etc)

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Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Re: "Ponzi scheme"

A Ponzi scheme is where you use money from new investors to pay the interest owed to earlier ones. So not like this at all.

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Re: I preferred the musical version

Help me Dr Zaius!

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Great Apes

I think my favourite homage to Planet of the Apes is in Will Self's rather excellent novel Great Apes.

It's about a bloke who wakes up one morning to find that everyone has been replaced by apes. In one scene, the apes take our hero to a screening of "Planet of the Humans" and he's not impressed as the humans in it are clearly just chimps wearing rubber masks.

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Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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They're a little over a week late. That's not at all unusual.

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Re: S&M dyslexic?

"Hit me!" said the masochist.

"No" replied the sadist.

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Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Re: waitaminute

It's the tap that's used to water the magic money tree.

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Sad News

As a very happy Swift and then Swift 2+ owner I'm very sad to hear this, although I suspect that the writing was on the wall once Cyanogen went kaput.

I hope they all find new jobs very quickly.

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Re: Related: Microaggressions in Job Ads

"You always remain calm under pressure" in a job ad translates to "we want someone who won't complain when we pile far to much work on them (which we will, frequently)."

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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

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Re: The Era Of Stupid

What's it like to have an IQ of 150?

Imagine you've got an IQ of 100 and everyone else is a 50.

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Re: I once...

I once (many times, actually) had a bag of Tesco crisps with no flavour whatsoever.

At least now I know where it went.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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Re: 50% of men and women are below average.

Not always. Less than 1% of people have a below average number of legs.

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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Re: Who are they going to employ to check all these pr0n websites?

It's a tough job, but I'd be willing to do it (in the interests of society).

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Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted – take that, Kepler fatigue!

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Re: "2,000 moon-to-Jupiter sized planets for each main sequence star"

It says in the article that most planets are not bound to a star.

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: When dealing with others, always be a gentleman*

So a gentleman can be rude on purpose?

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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The one thing SEO is good for...

...is finding SEO companies online.

SEO companies are literally the only thing where if you do a search for one you are presented with a list in the order of how good they are.

Which begs the question: why would you use one that advertises on the side of taxis?

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Astroboffins spot sneaky signs that the Milky Way devoured smaller galaxies

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Re: Massive dwarf?

If you can have miniature giant space hamsters, then you can also have massive dwarfs.

And at least the dwarfs don't go for the eyes.

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UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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Re: "by" = "village"

And this is why the names of many places in England that were formerly occupied by Vikings end in by - Selby, Ashby, Corby, etc.

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Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

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Re: Marx

Adam Smith was around at the same time as the East India Company, so he certainly should have been aware of large corporations.

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Have a Cigar...

You're gonna go far.

Well done on the section headings.

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Intel alerted computer makers to chip flaws on Nov 29 – new claim

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Re: And how is the other way looking

It may be that he didn't sell his shares because of the bugs.

But it's also possible that Intel delayed disclosure of the bugs until after the pre-planned sale of stock.

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Dell board meeting: What've we got on the table? Sparkling, still, sarnies... and oh, IPO?

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Re: Out of idle curiosity

We use a lot of Poweredges. Build quality is excellent and the management tools are pretty decent.

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Re: Financial engineering

Since when did Dell make Proliants?

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable

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Re: "why does the artwork always show a scenery which is pretty much unlikely?"

I did hear a story once (on a Radio 4 documentary) that on one occasion they were filming Blake's 7 when they kept being interrupted by someone blowing stuff up over the other side of the quarry. They sent someone over to complain as they had been assured that no quarrying would be happening that day, and it turns out that Dr Who was to blame.

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Re: Food chain

"Inflammable means flammable?"

- Dr Nick Riviera

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Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one

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Re: They did it wrong....

It would be a great election folks, to make the Moon great again.

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Re: Allo?

Did they ever get The Fallen Madonna With Ze Big Boobies by van Klomp to Switzerland?

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A high-energy neutrino, a powerful cosmic ray, and a gamma ray walk into a bar... Where you from, asks the bartender

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Sixteen Sodium Atoms Walk into a Bar...

...followed by BATMAN!

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A Proton Walks into a Bar and Orders a Pint

The barman asks "are you sure?"

"Yes," says the proton, "I'm positive."

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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Re: re. porn

This time next year, the hedgerows will be awash with illicit SDcards

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Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd

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Re: Stop Press. Murdoch will have trouble taking over Sky

But why is there only one Competition and Markets Authority?

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Re: Pay Journalists

If you think that Murdoch's media are either leftist or feminist, then I can only conclude that your politics are somewhere to the right of Benito Mussolini.

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

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Re: Dear America

Bernie Sanders 2020.

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Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

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Delete Button

I get that pictures of keyboards with a doctored Enter key are a thing, but why do you need to do it with Delete, when there's already a perfectly good key for it?

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Re: Hate speech is...

There are some Osirisly bad puns there.

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Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

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Re: (blue passports?? my old one (circa 1974) is more black than anything else)

Much like socks that aren't priest socks, your passport wasn't black - if you look closely, you'll see that it was very, very, very, very, very, very, very dark blue.

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Whats in a name

The RN has had four warships called HMS Cockchafer

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