* Posts by Roj Blake

1134 posts • joined 7 Aug 2013


The Iceman cometh, his smartwatch told the cops: Hitman jailed after gizmo links him to Brit gangland slayings

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Re: "Massey died in a fusillade of bullets"

Actually, a fusillade is a simultaneous and continuous firing from multiple firearms at a target or group of targets. The fire does not need to be returned.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

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Not so bad.

In fairness, it's not as bad as the short-lived OGC logo of a few years back.

Or London 2012 for that matter.

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

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Federal Cartel Office

I'll bet that the FCO have a monopoly on policing cartels.

NHS England's chief digital officer goes full digital, ditches health service for GP app biz

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Re: LinkedIn

There was a typo in my earlier post. Bauer got that patient governor gig in November 2015, not 2016. She was then apparently sufficiently qualified for her senior NHS position in 2016.

My apologies for any confusion.

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A quick browse of Bauer's LinkedIn profile (yes, I took one for the team), reveals her first healthcare-based job was November 2016 (and that was as a patient governor).

Before that she'd had a range of short-lived jobs, mainly in marketing.

How do these people always end up with the plum jobs?

Oh, she went to Marlborough College (that's one of the top private schools in the country that will admit girls).

So basically, she's another Dido Harding.

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

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Re: actually, we say "lines", not "queues"

It's about time you learnt to speak the Queen's English then.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Sad News...

...but the reality is that Demon ceased to exist years ago.

It's a shame, because they were really good back in the day.

Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend

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"will remain friends after their divorce"

The lawyers desperate to get their slice will make sure that doesn't happen.

Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up

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Re: 'Something big'

Some things can be really small but really massive.

Cambridge Analytica sister firm pleads guilty, fined £21k for failing to obey UK information commish

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Re: a bunch of letters demanding that I make all the data available to them

If they send you a letter demanding the info, politeness dictates that you should send them the information in letter form as well.

A printout in a non machine-readable font should do nicely.

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Ripe for the picking

They converted it into a Ltd company in 2015, so yes, it's just a matter of time.

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: In an Eton Mess Age, a Boris Spider is Sure to Pontificate and Venture

Brontosaurus has Greek roots, so brontosauruses is the correct plural.

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Re: Back in the 90s

Back in the 90s the water companies were still either publicly-owned, or newly-privatised.

I would not be surprised if at some point in the last twenty years a bean counter has worked out that shareholder value can be increased by decreasing the frequency of routine inspections.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: It really is as simple as

I think it's the application for EU nationals to stay in the UK after Brexit.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Re: Simon Harris Excellent stuff!

It takes balls to do it well.

Stormy times ahead for IBM-owned Weather Channel app: LA sues over location data slurp

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Re: Yes

Not allowing the app to send the data is a great idea.

But if you want a weather forecast for where you are (or directions to somewhere from where you are, etc etc), you kind of have to tell them where you are.

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The Old Rule Applies Here

If something is free, it's not the product - you are.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: This will not work.

Pornhub are already planning to act as a verification portal for smaller sites (you know, the ones whose content they rip off).

They love this legislation and will make a fortune from it.

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Likewise Animal Farm (the live action version, not the cartoon).

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Re: How terrible is porn?

ED was around long before the internet and has always affected a large proportion of men at some point in their lives. It was seldom talked about though! Do you have any evidence (preferably do from Pfizer) that it's more common now than it was fifty years ago?

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

The biggest problem with porn is that it can lead to unreasonable expectations.

For example, just last week I needed to call a plumber and he took longer than twenty seconds to arrive at my front door.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Any computer game after 1994...

Baldur's Gate II

Boffins manage to keep graphene qubits 'quantum coherent' for all of 55... nanoseconds

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Re: It's only resonance

10 millikelvin is so cold that it's almost cold enough for them to start wearing coats in Newcastle

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Re: I don’t know why I’m reading this except...

Freudian slip: when you say one thing but mean your mother.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: a division of civil servants having exactly nothing to do for 10+ months of the year

So a bit like DExEU then?

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Re: Pooper scooper beams are gonna find me

I believe a new series of his Imaginary Sandwich Bar will be out soon.

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Re: Posters?

Something suitably large and fraternal, but I can't think of anything specific.

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Re: China

Classic whataboutery scenes, Jeff.

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Re: my democratic government (UK is or claims to be one, right?)

The UK is technically a constitutional monarchy (but without a proper constitution) rather than a democracy.

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors

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Re: How about...

They're doing that as well.

The Cascade Lake Xeons due out soonish are meant to be Spectre-free.

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Re: one metric when it comes to the cpu and that is performance and price

Isn't that two metrics?

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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Re: Tracking and harvesting

Do you have curtains or blinds on your windows at home?

If yes, what are doing that's so wrong?

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

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Re: 'Multi-cloud' is next

Nah, next up will be Fog Computing

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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Re: Not actually immortals

Maybe such a thing has already happened.

That would certainly explain those really old pictures of Nicholas Cage...

Ex-Intel engineer tried to make off with 3D XPoint secret sauce on his way to Micron, says Chipzilla

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Re: They were in a partnership.

The partnership was to develop the basic technology and work out how to make it.

The partnership was not about taking that technology and using it in actual products though.

GTA gamer cuffed, charged after PS4 live mic allegedly overheard him raping teen girl

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Waiting for The Dail Mail et al...

...to somehow blame the rape on GTA.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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Re: "at least you know who the owners are"

A lot of the content on Pornhub is pirated, so it's not insulting to the women who are losing money to say that they're being exploited.

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: There is no way...

It's perfectly possible for the government to collapse, even with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: And to those Brits who celebrate Thanksgiving:

It we Brits had a day off on the anniversary of every time we'd stolen land from natives, we'd never get any work done.

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Re: Well ....

The principle in question is that as far as they're concerned laws don't apply to them.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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In fairness, calling something that goes to the moon a starship isn't as bad as calling a company that offers trips to not even low Earth orbit Virgin Galactic.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: [1] If God is omnipotent then why does the devil still (allegedly) exist?

The devil is a fallen angel.

The difference between men and angels is that angels have no free will

Therefore the devil has no free will and is carrying out the work of God.

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Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

You clearly have a Schrodinger's Cat that's learned how to do quantum tunnelling.

Stanley Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut. Data-protecting Andes Rubrik makes bytes slide shut

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Bart: Hey! I found a shortcut through your hedge maze.

Willy: Why you little- (thinking) No, no, go easy on the wee one. His father's going to go crazy and chop 'em all into Haggis!

Bart: What's Haggis?

Willy: (gasps) Boy...you read my thoughts! You've got the Shinning.

Bart: You mean "Shining".

Willy: Shh! You want to get sued? Now look, boy: if your Da goes gaga, you just use that... "Shin" of yours to call me and I'll come a running. But don't be reading my mind between four and five. That's Willy's time!

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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But they can't even create...

...a fully autonomous Prime Minister.

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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Re: when does the criminal trial start?

Criminal trials are for poor people.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Re: main thing is that they pulse

So would this laser beam (from the aliens' perspective anyway) on account of the Earth rotating.

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages

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Re: Why not import from America or else where?

Because in the event of a no deal there will be nowhere enough customs people to cope with the workload, no matter where the kit is coming from.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: 200 Engineers... ...using iPad Pros... ...none of them could be called "idiot"

That because it's not the engineers who bought them.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: DAT?

DAT tape?

Are you a PNS* Syndrome sufferer?

* PIN Number Syndrome


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