* Posts by Thicko

19 posts • joined 26 Jan 2014

How do you sing 'We're jamming and we hope you like jamming, too' in Russian? Kremlin's sat-nav spoofing revealed


Would it be possible to use electronically steerable antennas that can check that satellites are in the approximate direction that they say they are in? That way you might detect whether one or two sources are in disagreement with the others? I'm guessing it will be harder to accurately spoof signals from several different directions.

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit


Re: If only roaming worked at all

Ican only agree with u regarding Croatia after my first visit last year. 3UK roaming was quite acceptable for me there. I used up several GB of allowance in a week there.


Its only a non story if you nexer stray beyond the safety of Dover I suppose or are you so well heeled you just dont care?

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'


Re: This is nothing compared to..

Those turkeys are hardly likely to vote for Christmas!

BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years


If you think the BBC is biased just watch a bit of Fox Be!

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps


Re: Crazy Prices

They cant gouge you for EU roaming at the moment but gougers being gougers I don't fancy it remaining free for long after next March!

Air Canada's network soars back up after Monday morning death dive


Ahhh. Fly Air Canada to a world of possibilities!

Sheer luck helped prevent mid-air drone glider prang in Blighty


Your careless use of the word 'damage' glosses over the serious risk to life not just property. Most non pilots dont seem to get how badly things can go wrong with even apparently trivial damage to an aircraft.

EU aviation agency publishes new drone framework. Hobbyists won't like it



Steady friend. I believe that you are confusing the EU with Brexit Britain!

Users shop cold-calling telco to ICO: 'She said she was from Openreach'


People are far too polite with cold callers and consequently get taken advantage of. Just say "not today thank you" and put the phone down without waiting to hear the reply. They soon move on to easier suckers.

UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late


Re: Of all time?

They sound a bit like our Brexiteers!

Fitbit throws fit, emits writ for outfit's non-hit, rather sh*t, 'Fitbit' kit


I bet Fitbit have a staggering returns rate. My Fitbit Charge HR lasted about 7 months. The thin plastic case (not in my case not the strap!) is just not man enough to survive everyday use on the average man. The battery life of 5-6 days is irritatingly short too. I binned it, lesson learned!

Scotland's Skyscanner sold to Chinese rival Ctrip in £1.4bn deal


Re: Politicians, eh?

A slither maybe.

Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert


Re: I have said it before, I will say it again

boltar, you are right the system does have parasites and ambulance chasers but the alternative of no HR convention is infinitely worse.

Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff


Re: Quicktime still exists!?

Thinking about it now. QuickTime for Windows on the one occasion I ever wasted my time with it, on an early Pentium PC I expect, was such an unpleasant, buggy, lagging experience it coloured my views on Apple irremovably. I have never gone near any other Apple product ever. I expect QT did more to maintain PC sales than almost anything else. Well done Apple!

Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers


You could just have the probes sent say a month apart so each one could relay the data to the ones behind it with enough redundancy that one or two lost probes in the chain can still make a link. What could possibly go wrong!

How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?


I have a nasty feeling super AI could turn out to be more dangerous to humanity than all the nukes dotted around the planet!

Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!


Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes..."

I read The Emperors New Mind a few years ago. It was a fascinating experience. I been bored by many a book but this one I simply drowned in. I recommend it to anyone who is half interested in the subject but don't be surprised if you get lost a few places along the way. (Its more a reflection on me, not the writer or the quality of the writing). I plodded on as best I could anyway and felt rewarded by the experience and surprised I had not really heard of him before.

Its sad that he is not as well known as Hawking, he certainly deserves it.

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