* Posts by Zog_but_not_the_first

1689 posts • joined 18 Feb 2014

Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

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More trolling...

Or maybe Bob Hoskins swaggers in (difficult to arrange, I know) and confronts Charlie with, "Didn't I sort you out in The Long Good Friday"?

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Is...

Duffy the Patient Slayer in it?

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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First remove the engine...

And similar. Memories of many happy hours trying to reconcile the image of shiny clean metal with the rust and mud-caked structures under my car.

If only there was a Haynes Manual for life.... {sigh}

Earth's noggin took quite a clockin' back in the day: Now a second meteorite crater spotted under Greenland ice

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Completely wrong-headed approach...

Meteorite craters? Pah! Battle zones from the wars between the "old ones", say I.

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Re: Pantu the dog

Beat me to it. Chris Morris nailed this comprehensively.

Shatner's bassoon etc.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Were...

Crapita involved?

Just askin'.

German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent

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Re: The "But I don't care about them slurping my data" argument

Does she close the lavatory door in the presence of strangers?

If, so, why?

Nothing to hide, etc....

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Re: Remove WhatsApp microphone permissions

Citation please.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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Are smart 'fridges...

... bought by dumb people?

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Strumming that retro vibe...

First vinyl, then cassettes, now.....

hedgeporn!

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: Cicero said it already

People called Romans, they go to the house?

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Re: Where are the Fraud Police?

Standing with their hands on their hips waiting for Cambridge Analytica Facebook to empty their offices before "raiding them"?

Amazon's titchy robots hit the streets, Waymo starts a self-driving car factory...

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Re: Scout - what could possibly go wrong?

Actually, rather a lot...

"Hmmm.. a smallish, eventually autonomous delivery-bot carrying high-value consumer goodies GOD KNOWS WHAT PAYLOAD on the mean streets of [insert wild-west UK city here]. They really haven't thought this through, have they?"

No, they haven't. And our clueless politicians will be desperately playing catch-up as usual.

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

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We know how this goes...

The rover gets completely buried, then at some unspecified point in the future appears as an anomaly during some routine mapping exercise. It's dug up, the panels are exposed to sunlight once again, then....

Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers' voices to biometric database

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Tempting...

"If you are looking for ransom payment on account for the next fiscal year, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now allow my claim for a new duck house, that'll be the end of it. "

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: Political correctness running amok?

Er, yes. What the hell is a hate symbol?

Hell, I suppose for starters.

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Wrong App?

"Pope Francis urged the young Catholics of the world to download the app and enjoy some damn good praying time ahead of World Youth Day"

Are we sure he wasn't referring to Tinder?

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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Prior art(hur)

"A moon was shattered in its making, and the debris of its creation orbited still..."

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito

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Against stupidity...

... the Gods themselves,

Contend in vain.

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told

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Actually...

I'm beginning to see Crapita in a new light. They do have remarkable talents for sniffing out juicy contracts, executing them (badly) at minimal cost and trousering the profits. All without any real accountability. Ever.

So, Thumbs Up to a top business model for the 21C.

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

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Wild West Days

Ah, Demon. Times past.

Is it true that the founder (Cliff somebody?) would only be photographed from the waist up?

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Any news...

...on the chocolate ration?

Just asking.

FYI: Twitter's API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked

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Quelle...

...surprise.

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Let...

... the fax speak for themselves.

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

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

It is, without doubt, a complicated subject - juxtaposing civil liberty against the protection of children (which everyone surely agrees is important). Parental control is obviously the way to go, but let's face it, there are useless parents who can't even be bothered to ask for help on what to do. Have there been any rigorous studies on the impact of viewing unrestricted material on children? The Scandi counties have always been open-minded on this sort of thing - anything there? Did living eight to a room* in the not-so-distant-past cause damage to young minds? Difficult, but don't we want to be guided by the evidence, not moral crusades?

* If you've started to type, "eight to a room! You were lucky!", stop right now.

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Easter you say?

In the land-of-hard-Brexit, it'll be the least of anyone's worries.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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C'mon

We all know CAPTCHAs are simply a way to increase the data set for recognising traffic lights, shop fronts, etc., using skilled but unpaid labour.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Excellent Article

Great stuff, and a lovely tribute to Lester's much-missed (hint) series.

I've used the base gravy method for ages and first came across it in a little book called "The Curry Secret". It has a nice selection of restaurant-style recipes.

Now, for the big missing link. How the hell do you get the kind of heat intensity into, for example, a wok like they do in Indian and Chinese outlets? The "wok burners" on hobs are almost useless and I'm assuming a pressurised gas supply is needed. Anyone done serious research into this?

EDIT. PS - Bisto curry sauce for putting on your chips. Surprisingly tasty.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Re: Questionable quality...

But that's changing fast...

I'm old enough to remember the utter horror of receiving a Christmas present that was "Made in Japan".

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

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Balls of Steel

The Right Stuff.

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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While you're at it...

Destroy the bloody ratchet. You know, their costs go up, the prices you pay go up, their costs go down....

{Tumbleweed}

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is: 1. More ad revenue, and 2. Good PR. Lots of love – Mark, aged 34½

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Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is:

Well, when it comes to Facebook I think you can probably guess....

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: Huawei the lads!

@deadlockvictim

Yes. Quite.

Fnarr fnarr.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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"A secondary phone..."

Truly these are the days of miracle and wonder...

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

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Practising?

For the Brexit riots?

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: Bollocks to this creepy shit.

That is exactly the analogy (plus camera, recorder etc.) I use when asking people why they've bought one of these voice activated things. They usually look shocked for a minute, then mumble, "But Alexa..." or some such.

And they're not thick. So what's going on?

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

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Crapita...

Who'da thought it?

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Black Mirror

"It would be interesting to do a 1984 TV Series, but updated for current technology"

See title. Pretty much what you asked for. And more.

When it comes to AI research the West is winning, the East is rising and women are being left behind

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Bit of a boy's club

"On average, a whopping 80 per cent of AI professors are male in top universities across US and Europe. Applications for AI-related jobs in America were more likely to be made by men, as they made up about 71 per cent of the application pool."

So, increase publicity, remove impediments (which are...?) but what's the "right answer"? 50:50? 80:20 in favour of women? Who decides? What about the Welsh?

Cambridge Analytica's administrators misled judge, High Court told

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What?

Was in the boxes?

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Alternatively...

@MrMerrymaker

'I couldn't decide whether to upvote this. While you're right that to understand some topics a prerequisite level of other knowledge is required...'

Hmm, I just took it as 'explaining is one thing, but understanding isn't guaranteed' rather than some slight about why, exactly, the understanding isn't taking place.

Coming to understand things is, I believe, an internal process, always down to oneself.

Yet you're... Kicking off, as if this is an elitist concept. Funny what we understand being different, isn't it :)

Exactly. As I said, I can explain it...

OK, just a touch of trolling here.

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Alternatively...

I can explain it to you.

But I can't help you to understand it.

More data joy: Email scammers are buying marks' info from legit biz intelligence firms

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At what point...

Does the Venn diagram of data miners - Nigerian criminal gangs on one side, Facebook, Google etc., on the other, merge into a single circle?

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Riddle me this?

The claimed reason for collecting users' personal data is targeted advertising. But has ANYONE ever received a truly targeted advert? In my experience, they seem to fall into one of two camps; "people who bought this, bought that", and those bloody things that haunt you after a purchase based on the principle that since you bought a tap washer yesterday you'll be in the buying zone for more for the next two weeks.

So no, it ain't for targeted advertising. What then...?

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Perhaps...

They could pick up a tip from the self-driving car boys and use unpaid labour to identify all variants of traffic lights, bridges, buses etc., via RECaptcha*.

* Replace traffic lights, bridges, buses etc., with *******, *********, *****, etc.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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See icon

See title

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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Re: IT Services for CLPS

Probably not, because there isn't a cloud in space.

{Yeah. Weak, weekend trolling.}

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Do they...

Adjust them for daylight saving twice a year?

Just asking.

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

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Er,

Aren't children's gastro-intestinal tracts smaller than adults?

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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The irony....

Facebook don't like other people collecting their data.

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