* Posts by Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

1158 posts • joined 22 Jul 2014


Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

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Re: Two words for you ...

After what's happened in this saga, I don't think any sane individual would put money forward for a sequel project

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

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Re: Droning on

The problem with this event is that it has demonstrated a new fun game for idiots, and I wasn't in the least surprised when the same happened at Heathrow only days later.

"idiots" being the operative word - never attribute to malice what can be attributed to stupidity

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Re: Droning on

There was a thing on the BBC website yesterday about a guy who got done for flying a drone around LHR, but that incident was before Xmas.

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'

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Rocket: Cowbell

Excellent. If there's one thing that rocket science needs, it's more cowbell.

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

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Does the app have omnipotent permissions?

Only for the mass storage device

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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This isn't a black or white issue

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Yes but there is an outside possibility that by September it will dawn on Apple that 4 figure prices for a phone is just STUPID

I actually think that they've already realised the stupidity of it...however, they've also realised that there are sufficient punters out there who are stupid enough to pay that much

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Re: It's a matter of relevance

Apple seems to make enough money (still) with hardware not be need flogging personal information as well.

Are you seriously telling me that you believe that Apple aren't exploiting data in their possession for financial gain?

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Look it's really quite simple.

With all the ISS coverage a couple of years back then I felt we definitely reached peak peak(e).

I concur. Actually I found the whole thing rather irksome at one point...peak Peake pique

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It shouldn't necessarily be a case of "I've had my money's-worth s out with the old in with the new". If a product still works, or can be made to continue to work by replacing a degraded part, then that's better than consigning a load of serviceable chips, etc. to recycling or landfill.

Repair, re-use,recycle...with 'repair' being the preferred course of action

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

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Re: UK method is nicer

It also means the bosses have about a month of staff being able to finish or transfer their work in an orderly fashion

In my experience, the soon-to-be-redundant staff get paid but don't come into work. It's too much of a risk that an employee with a grudge will steal something, damage something or commit some other nefarious act out of spite or revenge. It's safer for management to just give them a few weeks of paid leave.

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Re: isnt making

I was under the impression that if you want to sell your company, it's advantageous to have some built-in bloat. That makes it more attractive as potential purchasers can immediately find ways to cut operating costs and get better value from their purchase.

I am no businessman though, just a mere wage-slave, so YMMV

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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This is why test/development environments and production environments should never be the same network.

...and shouldn't use the same identity provider for SSO

Germany hacked: Angela Merkel's colleagues among mass data dump victims

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"It is also puzzling where the data was actually sucked off."

This hack must have come as something of a blow to those concerned

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Re: «Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media»

it is to be taken cum grano salis until El Reg - or the New York Times - reach the far side of the Moon and can ascertain the facts of the matter

Given the tragic failure to get LOHAN off the ground, I fear it may be quite some time before an El Reg moonshot is a reality :-(

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Is this the year of the Soup Dragon?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Ah....so not just me then? I switched on Image-Lite mode, but I'm struggling to see any difference to normal.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: EE Shenanigans

Bad customer service - time to give them the boot

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Start cancelling the flights.

A bit extreme. While it would be effective, you don't know why the other Gary has booked that flight and how much he would suffer if he turned up at the airport and got turned away. Imagine if he was travelling for a family funeral, or some other event.

I had a similar experience years ago when (long story) I was the accidental/unintended recipient of some material relating to someone who was being held in custody - material for his defence solicitor came to me in error. By rights I could have gone ballistic on a data protection crusade, but I had to think about the guy,possibly innocent, sitting in a police cell waiting for his brief - my first action was to make sure that the correspondence got to its rightful recipient

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Re: It'll never happen...

I seem to recall onetime one of the budget airlines would charge you for correcting a spelling mistake on your name - even if they made the mistake themselves.

IIRC there was somebody who changed his name by deed poll because it was cheaper and less hassle than getting a budget airline to correct a spelling mistake.

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

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Re: "Machines can already surpass humans in specific intellectual tasks"

Also, you could fit of CPU cores into a brain-sized space if you wanted to optimise for space - if it was basically solid silicon with liquid cooling channels running through it.

but would those CPU cores consume less power than a light-bulb and fuelled by chocolate biscuits?

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

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Re: Remember

I'm just a bit too young to remember any of the moon landings. The only Apollo mission that I have any memory of is the docking between Apollo and Soyuz in 1975 , which I remember watching on TV.

TBH, I don't think I really comprehended the significance of it. Older me really wishes I could go back and tell younger me just what an awesome thing it was that I was watching.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: Shoot it down?

This debacle seems to highlight something. The fact they couldn't shoot it down.

They could, but the risk of collateral damage is way too great. For range, a shotgun style weapon wouldn't be effective - you would need to use some sort of rifled firearm. Now, if you could guarantee that you'd get a completely clean shot at it and down it first time then that'd be OK. However that's very unlikely given size and speed of the target. Those bullets which miss the target need to go somewhere...and the range of a rifle means that there's a lot of potential for hitting something valuable and/or killing someone

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'

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Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

This is why I always travel with a clean phone and laptop

It gets a bit damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't though....travelling with a phone and/or laptop with data on? The agents of the government would like to have a look at that. Travelling with a clean phone and/or laptop? The only way something is that clean is if you've scrubbed it on purpose, so what are you trying to hide? Arguably, the second case makes you look more suspicious and could get you some time in the special room behind the security desk.

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

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sometimes you just want to see someone strap a bloody great rocket engine to a rolling chassis and find out what happens.

Given Yorkshiremens' reputation for thrift, I now have in mind some Last Of The Summer Wine-esq venture, with three blokes speeding down a hillside in a rocket-propelled bathtub

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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Re: Dimebag,....

So while there are issues wrt freedom and anonymity, there's also the problem of crazy stalker fans, and it just takes one with a 9mm to ruin your day.


The fact that Dime was killed in a country where it's perfectly OK and legal for people to buy 9mm firearms at the supermarket is also a factor...but that's a wholly separate discussion.

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True. My initial reaction was that it's creepy, but if there's no storage involved (and that's the important bit) it's just using technology to alleviate the burden of finding and employing security staff with a very good memory for faces.

If most punters are unlikely to pay more for 5G, why all the rush?

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Whilst I value speed, 4G is generally plenty fast enough for what I do on the move.

More importantly though...way above speed, I value availability. Knowing that my network provider can offer me an attractively-priced contract for 'x'G comes as no comfort at all when I'm sitting somewhere which I'd consider to be civilisation but can't even get a usable GPRS connection.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Get a keg

No offence, but for that sort of price I'd get a proper pump fitted and buy kegs from the brewery. Much less faff.

Keg? No thanks...I'll go to a local real ale brewer and buy a cask.

Of course, beer in a cask doesn't keep as well as beer in a keg, so you have to drink it all in the space of a week or so.

Hmmm....I said that like it was some sort of drawback....I have absolutely no idea why I did that.

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Breakfast ale

Just because you can do something, that doesn't mean that you should.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Sorry Dave Alexander, I'm going to continue to do that

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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For instance, she said, they will require signed directions or prescriptions – something easily achieved "in the real world" by taking a photo on your phone and sending it via SMS.

Unless your phone is on the O2 network, and somebody at Ericsson forgot to update a certificate.

Technology can - and will - fail, and it's good to have a backup...especially if the use case relates to someone's health and wellbeing.

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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Re: "it'll be in a Faraday cage"

They would ask you what kind of music Faraday plays...

I assume it's something in the Electronica genre

Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Re: How come they sell it in the first place?

I came here to ask exactly the same thing.

Everyone is commenting about the fact that people were hospitalised when a robot caused an incident with a dangerous thing, but not much outrage about the fact that any old punter can get the in interweb and buy some of that dangerous thing.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: Strangely enough ...

If we're getting into discussion about ways to augment bacon, for better or worse.... next time you're frying some bacon, when it's nearly cooked throw a glug or two of rum into the frying pan and pop a lid on for a minute. I highly recommend it :-)

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Re: Not just US ...

most commercial bacon everywhere is pants.

Unless you're Lady Gaga, in which case it can be a complete outfit

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: BBC are naming names

I think they're an Ericsson shop, but curious how Telefonica's managed to engineer a single point of failure.

If you go back in history long enough, you can trace O2's heritage to BT. I suspect that the culture of being institutionally s**t is in their DNA.

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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there is less than a 1 per cent chance of that happening, based on current data

Well, they said that the chances of anything coming from Mars were a million to one...

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Fake news

This story sounds like a phallusy

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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A headline opportunity missed

Persistent pillow poop perpetrating pup publicised

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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obviously that was some of Heisenberg's finest methamphetamine right there. Right?

In principle, there's some uncertainty about that

Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Sounds like brute force indeed

Have an upvote for the Thunderbirds reference - a most excellent game that I'd forgotten about, so thanks for the reminder

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Re: Confused.

If their only goal is the eventual monetizing of taxi routes than that is truly sad, too much intelligence going to waste.....

Their eventual goal probably involves applying this for driverless vehicles, so this also leads to putting people out of a job....which is even sadder

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Re: Confused.

Ooh! I wrote something a bit like that into a Battleships game (in Pascal - it was a course project) - does that mean I was doing A.I. back in 1990?

Given the amount of stuff that gets branded as AI nowadays, I think anyone who has ever wielded an algorithm in anger can claim to be an AI engineer.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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@Gonzo wizard Re: Jaywalking

Pedestrians have the right of way - theoretically - even though they're not yet crossing the road

Right of way != priority

I think the legal interpretation of right of way is that you're allowed to traverse. What matter is priority. For example, at a lighted junction all traffic has right of way, i.e. they may pass along the tarmac on any bit of road. The important bit is that the traffic on the bit of road with a green light showing on the traffic signals.

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Re: Jaywalking

Yes, we use zebra or light operated crossings when they are convenient, but if road is "empty" (including vehicles present but they will not reach you before you have crossed the road) then we cross

When visiting the continent, where I understand jaywalking is more recognised, I'm always been a bit bemused by the fact that zebra crossing markings on roads seem to be universally ignored by drivers. The only purpose they seem to serve is as a marker for where the bodies of dead pedestrians are likely to pile up.

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

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The company has a plan to do "fewer things better"

The problem with that phrase is it can be interpreted in more than one way.

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: Got to love undocumented fixes

I've worked in plenty of places where there's been a switch or control covered with white sparky's tape emblazoned with "Do Not Touch This", and the implicit subtext of "touching it will break something, but nobody's sure how or why"

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Re: Pips

Does anybody need to use "the pips"?

Gladys Knight would be lost without them

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: Black Friday ?

Quite how one day can last a week I am not sure

Hmmm..last time I got dragged around the shops by The War Department, she assured me it was only for "an hour or so", but it felt like a week :-/


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