* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1674 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Re: Finders Keepers

Or (if anybody asks) that priceless collection of Picassos you were storing in your allotment shed

'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Re: This is ONLY about stopping the young and labour voters. Period.

Stopping them voting for Labour twice per election, yes.

If we could somehow clamp down in advance on the increasing number Labour councillors convicted of electoral fraud, that would be nice too.

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Re: 44 allegations

Students go off to their university can vote there - they're not supposed to vote at home, but aren't removed from the list for their home ward too.

There is evidence that student union leaders were actively telling other students to go and vote twice in order to favour the marxist* opposition. Unfortunately the punishment for both crimes isn't ten years in jail.

* Yes really. No that isn't hyperbole anymore. "I am the last marxist in parliament" said the shadow chancellor. The leader of the opposition spent a recent holiday in Mexico to visit the house of his idol Leon Trotsky.

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Re: 44 allegations

When student union leaders were actively instructing people to double vote and where it is very difficult to verify who has voted twice, of course it was more than 44 people who double voted.

OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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Re: Right to Bear Arms

That seems like an oversight and I demand a constitutional amendment to enshrine my rights to shoot at Iron Wagons.

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second

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Re: Wordpress is NOT a CMS

Nowadays the security vulnerabilities come from the plugins, not the Wordpress core. Things like plugins writing their cache to a directory served by the webserver and allow an attacker to specify the filename and content for items to be cached ( ie: gimme_shell_access_please.php )

Developing plugins for it is an awful experience however.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Well at least

I bought some smart lights ( Philipps Hue ) a couple of months ago. I wanted them the same day and I thought Maplin would be a good place to look.

Their range wasn't as extensive as Argos and the prices were higher too.

What is the point in Maplin?

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

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Re: So go hybrid


Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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Re: I also considered the lazy / efficient option...

"Bird" * is a Scandinavian word.

* As in "Dave, have you met me new bird, Sheila?

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Re: Dropping the Z

Dad, do they call it an 'oo because "ooh look a panda!" ?

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Re: Measurements too

To be fair to the failed colony, their weights and measures were the same as ours back then. We diverged.

My favourite oddity is that our pounds are the same, but an American (short) hundredweight is 100lb, but our (long) hundredweight is 112lb (8st) because we use stones and they don't.

Another is their saying "a pints a pound the world round" which only applies to the USA. In the rest of the world "A pint of pure water weighs a pound and a quarter" - because Americans men drink like British women *, their pints are smaller.

* Or it's because of the whole divergence thing.

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Re: Code blindness

In those cases I've learned to delete the line and type it out again rather than trust my eyes.

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The Z will still be required, however Jay Zed will need to stop calling himself Jay Zee.

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Re: I've never quite understood

You're right. As any fule know, "colour" rhymes with "yellow".

Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Re: False positives

Commit lots of murders? Perhaps you'd like a Dash button for shovels, bags of lime and old carpet.

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There is a Just Eat integration that could have saved you.

Worldwide smartphone shipments DOWN for first time ever

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This may come as a shock, but the earth is actually quite large.

Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: chiller!!

Cellar temperature.

Room temperature beer would be unpleasant.

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I have in the past been invited into a shouting match on my local newspaper's forum when complaining about out of town protesters coming over here, taking our women plackards. "But you're from out of town! You're from Tunbridge Wells!".

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I've got some of that for homebrew beer. Didn't use it twice as it didn't make a difference.

The ingredients are: water, propylene glycol alginate e-05, polysaccharides, preservatives E223 & E211

( some commas may be in the wrong place as the label has faded )

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So not only are you a lager drinker, but you don't use the internationally accepted only term for a barmcake: barmcake.

Seek mental help, man!

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I'm guessing you're a southerner, so perhaps the lemonade in your shandy normally knocks the head off the beer and you're not used to how a normal pint is served?

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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Re: Rotary dials

I'm pretty sure you can buy rotary phones that send DTMF (to go next to your bluetooth enabled gramophone).

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: Fly me to the moon

That's RED 3, isn't it?

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It's all been downhill since Lord North took over*.

* Not technically a president, but who cares

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I wonder if they could upload some software to have it drive itself around and send photos?

If it crashes into a ditch, no big deal because it's EOL anyway. If it sends something interesting, take back control of it.

Obviously it's going to be more than


20 GOTO 10

But I wonder if it's doable for less than a years running costs?

Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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It's getting close to being half as bad as Labours "costed" manifesto.

A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

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Re: "...there isn't a simple fix"

So "news" isn't just the name of that sidebar on facebook and "reliable source" isn't a synonym for "writing in capital letters on twitter" ?

( Fortunately people in this age group don't tend to vote ).

Oops, this article can't be found

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This should result in crystal clear calls eventually.

It's a bit bizarre that this wasn't part of 3G - the bandwidth was there, although the audio codec chosen for 3G video calls, AMR, was terrible - at least a bitrate enough to fit video in as well. There were just over 128kbps* to play with.

* It was just over 128kbps but I can't remember the actual number because our kit was constrained by using ISDN which was near enough.

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

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Re: Why all the victim blaming?

I suppose the Virgin Mary was a victim too? Raped in her sleep by the holy ghost and certainly not shagging the postman on the sly?

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Re: If you insist on snapping nudies...

Take pictures with a camera, take them down to Boots to get printed then post them to the recipient?

Sounds perfectly secure.

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

You can get 90 day expiring VM's for free from Microsoft for testing purposes.


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Re: Re:Figure out your next step...

If formatting is important, a PDF should be required rather than a word document.

Magic Leap's staggering VR goggle technology just got even better!

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Arsenal are red, pundits have 'insights', BT and Sky splurge £4.5bn on footie rights

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Re: Teams are plural in the UK. (mainly)

Villa wear blue and claret,

West ham wear claret and blue,

I can totally understand

Why Cameron forgot who he supported.

( Yes I rhymed supported with blue, rhyming is like totally a cliche, dude )

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A spectator sport enjoyed by *billions* of people worldwide, tens of millions in this country alone.

17.14 million people in Britain watched England get knocked out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland on free to air TV.

3.6 million people watched Liverpool v Man City in Feb 2016 on pay TV.

But you don't like it, so everybody else is an idiot.

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That's for 6 of the 8 packages - there are two more packages left which will presumably push the total value to over the 5.136bn figure.

The remaining packages are the bank holiday games and the two midweek rounds.

( I looked this up last night in the unlikely hope that I could cancel either BT or Sky sports )

Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again!

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Re: Hackers are way ahead in War of Cyberwars

It is preferable to ransomware.

Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

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I assume Google will manually review any flagged videos either for reporting to the relevant authorities or to flag them as not terror related.

If somebody presses the "nah it's another blood cat wearing a tea-towel" button, surely that video will go in to training data further improving the algorithm.

This is only a problem if Google don't manually review or if further training doesn't improve performance.

UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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First they came for the Jihadist and I thought "good".

See that over Heathrow? It's not an airliner – it's a Predator drone

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I'm surprised if driverless cars can sort of be made to work with all the challenges that implies that drones can't do far better.

"Don't hit that thing that's coming straight at me" is surely the easiest part of self driving technology? I'd imagine that robots can do that part better than humans using current tech.

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Did my DNA just assume my gender? I'm outraged!

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There was an age verification card that we got at school circa 2000. They were only useful to prove you weren't old enough for cigarettes and alcohol so they swiftly found themselves in the bin.

It might be been better if they were sent out for free on an 18 year olds birthday using census data, or at 17 and be mandatory to apply for a provisional driving license *.

* I am aware you can apply for a provisional license before 17 although they are rare enough to allow those people to make exceptions

Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...

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Re: truly a north-south thing?

But in Yorkshire they have chips and scraps*, which are very hard to come by this side of the Pennines.

If only we could have a fusion food of local chips and gravy with foreign exotic scraps from yonder.

* scraps, aka bits: The bits of batter that falls off the fish in the fryer. Big mound of that with chips is the only good thing to ever come out of Yorkshire.

Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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My ripped CD tracks used to get copied to Sony Minidisks, which was more carry-able than a portable CD player, didn't skip and the batteries lasted longer than an album.

That Sony software though...

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Re: Dial a Disc

I've used it to test a phone system has the outside line configured correctly within the last decade.

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I have heard that did work if the speakers and mic quality was good enough. May have been C64 or Atari or something though.

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There was a brief spell during my late childhood when it took an hour to download an awful quality MP3 but libraries stocked CD's that you could borrow for a few days (why?). We used to go to the library, take out a CD each, go home and rip it.

That method of acquiring knock-off music can't have been a thing for more than a handful of years. Did anybody else do that?

Earlier in my childhood I had a dual tape HIFI in my bedroom, so copying tapes was much easier than the 'balance on a shelf' thing that earlier generations had to do.

Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Own fault

I think that makes it even better. It never happens here, it'll hopefully never happen again, but I appreciate it as a one off.

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