* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

1675 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: I know what's next...

Hopefully they'll pick a "sin" that I don't enjoy, although I can't think of one off hand.

Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

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Re: Good image selection...

Out of curiosity, what would you prefer?

What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Re: Empathy

I imagine that "fear of causing harm" would be an appropriate proxy for empathy.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: Fighting your way to the top of the food chain?

Grow the fuck up.

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I would be extremely surprised if any cows actually died to provide this tallow. It's a byproduct of killing the cow for their main use - the meat.

You could even argue that it is more ethical to use the cows more completely as you aren't wasting anything.

UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Labour want these powers to be available for the (not so) inevitable landslide election win in 2020 and the following socialist (non-) paradise.

How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: FTFY...

I'm pretty sure I was taught at school (UK) that the full stop belongs inside the quotes.

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Re: FTFY...

Even though it looks wrong, I'm fairly certain that inside the quotes is the correct form.

Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

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Re: re too many tweets make a twat

"Too many tweets make a twat" is a quote from David Cameron ( yes, really ).

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Using twitter for political predictions seems bizarre to me.

Too many tweets make a twat, and twats vote to the left of the rest of society.

'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Seems like the system could have been a little more roboust

I'm slightly surprised it's done using sensors at all. Considering how good boffins are at calculating things like you say - time to fall, it seems odd to me that it's not all done on a timer.

Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: Given the success of Amazon’s Echo speaker?

"It never knows the score in the cricket either."

Neither do many humans. I was once in a pub with a colleague and I asked if they could make out the (cricket) score on the TV. The answer was something like three six four slash five.

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Yes of course it does, but the point is that consumers (I assume at least) tend to prefer accessories to devices made by the devices manufacturer as they assume it will work better.

I know I'd expect a Microsoft Watch to work with a Microsoft Phone better than a third party watch.

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The watch, although there isn't really a market for them, made sense - buy a windows phone, buy a windows watch. They gave up on windows mobile, so they gave up on the watches.

This seems like it will be built into Xboxes. I wonder if they'll rebrand that next iteration with a less games-console name.

Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

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That looks like the sort of thing you'd see people wearing on TV programmes in (very) gay clubs.

Don't rush into 5G until you've got a market, warns GTI chief

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With any luck, one network will adopt it as a USP, forcing the other networks on the upgrade treadmill.

Having said that, 4g is pretty damn good. You can actually use the internet when you're not in WIFI range without getting bored and giving up waiting.

No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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I've worked in porn. It gets very boring very quickly.

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Re: So how does this magic work?

I'm assuming a trusted company like PayPal will start selling age verification software to porn sites on subscription.

New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: re Nesting

Just have a maximum width for indents, say 300px. 50px per indent. If you end up with too many indents, reduce the per-level indent amount until it is less than 300.

Get rid of the pages of comments though.

Samsung fires $70m at quantum televisions

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I'd argue you're possibly wrong.

Remember when if you wanted quality programming with top actors you had to watch a film? Now all the money is in TV ( which is great for me as I've always preferred series to films ). Kevin Spacey in an internet only TV programme, for example. Imagine that 15 years ago. TV was for no name actors and has beens for the most part.

I do wonder whether that sort of thing is at least partly down to how good home TV's are now. I don't think the internet is much of a driver, as there are non-netflix massive budget programmes too ( game of thrones, etc ).

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So rather than combining RBG to get beige, the quantum dot just emits beige?

Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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Re: Just say No.

You could, or a dedicated website or mobile app or something. But as Facebook is ubiquitous, it's useful.

Email isn't as good - Facebook events let people say yes/no/maybe and post comments ( eg: I'll be there if I can find a babysitter ). It displays lists of who's coming, who's not, etc. Syncs to your calendar if you're going.

4 people going to the pub is one thing, but arranging 20 people going to a sports match is another thing altogether.

I don't know why my assertion that it's useful got me 16 downvotes.

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Re: This.

I'd argue you're almost right, but the Graun seems to have an air of legitimacy which makes it more dangerous than The Mail.

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Re: This.

I'd normally recommend The Times ( admittedly I did above ), but they've gone a bit mental post-brexit telling us that the sky will fall unless we change our minds ).

Obviously it's not as mental as the Graun, but the Grauniad targets a lunatic niche on purpose.

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Re: This.

I don't think social media is the only place for this.

Today I read an article on the Graun which was a letter from a reader, basically "Dear Graun, my husband and the father of my child voted Brexit and likes Trump, should I leave him?".

The responses below the line were generally in agreement.

I say if we kill all the readers of the Graun*, the world will be a nicer place.

* Not me, obviously - I read it for a laugh.

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Re: Just say No.

We don't need twitter, but facebook is actually useful. It's how I and almost all my friends coordinate our real life social lives ( through facebook Events ). The odd one who doesn't use facebook is a massive pain in the arse.

Perhaps if we could disable posting on facebook and replace the 'news' section with a link to The Times.

NASA trying to rein in next-generation super-heavy lifter costs

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Re: James Hansen will be furious

If those upsides were possible then I'd agree with you. However as nuclear is a dirty word, diversified energy production just means overpriced diesel.

Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

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Re: Would these Telcos and ISPs be the same ones...

You don't need to compromise a mobile network to send messages from a sender specified number ( eg: "ThreeUK" ).

You just need a company that has API access to an aggregator ( an aggregator is plumbed into the networks themselves and can specify the sender number ).

There are plenty of them.

British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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WM was promising. I've owned a couple of WM 8 phones. However it's not doing anybody any favours anymore. Users get a bad ( app free ) experience with no promise of it getting better, Microsoft presumably lose money on the venture.

They should just kill it off.

WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

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Re: Steer clear of Wileyfox !

Three (UK) do 4g now. They have for a while. Coverage is decent near me ( in the frozen north ) too.

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Re: The Moto G4 Plus does. That's £190 iirc.

I've had the non-plus G4 for a few months. Currently it's on Android 6.0.1, security patch level 1st of July 2016.

They are promising Android 7 though, this quarter I believe.

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"Nothing in the price bracket offers one [ a fingerprint scanner ]"

The Moto G4 Plus does. That's £190 iirc.

'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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Re: Viewed logically

The prices are vastly different. If you buy from EA, they've ludicrously expensive for what they are. From black market sites they're apparently peanuts.

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Re: There's only one thing for it

The victim isn't EA though - the victims are the ones who have to compete against people with practically unlimited in game funds.

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Yes. They get none. Stop reading the Graun.

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To be fair, wind and solar are gimmicks too.

Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Re: So you didn't fix root cause

Hey, stop posting my email address on the internet

What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

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Blame the spec, not the poor bloke putting it together :)

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Re: Inflection?

I'd assume so, otherwise this is just a minor extension on already available software - voice recognition.

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This would be great for voice over artists.

Rather than having to actually record the adverts, Fry et al can just do one training session, then sell the license for their voice for everything with no additional work.

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I wonder what this will do for the future of machine learning for voice recognition.

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On the other side of this, I used to work at a firm that made IVR's ( interactive phone systems ).

Pre-planning the voice, getting it recorded correctly, cutting it up, dealing with spec changes, it was a nightmare. If we could have just licensed the speakers voice, it would have been so much easier.

McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: The real reason

Yes, I meant Sangria. I make it at home sometimes in the summer. Just the name escaped me.

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Re: The real reason

Interesting. I did say San Miguel but last time I was in that neck of the woods I drank Estrella.

I do occasionally drink Sangria at home, however it did strike me as a touristy thing.

Most nice things now are internationalised ( think Indian, Italian, Chinese, American, Turk/Greek food, etc ). It's not odd to eat Tapas in England for example. The "experience the local cuisine" stuff is just snobbery. Most not-great things are internationalised too ( San Miguel, Amsdel, etc - they're all cooking lager )

I don't go as far as drinking Boddingtons and eating fish and chips, but I will happily eat in a Spanish Chinese restaurant, but my original point was - bliss would be a foreign holiday with great beer, whether it's true to the area or not.

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That can be regulated too. No takeaways, appropriate venting to prevent he smell leaching out.

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Re: The real reason

That's kind of my point. English bee, Belgian beer, even some American beer now, etc, are better than the Spanish/Italian/German/Czech, etc lagers.

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Re: The real reason

I do drink the spanish beer and that wine, fruit and rum drink who's name has escaped me, I do eat the local cuisine. I also eat non-local foods, because why not buy something you enjoy. I'd love to be able to augment my lovely foreign holiday with some beer that I love rather than tolerate. You can't do that obviously, so I don't.

Who decided that you have to get the 'authentic' experience? Smug twats.

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Re: The real reason

Foreign to the UK, obviously. And I did qualify it with "if you like brown beer with bits in".

Basically if you aren't a fan of lager style beers, that rules out anything popular from Europe other than Belgium. I'm sure German and Czech pilsners are very good, but to me they taste like slightly weird lager.

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Re: The real reason

Belgium I'll grant you, but I was talking really about the warm holiday places people go - Spain, Italy, Malta, etc.

To my mind, there's nothing on par with a good cask blonde beer. I wouldn't drink Newcastle Brown if you paid me

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Re: The real reason

To be fair, foreign beer is ( if you like brown beer with bits in ) crap. It's all plain lager. Is buying San Miguel from an international superbrewery really celebrating cultural differences?

I'm not one of those fish+chips on the costas people, but I would appreciate a decent pint of blonde in the sun, were it available.

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