* Posts by tiggity

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Apple: Sure, we banned VPN iOS apps in China, but, um, er, art!

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Re: A non story

They could easily walk away, putting principles ahead of cash.

.. That's not going to happen.

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Debian package depicts 'Tux the penguin' with sheep in intimate ASCII

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Re: Hmm

Indeed, nothing "graphic" in that image, could be interpreted in a very innocuous way.

I blame excessively dirty minds.

I could have a photo of 2 tangerines and a banana and give it a cheeky file name, it would be "filth" if the mind of the viewer only, similarly photo with 2 fried eggs and a kebab (Sarah Lucas homage) and a naughty title would still not be offensive.

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SagePay's monster wobble... On the third day of sale week, UK retailers start to weep

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.. When you find one, someone buys it out and it goes downhill.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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We have driverless trains on some routes

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@ 0laf

Game changer for me if car able to take those physically incapable of driving - partner & I (whoever is available for that appointment) currently spend a lot of our "free" time essentially being a taxi service for ill relatives to doctors / hospital as public transport dismal and taxis extortionate.

...Being realistic, I doubt "sit back and let the AI do it all vehicles" will be avaialble when I'm too old to drive safely

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More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find

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jQuery in own code

Local jQuery can be useful - a couple of examples

1. If no connectivity then pulling down code from jQuery online will fail, local copy means scripts will still work. This can be useful, e.g. your code is a product used by many people, may run on web server set up so site cannot pull in data from the web, only communicate with sessions established to it.

2. If user has script blocking tools enabled, having local js, means they only need to allow same domain js

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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su mode

Given the phone makers do not live up to their provide updates for a while part of the deal (or cheat by having early release date but product not readily available for mainstream purchase for ages after, so only need to provide upgrades for small chunk of retail life - IMHO upgrades should be for 18 months after model is no longer readily retail available NOT just 18 months from release)

How about giving ability to temporarily have root privileges to remove the phone maker / mobile operator installed dross (and lots of users would probably wnat to do a HOSTS tweak to block lots of dubious ad sites properly).

Temporary elevation would be great for most people to remove the junk (as current permanent rooting methods need a bit of technical knowledge and can leave people with a bricked phone if they screw up)

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Nathan Barley blamed for global GDP slump

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Variable productivity

If someone is treated well where they work then they will be willing to "go that extra mile".

If they think they are just another cog in the wheel and their job could vanish at any time then chances are they will not.

.. some people might be of the "traet em mean and keep them keen" mindset, but if job loss is quite likely, it will not make all the people work frantically so they miss the cut and their colleague gets it in the deck, quite likely to demotivate and people think, well if its not this time then I will go at some later point and so will not bust a gut.

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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

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Re: Another attack on the free market

I know several people who have to juggle several zero hours contracts just to get enough weekly income to live on: Most of the zero hours contracts do not guarantee you a set amount of hours / set days you will be working, so hours on offer can vary massively each week.

They would love one job with guaranteed hours and income (plus it would save them a lot in extra commute time, when you are doing aseveral hours here and there an awful lot of time (and money) eaten up in commuting).

Most people in zero hours contracts are not there by choice, just in those contracts because companies are using them to keep their costs down and screw the workers.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: I wish I could +1 articles.

Non trivial negative scoring issue?

So not just a trivial integer overflow as 64 bit int not big enough for all the negative votes?

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Amber Heard

Heart broken thinking of her, but remembering the good times might be why he called it a semi

Interested in Musk, read the recent Rolling Stone interview and see if emotional wreck springs to mind.

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Re: Interesting

The obvious solution is to make batteries easily swappable.

That way an electric equivalent of a "petrol station" would just be offload your nearly empty batteries, take onboard some fully charged ones.

Could have the whole recharging of batteries going on at specialized power plants allowing high throughput charging (limited by batteries safe charging limits), and just a bit of logistics collecting "empties" and distributing "fulls" (in much the same way petrol tankers service "petrol station"s).

That would need joined up thinking and (range of different) predefined battery dimensions and connections between competitors, so not imminent): But there is a need for "instant" power top up (where "instant" = not much different than "petrol station" fill up duration) to avoid irritated delayed people.

("Petrol station" in my usage (common UK slang) refers to outlet that sells both Petrol and Diesel (and sometimes LPG) - not implying HGVs using petrol instead of diesel)

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Delayed gratification

Assuming building also has some "normal" key operated entry points.

When delivering item.if (stupid but it happens) customer has left keys around (or obvious key locker on wall) to other doors and has no internal CCTV, a bit of plasticine will grab you key imprints, a quick photo of alarm system to record the brand (maybe use UV to spot most used keys).

These can be passed to burglar mates to create keys and break in, weeks / months later at a time when you have alibi of being elsewhere (assuming your mates know how to defeat the alarm, or they will gamble on key combo based on UV data)

If you allow a random to access a building unsupervised, don't be surprised if something "odd" happens a while later (where "a while" is sufficiently later to make it seem unrelated to that event)

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Re: a locked "Amazon box"

There are Amazon specific boxes inside a few large shops near me, so accessible most of the day (and 24/7 in some supermarkets that do not close bar the wuirky Sunday hour limits).

Plus smaller places e.g. newsagents that allow Amazon drop off/ pickup with goods held in teh shop and you deal with shop staff to pick them up.

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: Hmm

If they have radar they might have a safety edge in some cases.

Would possibly have been aware, before I was yesterday, of cyclist on a country lane with no street lighting, in the dark .. cyclist had no lights and dark clothes, only plus point was the cycle has a rear reflector to give me a bit of advance warning

Disclosure: I drive/cycle/walk/use public transport - there is bad road use by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. As a human I know there are times when my attention can waver (e.g. when passengers in car cause distraction), AV would not have that drawback.

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Brexit currently blowing up the UK economy quite well

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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Wonder how many of these right to be forgotten people

Are the sort who spout on about govt eavesdropping and drone on about "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".

Right to be forgotten is a far too easy way for politicians and influential people to hide things about their activities that may look a bit iffy (though given how UK voters seem immune to the reprehensible behaviour of some of their "elite" then they probably really don't need to bother).

When right to be forgotten is used tro remove information about someones fraud convinction (and this person is now out of jail and years later still doing business deals,) then that sort of iunformation shuld not be purged as it is useful for people to be aware of - might make them inspect the deal with a lot more due diligence.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: King of the Jews

There is already a laughing Buddha "beer" (some odd lagery thing) - comes in a green bottle, shaped like Buddha.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Nearly all my addons not supported

And most will not be available as web extensions as the low level functionality they need is not now provided in 57.

Bye, bye 57, I'm reverting back.

I do not need a tiny bit of extra speed, I do need my addons

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: A shorter term problem

Drain cleaning is well paid (and the specialist sludge (polite choice) slurper trucks are eye wateringly expensive) and the workers who do it are well trained (plenty of risks to be aware of, ranging from Weils disease, Anoxia to drowning, crushing)

Disclosure: Know folk in the industry

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Re: A shorter term problem

Means tested benefits have stupoid consequences.

Friend of mine, nbow too physically infirm to do "unskilled" manual jobs anymore (and no skllis to do office work etc) - worked on production lines all tehir working life.

Too young to get a pension.

They were frugal and saved - now cannot get various disability help precisely because they saved for their retirement in a mix of ways (e.g. ISAs not just pension).

They will get disability benefit - when they have used their savings to live on for a while to dip below means tested value.

So much for the incentive to save for retirement / rainy day - they may as well have had lots of holidays and fun and then they would be getting disability benefit, not having to pay for disability related add ons to their accomodation etc.

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Re: fast forward.

If you look at the numbers quoted, those universal income values are very much just scraping by / not far off poverty numbers, not the type of figures to live a comfortable and enjoyable life of no work.

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Re: Here's a thought

lunchbox on the pedals - that's an uncomfortable position

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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"surgeons waiting to carry out the 10 to 30-minute op on volunteers with todgers"

Presumably the volunteers only need balls, todgers optional?

Sperm is not produced in teh todger, that;'s just the gun barrel

e.g. if todger chopped off, as long as hole still present then the man gravy could still spurt out.

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What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners

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Re: So Vegas has a Rugby team?

You can be short sighted and play as a forward, don't have to move far, passes you need to make are short, chance of needing to long kick are minimal: As a back however, you do to be able to see OK

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Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

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@Jack of Shadows

WIth you on Twitter coding pains

Many years ago I had a job that required having a social media presence and sending out company related messages on social media accounts (doubt many of the customers were interested in most of the arcane dev stuff I was speaking about, but it was place where social media presnce was "essential" even for tech folk).

Third party apps to manage post/ read on multiple social media (e.g. Twitter, FB etc) were not that great back in teh day, and did not really do what I needed (I wanted it as hassle free as possible to post same thing on mutiple social media sites and deal with any replies, sometimes crosspositing if they were interesting replies)

So, I coded up an app that would do what I needed, of the different platforms, Twitter was the most pain, with goalposts getting frequently changed on what APIs could so. Benefits I got from streamlined socal media use were lost by the many code changes I had to make as Twitter altered things, revoked APIs, changed data that was available etc., etc.

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Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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Talking on phone whilst cooking - I do that, it's called speakerphone mode, no watch required.

As for heart rate, IIRC I learned to take a pulse before I was into double figures age... and if you are exerting yourself (and so in situartion where rate and blood pressure will be higher) you can usually "hear" your pulse as it transmits through bones of skull. (You can do this at normal heart rate and BP, just harder to detect)

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"You have to tap or flick your wrist."

Probably lots of wrist flicking by Apple fans

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Estonia cuffs suspect, claims he's a Russian 'hacker spy'

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Any moment now

The Donald will tweet this is "Fake News"

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Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach

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Re: Card Payments

Some of those can be vulnerable.

Everyone should really be moving to TLS 1.2 by next year at the latest to mitigate against some nasty weaknesses

https://blog.pcisecuritystandards.org/are-you-ready-for-30-june-2018-sayin-goodbye-to-ssl-early-tls

Most of the payment companies told people about this a while ago.

Even using third parties, there are issues, e.g. if using an API where Jewson have some form of token for a card, if tokens can be grabbed, & credentials to communicate with 3rd party, then can get card details using token in API calls. Details would vary depending what was originally stored, number will be available.

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

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Re: Food crisis

And unlike Venezuela we do not even have large oil reserves remaining (just the last dregs of ours) to aid recovery at some point (not that Venezuela seem to be making good use of it but at least they have a bit of natural resource potential to exploit).

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Premature?

Given the lack of information about whether auto-pilot and inattention or no autopilot and inattention, is the early reporting just to stop people asking why has the Tesla story not been reported?

If we want tenuous electric car related stories how about Dyson and his desire for no corporation tax, UK to become low wage slave style economy (only way he will move production from Malaysia is when we get as cheap as that!)

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BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

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Re: Demanding apps to test battery life

Plenty of people spending time on Pokemon Go whilst waiting at the train station in the hope of a train ever arriving - though amount of people playing it seems to have decreased a lot from peak craze times it still seems to have number one usage slot in battery killing AR apps.

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Demanding apps to test battery life

How about a few tests with apps that hammer battery, e.g. Ingress, Pokemon Go with heavy GPS and SIM data use when out and about, especially in poor signal areas where you can almost feel the battery drain .

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Re: Running up stairways of falling rocks

Plenty of scope for Bomadil stories - his eco friendly nature will tick a few boxes, and his general a bit foolish and not suited for complex mental tasks also has political resonance with US and UK political figures - though his general well meaning incorruptibility would not resonate politically.

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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"The calendar is worth between £35-£60"

That might be what the vouchers equate to in terms of cost of Greggs Items.

IMHO its worth very little

Disclosure: I'm not a veggie / vegan, I eat meat, just not convinced Greggs sausage roll I once tried tasted much of meat (didn't taste of anything much at all really) and have no desire to repeat a Greggs "taste experience"

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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2003 was about the last usable version of office.

No ribbon, did the basics of an office suite OK.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: For those who aren't interested in (nearly) fake news

UK often gets well below -4C (especially the further North you go

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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The old plugin architecture was fit for purpose - the new one isn't as new one does not have all the same functionality.

I typically use old hardware and do not suffer significant performance issues (though taht may be due to all my ad blocking, script disabling extensions meaning lots of junk never gets downloaded / executed)

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Re: No Classic Theme Restorer?

It's all part of the obsession to mimic Chrome.

Thats why classic theme restorer is so useful - to make the UI half way user friendly.

So, the Moz folk realising they still hasd users left after making teh UI a PITA, searched for a way to alienate those remaining users.

They found a way - change how extensions have to work, including remove extension access to some "low level" functionality so some extensions will no longer work.

That will alienate those users whose "must have" extensions cannot be ported.

Moz folk fail to realise the reason many of use use FireFox is precisely because it is not Chrome and it allows us fine grained browser control that Chrome does not.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: re: Will self driving busses come in threes?

A big issue on UK motorways is difficulty of changing lanes due to quite high speed differentials between traffic in those lanes

e.g. HGV filled inside lane doing 50something MPH.

Middle lane, when not having HGVs cut in, running at 70 ish

Outside lane, full of folk doing 90+ irrespective of conditions

(Assumes no speed cameras and not a "gridlock" scenario)

If you have a vehicle with crap acceleration (e.g. small engine and / or heavy vehicle) then lane change is awkward (and outside lane possibly beyond speed capability of vehicle!) - because it is virtually impossible to get a gap on the road in front of you to allow you to accelerate in your lane, to speed suitable for next lane, before actually switching lane, so option is to change lane at speed slower than traffic in lane you are moving into and hope other vehicles in that lane brake rather than hit your feebly accelerating crap vehicle frantically trying to reach the "cruising speed" of that lane.

Unsurprisingly, some people in dismal 0-60 stat vehicles will lane hog" as it's safer for them than lane changes taht require other drivers to be paying decent attention.

.. My motorway driving style is totally different depending on acceleration capabilities of vehicle I am in

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Re: How hard can it be to change the sig. of a lossy JPEG?

Why do you think they like to keep the methods "secret" and not have client side apps etc?

Because then people could readily see how poor the techniques are

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Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

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Working as a group

Not convinced the whole working as a team to defeat powerful monsters is a great idea: If key achievements in game require multiple users to achieve then it will not be attractive to players who prefer to play solo.

Whats this mania for making games social?

Some people like (many, not all as some are heavily multi-player) games in the same way they like reading, precisely because it can be done alone with no interaction with others and a high degree of focus. e.g. for many on the autistic spectrum then games with minimal "real world" interaction with others are often preferred

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Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

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Re: re. Bugger the story

The seats fold down so if driver & 1 passenger only then lots of storage space.

It's quite a high space and so can get some things in 500 that do not fit in larger cars, with greater storage volume but lower height

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Oh, look, parents are passing the buck again...

As a parent, decisions were made about what content and when it could be accessed by a child, so no PC / tablet of their own at a young age, shared family computer / tablet use only when young (and in area of house where no privacy as we would be in and out so no getting away with sneaky views of iffy content).

No TV in kids room either.

Its not impossible, and does not take much extra parenting effort, it may be "easy" to leave kids unattended watching any old crap, but it's not good.

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Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

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Re: Goggles

Try aggregating / metasearch engines, e.g. Dogpile, IxQuick, Metacrawler etc.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: The reports so far with some editorial....

Without easy (designed for killing people easily and rapidly) gun access those people would still be alive.

From my reading of the media, the killer apparently had some issues with mother in law & church killing visit was in hope of finding her there (she wasn't there).

Unless he was very badly mentally ill, chances are, without gun, he would have calmed down at some point and lost the murder mother in law urge - even if he had not lost the urge, without a gun (e.g. bare hands, knife, whatever) attack on M-I-L, there would have been far less collateral damage.

Most people would regard themselves as vaguely sane (ish), however I'm sure some people have, at some point, had a heated argument with a relative / friend where they reached an extreme irritation point.

If, when extremely angry, if they had a gun in their pocket, how many people might have used it in brief spur of the moment off their head in rage snap point? Not many, but probably some.

I would not know how I would behave in such a scenario as never had a totally "lost it" experience (& have no desire for one) but could not categorically say I would not do something stupid in such a context as it's unknown territory.

The harder it is to kill lots of people when you are temporarily unhinged the better, IMHO

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Look, ma! No hands! Waymo to test true self-driving cars in US with Uber-style hailing app

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Clean up crew

When they switch to no Waymo engineer, so just passengers only, there might need to be a cleanliness check between rides.

Given some of the amorous behavior that goes on in taxis with a driver, scope for all sorts of mess when no driver to put a stop to passenger hanky panky (or alternatively accept a few quid to "turn a blind eye").

Big drawback of driver less taxis is inability to pay via gash machine after a night out when you have run out of cash

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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Re: It's a great phone

Fully agree on hardware buttons.

They still work when a bit of your touch screen dies.

I had a "dead band" on a screen after phone got dropped (it was in a case so no "broken glass" but impact kinetic energy damage) and could still use the phone (rotating when necessaryto get around some of dead band, a bit of screen real estate could not be used but nothing 100% vital to phone use (just meant a couple of games unplayable that had fixed orientation so rotate workaround not possible) ), I would have been struggling a lot if that dead band had been where the on screen nav buttons were

Hardware buttons are good, as still liekly to work if software goes on the blink. I have zero confidence in software only nav bars, bound to go on the blink just when you need them

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Adapting to different working patterns.

Their logic needs to go further than factoring in night shifts.

With gig economy, zero hours contarcts, things get complex.

e.g. real life case (no names obv), someone I know has 3 jobs, all zero hours, varying hours per week, additionally, one of those is a cleaning job and the locations to be cleaned can vary (no guarantee it's always same office block, hotel, etc.)

That will be quite a challenge. As @ rmason said, how to distinguish that from his wife's weekly non work travels

Have fun with all the people who turn off their mobiles a lot of the time, so not "on" at home, and only turn them on when out and about if required (the classic emergency use only mobile phone scenario) - not everyone is (yet!) welded to their mobile phone (plus those additional "bit on the side" phones that will be unlikely to be used anywhere near someones home)

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