* Posts by tiggity

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Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

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re @pleb comment

"The operator was the first to pre-empt EU regulation with its "Feel at Home" deals, which abolished roaming premiums for Three UK subscribers visiting 19 countries."

Except taht "Feel at Home" was not open to all, if you had an existing subscription it was not added, you had to get a "new" subscription (I have kept my long standing el cheapo SIM only 3 "all you can eat"subscription because to change it to one that supports "Feel at Home" would have increased my monthly payments massively, and since my dual SIM phones are unlocked I can just slap in a "local" SIM in second SIM socket if I go abroad and set that as main SIM temporarily)

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Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

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Re: "graph shows how much access to justice was damaged"

As in it's a court of law not a court of justice?

(Shameless Billy Bragg reference)

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Got some pom-poms handy? UK.gov seeks a geography cheerleader

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Not much skill needed

Given how UK gov splashes its cash, the key geography take home message will be quite simple:

Inside the M25 - have loads of money

Outside the M25 - **** off oiks (unless you are a few Orange seats)

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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Lawyered up

The aggrieved individual would be better off lawyering up (Currys / PCW deserve it for blatant mis-selling if restore is a massive PITA), ASA is the definition of toothless

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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random luck

"We consult more than 50000 passengers a year"

"Passenger opinions of train services are collected twice a year from a representative sample of journeys..."

So, might not be 50000 unique passengers, and with all surveys, depends who can be bothered to fill in and return them

Disclaimer, I & partner have commuted for many years (we travel to different destinations & typically at different times), neither of us have ever been asked to fill in a survey

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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Scare stories

Lots of power supply "plugs" from major vendors have no earth, just 2 wires, Can we expect warnings on various gadgets by big consumer names? Of more relevance would be were the products NOT double insulated or SELV (2 main reasons not to have an earth with CE) - if that was the case then it's an issue, but otherwise, fairly standard. I would guess, with most Kodi devices being low power, low voltage that no earth allowable due to SELV

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Why implanted?

Plenty of RFID bracelet / wristband things out there, a lot less intrusive, no surgery involved, e.g. Barclaycard pushing their bPay solution (as mentioned on el Reg in the past)

The tags they add to animals leave quite a noticeable lump under the skin, so why bother (unless you like to cultivate knobbly extremities). Bear in mind your hand, wrist area is heavily supplied with nerves, blood vessels, not my top choice for implant site, as even though (you would hope), injecting the implant would not sever any of these, the compressive effects of the implant may not be great (human nerves are surprisingly susceptible to issues induced by low level pressure )

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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Did they miss the austerity memo?

If I had a spare grand, I can list plenty of things / experiences I would like to spend it on / put it towards.

Oddly enough, blowing almost all of it just on a phone, is not on my list of things to do with such an amount of cash

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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No vaping in the workplace please

Some of the vape clouds make me (a non smoker, non vaper) cough / struggle to breathe when I inhale them (hard not to when walking past someone on teh street) even more than "real" cigarette smoke does.

Really do not want vape fumes in workplace making me cough, struggle to breathe - people who want to vape can go outside, just like they do now.

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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Re: "The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

GDP growth (or lack of) is not the only issue. Already, since the brexit vote, pound is at a dismal exchange rate.lots of products are far more expensive (though fiddled inflation figures do not show it, but my weekly "essentials" shops, which are fairly consistent in their content, keep spiralling up and up in cost way beyond quoted inflation rate ), so the buying power of the pound in your pocket is hit, couple that with (for most people) below inflation wage rises. so, even if net tiny GDP growth, lots of people will suffer financially, and there will be less "decent" jobs (plenty of evidence of companies relocating, where most of the jobs "lost" are not minimum wage).

Then all the (negative) health effects as the govt remove various EU environmental protections and the festering noxious substance laden waterways and beaches of back in the day become common again) - UK gov tries it's best to ignore enviro laws when we are in the EU, just imagine when we leave..

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Re: See me...

And that magistates do not have any great legal skills / knowledge (usually). Most of them (not all, before someone whinges) just seem to be fascist tin pot dictator types - T. May reminds me of a typical magistrate.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: 1984

In 1984 they were told they subject to surveillance - e.g. via the telescreens although supposedly not all the time, the behavior control idea was they never knew when surveillance was on or off. Though a lot of the surveillance ideas were based on grass your neighbour

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Ashley Madison throws US$11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

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Established

"sibling site “Established Men”, which “connects ambitious and attractive young women with successful, generous men”,

Were all the gold-digger related names taken?

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Re: Shit we don't know

In your (very lucky person) world view nearly everyone is on flexi time.

I have never had a job with flexi time, none of my family / friends have a job with flexitime (nearest any of them get is different hours on different days but they do not have a choice in those hours, only choice any get is whether too do overtime on top occasionally)

So, most people are stuck with hours "the boss" dictates & the hell of peak time commute as"the boss" tends to want people in at similar times to other companies hence "peak hours" travel.

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Re: Did they...

On most of the trains I go on, they just irritatingly say reserved (naff electronic displays) - with old skool "ticket" they say where its reserved to / from, but that method is increasingly rare.

SO, you typically have no clue where a seat is reserved to / from.

As for first class seat availability, massively high prices & loads of carriages - a deliberate ploy to entice exasperated cattle class passenger to "trade up" (expensively) just to get a seat: Cattle class prices are a massive financial strain, but first class takes price gouging to amazing levels

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Robo-surgeons, self-driving cars face similar legal, ethical headaches

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"What happens when region-locked abortion machines get hacked for unauthorized usage?"

You raise a toast to women wrestling back some control over their body / life choices and not just being treated as a (rights free) life support system for an embryo.

.. and auto doc workarounds such as Prometheus film spring to mind

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The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

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Last 4 digits still an issue

Even if we believe they only retained the last 4 digits and not the whole CC number (hard to believe much they say with the weasely behaviour so far), all you need is another breach froom another site where in this case first 4 CC digits stored and you are well on your way to stitching together CC number guesses (esp when you know the Lune algorithm helps you cut down options)

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Re: Its the edge cases

The vehicles near me that love parking on blind bends so you have to go into the oncoming traffic lane to get past them, hoping no other vehicle hits you (white van parked so cannot make use of "reduced image" looking through the vehicle windows approach as its only window is windscreen)

I have to use the low tech method of windows down so I can listen out for other vehicles, horses etc., if no noise* then nervouslyy overtake parked vehicle in blind bend area.

Would like to see how "AI" cars deal with that - presumably they just stay behind the parked van hoping it eventually moves?

*Obvious problem issue is something not heard e.g. an electric car going at low speed (so cannot hear tyre noise until really close) so not 100% safe method but only way to drive that bit of road

Self driving car is of no use to me until I can be a 100% passenger - no point if I need to take over at short notice (as by time I have snapped back into focus it will probably be too late to deal with the unexpected incident): If I need to be concentrating all the time, "in case of manual taleover required, I may as well drive it myself.

As article said:

which means the driver can turn their attention away from the drive but needs to be ready to respond immediately. "They can't drink or take drugs,"

Contradictory really.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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sy borg

It will make the latent appliance fetishists happy

Especially if parts of it look like a TeleFunken U-47

(Disappointed to have not seen any sy borg Frank Zappa references, especially the "the golden shower must have shorted out his master circuit line" - a handy reminder that the waterproofing will need to be good for some users!)

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Pick your ethics

As has been said, peoples ethics may differ.

The assumption someone would (in an animal v human situation) would always choose to avoid the human.

What if your choice was between a cuddly animal or Theresa May / Michael Gove / Jeremy Hunt/ Jeremy Corbyn/ Nigel Farage / Piers Moron / etc. etc - delete as applicable. (i.e. animal vs someone you really dislike, go a real Godwin option figure if you like)

What if the animal was something extremely endangered and so of "higher value" than a random magpie, squirrel, etc. (and arguably "higher value" than any random person, e.g. animal species down to its last few dozen individuals)

Let's look at baby vs adult and idea of always avoiding the baby.

What if you bare in a country with very high baby / child moratlity rate (e.g. due to disease (& lack of vaccination. medical treatment) 90% infant mortality rate, but once someone has reached adulthood then a good long life ahead of them - it's not so long ago that most infants in UK never reached adulthood..)

In baby v adult situation, logic would suggest baby highly likely to die anyway, whereas adult should have good lifespan ahead so best option would be avoid the adult.

All sorts of "what ifs" you can apply to screw up the "obvious" ethical choice

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Telemetry

Better get the Win 10 licencing right so lots of telemetry can be disabled, a lot of sensitive data on police PCs, do not want the default "send all the typing" Win 10 telemetry mode in use

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Erm

Agree dubious as plenty of search engines out there,so not anything like a monopoly, just that lots of people choose Google as the best of a bad bunch (though search being so bad is mainly down to SEO, link spam operatives etc all trying to game the system, Google, Bing etc. can finetune their algorithms like mad but dross still gets in searches).

Though when I search stuff I might wnat to buy on Google I get Amazon, Currys, Argos, ebay,Tesco, review sites etc.(depending on what I search for)

There is a Shopping link on Google, is that what the EU mean - I would expect that to be Google oriented (just like if I search on Amazon I do not expect results from Tesco)

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Re: Tax Dodging

Most UK companies (of decent size / with good evasive accountants) pay very little tax, it's only the smaller companies without corrupt accountants bouncing cash around via offshore trusts, loans, franchises etc that pay anything approaching reasonable tax.

UK taxation (be it personal or business) only hits the "poor" - your rich individuals or companies, get the tax evasion accountancy specialists to screw the UKs tax receipts.

(Yes I know the accountants will use weasel words like tax efficiency, avoidance) and say evasion is only for "illegal" things, but as UK tax rules have so many millions of lines of regulations, and hence umpteen loopholes, then the line between efficiency & evasion is minimal, as the "efficiencies" are against the spirit of the law, even if they weedle a technicality to make it "legal").

It's very wring when there have been years where many individuals on PAYE have paid more in a tax year than Starbucks

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

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Re: Not a bribe?

@John Smith 19

If <ulster ascent> was a typo, it was quite an aposite one

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

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Re: Problem

Indeed, a moving target.

I remember, back in the day, Special Branch photographing people at demos against visiting South African politicians (in the days of apartheid SA).

Back then the UK security forces thought you were a potential enemy of the state if you opposed that racist regime.

Yet now, you will not find a certain politician saying apartheid SA was anything other than evil, whereas back then plenty of politicians were pro apartheid SA.

Mandela went from being a terrorist to a saintly figure in a few decades.

Lets look at the Taleban, USA best mates when they wanted the USSR out of Afghanistan, nowadays deemed terrorists.

Their terrorism definition criteria will ahve to be fluid to change with the political winds

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Farenheit 451

After all, the next "logical" step is to burn ALL the books to stop us using book codes

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: But can the camera recognize approved cats, or not?

The gang of regular cats spot the intruder and attack it en masse, thus intruder cat is not a problem for long.

SO l,ong as you have a decent sized gang of cats (and at least a couple of them are psycho ninja fighters) then intruder cats only break in once (& rapidly flee to lick their wounds)

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Hope you could ID the gull species correctly at that range!

Not every bird that flies off the UK coast is a maligned herring gull. All sorts of things, some you would definitely want to hit (e.g. exotica such as some albatross species spotted off UK waters), but plenty of rare stuff that could be confused with herring gull without proper bird ID training that are in massive decline already without potshots hassling them further

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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Re: There are alternatives

I get occasional groceries from Morrisons (pass by one on commute, so ideal for any small "basic" items that have nearly run e.g. toothpaste, teabags etc.) - cannot envisage any overlap between those type of purchases & anything I may get from Amazon.

The lockers are in store, only accessible when store open, so assume they hope for chance of someone making impulse purchase when doing Amazon collection.

The thing that I find odd is many Morrisons branches have other lockers outside the store (so accessible 24/7), and bar whatever "rent" they get, little benefit as users of those do not need to enter the store to collect their orders.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: They still call it Autopilot?

Is that a special addon to stop old folks driving the car?

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Re: Bleh

But Free markets hate "red tape" .. even though lots of "red tape" is actually safety regs.

So if tehre is an economic cost, without it being mandatory, lots of companies will not add useful safety features unless they have to

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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver THOUSANDS of grocery orders

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Indeed, over optimism is an issue

A relative of mine, due to combo of age & illness limiting her activities uses online shopping deliveries.

She does always with a bit of "wiggle room" in case of delays (& ensures she always has a few bits of food & other essentials in the house so a missed delivery is an irritant but not a catastrophe).

The generally good delivery system means many customers have started to treat JIT grocery deliveries as 100% reliable & lost the habit of "back covering" strategies in place

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US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

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Re: I'm waiting ...

It is possible, pay attention next time you cast a UK vote.

Why do you think there is a different number on each voting slip in the polling station?

Watch what the volunteer(s) write down.

Realise how there is a nice paper trail to each voter.

Sorry to burst your fantasy secret vote bubble, but (UK at least) it is possible to find your vote.

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: Purchasing CDs is too hard...

Von Karajans Ring .. I have that on vinyl. My old classical LPs are a key reason I still have a turntable.

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@DontFeedTheTrolls I do not consider the prices reasonable, all it needs is enough people paying and industry does not care. In UK Sky is (IMHO as very much a casual / low consumption TV viewer) very expensive, but if you watch a lot of TV then it's value proposition will look better. Similarly individual album / movie purchases are eye wateringly expensive to me (unless you wait for several years). So my leisure spend tends to go mainly in other areas than video / music consumables (e.g. far higher spend on attending live music than buying recorded music )

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Re: carrying out an "act of communication" when it links to torrent files

Roads not a money making entity?

It's only a couple of days since I was last on a toll road *

Lots of them in the UK

*M6 Toll, not some itsy bitsy teeny obscure thing. There are plenty of other UK "major" toll roads e.g. Greater London has a few, Severn Bridge England / Wales route has a toll. etc

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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Baggage load

Surely this should be OK despite IT wobbles

How much needless complexity has been added?

Once baggage is checked in all it should need is labels stuck to it with human readable details of what flight it is going on (and can be manually filled in if needed) - - if there is something automated too far such as a bottleneck based on automated stuff reading flight barcodes to shunt baggage, well its not hard to print out barcodes onto sticky labels, my work PC has a load of various barcode fonts for use in testing barcode scanning code

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Silence

Usually .. occasionally (weather, time of year dependent dependent) in our office we tune a radio to TMS at low enough volume that if you need to concentrate it does not disturb

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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

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XP

Depressingly I saw that running in a bank today

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Assumptions

(Witlessdale) "involved in a scandal over dalliances with a prostitute – something that was unlikely to have impressed the PM, a vicar's daughter."

Given that JC (not Jezza, the bible one) was very friendly with Mary Magadalene (prostitute) surely a vicars daughter might not necessarily be anti prostitute per se. (Judge not lest you be judged and all that)

Caveat - not religious, just know lots of bible stuff as unhappy (unsuccessful) exposure to church indoctrination as a kid,

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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In private

"He refuses to answer a question about the Steele (golden showers) document. He says he will discuss in closed session."

That's boring, no fun if all the juicy info kept private

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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Unions

The security services did infiltrate / destabilize the unions.

It's very well known - some of the dirt was even leaked from GCHQ folk thinking this was going a bit too far!

Lying about that means it's difficult to trust any of the other stuff she says.

Full disclosure (I was a mining region during the Miners Strike, had friends & relatives who were miners, it was dirty tricks central. At some meetings probably more special branch, IRIS & MI5/6 folk around than "genuine" union folk)

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Re: Not the Internet?

.. You can print things without using an electronic printer you know!

How do you think pamphlets used to be made (and often still are, as old skool printing cheap once you have the kit)

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Silly

It's not about organized events - the Pokemon Go example was players of the game spreading news of hard to get Pokemon being in that particular park area. Obviously unfortunate timing as the rare Pokemon happened when game at peak popularity / numbers and a big (but shortlived) craze: Essentially a flash mob type of scenario (would be no different to say a very rare bird arriving in a park and the news being spread and lots of keen bird watchers going to park to see it)

Niantic (makers of Pokemon Go) do have some organized events (can't speak about PoGo, but I know they do for another AR game of theirs, Ingress). For the organized Ingress events there is always liaison / permission from relevant authorities for the events (which tend to be city wide, not in a small area).

Can't speak about the Candy poker game, but Niantic AR games have locations all over the place (over 5 million locations in Ingress when someone produced figures a while ago).

So most AR locations do not get huge numbers of people attracted there.

Ironically, locations chosen are often things "of interest" (FSVO interest, obv. opinions vary) but aim to get people out in the fresh air walking, so would be churches, statues, plaques etc. Parks often have statues and other things of interest so quite common locations.

But hey, extremely rare events are often drivers of bad legislation (stares at certain UK politicians response to terrorism)

It's not about organized events - the Pokemon Go example was players of the game spreading news of hard to get Pokemon being in that particular park area. Obviously unfortunate timing as the rare pokemon happend when game at peak popularity / numbers and a big (but shortlived) craze: Essentially a flash mob type of scenario (would be no different to say a very rare bird arriving in a park and the news being spread and lots of keen bird watchers going to park to see it)

Niantic (makers of Polemon Go) do have some organized events (can't speak about PoGo, but I know they do for another AR game of theirs, Ingress). For the organized Ingress events there is always liason / permission from relevant authrioties for the events (which tend to be city wide, not in a small area).

Can't speak about the Candy poker game, but Niantic AR games have locations all over the place (over 5 million locations in Ingress when someone produced figures a while ago).

So most AR locations do not get huge numbers of people attracted there.

Ironically, locations chosen are often things "of interest" (FSVO interst, obv. opinions vary) but aim to get people out in the fesh air walking, so would be churches, statues, plaques etc. Parks often have statues and other things of interst so quite common locations.

But hey, extremely rare events are often drivers of bad legislation (stares at certain UK politicians response to terrorism)

Disclosure, Do not work for Niantic / have any affiliations with them, but have played their game Ingress & attended organised (fully cleared with authorities) events.

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

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Re: Voting machines are a bad idea

Especially when you use a permanent ink pen instead of the supplied pencil

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State of DevOps: Everyone's slinging code out faster

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Stability?

1/5 change failure rate. That's about 20% too high IMHO, and not what I would call high performing.

But, doing the job properly & getting it right first time is not on trend these days, lets have loads of micro changes that make us look really productive (but still bizarrely given the small size of the changes, still manage to get lots of failures)

Disclosure (most work in agile, code review, test driven development environment, just do not deploy willy nilly)

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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@Chronos - the whole point of Green Party energy / transport policies is long sightedness, not short sightedness! i.e. Looking at the long term future of the environment, which often conflicts with short term gratification.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

.. Please do not say "less red tape" (just wait until we are out of the EU and back to the mass of "paperwork" needed for imports / exports)

.. Please do not say "take back control" either

On recent history, the 2 "main" UK parties have both been useless & screwed things up massively with the powers they already have, so IMHO quite a good thing that some things are EU driven, as with large group consensus, less likely to get "extreme" policies (of whatever flavour) enacted.

With an IT slant, given this site, both main parties happy to take away all our online privacy / let our personal data be moved around everywhere, the EU has been a prime mover (albeit not too effective yet, but at least trying) in making a belated attempt to limit the abuses of our personal data

I'm old enough to remember foully polluted rivers and areas of coast being very common, without EU environmental directives I doubt the (costly) improvement in water quality would have happened if UK left to its own devices.

In the Life of Brian style "What did the Roman's ever do for us", there's plenty of good things came from the EU & I'm not going to list them all

Still, when we leave the EU, ignoring trade, plenty of EU states will still benefit from us financially as huge chunks of our rail, power network etc. owned by European countries and the high prices we pay go to subsidise their economies, if we want some control how about the exorbitant infrastructure profits being limited to UK investors (and then, not spirited away from UK economy via tax havens)

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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I would rsik it for a biscuit

To escape the surly bonds of Earth and visit a different planet, who cares about the risk.

After all, there's also the chance something might go wrong and (if Mars is even reached, that crew are stranded there ) so making it a one way trip regardless of extra tumour risk

Full disclosure, I (like many people), lvie in a Radon area, plenty of people are exposed to slightly above average background anyway

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Re: so was she a cunning linguist?

More naive / incompetent than cunning.

..She should have licked the documents to remove the micro dots

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