* Posts by Voyna i Mor

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Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks

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"I've heard rumors that the BBFC plans to block porn sites regardless of if they have age verification or not."

So...which Conservative MPs have a financial stake in top shelf print media?

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: Oh dear.

There needs to be a new Internet law: any post ending in "LOL" or some variant thereof can be replaced with whitespace without loss of information.

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Re: Making the Internet Great Again

"If the Soviets worked the same way, Kruschev wouldn't just have denounced Stalin - he would have deindustrialised the country to erase his legacy."

...and demanded that Germany be allowed to win WW2.

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Re: Making the Internet Great Again

You know, I've decided to take something of a self denying ordinance against commenting on US political issues because increasingly they seem to resemble the impenetrable stuff that came out of the Soviet Union, but with different buzz words. This post, for instance, I find incomprehensible. As far as I can make out, too, "Big John"'s posts are like the articles in Pravda in which everything that was happening had to be referred to the doctrinal errors of the currently out group, so if there was an outbreak of, to take something at random, sexual harassment among leading Republicans it would be OK because they were proper Marxist-Leninists and in any case it was somehow caused by Stalinists.

I'd like to say that I'm beginning to think the Reg should stick to IT issues and then I realise that this stuff is actually related to an article about a major IT issue. Couldn't the Yanks (and the Southerners) start a website called Randian Worker or Orange Banner or some such and have their doctrinal fights there?

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: Old fashioned?

They are not exclusive. In fact after a certain number of failed attempts* my phone demands the PIN, but it's there anyway.

*Do not forgetfully hold some emery paper with the finger you use to unlock the phone and do a lot of sanding. It took 2 weeks for that finger to be recognised again, by which time I had added an additional finger. Typing in a PIN in public is insecure.

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Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

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"At present, if nobody has bothered to report a hole, the LA is not liable as it doesn't know about it and therefor is not negligent in making a timely repair."

Exactly. Nothing gets done about things that cost you, the taxpayer, money.

There's an estimated hundred thousand or so prolific criminals that steal to feed their drug habits. They steal anything up to a coupe of hundred thousands worth of stuff each every year, but they are not a problem because the taxpayer pays through house and car insurance. If politicians and police had their pay docked for failing to deal with the problem, it would get fixed.

As it is, police cuts while demanding that more things be policed just guarantees that crimes that cost the ordinary citizen will continue to attract less attention than ones which impact important people. Like the ones that can buy Range Rovers and simply ignore potholes.

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"Water gets between the patch and the rest of the road. Freezes and they pushes the patch out. Result a few months later it has to be done again."

That's a system designed for the job security of repair crews.

I've seen so many similar examples in my time in industry that it seems to be hard wired into human nature. My favourite was a machine with a lot of microswitches which were constantly being broken by clumsy operators trying to get broken bits out. The maintenance crew soldered the switches in place. When someone tried to introduce switches with little plugs which could be replaced very quickly, amazingly they proved so unreliable they were dropped. Some of the maintenance men were "working" 80 hour weeks with double time on Sunday and time and a half outside office hours.

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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Re: YouTube? Not surprised.

I upvoted that, but it might cause flashbacks and even PTSD trauma in sensitive people.

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Re: Confused

"people who insist on riding motorcycles at 100mph on narrow country roads;"

Vincent's test riders did that. There are parts of Cambridgeshire where you can see if anything is coming, including on side roads, for miles.

"anyone who takes to the oggin in anything less than 40ft long (with twin motors)"

That's just prejudice. A good solid 30 footer with sails and a decent auxiliary Diesel with manual start is much better than a lightweight 40 footer with a pair of engines that won't start if the batteries go flat.

My point is that a little knowledge is the dangerous thing, and that people who really think through what they are doing may be perfectly safe doing something that would kill a less instructed person.

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: thieving gits

"He said afterwards that he regretted the missed opportunity of replacing the image with one of the same filename, but different content..."

Or of getting an income from advertising. Perhaps Uber would have paid him for an ad.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: Oregon is a nanny state

"It's a very anti-motorist municipality with crazy strict speed limit enforcement and cameras. Almost like being in the UK"

Really? We have had massive police cuts, I haven't seen a police car in weeks, the local force is not interested in enforcing drug laws on cannabis and it's just been reported that the Met can't police graffiti due to resource constraints. Also, I've never heard of private camera companies fiddling the amber to ensure drivers get caught, as has happened in the US. Quite the reverse. Our new "smart" traffic lights seem biased in favour of letting drivers through.

As for "gas stations", I go to the self service one, because I can insert card, open cap, remove card, fill up and be gone in the time it takes to go to the desk, and stand in the queue to pay at the local supermarkets.

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New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

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Re: Sigh

"Respectfully, of course, with a 'Sir' as the first and last words in every command he gives them."

Respectfully indeed as in King Hussein's amused reporting of a sergeant at Sandhurst. "You are a horrible little wog, your Majesty, Sir."

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"I just don't understand, that's all"

Are you a politician or senior civil servant who hopes to get a directorship or two from an outsourcing company when you lose your seat or retire?

If not, that's why you don't understand.

Government has been about jobs for the boys for an immensely long time, since in fact before Caligula made his horse Consul for the year.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Re: Kubla Khan - Or Succubus. Come back. Lost Girl (TV series)!

Are you suggesting that not only is she claiming to have sex with ghosts, she's claiming to have sex with lesbian ghosts?

My mind is boggling even more.

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Kubla Khan

Not a song but the reference is obvious.

"A savage place, as lonely and enchanted/as e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted/by woman wailing for her demon lover."

(AIUI, Catholic doctrine says that all dead people are either in heaven, hell or purgatory. So there are no ghosts. Anything that appears to be a ghost, therefore, must be a demon. In this case, an incubus.

She's lucky really. In the 17th century the equivalent of the Jeremy Kyle show was a quick trial in front of a witchfinder followed by burning at the stake. Nowadays, that's reserved for Celebrity Big Brother.)

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Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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Re: Impressive package

"And that's just the GPU of a tiny chip that runs without a fan."

What I would like to see with these things is a year number - the year in which the world's fastest supercomputer had about the same processing power.

Made difficult because nowadays these things have enormous numbers of CPUs, but a rough estimate in teraflops might be interesting.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Re: "binge watch TV shows for 12 hours straight"

"When Gutenberg made books a reality for common folk, I wonder if there were oral storytelling zealots who were just as annoying."

Actually it was a very long time from Gutenberg to cheap books - roughly 400 years. For most people until well into the 20th century, books required a visit to a library. There's always a lot of people who oppose the democratisation of information because it hits their profit margins, but today a mobile phone that can hold hundreds of books costs no more than the equivalent of a library edition of a paper book in the first half of the 20th century.

The worry is that the cloud and streaming is being seen as a way to reverse the process and extract more money for looking at stuff.

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"Running ARM gives you two times battery life"

I'm not sure. The screen is still the big power consumer. And the OS, graphics processor, modems and comms code must add to that. It's quite possible that only 10% or so of usage would involve x86 emulation, so the effect on power consumption might not be that large.

However, it's just another layer of complexity for someone to foul up somewhere, which from a security point of view is more worrying.

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Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

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Quis custodiet

You know all those drugs you confiscated? Now we want you to sell them.

Users with no background in statistics or analysis being asked to analyse corporate data. What could possibly go wrong?

Once upon a time I was asked to generate a sales forecast for production planning. I pointed out that most of the products were small volume high cost and had only a few months of sales history. As expected, the forecasting program wanted to hold stock of one of almost everything, which would be extremely uneconomic in production terms.

We know that Australian politicians think the laws of Australia trump mere mathematics. I had an MD and sales director who simply wanted me to make the numbers come out different because they didn't like them. I forecast an awful lot of this.

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UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

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Re: TEMPEST in a teacup (with biscuits)

"even the caretaker's taste in biccies."

Of course. Because the Russians might bribe him (or her) with biscuits. You know what caretakers are like. And in any suitably stereotypical spy fiction the caretaker is the weakest link and the route into all areas.

In fact, wasn't that actually exactly how the British managed to destroy the German heavy water supply?

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Re: RAM Jet Engineering ..... for ROM Pings

"Howdy, Lysenko"

Lysenko was an agronomist. Perhaps you should have written "Howdy, Korolyov".

Ah...

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Re: I guess NOFORN doesn't apply anymore?

"That notwithstanding, the Internet Research Agency has been traced a number of times back into Russian netspace and it's fairly clear they're a government disinformation outfit."

Wouldn't disagree. I was just annoyed that someone claimed that a link to Wikipedia was proof of anything. As Borges observed in one of hist stories "The library contains both truth and falsehood."

Won't get any complaints from me if someone quotes a reliable source. But on intel issues, the difficulty is finding one.

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Re: Jet Engine - i.e. give or leak NO information to other powerblocks/houses

Well, Louis Schreurs BEng, that horse bolted when we started letting foreigners into our universities and even granting them citizenship.

Foreign sounding name you have there. Where did you go to uni to get your BEng? Where are you working now? Where do your ancestors come from?

Better remove your internet and telephone access, censor your mail and prevent you talking to strangers or leaving the country. You know, just to be safe. Based on your own statement.

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Re: I guess NOFORN doesn't apply anymore?

"That's a lie. I provided the URL."

You didn't. You provided a link to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is about as reliable on contentious subjects as I am, and I don't trust myself an inch.

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Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn

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Re: My Uncle can vouch for me

I'm sorry, his credit is only good for $34 million (thirty four million dollars). According to this file I have from Equifax, anyway.

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Auction ....I have a feeling the auction will bombe.

IIRC during the financial crisis large houses in Dublin had become something of a bubble, and some of them had been bought by the more successful boys with the Armalites. Who ran into a spot of financial bother. When the houses were auctioned they sent the boys round to try to "persuade" bidders to offer more than the owners had paid.

I can imagine Shkreli sending his friends round to discourage purchase of his assets.

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Re: Fail - Please let this psychopath die in prison.

If it wasn't for the fact that his actions have almost certainly led to deaths, I would say that's much too harsh.

I think the most appropriate punishment will be when the drug dealers in prison find out who he is and charge him a special rate for the stuff he will need to make life endurable.

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Re: Enigma

Well yes, but the significant thing is that the US has almost certainly broken up its Bombes - so they don't want Shkreli being able to send uncrackable messages when he gets out.

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BT lab domain grab – 17 years after cheeky chap swiped 'em

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Re: Why more than one domain anyway?

"while the latter increases the brand awareness of BT and it's many ventures."

Does anybody actually want to increase the brand awareness of BT?

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Re: Kieren's credentials

"In Russian, a motherly love reference does not include an "Implied Facepalm" (TM), while in Bulgarian it does."

Thank you. Come for the IT angles, gain a useful insight into international profanity. (I am being factual by the way.) My pre-Revolutionary dictionary is no help on older forms of verbs of motion, unfortunately.

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Re: Kieren's credentials

"(no, will not translate that)"

I defer to your much greater knowledge of the complex and beautiful Russian language, but isn't <<Пошёл на хуй>> a little more correct?

Also, in such circumstances and given the teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church and the profound Russian feeling for domestic life, wouldn't a common response be to advise the requester to love his mother very much? Russian and the US are two nations united in their desire to see other people loving their mothers.

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Re: Kieren's credentials

"What the Russian government should do is hand the United States its unconditional surrender."

That's almost what happened in the Yeltsin era. The result? Rape of assets, plummeting male life expectancy. And ultimately Putin.

"That would be the quickest step to world peace they could take."

Deserta faciunt pacem appellant.

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US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

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"It seems that not having borrowed money can be fatal to your credit score!"

When I left university and got a proper job, years ago, I was advised to take out a bank loan to buy something, and then pay it back quickly so I would get a credit rating. I did.

Somewhat later I and the person I was then sharing a house with simultaneously applied for a credit card. I got a considerably bigger credit limit despite our earnings being similar.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

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Hidden in the data

Look at the list of iOS failures and I think you can see why Apple dropped the headphone jack; it's reported as being the commonest failure point.

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Re: Looking at the Android app crashes

"I have a tested with a couple of Android 7 devices from Sony"

I have an Android 7 device from Sony, and there is no Facebook app. Currently the uptime is something over a month so I am doubtful that there is a leakage problem.

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The six simple questions Facebook refused to answer about its creepy suicide-detection AI

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Re: Very Big Assumption Here

"As she pointed out to me, if you treat animals the way we treat our fellow humans, you are put in jail."

My father, who is in his 90s, worries that if he gets seriously ill he will be kept alive.

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

"No. Under breaking or going downhill we can generate charge for the battery in our leaf. On one part of one journey we do a long hill and will generate visible charge on the meters."

Did you actually read my post before disagreeing with it?

I agreed that going downhill allows for regenerative charging.

I merely pointed out that when braking* it is often not possible to recover more than a fraction of the energy because braking would usually generate more power than the battery will accept.

Your Leaf I think has an 80kW motor. The mass is 1.5t. The maximum rate at which the system can accept charge is 44kW (Nissan's specs.) with a short term peak of 50kW. When at 70% charge it's limited to 30kW.

Consider braking on a motorway from 70mph or approx. 30m/s. If you applied the brakes at 0.2g, you will decelerate about 2ms-2. That's an initial 87kW, roughly two to three times what the charging circuit can handle.

These numbers agree pretty well with what Nissan actually claim which is up to 39% energy recovery from braking.

*braking, brakes. Please? It's causing me to break out in OCD.

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Re: 400 mile charge in 30 minutes isn't gonna to be easy

"I've always thought that natural gas was a more practical way to power trucks in the US for the next few decades."

We're not going to get off fossil fuels in that time, so the rational approach is to distribute different fuels where they can be used most efficiently.

The electrical grid is poor at energy storage, and makes most sense with static endpoints, so use nuclear, wind and solar for that with static battery plants for handling short term load fluctuations. Then the batteries can be as heavy and well cooled as you like. But people will want to reduce the cost, so they will improve.

Vehicles need an energy source which is light, rapidly replaced and well characterised. LNG or LPG are well equipped to do that.

As battery technology evolves the time will come when either hydrogen/fuel cell or battery vehicles make more sense, so manage the transition.

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

"Don't they usually have a capacitor bank for this? This energy is then fed back into the battery (or the motor)."

Not in cars. You need truck size vehicles with truck loads and speeds to make it worthwhile at the moment.

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

"I would have expected electric vehicles to deliver energy recovery from going downhill and braking"

Downhill yes, but the energy consumed in braking usually exceeds the rate at which it can be fed back to the battery.

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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

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"So when we start asking for bids for the UK Death Star project ?"

Assuming it was built by US defense contractors with MOD input and started very long ago in a galaxy very far away, we'd just about now be requesting modifications because the current generation of Tie fighters were too heavy to take off from it.

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Re: Time to start developing defensive measures...

"..and fabulous sequinned uniforms for the armed forces"

Not that bad an idea. Part of the logic behind having really impressive armies, battleships and so on is that the sensible ruler doesn't want them getting wrecked by having nasty people shoot at them. So, hopefully, fewer wars. It's part of why guerilla warfare is seen as so unfair. They don't have to worry about the uniform bills.

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Re: Black paint? - Probably not - after the first time it's hit by a laser rangefinder

Paint wears off with use. That's why things need periodic repainting. For once, I was actually being sensible. Hard to tell, I know.

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Re: Perfect climate

"In ancient and medieval times campaigning stopped in the winter due to unfavourable weather (and a general lack of food)."

Confucius remarked that "In Spring and Autumn there are no righteous wars."

Double meaning: because fighting in the planting and harvesting seasons is very bad for the economy, but Spring and Autumn was the name of the official Chinese history book.

You have Confucius on your side.

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