* Posts by BebopWeBop

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ICO probes universities accused of using private data to target donation campaigns

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Re: Back before all the polytechs went Uni...

but they suffered from having no external validation of their teaching -

Well having spent 6 years at a Russel Group university - before moving on to academic (US) and then industrial pastures new, We had our degree material and exams assessed by another RG university - and it was serious (this is 30 odd years ago).

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

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Re: Sport truck! 0-60 in 5 seconds

Truw - but the comment referred to driving in a city - not the open road.

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Capita forced to pay out £66m to investors over Connaught fund farce

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screw up and losses in one short article - who would have thunk it?

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

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I like

My iPhone SE - if I need a larger screen then a tablet or a laptop do me very well.

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

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Joke

Not the bus in question...

Phew.....

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

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I complained to the ISA about both that and the 'up to' claims. They blew me off with a 'out definitions are neither) that precise (or considered)

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Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

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Re: With profound apologies to Latin scholars (I used google translate)

I'll buy that the SPG were probably mammals - but from my memory, large aggressive ones (for 'umans anyway) - who came tooled up (with obvious lack of any convictions) obligatory NTNON link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y (punchline about 3 minutes in)

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No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

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Everybody wants to be a unicorn but it's the cockroaches that survive a nuclear holocaust

Luvverley - even if the Diplodoci (?) of these markets might hope that the might manage to squash the od roach - not that easy with a big foot optimised for making sure that the animal does not sink into soft ground.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: 'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

@tiggety

Out Moris minor still has them!

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Megaphone

Well one needs to squirrel ones assets away, before the revolution.....

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: Hell froze over

He won't!

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Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill

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Confusing and badly draughty I have little doubt but

The result is a complex, often confusing, piece of legislation that Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho described as being "incredibly hard to read and even harder to understand".

is hardly the best person to comment on things that are difficult to understand.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Re: It's not just cake which can annoy the real folk.

I have to confess to acquiring a very handy Casio watch (when they went bells and whistles in a very impressive manner) that seemed to have a comprehensive collection of TV remote IR codes. Yup - when you wanted to turn down the volume/turn off an irritating television it turned out to be very useful Guess it dates me a little......

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UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime

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Quite. Working with the police I had occasion to talk to a senior NI office, who (again anecdotally - a shame they don't understand the use of collecting data even if noisy) said that they believed the little ref light indicating the recording was being made reduced the tendency of both officers and members of the public to 'grandstand' and at least make a pretence of civility....

It concluded there was little evidence that wearing BWCs led to a reduction in use of force by officers, cut civilian complaints, or affected judicial outcomes.

But these were US police who don't appear to have any problems shooting people in the presence of witnesses - quite content to believe they will be exonerated (it the suspect is black anyway)

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

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Re: Scraping bottom of the barrel

I would like to think that - but sadly NO - they will (political connections)

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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

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Re: UK taxpayers lost up to £1.5bn in 2015-16 from online VAT fraud

Who also lose because UK businesses are forced out of business though unfair competition.

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They should provide a VAT invoice for the full 20%, but it's like pulling teeth to get it.

You still prove a full receipt though

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Especially businesses which are part of the flat rate scheme.

The purpose of the flat rate scheme is to recognise ( I was told by VAT people) that it is expensive to maintain adequate VAT record for small businesses on their VAT outgoings, and so as some compensation, by offering a flat rate scheme for certain categories and sizes (different rates) they (a) improved coats for the business and *b( improved compliance. Having been there myself I can apretate that (well I was implying bt it was a pain - self respect bound to list very small amount of VAT on numerous transactions). I found that as a sole trader it worked out (time vs return ) roughly equal with a small gain on my side.

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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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Re: I was advised

My kids know - I persist sending them on my overseas trips and always require them on pain of no ice cream to do the same with their Grandparents :-)

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

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Re: Colonist motivation

I would hope that the other red button activates the nurse (or depending on your preference a carefully controlled explosion)

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Re: More engines!=more safety

Now it's at the stage where SpaceX can regularly land their rockets tail first.

You have missed the point and I suspect have never been in a position where a true calculation of risk (aka likelihood of failure combined with subsequent cost) is necessary.

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Re: More engines!=more safety

For ye downvoters - the arithmetic is quite correct. It also explains why, if you have the capacity, maintaining cooperating processes on a single box make more sense than distributing them (if the process requires all to function). I remember a fine argument (with salespeople of course as to why we should NOT recommend 4 expensive and notionally higher availability servers over a single high availability box).

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Although I think the BOFH has been a little short sited - a cross shredder would have shurely crept into the bosses expenses (the ones that never managed to get through the shredder)

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Holmes

He has become a little (well very little more subtle)

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Re: Easy

Don't worry - you will be paying the cost for Brexit anyway....

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Ex-Autonomy CFO begs court to toss out US fraud allegations

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Re: Does he not know

<i?There is no escaping Uncle Sam unless he flees to North Korea or the far side of the moon.</i>

I believe they have plans for that as well......

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Re: Gorilla(s) in the room

And I can't think of the last time my carrier tried to 'upsell' me. Come to think of it, they haven't.

In a similar position and 3 (who provide a decent service at a reasonable price for my needs - the mobile is my primary telephone and used across Europe) frequently try - especially when they wish me to move off my 'protected' deal.

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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20% of my work comes from expert witness work, in Europe and the UK. I have been uniformly impressed by the judges in the European Patent Office (very interested sitting in a hearing - with multiple simultaneous translation and having the English coming through just long enough after the original speaker is slightly discombobulating when I speak good - but not perfect French and German) , although not so impressed by many of the European lawyers who frequently seem to be poorly briefed compare with their UK equivalents.

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Re: Sorry was there an article...

Do you actually have a link for that 0- could not find it in their search. Forgive me but I smell b*llsh*t

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

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True. And the burgeoning Palestinian (Israeli) population has been a cause for concern of various Israeli politicians who have made noises about dealing with the 'problem'. - https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.550169

At the same time there are rather more Israelis (Jewish) than were there when Israel came into existence.

Not that I have any great skin in the games but that is a somewhat silly statement/argument. Israel is, however, the only democratic state (with all of its faults - but hey, people in Glasshouses- I live in Europe) need to be careful with what and where they chuck!

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BAE confirms it is slashing 2,000 jobs

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Historically Conservative governments could be relied upon to maintain "the military" but ever since the cuts of 2010 (e.g."Harrier") that is clearly no longer the case.

Not partisan, but the Conservatives have a better (?) record than Labour in cutting defence spending over the last 40 years. Now some might say that they are getting better value for money (haha) but the numbers are clear. I always thought that this was a result of not wishing to be blamed for defence cuts, but still.

The fact is that (possibly mislead by senior officers with their toys and competing service mentalities) or civil servants (budget = prestige) most British politicians have dons a shit job at understanding and/or maintaining the armed servics

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: The 6th Day...

A great album at least

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China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

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Well being very happy with an iPhone SE (I know groan - but I know what I am paying for the ecosystem - and I do not buy on contract!) I concur - these big phones are a pain in the arse (well back pocket)

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Essentially invisible: Android big-daddy Andy Rubin's hypetastic mobe 'flops in first month'

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I'll bet you lot just ACCEPT that the earth is round, and you've not checked. Of course, Rap-man's bold project might turn up important surprises, for example that the earth is in fact a cube, as depicted on the Chris Rea's Road to Hell album cover.

Actually we did a rather convincing experiment at High School

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Lets not forget World Series Baseball

A Little history - it was named after a newspaper apparently (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_World) - and before you criticise the newspapers name - remember that many countries have newspapers with 'world' or even 'globe' in them. Not, however, to say that the US rather like the moniker (newspaper dead since 1931)

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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Re: Works for me....

I'm poor / despise apple stuff

correlation or cause?

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and – ahem – reducing or avoiding costs.

Quite! I am just amazed - continuously, at the inability of accountants to establish cost of ownership and relate that to other desirables (such as response time on failure/toner runout).

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We run a mixed 'shop'. Production and modelling lives on some rather large and beastly (in the best sense of the word) Linux multiprocessor arrays. We run our front end and office on Macs (yah boo hiss I hear a number of commentards mutter) and financially it works well (as does staff happiness). They are not perfect, but cost of ownership has been great - with reasonable security (we tend to some paranoia anyway and most of the array is air gapped). BYOD - you have got to be kidding - our employees (actually mainly partners) and our customers would hang us - for different reasons, but then a hanging is a hanging.

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SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

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What amazes me is how people, "notionaly" so smart do not understand how this is unlikely to be noticed!

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Guntree v Gumtree: Nominet orders gun ads site must lose domain

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Upvote because I like the 'joke' but why here?

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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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Paris Hilton

Thumbs up to Pen Test for "screwdriving" ---> selected for the question mark - REALLY

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Apple Mac fans told: Something smells EFI in your firmware

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Re: Mac Pro

Mine (on a 4-year-old machine) have come along with another upgrade - although some other commentard pointed out that this is not necessarily the case if you delay/ignore upgrades which would seem to be a significant problem.

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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Re: Point of order

In terms of aspiration?

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Equifax CEO falls on his sword weeks after credit biz admits mega-breach

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Yup - the joke alert icon is very appropriate.

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Re: Cough

Could be worse - has someone asked the question as to whether they invested in derivatives and shorted their own stock?

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Too late

Well patently incorrect. There are many reasons not to use an iPhone, but you are being a wee bit foolish if you actually believe this.

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Re: Thriller

I agree about Open Office - but unfortunately, some of us need to generate documents in Msft formats that are guaranteed to be read in the format in which I sent them, embedded material et al, at least when someone sees something different from what I do, I can with hand on heart claim that I generated it in Office! And the sub to MS costs about £65 a year - which I charge on my billing.

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Wanna get started with practical AI? Check out this chap's Rubik's Cube solving neural-net code

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The most amusing one I have seen is built from Lego.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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I am not surprised that Zen have some well. Their customer service is second to none in my experience. You pay a premium (which can be significant if you live beyond the sticks as I do) but it is worth it. Talk talk and BT offers come through the door weekly it seems and are routed unopened to the recycling bin.

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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Well comment on the watch appear reasonable, however, having been running 11 for the last month or two (beta) on an iPad I think it is a great step up an would not like to go back to 10 (even if I could)

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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Re: Exponential

Only in the mids of the illiterate.

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