* Posts by BebopWeBop

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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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“CHIEF could carry on for another 30 years; it can be scaled. The problem is, it is very old and there are few people alive that can use it still.”

Well, when there is no one alive who can use it (is this because it was used by very few people or were the effect of using it so traumatic as to end lives early enquiring minds might like to speculate) then scaling is no problem. I could resurrect my old Science of Cambridge Mk 1(still works after a TTL transplant) and scale it at a vey reasonable cost.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Do not disturb notice.

and ps “I are‘nt dead”

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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I Know I'll get down voted

but what is Trello and why should care?

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Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

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Re: I didn't down-vote you, but ...

Maybe your decision to remain anonymous without providing any insight might contribute?

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Re: I would like to be the first to point out...

But to be fair (and yes I did watch it) they gave a warning first. The comments in the front are worth it (probably not on a work machine)

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David Potter rejoins 'New New Psion' as Hon.Chairman

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I loved my Psions (multiple). Where they fell down is in neglecting the connectivity - even good synch for their devices. I remember (many years ago) investing in the comms pack - about £40 I seem to remember. I seem to remember it worked and even integrated with an early version of Outlook. But communications always seemed second hand (OK, just 3s and a 5) and I remember palm coming along and eating their lunch mainly because they synched well and people were prepared to adopt them and use something else for the remote terminal.

That lack of an idea really sunk them as far as I could see. But I do like the idea of the new palmtop - and am likely to buy one.

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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Re: 'We pride ourselves on being a leader in managing and protecting data'

I notice that as of 18.00 UK time, equifax uk is still offline! Hmmm -

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Get out the popcorn

In the case of your CC company - they are ultimately responsible for at least the refund. Obviously it gets murkier with Amazon - but they have listed the goods. If they don’t have validation on quality and it fails and hurts someone then yes, they should be responsible. Otherwise they are taking all of the advantages of size, tax breaks etc.. with none of the responsibility

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Re: It is worth it, you just have to try it...

I agree. I understand the potential issues about privacy - whether intruded on by Nest (Google) or simple network monitoring.Having an extremely irregular schedule, as well as complications such as a couple of wood burning stoves and a somewhat peculiarly insulated house (a melage of building styles, restricted modification due to listing) and very variable occupancy with family, the Nest (or rather two of them) devices have made life a lot easier than the other controller on the market when I purchased it.

Costs are about 16% down on my previous regime - but with a much higher level of comfort and flexibility.

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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We imagine the people wearing it won't care: as long as it keeps them alive

While above is one end of the spectrum :-) I would imagine that keeping them at a good working temperature and dry is rather important. I believe that venting heat and managing humidity are issues for the human body in a space suit.

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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

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NSA - the gift that keeps on giving....

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Trapped under ice with no oxygen for months, goldfish turn to booze. And can you blame 'em?

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Re: "For those of you reading this..."

Police warned of a craze for boozy ice lollies during a local heatwave in Britain (doesn't happen very often

http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/news-in-brief/alcoholic-ice-lollies-create-driving-risk-warn-police

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: "to defend against this"

I see your 12 bore shotgun and raise you the 4 bore

And I'll raise you a "punt gun" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2NUCJOYRE8 -2 or even 1 bore monsters - 50+ ducks in a go.

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You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

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Re: GNU TERRY PRATCHETT

I seem to remember that Crassus came to a sticky end - with his head used as decoration by the Parthians(?)

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Slacking off? ICO probe throws up concerns over instant messaging

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To be fair, just like Clinton (in the US) amongst others and Gove plus gawd nows how many other politicians in the UK.

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Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

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or 900 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza

as an aside - is this an extension of el Reg standards?

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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Re: Trust Google's ad-blocker...

So do you not expect Google to retain tracking code on their/their advertiser's behalf? No thanks, in the words of a previous commentard "noad ublock"

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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Re: Telegraph

A spokesman for His Royal Highness said "Bloody Tory Rag"

"Bloody Socialist Rag"

TFTFY

And then called for his whip and a horse....

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Zuck sucks up upstart Ozlo so it can stop sucking at chatbots

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Re: Chatbot AI

A Turing Halting problem?

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Petition calls for Adobe Flash to survive as open source zombie

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Re: Please, No!

So record all of the possible permutations and combinations separately, and edit them together into a different format of media with the necessary links? It should be possible with HTML5...

And while you have solved the combinatorial explosion you will move on to the Halting problem?

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Everything you never knew about mail: The Postal Museum opens

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Pentacycle

I assume one of these bizarre beauties? https://postalheritage.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/2010_0541front-e1432290221169.jpg

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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Re: Excellent HHGTG reference

I did that as well but found it difficult to read the small print

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Cellphone kill switches kill cellphone snatchers

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Re: Simple and effective

Well, they and others seem to have perfected the 'deliver a parcel' to mobile telephones that make Amazon drones look positively conservative.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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I for one welcome our new womanly overlord (got to say I have not the faintest idea who she is(

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Re: Accuracy is important.

Mansplaining I am told.

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Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

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Well Murdoch is not necessarily a Conservative supporter either - it depends on the tone they are taking towards his busineess. While the conservative party seem to have lost the plot recently (taling iona purely 'hang opn to power policy') I can't believe they are so silly as to actually *trust* him

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Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

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Re: Not much action in the female-chasing brain

Buy t notice how much effort they pull t into backing away...

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: "Electric vehicles are the obvious solution to that particular problem"

Your point on power is difficult to refute - well at the moment, and given government competence for a wee while to come. On the trailing wires, a program to install kerbside chargers might just work (confession, I have just applied to be allowed to do so outside my Edinburgh house - subsidised at the moment anyway).

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Good luck building a VR PC: Ethereum miners are buying all the GPUs

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Re: "Why would anyone need two graphics cards?"

I seem to remember that she had already tried the mainframe approach (a castle?)

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Re: As Rene Magritte might say

No one said that recognising a hot dog is for the purpose of selecting it - rejection is a very good motivation!

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Re: Apple's hypocritical

Because the comment was about Apple's software pricing/share model maybe?

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

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Re: My God! You're a machine!

It's when she starts taking an interest in our education that you have to start worrying - "hey Rex, I'm off to the vets to get tutored'

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

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Having bust the screen on my iPhone (OK....) before taking ti to be repaired at the local moderately cheap screen repairer I was careful to wipe the phone (not that any dodgy images I might have had would titillate anyone other than a landscape fetishist). I was very pleased to see them ask whether I had and suggest that if I had not I should do so and then bring it back. Now they might have been careful make them wary because of previous problems with their own staff (small), but I like to think that they were simply covering their (and their customers) backs.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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Re: Problem for Banks

Wull (as letters are required in a post) :-)

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Re: IPA Could Work ???

There is a lot to be said for no new law without repealing an existing one.

Much to be said for it - especially with much archaic (truly) British legislation that can be reinterpreted in new and often sinister (I use the terms carefully) ways. However as the recent 'repeal one bit of safety legislation, before we enact another 'Tory' approach, it does have problems.

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

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Though the force appears to have met its revised target of getting 14,000 machines running Windows 8.1 – 14,450 are now running the OS – another 2,458 are still running XP, 7, 8.1 and 10. These are said to not be networked, and police sysadmins are apparently unable to separate out which ones are running what.

A remarkable precise number for non networked PCs (and don't try to persuade me that their inventory is up to date)

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Re: Why?

You never know - they might include attempting to wrest a few shekels from people based in the UK hiding their funds overseas?

But maybe not - a step too far?

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Well unlikely for so many reasons, the first being that there is little chance they will ever be used operationally by the UK.

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Tory-commissioned call centres 'might have bent data protection laws'

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Re: To summarize

I think you will find they are remarkable similar. (I also have investments in companies that seem to pay no attention to their shareholders but do lionne to promote their execs chances at a gong)

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Don't get me wrong, I love committees - they're a great way of getting the troublemakers all in one place. A small office with a lockable door and inadequate fresh air supply for instance - or even just up against a heavily pockmarked wall...

Sheer brilliance and good tactical thinking as well.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Trondheim or Tromso?

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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Re: the Morissette Scale?

Actually, these days, its pretty much confirmed as having nothing to do with the Plague.

Ahh well another misconception shattered by people looking at the evidence!

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TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website

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Re: normally

I would mock people on talk talk, but I logged into my Zen account page for the first time in years and it says I'm on talk talk business. I've always had great service from Zen, but this worries me.

Where did you see this - my Zen account says nothing of the sort - but may be I am not looking in the right place?

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Re: Rule #1

Yes, another very happy Zen user here. Not the cheapest, but service is second to none (although I have not tried talk talk :-)

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US Air Force resumes F-35A flights despite not knowing why pilot oxygen systems failed

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Re: Procurement Choices and Pork

Not fair at all. While having no beef on the aircraft ugly!=effectiveness. Just look at the Warthog.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Well I appreciate both the daily rate (short term contracts - often only a few day but extremely well paid) and the fact that I can take my expenses (considerable) off my tax bill - both reasonable. I did recently refuse (it was subsequently re-offered) on a short government analytics contract where they wanted to put my on IR35 for 7 working days.

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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Happy

Let us assume we have a certain amount of money to spend on the issue, which essentially can be converted into putting people into isolation, quarantine and/or providing good separation between arbitrarily sized groups in the community (i.e. building walls and guarding access-gates). Plus further testing beyond the initial screen.

Ahh you don't fool me - I've seen all of the Zombie films and the inevitable consequence of locking them out....

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Re: "How can you possibly do statistics on a guess!?"

Well conspiracy aside, the Grauniad is not exactly filled with joy about the prospect Corbyn (not that I am either - Hobson's choice to some extent) and a lot of the pieces they have published have been somewhat ignorant of facts and statements.

Labour give an impression about being equally gung-ho (if a little reserved on a few issues) on cutting or ties with Europe as a number of the hard-liners in the Conservative party.

And I say that with regret - we have just achieved a larger European-based workforce (OK by 1 it is a small workforce) than UK.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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Re: In half the espionage thrillers of the 1970s and 80s...

Except he is not exactly sleeping (except maybe on the job)

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