* Posts by dank_army

12 posts • joined 13 Feb 2017

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech


Before reaching the Twitter post in the article I was expecting to see a white van with "acme laundry co." written on the side - not a huge green van with latest camera tech stuck on top like a fucking fairy on a Christmas tree.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m



We are in the age of crowd-fund-my-pointless-hairdryer-on-wheels-that-also-makes-coffee era. I would have thought they'd get at least half that cash in a few days.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Sorry chaps I don't buy it - a software update causing global issues? Smells like a hack to me.

Microsoft makes a dip in the Azure Cosmos DB pool just a bit more tempting with another price drop


Last time I played with Cosmos it wasn't as expensive as cited in the article. And 400 RU was the minimum. I'm not sure where they got 10,000 from

Break out the jelly and ice cream! Microsoft's Small Basic turns 10



I think the point is to teach kids the concepts of programming rather than bring hung up on what language they write in. How many new "languages" are around these days compared to 10 years ago? When these kids get to work age - what's the programming scene going to look like then?

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid



So like the environmentalist who owns and drives an electric car on the week days - but owns and drives a range rover V8 at the weekends.

Completely, utterly, pointless

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update



So cutting edge surface 2 laptops costing £2.5k (512gb/16gb ram) using i7 processors and still no fing usb c???

Also slightly worrying they've omitted the surface book imagery from all their latest media ads from that event. Shelved? Or they planning to release some new shiny model costing £5k still with no usb c support.

The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting


SIM card?

Do people actually use these things anymore? Especially with win10 being on the device pulling God knows what in the background. I'd be paranoid as hell on how much my data bill ending up at the end of the month. Last time I tethered my laptop win10 decided to pull a 5gb update - thanks very much.

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores


The first status update was 12:35 UTC - ms updates every 4 hours

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home


Not happened to me, but...

Alexa will occasionally chime in on family conversations because she thinks she's heard her name. Perhaps she heard someone by mistake?

Although recently we think ours has selective deafness..

Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea


Well done Branson

If he is investing to bring this tech to the UK then this is amazing. It's exactly what this country needs - something completely bonkers - countries around the world will be talking about this for years. Think about the PR opportunities for the UK.

Perfectly timed for post-brexit - because frankly we're fucked - and anything which keeps the world talking about us cannot be a bad thing. Forget the HS2 (yawn)

Kids these days will never understand the value of money


Don't agree

"good accounting" (as you're article opens with) - is all about itemising and tracking where you've spent (and received) money. This doesn't work if your cash is floating in the back pocket of your jeans or you lose £2 down the side of your sofa.

I *hate* cash - I/my wife take £20 out of the bank if we asked each other at the end of the month where that money was spent 9/10 I couldn't tell you. At least if it's an obscure transaction (I buy 9 toilet rolls from Ebay) it will show up on my bank statement in some kind of memory-jogging way.

What lacks are decent mobile banking apps - Nationwide banking app for instance doesn't even show you the account balance on a particular day - just what you've spent/received - I have no idea (at a glance) when I'm draining my account or go overdrawn without logging onto my laptop.

Needs an app where all the banks can feed your statement data into realtime - business banking has this been doing this for years into accounting software (albeit with a long import delay).

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