* Posts by Steevee

21 posts • joined 29 Sep 2018

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


Re: Touch screens

I recall that the hot-shot pilot in ST:Voyager deliberately built a heavy-duty shuttle/scout/fighter with manual controls and analogue displays because (a) he was a vintage technology buff and (b) he preferred the feel and feedback of the controls over the touch-screens they used everywhere else in the 24th Century.

Researchers peer into crystal ball to see future where everyone's ID is tied to their smartphone


Re: Brainwashing campaign

In my world as an engineer, the phrase "for your convenience" is second only to "can you just...?" as a cause of excessive tooth wear by grinding.

BT staffers fear new mums could be hit disproportionately by car allowance change


I had a "car allowance" as part of my pay package while working for a company in London. They just automatically gave you the money, and when I asked what would happen if I wanted an actual car, they were a little surprised, as 99% of staff took the money, then applied to general travel costs such as season tickets. In fact the only person I ever met there who did go for the car option, was a young lad who cleverly used the system for the insurance (included in the deal), AND build his NCD at the same time.

In the living room, can Google Home hear you SCREAM? Well, that's what you'll need to do


Re: Scream


<Google turns sound off>


Ex-student, 52, suing university for AU$3m after PhD rejection destroyed 'sex drive'


I'm doing my Masters right now with the OU, and plagiarism is still considered a big no-no. With the advent of the internet, and advances in other computing technologies, they actually have the capability to map your work against almost everything else, just to see if you have claimed someone else's idea as your own.

Dedicated techie risks life and limb to locate office conference phone hiding under newspaper


Re: ALL my calls from shouty men

Nope, when someone uses the word "disappointed" in the manner of your mother, that's when you know your're in trouble.

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant


Re: Why has it been made so difficult?

The irony is that they still have to have staff covering these auto tills (not many, usually a rate of one staff per dozen tills) because, as Mr Dobbs article points out, the bloody things never work properly!


Re: new sign

We had a similar sign in our toilets: "Please do not put solids down the urinal"

I took it to be a Jem'Hadar joke.

Lip-reading smart speakers: Just what no one always wanted


"Brilliant. These jaw rattling devices will be cutting edge and cool, so hipsters will want them for about 5 minutes until everyone has them, at which point we'll be right back to the analog vs digital debate and headphones will become retro chic."

I think the hipster's greatest problem will be how a computer can read facial muscles through a thick, lush beard.

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door


Re: Hope they win!

I would have thought that key-fobs were almost ubiquitous by now, the apartment complex i used to live in (and was on the governing board of too) had them starting in the late 90's for all the obvious advantages; they can be added or removed from the system at will, a tenant can buy extra ones as they need, and the cost of replacing them if an ex-tenant fails to hand them back is no more than replacing a single key. And of course hotels have been using the advantages of key-cards for as long as they have been around, for much the same reasons.

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits


Well, the problem is that these cold-callers are constantly tweaking their practices to fool both you and the ICO. First they tried to not give their number at all, but then we the public cottoned onto this and started ignoring unknown numbers.

Then they pretended to be a "real" number, usually a London one, but these could quickly be blocked, so they moved to a system where the (virtual) number they called you from would increment slightly. For a time last year, my wife and I were both plagued by London numbers that had the same first seven digits, but unfortunately phones can only block specific numbers, not a range of numbers.

However these numbers were all apparently in London (0203 usually), so if, as even my dear old Mum pointed out, you don't know anyone in London, you will end up simply ignoring anything with 020 at the beginning. So now they've moved onto pretending to be from other geographical areas. I've had cold calls supposedly from Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Leicester, and recently two from Leeds; they can also mimic mobile numbers too. I can't ignore any number I don't know because I'm desperately job hunting, and it might just be the break I'm needing. You're right about the ICO needing to deal with these clowns, because it's clear from their tactics that they are devious, malicious, and putting great effort into bypassing the letter and spirit of the law.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'


Re: In Harm's Way ..

Thinking about it, wouldn't an unmanned drone be especially useful in the Wild Weasel mission? Give the bad guys something expendable to shoot at so the manned fighter can HARM the heck out of them?

MPs tear 'naive' British Army a new one over Capita recruitment farce


Re: brexit

You do know that the Beeb used Crapita for their recruitment needs at Salford? I know 'cos i went through their wonderous process: 2000 job vacancies in the hands of social science graduates, who think "getting close to the sources of power in your department" (i.e. sucking up to the boss) is more important than, oh I don't know, an actual degree in broadcast engineering.

And no, I'm not making this up.


Re: Spotted the problem?


Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Yes, you are waaaay off topic, but since you’re here.

We have NOT had 2 referenda on being part of the EU, we had a say on the matter 40 years ago about joined a trading bloc called the EEC, nothing more. If we had known then (I use the proverbial “we”, personally I was still in cloth nappies at the time) what we were signing up to, would we have still voted yes?

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary



I had a similar experience only last year. My first name is common enough (though with multiple options for spelling), my surname definitely is not, so while I use the usual firstname.surname@provider.co(m) format for my email I’ve never had any mistaken identity emails. One day I had what appeared to be spam email from a local government associated charity, asking me to get in touch following my meeting with them. I had never even heard of this organisation, let alone been to see them, but they were based in the town about five miles from where I live, so I was both intrigued and concerned that I had received “spam” that was so close to my real-world details.

I looked up the charity, got in touch by phone, and it soon became clear that they were genuine (they help people get being into work), and that they honestly believed I had popped into one of their branch offices at a high street area even closer to my home, a mere mile and a half away! I clarified that I did go to this shopping area all the time, but wouldn’t be looking for any assistance from them as I am fully employed, not to mention about twice the age of the young man they were expecting to speak to. During the conversation I was asked to confirm that my email was x.y@z.co.uk, and when I replied that my email was almost that, but ended in .com not .co.uk, we found the source of the miscommunication; a simply typo.

But this then led to the realisation that out there, very, very close to where I now live, there is a young man, with the exact same spelling of first and last names, and with the same email provider no less. Spooky.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish


Re: Robot?

I WAS going to look up Megurine Luka, but was worried it wouldn't be safe for work


Re: #7 - "AI"

Ahhh, so it's the "digital TV aerial" for the next decade then.....

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password


Re: Don't look at the man behind the curtain ...

I recently treated the missus to a trip to Dublin, but in order to get out of the airport and enjoy the craic, we first we had to pass through their "eGates". For those unfamiliar with the particular model used in Dublin airport, they are booths with glass doors front and rear, have one small photocopier like scanner that sucks in your face-down passport to take a memory of that, before a post mounted camera jigs up and down to match your eye-level and take a shot of your baffled and travel-weary fizzog.

As we were queuing up, we could could hear lots of mumbling about "these bloody gates", and how they never work, but I went through without any palaver. However, when my wife tried, using a passport that is a few years younger and ratrher less dog-eared than mine, it wouldn't let her past, nor would it let her go back. The screen simply kept telling her to try again, repeatedly. We were less than six feet from an elevated booth containing bored border guards, but non seemed to have noticed that movement through this supposedly high-speed, self-op facility had ground to a halt. In the end I had to go up to this booth, bang on the glass (I've seen The Fifth Element, I know how this could end), and politely ask the nice man if I could possibly get my wife back, as it was her birthday.

It's been said before, but travel security is nothing but theatre, implemented to try and make you feel safer, while simultaneously creating a market for expensive security hardware.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth


Re: I understand for the Coprophilia forums,....

Who are you to poo-poo someone's sense of humour?

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?


Re: never seems to taste the same?

I had the same thing when visiting friends in France....no electric kettle. It the same in the US too, they have an electric coffee machine, so why have a kettle too? Ended up boiling water in a pan on the stove to make tea. If I'd known that up front I could have taken my whistling camping kettle for the hob, or even just bought a cheap electric kettle from Argos to last the fortnight.

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