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2156 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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Re: Still need that "killer app" ?

My son wears a watch - ordinary for school, waterproof Timex for Scouts etc.

It doesn't help him look to his mobile because its a huge smartphone (Moto 5)

I don't wear a watch because I got out of the habit when working in laboratories and with strong magnets in mass spectrometry.

What I'd like to see in a smart watch is a basic information I get off the top line of my mobile - time, date and the alerts that come up. Not really a smartwatch but more a dumb repeater so I don't have to fish my phone from my pocket each time it goes ping.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: Diplomat?

"specialising in psyops" which he conveniently published in book form so other people could learn about them.

Perhaps 'diplomatic' refers to being a member of the Foreign Policy Association, or being confidant of Chiang Kai Sek

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: Blakes7 Internet Federation

You listened to the audio remake though didn't you.

http://www.b7media.com/audio/blakes-7/blakes-7-audio-adventures/

And the Big Finish audio dramas

https://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released/blake-s-7

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Healthcare regulations should mean devices have to be thoroughly tested and validated. Full stop.

I don't see how that affects what a device manufacturer chooses to develop next, or when it chooses to do so.

Should a licenced device manufacturer find out a device has been hacked and it's performance has been changed affecting patient safety, then that would fall under the "vigilance" part of a manufacturers obligations. eg

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/medical-devices-guidance-for-manufacturers-on-vigilance

So are scanners etc being let off the hook by not being licenced like heart valves, glucose test strips, scales, treadmills etc or are manufacturers just keeping their fingers crossed.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Re: Wittertainment

My Windows tablet took hardly any time to run the April update.

That was once I'd attached some external storage to give it room to do the job.

When I say hardly any time, I mean it did take some time but not a really long time.

Because on the reboot it decided something was stopping changes to C:/ and then rolled back.

At least I think that's what the error code meant.....

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Obligatory SF reference to scan locks

"Anybody authorized to go through the gate has a physio-psycho pattern registered in the central computer... When he wants to go through, this scans him and feeds the reading back to the computer. All you've got to do is intercept the feedback from the computer. Now, you stand in front and I'll press the scan button. Retrieval system, no record, refusal signal, now." [ the gate swings open]

Mines the one next to a 1970s plastic cool box.

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Zamak

It was structurally crap when used for the door handles and window winders on British cars of the 60s and 70s, and it is today.

I'll admit the poor quality of chroming probably had something to do with it but I remember the way it would corrode blistering off the remaining chrome.

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Re: "My keychain has 2 sizes each ..."

A phrase matched by "is anything known?" at the end of the subsequent trial.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Or the Line Out on the 30pin connector.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Well

Snails are fish for some regulations regarding trade, well fancy that.

Are you acquainted with freshwater snails?

Apparently some people eat them.

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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Unusual territory for the Telegraph

I'd have expected it to be the Sun or Daily Mail that would take up this "Won't somebody think of the children" campaign to improve circulation counter social media pernicious effects.

In all seriousness, I don't think The Telegraph has a history of campaigning on any subject, let alone one like this which you would think could raise some cross-party support from both sides of Fleet Street.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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A coincidence

But on my way whom a colleague contacted me to say they couldn't reach a fileserver which happens to be W2003.

Now colleague is on Win7Pro and they haven't installed any updates (because in a hunt for free space on another server, a third party IT provider deleted the WSUS db thereby knocking out any new updates)

But this is a good spur to replace the 2003 server.

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WikiLeaks took 10 days to reject Cambridge Analytica's US emails bid, says Tricksy Nixy

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I think he overlooks that by claiming he was manipulated during the undercover filming it means that he is not actually a sophisticated businessman at the top of his game (as he might like to think) but an privately educated dolt who is an easy mark for a journalist.

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: "A ship in port is safe. But that's not what ships are built for"

Driving a couple of battleships up and down the Med on the off-chance of meeting some Italian warships would

1) use up lots of fuel, not just the battleships but the escorting screen as well

2) expose the ships to air attack (and not long after we taught them about Taranto)

3) lack focus in application of effort to achieving strategic or tactical goals

The battleships sortied from Gibraltar and Alexandria when they were needed to cover convoys headed to resupply Malta.

And as to the Grand Fleet in WWI, and Home Fleet in WWII, you do understand what a "distant blockade" is, don't you?

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Are ICANN going to play "legitimate interest" card

Because among the reasons under Lawful basis you can give for processing Personal information within GDPR is "legitimate interest"

It's less box-ticky than contract, opt-in permission, etc but if you can frame the processing correctly then you're in.

As ICO puts it "It is likely to be most appropriate where you use people’s data in ways they would reasonably expect and which have a minimal privacy impact, or where there is a compelling justification for the processing"

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Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

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Try and catch it out by asking it how the local sports team is doing?

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: "written at the height of the Cold War by a veteran with a fascism fetish."

But it's got Denise Richards. And Doogie Howser.

And Michael Ironside.

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Re: Dune

Many machines on Ix.

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Re: Dune

No. You're not the only one

There's some wonderful imagery in it. (Though that said, I find Metropolis has lovely imagery but is rather long and not that exciting.) Given the size of the novel, and the depth of the content (discourses into lifecycle of the sandworms, scheming to produce the Kiswach Haderach etc) it was never going to transfer into a condensed film format but the film gives a sense of the depth of the milleau and gives you the opportunity to remember the general flavour of the book without having to dedicate the hours needed to read it through again.

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Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor

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Headline

One of your best yet.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: At least

technically a so-very-dark-blue-as-to-appear-black but nowhere like the blue we are likely to get.

At one level switching to 'blue' passports will be a useful thing. At European entry points the border control will see us coming at a distance and be able to put on a sympathetic so-you-went-through-all-that-for-a-different-colour-piece-of-card face.

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No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

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Modular versus non-modular

If things can be built in say 10 tonne lumps and assembled in space then a number of "smaller" and cheaper launchers makes sense.

But are there things that might want to be put in orbit that can't be modular (because eg either the underlying structure is too big, or assembly in orbit isn't practical because of the complexity)?

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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Re: The BBC

I did

the timestamp "9 hours ago"

'Cheating may have swayed Brexit poll - Christopher Wylie'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43558876

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Follows old adage...

"Rush" is a cracking good film in my opinion.

Makes F1 look as exciting and dangerous as it seemed at the time.

And the old cars gave me a dose of nostalgia - but then I was always a sucker for the paint job of the Lotus John Player Special.

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

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Re: Submarine palaces for marine fauna

Not sure if it was quite what you meant but Sir Galahad was hit inshore by bombs dropped by Skyhawks and caught fire but did not sink. More similarity with Ark Royal in WWII. Where you thinking of Atlantic Conveyor?

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"every air to air kill by UK forces since WW2 has been by a subsonic aircraft"

But how many wars have we been in with supersonic aircraft against an enemy airforce since WWII

Korea - transonic

Suez - transonic, barely a war

Malaya - no air force

Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation - no supersonic fighters

Falklands - no supersonic aircraft available

Gulf War - not on fighter aircraft duty

Afghanistan - no air force

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Did we not buy the licence with [Microsoft] "Software Assurance" ?

Bit of an oversight.

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Leaning tower of NASA receives last big arm

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Prime TV opportunity

"swinging away at launch in a manner that will delight those nostalgic for the old Saturn V."

And if there's no one at NASA thinking of recreating a similar shot to those Saturn V launches, then they need a new media team...

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Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

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I once bought a PVR (Daewoo brand. Yep surprised me too) from Jessops online presence.

Quite a good machine at the time and best price around. Served me well for quite a while before being supplanted by Mrs L's Skybox

Reminds me I ought to open it up and see if there's any residual use in the hard drive before sending it to recycle.

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Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

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Reasons for visiting a physical store

1) the stuff is not available on the internet

2) the stuff is something you really need to look at before you buy - bed, sofa, car

3) the staff are key to the selection process

4) buying across internet is otherwise impracticable - DIY materials (pots of paint, length of 2 by 4)

5) browsing is fun (allegedly) - garden centres etc

6) I need it now!

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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Re: Which Idiot of Designer?

I have exactly that sort of machine (a Dell OptiPlex "designed" for office use) sat beside me and occasionally I nudge the power button with my knee. Fortunately this is set to initiate a hibernation rather than shutdown.

I have experimented with putting some of those flippy lid button covers over the switch - held on with double sided tape due to location at the top corner of the front bezel. Short of dismantling the front and getting busy with glue and screws the fix is far from permanent.

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Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

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Re: How do the NOIs appear in the accounts?

Or what if Ed phoned Spotify HQ and said 'what about these performance payments?'

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Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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Re: You'll never get me up in one of those things

Think less of the wings hanging off two fuselages joined together by a central section and instead think more of the fuselages hanging from the wing which runs from tip to tip. And the engines are on the wing not off the fuselage(s)

Twin boom aircraft have been around for years. The Germans stuck two He 111 bombers together in order to tow their largest gliders. Not a great success as still couldn't get enough power but principle not new.

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Vaping on the NHS? Don't hold your breath

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Re: I found it stupidly easy to 'give up' with vapes.

CCGs have limits on their formularies to minimize prescription expenditure on the less efficacious drugs and get more bang for the buck. And although getting people of cigs is beneficial in cutting health expenditure down the line they are still focussed on the here and now.

I note also that a weeks supply of patches is about £9 while the patient contribution to a prescription is £8.60. And that smoking cessation services seems to be delivered under public health rather than directly by GPs thought GPs may be contracted as part of the service.

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Re: Regulatory approval

That does make sense. Why should tobacco company invest all that effort if the consumer device is allowed anyway. There's no advantage in a pharma grade device to retail in Boots if your competition is discounted in a petrol station shop.

Pharma could produce nicotine replacement patches, sprays, and lozenges because they were already skilled in the delivery systems and the paperwork.

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Regulatory approval

Suspect tobacco industry gave up trying to get something approved under pharma regulations due to all that red tape around proving safety and efficacy.

Plus dossiers on ingredients, showing GMP and GDP and the requirements for pharmacovigilance

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Well at least

Norwich has two Maplin's. The city centre one which is fairly small floor size and feels like a place a human would fit in. And an out of town one next to PC world, curry's, a carpet shop etc. which is one of those places which is warehouse height inside and seems utterly unwelcoming.

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US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

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Jurisdictional question

Although Alphabet may tell SEC that their financials are too complex to explain, do they give the same story to the IRS if they come asking?

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Did somebody say Brexit? Cambridge Analytica grilled: Brit MPs' Fake News probe

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A quick looksee suggests that Select Committees can exert a fair bit of pressure, mostly though the 'court of public opinion' to get witnesses to attend hearings. A touch of the 'what have you got to hide' about it perhaps.

Their opinions are not subject to judicial challenge and there is no redress if for instance a committee produces a report based on evidence given before it to the extent that Business X is a crook, or Politician Y is a charlatan with the effect that X or Y finds their reputation and livelihood ruined.

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Pointing the finger - away.

"drafted by a slightly overzealous PR consultant..."

This the same guy who moonlights as the one rogue software engineer at other organisations?

As to correcting the record on this matter after misreported, no doubt evidence could be furnished of subsequent press releases.... Or not?

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Ayyy-EYE! Google code 'predicts heart disease' by eyeballing retinas

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The system compared retina images with medical records.

Which makes me think the condition was already noted in the patient before the retina image was taken?

The trick is to identify the condition from the retina before the doctor notices it, not after. Which would require photographing a large number of volunteers, seeing which ones the system assessed as possibly having CV issues and then checking their BP etc and comparing.

Having looked at the paper, I see that predicted vs actual mmHg looks like quite a bad correlation (ie a fuzzy cloud not on the slope) That major adverse cardiac events is AUC of 0.70 which is "fair" not "good" match

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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Windows 10 mobile may still be out there and in support, but where do I get an affordable Win 10 mobile from to replace my Lumia 640?

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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And if you wanted another one, you'd already know where to get it from.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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So Old Nosey was there 15 years early, Give the man some credit for forward thinking.

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The United Kingdom has been committed to defending Belgium since - well a long while.

Such as Wellington plonking his Euro Army between Napoleon and Brussels delaying the Frenchman long enough for Wellington's major European partner Blucher to turn up.

And of course UK is leaving (possibly) the EU but not NATO.

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: classic!

Did you ever encounter the 3-inch floppy as used in Amstrad computers?

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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Re: Bletchley Park Trust busy spinning

I think I read that it's also partly the case that TNMOC are the better fit to look after and maintain the Bombe as a functioning item.

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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Franchise size

Original

4 Sequels

2 TV series

reboot

3 more films

but no mention of the cartoon episode with the musical ?

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The Book

" The story is actually told from the perspective of sentient apes but we don't know that until the story ends"

Now I'm sure I read the book when I was in my early teens but damned if I remember that. Perhaps I read Bridge on the River Kwai instead.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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See what you mean. Elon putting plenty of cultural references into the mix it seems.

(first bit of that film I've seen since as a teenager a triple bill I attended at my local cinema mid 80s - lineup was Heavy Metal, Led Zeppelins The Song Remains the Same, and Woodstock.)

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