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* Posts by paulc

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

paulc

Re: While were at it....

"especially if he is one of most who do not stick to the prescribed 1m from the curb and then get all self righteous when somebody only leaves them a "door's width" (i.e. as much as you would leave if overtaking a car) of space when overtaking them."

prescribed distance of 1m? Nope, no prescribed distance... two positions, Secondary and Primary.

I take the Primary position when it is not safe for your to even attempt to overtake me and relax back to Secondary when I DEEM it to be safe enough for you to overtake me.

Why do cyclists ride in the middle of the road?

Watch this video which explains it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htZMbiCRNT0

also this web article:

https://www.regit.cars/car-news/cyclists-why-do-they-ride-in-the-middle-of-the-road_62617

I would suggest to you that you go and download a copy of the current Highway Code and re-familiarise yourself with the contents and not with the muddled made-up rules in your head.

There have been a lot of changes since you probably threw it away after 'passing' your test...

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paulc

Re: While were at it....

"At the same time, you get so uppity that somebody is in your way when it's a faster vehicle that will be gone and out of your way and waste far less of your time than you would of theirs?"

faster only over the short distance between the back of each queue....

average speed of motor traffic is now slower than horse and cart days...

meanwhile, people on bicycles can maintain a much higher average speed by means of filtering...

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Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

paulc

"This is no surprise, of course, as it's the same on every platform known to man. The new version is slower than the old"

nope... not with Linux. My Mint LXDE has been getting faster and uses less RAM with each update...

Now Firefox... that gets slower and uses more RAM though with each update...

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

paulc

Numpties

"Officials from one squadron said that the troubleshooting data are sometimes insufficient to pinpoint the issue with the aircraft, which can lead the maintainer to remove a component, order a new part from the contractor, and subsequently find that the new part does not fix the issue—a scenario that is both inefficient and costly."

numpties... swap it with a known good item and see if the fault goes away...

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

paulc

"They just install warning beacons around our system announcing: Warning! Terrans!"

I'm pretty sure our inane television broadcasts are warning enough...

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paulc

Re: The stuff of life found everywhere

"Heck, even Barack 'no pulse' Obama slipped thru!"

but Barry inhaled... as that was the point...

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

paulc

Tornadoes diverting

almost every Friday one or two Tornado GR1s from Honington would divert for a snag that mysteriously vanished when the groundcrew got to Newcastle airport to rectify it and have the dubious honour of spending the weekend guarding it until the aircrew, who conveniently happened to have friends or cirlfriends living close to Newcastle, returned on Monday morning to fly it back to Honington.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

paulc

$50

"yet if trailer had had $50 of bars welded to it,everybody would have been fine."

nope... far more expensive than $50

https://www.nationwide-trailer-parts.co.uk/collections/side-guard-systems-hgv-trailer

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

paulc

clicking that link gives me this:

"Your connection is not secure

The owner of web.archive.org has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website."

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

paulc

Re: Not the Internet?

" and if you print handbills or a secret newspaper then the printer puts the date, time, and probably place of printing on every pages in nearly-invisible ink (pale yellow). "

why the downvotes? This is true...

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

paulc

Re: Ho hum

I was on the commissioning team for the GCHQ doughnut... redundancy was taken very seriously there...

the building does not run directly off the mains supply, instead, the mains was used to drive motor-generators to provide a very stable supply and in the event of a power cut, diesel motors would start up to drive the motor-generators instead...

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

paulc

Re: There's so much here...

>For example a VW made in Germany might be sorta OK but the ones made in Mexico can go all out Carrie on you.

they will do as they are built to different standards, the Mexican built one will most likely have far less crash resistance and no doubt no rust proofing either.

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paulc

Re: amazinbg how long Marham is remaining

>Pray explain? Either you're implying that the US want to bomb Sandringham, or that they are protecting it.

The Queen has a residence at Sandringham... Sandringham is close to Marham, the royals use Marham as their own personal airfield, flying in and out frequently.

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paulc

amazinbg how long Marham is remaining

The only reason for it's continued existence is purely down to being close to Sandringham...

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

paulc

Re: How does Apple make money from Uber?

"because you are dealing directly with the driver of the cab."

you may be given one route for which you are charged, but the driver gets given another route for which he is paid

both of you get stiffed... you are charged for a longer route and he/she is paid for a shorter route...

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

paulc
WTF?

WTF? Backups?

why didn't they simply restore from a backup?

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

paulc

"so we're still using the 'Super'Hub as a router :("

I just hung my own router off theirs after changing the passwords on theirs and turning off wifi...

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paulc

Re: And they claim to be the land of the free

"If the ISP supplies your modem and network switch, they know which PC in the house is doing it"

not mine... all my traffic goes through my own router before it hits their modem... my router, running decent firmware that I trust...

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

paulc

Re: six squares ?

fold the square into four, tear the folded corner and retain, unfold the square, put finger through the hole in the middle, wipe orifice with finger, use the square wit wipe off the finger... and the important bit... use the retained torn off corner to clean under the fingernail.

that's how I remember we were to maximise the use of the paltry few squares of Izal we got each in a 24 hour ration pack...

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RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

paulc

Problem with online like Amazon is

that too often it is coming from China on what seems like a slow boat...

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

paulc

Re: Sales

Microsoft moved their German HQ to Munich?

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

paulc

''If they'd built late delivery penalties into the contract and set delivery milestones we'd know exactly when the ship would be delivered. But no, typical MOD incompetence when specifying a contract.''

currently working on one contract with a foreign air force where there are late delivery penalties applicable and if we deliver it too late (unless there are extreme mitigating circumstances) they get it for free...

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

paulc

Quick Googling gives pictures...

of the actual object, not Hoags Object

http://phys.org/news/2017-01-extremely-rare-galaxy.html

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paulc

Re: Space is awesome

>The odds must be properly astronomical.

well with a big enough universe...

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

paulc

Re: Security by melting?

not hard enough...

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

paulc

Car interiors get hot in the sun...

batteries don't like heat...

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

paulc

I would consider GIT to be

an even bigger contribution to the software world...

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

paulc

Mirosoft's biggest mistake...

was not providing the windows desktop on top on Linux...

had they done so, they'd have cleaned up and Ubuntu/Mint would not have gained any traction...

pointy heads would have been going , 'yes, let's use that Microsoft Linux'...

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NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

paulc

Re: 'All The Mod Cons'

water is more use than Lead... you can drink it and recycle it...

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

paulc

Re: Patch incoming in... 3,2,1

about device on my Galaxy S5 gives kernel version 3.10.61

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

paulc

Re: So why do I prefer linux mint ?

Mint hasn't succumbed to some of the Gnome stupidity that Ubuntu did...

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

paulc
WTF?

So it's not 'eyesafe' then?

n/t

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

paulc

One of these days...

For critical commands, they'll introduce having to have two different accounts logged in to issue them, one to invoke it, the other to approve it...

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Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

paulc

Re: Desktop productivity

you may have to sideload it and use a bluetooth GPS dongle...

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

paulc

Re: New Win7 install

"The only gotcha on Win7 installs at the moment is that you need the MS fix for stalled Windows updates (it just spends hours looking for updates). Once the fix is installed, things are back to normal and things are fine. Other than that it all still easy as anything."

tried that fix... didn't seem to do anything...

anyway, that laptop is getting Linux on it this weekend...

The new desktop box is remaining off until Saturday when the free offer is over... I've decided that Win& Pro is perfectly fine especially when I do most of my browsing ec. using Linux in VirtualBox...

The old Linux desktop is going to become an NAS/Media Server... hiding 'headless' behind the TV stand. Give it a fixed IP and control it remotely.

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paulc

It's not working...

Get Windows 10 claims my laptop is compatible, but after clicking on the icon, it's just not giving me the pop-up when the download is ready...

Never mind... I shall probably wipe the laptop and stick the latest Linux Mint on it and just run a copy of windows 7 in VirtualBox...

Now tonight is the laptop's last chance before wiping it...

Tonight I will see if the desktop box will be upgradable from Win 7 Pro...

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

paulc
IT Angle

unknown aircraft

"trailed by a second aircraft the video below doesn't identify"

looks like the US version of our Canberra...

Martin B-57

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

paulc
Black Helicopters

Obviously the TLA agencies have

something better now for penetrating and owning targets?

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Speaking in Tech: Pokemon – the internet spills over into real life

paulc
Meh

as usual, transcripts would help...

some of us are mutt and jeff...

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

paulc

How the heck is the silly woman going to enforce this mandatory age verification when the vast majority of grumble sites are not in this country?

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

paulc

Re: Extensive delay in return of computers is SOP by PC Plod. Usually the items are also broken...

wouldn't work for reasons already mentioned...

They have special means of keeping computers powered up while transporting them to their lair... they even have boxes called mouse jigglers to prevent screensavers kicking and then requiring a password.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

paulc
WTF?

Re: Wine to the rescue!

I have Corel Paintshop Pro X4 (v14) at work and it's now started nagging me to upgrade...

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

paulc

Re: Harriers

A vertical landing makes for much sense when landing on a ship rolling about at sea.

it's going to have to be a very strong sea state to start rocking those babies about enough to interfere with the landings... and in that sea state, the wind will be too strong for flying anyway...

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Win 10 has Update date

paulc

When will it be safe to

take my laptop out of Flight Mode?

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

paulc

Re: There's an old saying

Stop giving Microsoft money

then the problem will solve itself.

problem is that Microsoft has billions still to burn before they finally fold

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

paulc

Re: No backup, no commiseration.

they were 'backing up' to dropbox but the infected laptop was overwriting good files in dropbox with encrypted ones

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

paulc
Mushroom

fscking yank patents...

anything that mentions 'plurality' or attempts to patent an algorithm or flowchart (i.e. mathematics) should be void... same as anything that does xxx but on yyy should be void...

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paulc

Re: @Steve the Cynic

unless the Government loses a supply bill or a fails to survive a vote of confidence... sadly, there's too many Blairites who will scupper that...

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

paulc

Re: Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

*/ This works, but we don't know why /*

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

paulc

still there in Google Play...

doesn't appear to have been taken down at all

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