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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: Mistakes Happen

I should have said that they had only originally popped in to ask for directions to the video rental shop, they were sure it was nearby.

(...and that's how one of their hits came to be named. Yes - I know that early 1970's UK did not have video rental shops or that many video players either, but it was too good a line to waste.)

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Re: Mistakes Happen

Absolutely.

Many years ago (1970s/80s) my Dad had a carpet warehouse.

We had a job to supply and fit new carpets to a new-build house on a new estate while the owners were away on holiday before moving in when they got back.

They returned from holiday and asked where their carpets had got to.

“We fitted them.”

“Where are they then?”

It turned out that the builders had different plot numbers to the actual house numbers (WTF?), and we’d fitted it at the Plot number, not the House number.... Both houses were empty with it being a new estate, partially sold.

Luckily the correct house was almost identical in size and a trip to move the carpet and underlay was all that was needed... the Gripper-Rods stayed and they got new ones.....

While I'm at it, 1970's glam-rockers Sweet came in (at the height of their powers) and bought a load of carpet from us too (I don't think it was like Vic Reeves/Bob Mortimer's "Slade on Holiday" but would have been brilliant if it was!)

Steve

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A clean getaway

They made a clean getaway at least

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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Automatic Responses

...automatically respond to messages on their behalf"

Maybe missing the point, but isn't this a step too far?

If it's already responded to a message (i.e. more than just an Out-Of-Office!) then how does it inform me what it has done without introducing an additional step (which means I might as well have done it myself)?

Additionally what is this hardware device doing that an App/Bot running on a PC/phone/cloud service couldn't do without needing another device to carry around?

Coupled with the recent Palm phone companion device (and the Kyocera/DoCoMo device just announced) it seems that someone else has unfortunately beaten Rubin to it again.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Wire Tap

That would be a real wire tap...

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EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas

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Re: Helicopter emergency landing....

Autorotation is trained for by helicopter pilots - whether autorotate to ground or autorotate with power recovery.

In essence you trade rotor speed/inertia for lift just as you approach the ground and flare out. You have to have sufficient rotor speed for this, and in order to maintain this before reaching the ground you need to flatted out the rotor pitch using the collective pitch lever so that it effectively freewheels. Depending on the type you will either have a freewheel clutch or with most 2-stage turbines you don't need one as the rotor system is driven by the gas flow from the turbine itself rather than directly.

It is easier in some types with higher rotor inertia and in types with low intertia (primarily the Robinson R22/R44 and potentially R66) you have seconds to lower the collective before you have insufficient rotor speed any you plunge to fiery doom.

The Clutha crash was caused (after the induced fuel starvation) by there being insufficient inertia in the rotor system (due to rotor RPM decay) to maintain flight and cushion the landing.

Autorotations (out of necessity or training) are not an infrequent frequent occurrence in the helicopter world because the alternative is an uncontrolled descent - as a passenger - to flaming death.

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Autorotate to where?

In fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft, a controlled glide or autorotation needs to be initiated by the pilot, and a suitable landing site quickly identified.

One only has to look at the tragic Clutha incident to see what happens if this goes wrong over an urban environment.

The software challenges to deal with this situation in the case of automated air taxis will make the flight control systems seem easy. It will also lead to air lanes between fixed landing sites being enforced since then potential emergency sites can be kept on those routes.

There is no way that these will be permitted in densely-populated areas due to these risks. Helicopters are restricted in where they can fly over population centres, and twin-engines are mandated in most such cases (Clutha was a fuel management issue according to AAIB even though the machine had 2 engines).

I don’t see how the proponents of these devices can expect different treatment to existing aircraft as the risks are largely the same.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Re: All that's old...

Or the Nokia 8210

Both were teeny but great phones

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: Dirac shield

Yes - a bit like the Podkletknov gravity shielding at Tampere in the early 1990s.

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Re: Dirac shield

Base plate made of crystalline dilithium of course!

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: Giffen good?

Thank you @Charles9 and @Mycho - I last studied Economics in 1990, so the mists of time have muddied the waters of my mind (if I may illustrate why I did not study Poetry instead).

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Giffen good?

When I did Economics it was a Giffen good.

Is Veblen even more expensive? If so, I'll have 2!

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Re: Baloney

I think you may be confusing Cloud with Infrastructure as a service hosting.

AWS/Azure (and to a lesser extent Google) provide all kinds of platform/software as a service and serverless features.

They also provide a Government-only service which will already tick several of the DOD boxes.

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Re: Why not

...firstly because not everyone is on FaceBook...

..secondly would anyone want to have their passport etc. Indexes etc. On FaceBook’s platform?...

...thirdly...

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JAXA probe's lucky MASCOT plonks down on space rock Ryugu without a hitch

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Rumour

Rumours that MASCOT deployed a towel to its landing site 8 hours prior to actually landing are being denied by DLR sources.

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Location, location, location... technologies under the microscope

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Re: Location tracking

..and ambulance-chasers too, probably as you are being loaded in to the ambulance.

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Re: Bluetooth car keys

..but a bit of a pain if you lose/forget your phone while out and about.

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: Song Title - Missed Headline

Yes - as sung by Barry Kripke!

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Cleaners and lights

..and that, your honour, is why I was in the ladies' toilets in the dark. I rest my case.

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Re: She's gone and tidied up...

The cleaners have no access to our sensitive areas, we prefer to do them ourselves when required.

Ooh matron! Fnar, Fnar! etc.

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Re: Inadvertent Van de Graff generator

had little chains attached to them

...or they were nicked from Tesco's for £1 each

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Oracle: Go on, sign off on our exec pay packets. We've changed!

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...drawing up such a report "would be costly and time-consuming"...

Really...?

This does not cast Oracle's HR applications or BI tools - whether cloud or on-premise - (which of course they sell to others) in a good light if this is the case!!

Presumably other organizations have had to use Oracle's tools to do this already - maybe they can help Oracle out here....

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Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)

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Re: A Mojave new feature

Probably just means deleting it....

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

On that note, how about "Jam in printer"...

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

"Plug in a keyboard and press F1 to continue booting" would therefore have been a better and unambiguous message.....

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

..unless you're a real fungi

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No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

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Re: If I understand,

Depends. For many of Oracle’s applications there are no open source alternatives.

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Re: Beancounters...

..and that is exactly how Oracle sell much of their SaaS options - by deliberately cutting out IT and targeting the Departmental users. Divide and conquer.

IT then find out (post-signature) that you need to buy an additional cloud service in order to meet sign-on security requirements (and hence not fail IT/Security audits) AND that they have signed up for 3 years (as that's pretty well the minimum) AND that it's not easy/possible to reduce user licenses (increasing is easy....).

The project then gets canned or at least goes back for additional scrutiny - but Oracle don't really mind as the payments are still due under the contract so they (and the salesperson) get paid whether it's actually used or not.

If their Accounting Policies permit then they might even recognise that revenue up front (as it's committed regardless of whether the service is actually used) and Cloud revenues look nice for now (until it comes to renewal time or new sales decline).

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Re: Hmm

Even though we are the ones not getting what was voted for.

Whichever way you voted, there was no soft or hard Brexit question - it was Leave or Remain.

If we Leave then technically we are getting what we voted for as per the ballot paper.

Cameron's complacency is to blame for the arguments over the sort of Brexit by choosing a single question.

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I think you mean ANY UK Government of the last 20 years....

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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

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Re: Openreach

@Locky

Steve K: Would you like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Locky: Yes I'd like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Steve K: Would you like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Locky: Yes I'd like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Steve K: Would you like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Locky: Yes I'd like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Steve K: Would you like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Locky: Yes I'd like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Steve K: Would you like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Locky: Yes I'd like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Steve K: Would you like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

Locky: Yes I'd like to hear a joke about SYN flood attacks?

etc...

I've also got a BitCoin joke, but everyone else in this thread will have to verify the punchline before you'll get it.

I'm here all week - is that your chicken, madam?

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Re: Openreach

We used to shout 1s and 0s to each other over the telephone - when we were baud.

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America-China tariff tiff could flip the switch on Cisco price hikes

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Is your second post another Chinese copy....? ;-)

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Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Voice Control???

.. enable voice controls,..

Just why? What's the use case? How can you do anything involving networking via voice (apart from "disable voice control")...?

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PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

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Re: Swap Shop

Kay’s for Catalogues! 388 11 22 OK!

Or how about 35-35-000!

If you are of a certain age and grew up in the UK you’ll remember these!

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How did El Reg get your number?

How did The Register get your phone number?

(Unless your real name is 07321 123321 or similar....;-))

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Re: If anyone

Unfortunately I think you are correct.

If the number is withheld or spoofed then you have no chance of identifying them unless you play along long enough to get through to setting up paperwork with them and hence finding out the other party.

The latest ones I have got on the mobile are recorded messages with gaps that are pretending to be a real person. It recognises phrases such as yes or no, and if you pretend that you want to talk to someone then you get put through to an Indian call centre who hang up when you ask why they are calling you...

Number spoofing or hiding for these companies should be removed - the telcos must know who they or their agents are as they will be billing someone for the calls!

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Silicon Valley CEO admits $1.5m wire fraud: Bouxtie boss forged signatures to investors

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What a crap idea

Unless I am missing something then I agree that this is a crap idea, so it is a miracle that anyone invested without him having to forge anything...

You could take a printable gift voucher from Amazon and copy & paste it into any other document and print it...

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Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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DAF

D.A.F. - Bloody hell - there's a blast from the 1980's! Didn't they also have a song called "Sex unter wasser?"

You could use that robot hand in the bath for that (although beware what happened to Wolowitz in Bang Theory..)

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Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Urmmmmm ....

That's nothing. I put a mirror on my photocopier and now I have 2 photocopiers.

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Re: .. and another thing...

It can help to think about additional dimensions as a tiny circle at every point in space/spacetime (start with a 2D grid - it's easier...), with your position around the circumference representing your position in that dimension.

It is then possible to envisage a situation where this dimension is not necessarily spatial (or visible/navigable), but is a representation of a (scalar) quantity at that point (like an all-pervading field), but potentially detectable.

The Lee Smolin book I mentioned above gives the above analogy which is quite helpful.

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Re: Relativity - Great! But what about String Theory, Dark Matter and Dark Energy?

For those not au fait with some of the concepts here, I'd suggest reading Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw's book "Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos" as a well-written primer for a non-cosmologist/physicist which leads up to Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

It assumes nothing and derives everything from maths on the way there.

Also maybe "The Trouble with Physics" by Lee Smolin (written in 2005, but the History of Science stuff is still fascinating and BOY he doesn't like String Theory!)

Steve - (A non-physicist/cosmologist)

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: Really can't see the point

Or a new AI recipe idea:

Put root beer in a square cup - now you have beer - Woohoo! Magic!

Wibble

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Mobile Teasmade

You are describing a Teasmade on wheels/in a drone!

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Re: a web page on a web site

In these cases "fuzzy logic" equated to "woolly thinking"...

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UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off

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Re: FTFY

Bingo - moving roles to the US would be cost-neutral at best, unless they are going to use US-based Indian support techs on a Visa...….

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Long-term fix?

Maybe it will fix itself in the long run.

Remember what Gabriel García Márquez said:

“...the day shit is worth money, poor people will be born without an asshole (sic)"

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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Actually now it's clowns to the right (UKIP), jokers to the left (Corbyn/Abbott)

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