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2128 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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"It's giving us cancer!!!"

There you go; that will kill the idea stone dead.

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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

"And no one even knows what leavers voted for beyond "leaving""

Noooo! Are you telling me the result was leave but you dont know what that means? We voted to leave, to go, not to remain... but you find it ambiguous? I am not quite sure how to explain this better but the result was to no longer be in the EU aka leave.

And we are leaving so what the fuck are you complaining about?

It is you leavers who cannot universally decide what "leaving" means, are disagreeing with each other over what "leaving" means, are showing "leaving" is ambiguous.

But, go ahead, blame remainers for leaver's inability to agree on what "leaving" means.

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Re: Hmm

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

What did you expect when voting for what people promised who were not in a position to deliver that?

And no one even knows what leavers voted for beyond "leaving" which can be interpreted in many different ways. As much as one leaver says it means one thing another leaver will contradict them.

Trying to subvert things to force someone else to deliver something not clearly defined was always destined to be a disaster.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Good for him.

The man has taken a good hard look at the toxic way he sometimes communicates and plans on taking a break so that he can come back with a more positive and productive attitude.

I can't help but think that this may be partly why he decided to holiday in Edinburgh while the Linux kernel dev summit was happening in Canada.

Unfortunately the organisers deciding to move that to Edinburgh may have thwarted his plans for getting the break away from it all he desired and deserved.

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Re: Remind me...

I think the benefits of leaving are, in fact 'less foreigners', although no-one is allowed to say that, quite.

And anyone hoping for that is going to find themselves sorely misled or working in a crap low-paid job which those foreigners used to be doing.

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Re: Neverendum

Before the referendum, Brexits thought they would lose by a small amount. They set up a petition to repeat the referendum until their was a 60/40 majority in either direction.

Which seems quite sensible and legitimate to me. It doesn't matter which way the vote goes only that there is a substantial majority in favour one way or the other. Until then it's not settled. And it's never settled for eternity - It's an inalienable right to change one's mind, take into account changes, new information and evidence.

It's how democracy works. We keep voting for governments and representatives, and when we find one which suits the majority they keep getting re-elected. When things change we vote for someone else.

There is nothing wrong with keeping on voting to come to a consensus. It is how it has always been. It's only hypocritical brexiteers having claimed victory who have now decided it's one vote and that's it, that re-voting is somehow undemocratic.

I expect they would also say the right to appeal a court conviction is also wrong; once convicted that's it. Tough shit if convicted on the back of lies and false claims.

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

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Big Brother calls it a day, packs his bag, goes home

"Campaigners have hailed it as a further nail in the coffin of state surveillance"

In their dreams.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Out with the new, and in with the old

I'm not really too fussed about the new design but my GreaseMonkey scripts do a better job reformatting the old style than the new so I'll be opting for the old to save myself work for now.

I will raise a glass for allowing the opt-out, and "thanks" for the choice. But it's a little ominous that may only exist "for the time being", could disappear in the future.

Perhaps the more compact version will suit me even better. I guess we'll see.

You have not driven me away so that's at least a win. Though perhaps not everyone will feel the same way :-)

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: not skookum

Just to inject semblence of truth in, we have never provided full schematics of any of the Pi boards.

Were the original Pi A/B schematics not complete?

Those look complete to me. If not then perhaps you could indicate what's missing.

so to say we are geting less open is an exageration.

It does seem later schematics are a whole lot less complete than they were.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Less is more -- not!

Best Windows 10 pop-up I got was "Something went wrong" after a failed update. Just a single "OK" button to click and when I did it attempted a reboot. There was still nothing but a blank screen when I sent that back for the supplier to figure out.

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Re: Dislike

It has an "Omnibox" which does bloody stupid things like performing a Search when you type "192.168.1.1" into it.

So that's what it is; what has been annoying the fuck out of me when failing to side-load my Android phone apps by downloading from an IP-addressed web page on my LAN.

Bunch of anky anking ankers.

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Work out-of-work

"You're in Edinburgh you say? I'm in Canada. It's lovely. I think there's been some kind of mix-up".

The one with the plane tickets in the pocket.

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Boffins are building an open-source secure enclave on RISC-V

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Re: What we would actually need...

BTW you can actually buy processors which are so tightly speced and so simple in construction that you can make reasonably sure there were no malevolent actors involved. The 6502, the Z80 or the ATMega microcontrollers are prime examples for this.

My recollection of reality was that many of such devices had unused opcodes which could be used for all sorts of fancy, undocumented and unintended things.

Of course, they could have been more tightly designed, invalid opcodes could have been prevented from actioning, rather than the designers not caring what the outcome was to ease the silicon design and its footprint

But I'm with you on principle. A minimal RISC should be easy to verify and should fly at clock speeds obtainable these days. But then we'll be back into the "more opcodes, with each doing more, would make it even faster" debate.

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Huawei pleads with FCC to overturn US ban, says it's 'anticompetitive'

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Re: When it comes to national security...

"If there is the smallest suspicion that their kit is compromised or the company operates as an agent of a foreign (hostile) government, then they should be banned from government use".

And yet the UK is buying it's fighter jets and nukes from America.

Of course our lingering and stubborn belief in the so-called Special Relationship means we're always happy to pretend America isn't a hostile country which makes it easy to imagine they won't have fitted kill-switches should we decide their bestest friends are very much not ours.

Every foreign government is a potentially hostile government. As many countries have found to their cost.

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Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

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Someday my Psion Organiser II will be even more valuable.

I've got a whole load of 'historical crap' accumulating wealth and dust. The Acorn Atom is probably the rarest thing I have. Its value is, as always, whatever someone will pay.

As I always tell people; stick notes on kit to indicate it's valuable. Or, when you're gone, the ejits in your family are going to throw your 'rubbish' straight in the skip.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Me; I'm finally buying a tinfoil hat.

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Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

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Re: Financial details?

Although why do they hold date of birth?

Probably so their marketing department can avoid promoting sanitary products to the over-sixties, incontinence pads to the under-thirties, tampons to men, and beard-trimmers to women.

Because when they make those mistakes there's a whole load of people waiting to criticise and ask why they didn't just store date of birth and other details to avoid such things.

Us Brits have always been able to find something to moan about. These days it seems looking for something to moan about is a hobby in its own right for many; it's damned if you do and damned if you don't.

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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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How hard can it be (ooo-er missus)?

"One solution, such as having a button inside held for 10 seconds to disassociate the old owner from the system, for example, could inadvertently help car thieves".

It shouldn't be that hard to develop some system which allows both transfer and refusal. Simply send an email to the registered owner asking if they want to allow a transfer or block it. If they transfer to a thief that's their stupidity. If they transfer to a new owner everything is fine. If they block a new owner there's a lawyer and court who can deal with that. They can be informed that if they don't do either then the transfer will be actioned after a certain time. If they aren't getting emails because they didn't keep details up to date that's their problem. If emails are not being sent out there's another lawyer and court who can deal with that.

It might require some tweaking for edge cases but shouldn't be that hard to handle most cases.

They can even have the above suggestion free of charge.

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Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

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If May saunters up to the lecturn, turns to the audience, and utters the immortal words, "I really can't be fucking arsed", walks off; that really would be a conference to experience.

Instead; Maylexa is almost certainly going to merely drone on and on, repeating how she's going to be delivering a brexit fror Britain, delivering what people voted for, a brexit which is good for...

Zzzzz.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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Re: Janko Mrsic-Flogel

Thanks for the heads-up. I mistakenly assumed that as both appeared to have presented themselves in court representing RCL they were still directors.

So that just leaves Levy as the sole director. And RCL the only active company he is a director of. Though how long RCL remains active would be worthy of a sweepstake.

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Janko Mrsic-Flogel

I am frankly surprised Janko is still having anything to do with RCL, hasn't resigned his directorship.

Mine's the one with cut-out newspaper letters in the pocket ->

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Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

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Who's Muffin The Mule?

I'm not particularly interested in Twitter but the BBC News RSS feeds have been playing silly buggers today. I don't know what the BBC has been doing of late but they seem to be breaking things all over the place.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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"The device grew hot in his pocket, the battery life rapidly dwindled"

I have had that with my older Android phones. Problem solved by disabling all Google Play Services.

I don't know what they were doing but they could kill my phone in just a day. Now reliably back to a week or more of standby.

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Can, can, can you buy it, CANCOM? Brexit's made it cheap(er), man: Firm inks OCSL deal

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Rule Britannia

I am wondering if there will be any business left in Britain after Brexit which could legitimately be called British.

RCL probably, if one can call it a business.

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Indiegogo won't do anything, because they can't.

That didn't stop them saying they would do something when they couldn't.

I guess that offering of false hope was purely damage limitation, hoping to come out of this shitfest smelling of roses

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: Second class netizen

It appears that the engineers were not consulted and the IPv6 protocol was designed to be incompatible with IPv4 - not a good idea.

A very bad idea and why IPv6 has mostly been ignored.

People will move with the times, adapt to new features being added, but most are reluctant to take a huge jump sideways into new territory. Expecting anyone to put aside all they have learned and begin again from scratch is a huge ask, and especially when the need cannot be demonstrated.

I would probably be using IPv4+ now if it existed. I have barely even looked at using IPv6.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: A bit much...

As a photographer I've had photos taken and used by 3rd party websites and so far I've never had to sue.

This photographer did not have to either. But by doing so he has established case law which will make life easier for every photographer and rights holder in the future.

Fair enough; you got yourself sorted out. This photographer went the extra mile and helped everyone else.

Cheers mate.

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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Re: what's the price?

£379 inc VAT when I went to look -

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/surface/8V9DP4LNKNSZ

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: I can't blame Epic for doing this...

And I am hoping the message back to Google is that they need to negotiate their Playstore take with developers like Epic that can bring millions of customers and have strong brand equity outside of the Google Playstore.

"You need us more than we need you" has worked out well enough for Amazon's dealings with HMRC.

Not working out quite so well for brexit though.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Yadda, Yadda, Yoda

Wake me up when it gets to the advanced stage when it can figure out if and means and or and means or and or means or or or means and and quite possibly both.

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UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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Re: 'Fake news'

I recall a headline in a certain popular newspaper on "4,000 foreign murderers and rapists in the UK"

I recall front page headlines and articles labelling 16 million people as traitors, saboteurs, and enemies of the people, simply for having an opinion they didn't find acceptable.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Ho hum

One would have expected it to be a simple "Bring it into your local dealer with your paperwork. They'll reset everything for free while you enjoy a complementary cup of tea. And here's a nice glossy brochure and a voucher for 20% off your next service. Welcome to the JLR family".

I guess that's too much like good customer service.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Articles 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights

We had best enjoy them while we can. Once we have brexited, reclaimed our sovereignty, withdrawn from the ECHR to allow the government and its agencies to do whatever they bloody-well like, we will have to lump it.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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Re: Rad Hard

No pun intended, but it does seem a bit hit and miss. Some people throw cheap off-the-shelf microcontrollers up in CubeSats and the like with no particular protection and suffer no problems at all, hardware nor software. Others aren't so lucky.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

Raab has been labelling the EU's harsh assessment of hard brexit as "unhelpful". Not wrong mind you. And he is saying he is preparing for all eventualities, including things like food shortages, riots in the streets, and twenty mile tailbacks into Dover if truckers haven't fallen victim to starvation or rampaging mobs, all the while laughing that off as "never going to happen".

I would bet, if he was asked if plans have been made to impose martial law, he would not say no.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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They're okay by me

Can I just remind GCHQ and friends that the people you need to be watching are above and below and elsewhere. No need to waste your time spying on me. Thank you. You're doing a great job.

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Two wrongs don't make a right

At the end of the proverbial day I guess it will come down to whether people consider Google being more wrong to 'block sites' than sites are to not upgrade to https.

I suspect most people won't have an absolutist view and will just consider the greater wrong to be that Chrome doesn't have an option to turn the feature off.

And it's no good telling people Letsencrypt certificates are free while also telling them that if they aren't paying for something then they are the product.

I am somewhat surprised there's not been more of a Net Neutrality argument raised against Google's decision.

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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DevOps

Old slops served up as new.

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

I can think of several ways I could abuse this knowledge if I were so inclined, generally involving timers planted well ahead of time.

If I were inclined to target a specific train at a certain time I'd just choose another station elsewhere on the line where there isn't the opportunity to switch platforms at the last minute. Or anywhere the multiple tracks into platforms converge into fewer.

Or plant my device at departure, or along the journey, or at whichever platform it does eventually arrive at.

It seems to me that any reduction in genuine security threat by not announcing in advance which platform will be used is at best minimal and more a convenient excuse for not knowing.

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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Talking of bright things in the sky

The Internet. Supposedly resilient enough to keep itself going in the event of nuclear war. In practice unable to keep granny on-line when confronted with the mighty power of the JCB.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Meh

The in-line advertising messes up my GreaseMonkey scripts which removes all the stuff I don't want to see, leaves swathes of nothingness and unaligned article boxes but I guess I can live with it.

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Re: Cheating...

If I understand correctly; TextWorld is primarily the game assembling and interaction handler, not the game solving part.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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"baa-ruhr-reee-uh-reeee-uh-reee"

May I also give a warm welcome to Kai; last of the Brunnen-G.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Rats ahoy, me hearties!

"Brexiteers jump ship faster than proverbial shit off a brick"

There don't seem to be that many jumping nor particularly quickly.

Things may change over the coming days but I doubt it. Only a small minority actually want a hard brexit. The notion that everyone who voted to leave wants a hard brexit and 17.4 million will storm Parliament or Downing Street if they don't get it is a brexiteer invention, only believed by Kippers and Daily Express commentards.

Most leavers wanted a return to a trading partnership without EU politics and federal ambitions. Most remainers accept that as the second-best option. We were therefore always going to end up in some kind of vassal state; people knew that, it was just a question of extent.

People might not like May's specific plan but, even if they think it's keeping us too far in, most will still view it as preferable to a hard brexit. The brexiteers are sunk. And they probably know it.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again

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Indiegogo are proving themselves as much a joke as RCL

"Indiegogo's promised debt collectors have yet to materialise"

That's not surprising. I have long noted Indiegogo will need to have legal grounds to be able to do that and it's not at all clear what they would be. I don't believe they have any.

Anyone can 'send the lads round', or instruct a solicitor to write a letter, to politely ask for money but that will most likely just elicit a "Fuck off; take me to court if you think you have a case". It is of course even easier to threaten to send the lads round and then not do that.

I can only imagine Indiegogo over-promised on what they could and would do in the hope of protecting themselves when the shit finally hits the fan, so they can assert they went the extra mile on behalf of those who have waved goodbye to their money.

I expect Indiegogo have recognised how potentially damaging this fiasco is going to be for themselves and the entire crowd funding business.

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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Re: The real question is: did he want to get arrested?

I'm guessing he thought he had some legitimate complaint that he'd been ripped off and/or injured by the guy who had sold him the camera, was expecting the cops to take a greater interest in that than what he had bought it for.

I could have told him it wouldn't end well. When I strapped my Panasonic M1 VHS camcorder to my foot all I got was torn ligaments. But at least the sealed lead acid batteries didn't explode. Proper technology that; not dangerous magic moonbeams compacted in a foil wrapper.

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Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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Re: Time to do things the easier way

idioms and meanings are all slightly different between human languages

I'll be checking that momentarily.

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Re: Hmmm

Written English has a huge amount of redundancy -

Sm mstks r sr t crct thn thrs. Fr hmns nywy.

Adding in anything extra to help with context or clarification makes it progressively easier to understand. And speaking what's written with a Scottish accent often helps in my experience.

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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On the eighth day machine just got upset

So does this explain why it's so damned hot round here, dogs are dying in cars, and the Pennines are on fire?

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