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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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only thing wrong with the internet

The people running it

and the people using it..

.. only two things wrong with the internet

The people running it

and the people using it

and the companies dominating it,

.. there are only three things wrong ....

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Ahhhh ... flashbacks to a holiday in France,

Definitely recognising the train bits.

As a solution to the wrecking-ball tablet, bit late for Dabbsy but maybe useful for other readers, try shortening the lanyard by tying a knot in it...

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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Holmes

have you considered

That perhaps the reason older iPhones hold their value - is because they are better than the latest offerings?

It is certainly a recurring theme on the pages here

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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Re: Please return to your houses

Battlefields can actually be much less complex than roads..

.. is object 'friendly' > yes > ignore / dont shoot

> no > is it 'dead' > yes > no problem

> no > make it dead

This logic goes all the way back through military history, articulated by some roman or other with the "make a solitude, and call it peace" line.

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its not the fully autonomous hunter killer death machines I worry about

..its the strategic weapon packages with password "admin123"

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...its not the ones you dont see you have to worry about... or possibly not.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: Doubling down on stupid prices too

only if the shark stays within 2 metres of the surface, and not submerged for longer than 30 minutes.

Flying sharks should be ok, as long as the impact of re-entering the water isnt too great.

The laser beams are neither energetic nor particularly noticeable - otherwise the 'duckface unlock' feature would be far more amusing.

Attachment to the shark can be achieved using a range of adhesives, strapping, or my personal favourite, a nine inch railway spike driven by a sledgehammer - although this may cause some discomfort to the shark.

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

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Some previous article on AI

The AI experts interviewed were waxing lyrical on the glories of AI populating ToDo lists for you " to save you the trouble of doing it yourself.."

now put on your best Dalek voice find a dalek ringtone that goes

YOU WILL OBEY

and trigger it every time you access the ToDo list

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Facebook admits it was 'too slow' to ban Myanmar regime

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Unhappy

sadly

workable Artificial intelligence to screen content is probably more achievable than the real solution.. which is User intelligence

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Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

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Re: Spokesperson was telling the exact ruth

We're sorry to hear about this... so go away and stop bringing your miserable little lives into our happy world.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: How much should a cable cost?

If its round the corner... apple think they own it

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

When someone throws out the "how long is a piece of string?" line, I respond -"the cumulative sum of the vectors perpendicular to the short axes".

It generally shuts them up, but I suspect there is a more precise answer available

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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"We’ve built Android 9 to learn from you—

that's what they built all the preceding Androids for as well...

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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Re: Alt-left

Another potential extreme-lefty grouping, at least from the vilification from some rightys, would be the transnationalists.

No real idea how much traction they get, as I have only encountered the term as villains in fiction, promoting the evil agenda of bureaucratic world government.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Re: Shivaun Albright

Appears to be a phonetic attempt to recreate the name Siobhán, without knowing the traditional spelling..

As such it is worthy of comment, even if the Shivaun spelling has completely separate origin.

According to a very cursory google search, Shivaun is one of the more popular anglicisations so its as legitimate as any other cross-cultural appropriation.

worthy of 5 minutes internet effort

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: One little pill?

Alcoholism = Drinking more than your doctor does

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

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Re: The problem

I heard someplace that the largest population of 'English' users are actually in Asia.

For this to be correct on a user-population count, it would need to be correcting grammar into Engrish.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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" At least we know it would probably make it all the way to Mars, but we're not sure if it'd make it back,”

Especially not if they carry out the traditional Lithobraking maneouver...

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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not letting the thread die in peace

Two completely unrelated points.

1. The "security experts" obviously felt happier not sharing their room with the stuff overnight.

2.One of my favourite lines from "Good Omens" - probably wrongly remembered - from the Pestilence Pollution horseman of the apocalypse... Plutonium may last ten thousand years, but Arsenic is for ever ...

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: Subscription

What we need is a 'subscription-paid-in-arrears' arrangement, where the user agrees to pay for a service but can cancel if the provider fails to comply with the conditions they initially stated.

Its basic contract law.

The providers will fight against this to the bitter end, for obvious reasons.

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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Re: Predictive Fuckups

"Microsoft seemingly can't win..."

They arent SUPPOSED to "win"

They are supposed to provide an operating system that enables "users" to do whatever the "users" - who to one extent or another PAID for the machine - require their machine to do.

Microsoft have adopted the attitude that for them to 'win', their customers must lose...

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Nostalgia aint what it used to be

Microsoft continually making the "good old days" out of whatever isn't their current product.

Are they going to use an animated paperclip to provide the "nudges"?

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Back in the day..

before all this automation and on-board processing malarkey, mine surveying used to involve a person at a fixed point throwing a laser beam at a person at the work location - who would bounce it back, and by various arcane mathematic and mechanical rituals, useful information would be derived. As the fixed point and work location could be up to a kilometer or even more apart, a 2-way radio ("walky-talky" for people who like to talk like children) was an essential part of the kit.

All the 'laser' controls were set up for right handed control, on the other end the laser-bouncy stuff pretty much required being managed by your dominant hand - so the 2-way was held in the left.

Which is why I talk left-handed.

....I want a derail/off-topic icon...

......is it even possible to go off-topic from Dabbsy comments ?

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AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

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web cartoon I cant remember the address of

Engineer: "Perhaps we should consider shutting down our animal testing program"

Manager: "Why ? Cosmetics companies use it all the time"

Engineer: "Yes, but we make hammers.."

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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Re: Unencrypted?

Safest place of all would be in a document called EULA

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Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?

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Re: "once you've spent the time getting the aerial in the right spot"

relax,

the train wont move much

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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the supposed advantage of beam lasers vs pulse lasers

(from my gaming youth..)

With a beam laser, first you fire.. then you aim..

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Welsh firm fined £60k for pummelling phones with 270k pay-day loan texts

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Does the UK have any sort of "proceeds of crime" laws

Where the police get to confiscate stuff they think you shouldnt have, used in Australia against drug dealers etc, and in the USA against tourists, out of towners, and anyone the local cops think cant object.

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Spidey sense is literally tingling! Arachnids detect Earth's electric field, use it to fly away

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If these things ride lightning storms and cross oceans - I have seen other articles mentioning them found on ship sails mid-ocean -

.. why are they only "native to North America.."

the other article I read, cant remember where, did point out the "survival rates were low.."

Spiders on the storm,

into this house we're born,

into this world we're thrown..

Like a dog without a bone

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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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WTF?

What do they mean by "fake astroturf groups"

a) only pretending to be artificial while actually using real grass

b) green painted concrete,.. the original low-maintenance lawn replacement option.

.... just the thing for sporting arenas where the players are getting a bit 'precious'

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Re: millennial

"It always has been. There's nothing special about this generation's young in that regard."

One of the aspects in which millennials are like every other generation is how they think they are something special.

What may actually be special about them is the sheer volume of people trying to exploit them by telling them how special they are.

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This is enabled by the work of the preceding generations.

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Re: He was the top salesman in the group

Who - apart from our government /public sector - will engage a supplier who is "not afraid to try and fail..."

Anyone providing business critical services who isnt "afraid to fail" is either criminally irresponsible or terminally stupid.

Maybe thats the attraction of employing millennials.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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Re: So we've started downvoting amfm

I actually thought this post was a bit .. I dont know,. tired and uninspired ? Not up to previous standard ?

Potentially even comprehensible ? although I stopped trying to parse amfm posts and just read them for the immersion.

A downvote (wasn't from me) under these circumstances could be an artistic criticism and not something hostile.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base

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Homophone Pride

Our family doctor when I was a child had the name Dr Deith.

He had changed it after leaving Germany.. from Todt

This was all a very long time ago, and I am reconstructing a fair bit.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Re: What measure of 'drink' did these Americans use?

..only if your russian.. ? .. does what ?

What exactly are we talking about your russian doing?, and how did you come to possess a russian..

This would be a different situation if you ARE Russian, but that involves a somewhat different wording..

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: what flavours do they come in?

Lick them to find out

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Re: Speaking of which,

The software I rely on thrashes the mousewheel/middle button.. bought a replacement after the middle button started bouncing/echoing, after a month or two the replacements wheel decided to intermittedly reverse direction (effectively, guessing its loose contacts)

Solution.. plug the original into a spare USB socket, and have one mouse for clicking and the other for scrolling..

I will eventually get to a place where I can get a third mouse, whereupon the two cripples will be put back into reserve.

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nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users

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How about some facts ?

Shirley the figurehead of the NBN would have some actual numbers to wave around, to prove he isnt a completely useless ignorant money sink?

I am aware that I personally know very little about networking and multiplayer coding, but I do believe there is a fair bit of work to keep the data at a minimum. The e-sports spectator TV mode may be shifting imagery rather than code, but even that would be trivial amounts compared to HD TV.

The obvious consumers of bandwidth are the video streamers, but for a political appointee to cast aspersions at mainstream public is completely taboo. Far more acceptable to blame some non-trendy minority.

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Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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Kindle

Could be interesting to see what this does to my kindle library ..

Do I actually continue to 'own' the 'products' I have paid amazon for ?

Will it simply fork, and all future purchases only available from the piss-poor range that amazon.au carries - if that is the correct term for digital stock - ?

Will prices for ebooks jump up to match the dead tree book price we enjoy in Oz (very likely outcome)

On the bright side, this may scrape off most of the kindle "sponsored" and "prime" faeces that infest the main web shop... The modern equivalent of the discount bins of unsellable rubbish from the supermarket era.

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The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

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real world considerations

Some industrial / mine sites have "no mobile phones" policies (actually "management mobile phones only"), due to truck drivers running into each other and similar incidents.

a robust dumb watch is necessary while at work, - and left on the dresser when I am not.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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re: if it was mains powered

I am seeing both benefits and disadvantages to hooking up the external door(s) to mains power...

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: I'll be dead first.

Technology thats come into fashion over the last few years are things called CORS.. Continually operating Reference Stations, which are GPS base stations .. continually operating, and sending their correction messages out via phone and internet. Its subscription based (that I am aware of), a bit slower and less precise than your own dedicated base station, but saves you from having to set up your base in urban areas where anything shiny and unattended has a lifespan under an hour.

These CORS networks are becoming more prevalent though still not everywhere, the biggest problem with satellite based driving would be obstructed views of the sky.

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Validation Vs verification

There was a writer churning out stories for amazon, apparently completing books in a couple of days - was entertaining for the first few but lost its appeal pretty quickly..

anyway, his vampiric elder could avoid all threats of harm by becoming "insolvent"

Never realised bankruptcy was that potent..

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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I think the program managers have achieved one objective

" in anticipation of a visit by Khosrowshahi. It had hoped to prove that the program was something he should get behind; ..."

Your life is worthless if you're in front ...

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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The only thing they could have done to make it worse

is include an obnoxious intrusive "assistant" ... unless there was one there but the reviewer couldnt get to it because of the user interface ?

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

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Big Brother

You and I can say whatever we want

and the celebrities can say whatever their handlers tell them, but behind all the outrage and the posturing, the politicians and regulators will be hearing that FB or Google or the russians used this data to intervene in politics AND IT WORKED.

They are incapable of ignoring that, and the possibility that their opponents ( who are functionally indistinguishable from outside their own grubby little corner ) would use it and gain an advantage.

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Meter GPS no big deal?

When your bum is being kicked for 100 mm discrepancies that shouldnt be there, and your daily workload is increased with an extra half hour to an hour of quality assurance checks and verification

- I say crucifixion is too good for 'em.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Re: High tech for the sake of high tech

"I mean seriously, how often do people get killed by random strangers on a bus?"

only once.

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Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

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Coffee/keyboard

Anyone else having flashbacks

to the "studies" declaring computer keyboards were less hygienic than toilet seats - sponsored by cleaning product manufacturers ?

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