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Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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Re: It's already there

Where do you think most of the UK central government email system lives?

Office 365 every time I have to go scouring SMTP sessions...

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Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

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Re: So why was it granted in the first place?

Battistelli was replaced in July

The system works!

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Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Re: Whisper it…

You're right. That's that out of the way! :)

What Tesla has done, though, is make electric cars acceptable. Every time the established manufacturers have tried to make one they've been unmitigated shit (G-Wiz). Or they've been leased and then snatched back when everyone liked them (EV-1).

The customers didn't want electric cars because the manufacturers said they couldn't be cool.

"Hold my beer" - Tesla Roadster

The customers didn't want electric cars because the manufacturers said they couldn't be comfy.

"Hold my beer" - Tesla Model S

The customers didn't want electric cars because the manufacturers said they couldn't have a long range.

"Hold my <burp> beer" - 400 miles

The customers didn't want electric cars because the manufacturers said they couldn't be fast.

"Hold my bu... Hang on - Beer. Yeah." - Ludicrous Speed

Sure, some of these are trinkets, but it's attacking peoples' concerns head-on. Model X is a bit of a pig, in my opinion, and they overcomplicated the doors. That said, the pop-out door handles on the S were done better by Aston Martin - just a pivot. But beyond that, Tesla have shown that an electric car *can* be as good as a petrol car.

Sure there are fringe cases where people need to cover 800 miles a day. There are people who work away from roads, away from charging points, and who really need a Land Rover to get around. But the thing that Tesla have done is show that these are the edges of the bell-curve now.

They've burned through a lot of money doing it, and I don't know if that's sustainable, but at the very least they've given the existing car manufacturers a big wake-up. Now there are electric cars parked in my street. Without Tesla I sincerely doubt I'd see that. I wish them luck. But I still wouldn't want to trust their Autopilot to drive me around.

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Re: Say what you like about Teslas

I'll second that. Yesterday I was actually surprised to get home, and in one piece...

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Two fool for school: Headmaster, vice principal busted for mining crypto-coins in dorms, classrooms

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Heh. I used to run SETI@Home on the office desktops. Not the servers, though. It was nip and tuck between me and the guy who had installed it all over Richer Sounds.

At least we were trying to do something productive. Crypto coins? Pfft.

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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Re: One Benefit

I'll fetch my (boxed) Warp installation CDs :D

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I don't know for sure, but expect, that there was some way to transform the key and see if it belonged to the group of allowable keys for that product.

Back in the day it used to be a 3-digit country code followed by 7 digits which just had to add up to a multiple of 7. 040 was the UK country code.

My understanding is that a shop in Edinburgh got hauled through the courts by Microsoft for selling hooky Windows on their machines. Turns out they were including valid licenses, but just entering 1111111 (or something) during installation. Still had to pay a fine for license violation.

Ah - them were the days... Then Windows 2000 came along with proper keys.

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Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Given the Christmas angle

I'm surprised by the lack of Noel...

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Re: Christmas Experience for their retail tenants?

Tennants Xmas retail experience?

That's Tennents. It's also from Glasgow, so I'm duty-bound to hate it in lieu of Deuchars, which they at least still brew in Edinburgh (although I believe most is from Tadcaster these days).

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Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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Re: three or four launches enough to assemble the ISS

Flat-pack it - sorted. I bet Ikea will have a Røcketstüff pack sorted out in time. Best strap the Allen key to your wrist or something though.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: Not just assembly.

no machine-level instructions to add a constant to a location

Strangely enough, ARM assembly can be a bit weird when working with constants. Because it's a 32-bit instruction (including operands), the first few bits are the instruction, then a flag on whether to set status registers, then 4 bits for a register (at least), and then you end up with something like an 8-bit value and a rotation factor.

So you can specify 255. You can shift that by (say) 8 bits and have 65280. But you can't have 65281 because the "active" bits are more than 8 wide. At that point you have to load it from a memory location, or load 65280 and add 1, or any number of kludges.

It's been a little while, so I'm a bit hazy on all this nowadays, but that confused the hell out of me until I dug into the reasons behind it.

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Re: I'm just going to say...

do you put the beans in the roll

You use espresso in the dough instead of water. Yeast only takes 30 seconds then.

Also, thanks to whomever for the downvotes for me bitching about my fortnight. That fixed everything right up, so piss off, and I hope you get the same torrent of shit I've had to deal with. Chin-chin!

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I'm just going to say...

Thank fuck it's Friday. It's been a shit of a week. It's been a shit of a fortnight. And next week I need to start shouting down suppliers who clearly aren't as effective as Ben because they just like to make excuses when they fuck us up.

Coffee and bacon roll just now. Beer and curry later, dammit!

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NAND so it begins: Micron mounts head-on attack against 10K disks

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Re: Enterprise? SATA??

This, 100%. But they don't want to cut into their Enterprise SAS profits, I expect.

If they were SAS and competitive with the 10k drives in our SANs, I'd be filling out an order this week...

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Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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No great surprise. If you were to shunt my neural weightings into a different brain I don't think I'd be so lucid. Frustratingly, I don't imagine I'd even manage to just be rude either...

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Yorkshire has its own currency?

Yep - it's the Muckle. It's worth 100 Mickles.

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Re: Noted scientists

@Anton

Alt-0163 = £

(Worked in a financial adviser, and had a US-Dvorak keyboard)

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Re: Fingers crossed

Yeah - that's always nice to watch. Even in KSP :D

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US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Because they don't have the special Torx drivers with the holes in the tips to undo the security bolts.

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Boffins have fabricated microscopic sci-fi tractor beams for real

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Re: Maybe I'm misremembering, but...

Yes, but in space, no one can hear your beam.

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Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel

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Noooooo!

Shame. It did well. Very well.

Here's to the next one.

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Dear DHSS

I'd like to claim child support for my brood of spirit-children. Yes, they're right in front of you. No, you might not be able to see them, but they're totally there and need money for shoes and lunches.

We'll not be buying the school photo this year. They always turn out crap.

(No, I don't know if it's the DHSS any more - I tend to deal with the rather more expensive (to me) end of the Treasury...)

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years

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Re: Close but no cigar

Apparently a downvote from the guy who's never tried a Dvorak keyboard...

I'm using one right now. Took two days to get used to, and my aching wrists stopped. Although, to be fair, it's pretty pointless on a phone. :)

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One down, two to go. Russia inches closer to putting a crew on Soyuz while celebrating 50 years since the first Return To Flight

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Re: Zhuque 1

The "safe" version of bomb-in-a-tube.

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Re: Zhuque 1

@Crisp

Well, my! I had no idea.

Still, restarting the motor would need some kind of ignition mechanism (as would second and third stages), or mixing hypergolic powders in the chamber, which pretty-much torpedoes the "simple" aspect of solids...

Best left to people who know what they're doing, or have enough space to blow thing up in...

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Zhuque 1

Am I missing something or are solid rockets not just like fireworks? You light them, try to keep them going in the right direction, and they'll fizzle out in their own time. No throttle, no abort.

Putting three of them together seems a bit hit-and-hope for putting something into a planned orbit, no? Still, I am not a rocket scientist / engineer...

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Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Re: Downvoted ..

"snatch team"

Very good. I see what you did there.

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Re: Sympathy

...For The Devil?

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I speak Australian, it's definitely missing a "ya cant" off the end of it.

No you don't. I can tell because it's pronounced "Strayan", unless you're doing that for our benefit.

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Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Poisonous vs Venomous

Thank you for getting that right. That's all.

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The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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8hrs vs 5mins

I once had the MD site me down for a chat, whereby he pointed out that an incoming support call could be routed to:

1) Steve - a call-out, a couple of hours onsite, come back and speak to Dave, back onsite for an hour and get the job fixed. All chargeable.

2) Dave - a call-out, about an hour to an hour and a half onsite, get the job fixed. Happy customer, all chargeable.

3) Me - fixed in ten minutes over the phone. Delighted customer, and bugger all to bill.

I can't say I had an answer for him. I have, however, gone onsite, fixed the problem and got back before my tea got cold. I can't help but feel I maybe had a hand in that company going bankrupt.

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Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: Leave 123-Reg

"Its okay as we have secure telephone lines"

Good for you. I don't...

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Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016

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Re: or....

what small recoveries our country has made in 2 years

I'm honestly curious as to what progress DJT has made to 'undo the rot' or whatever you might describe it as in the past two years. Can you give examples?

Seriously, I'm in the UK so I don't see much of USA domestic politics. From an international standpoint, Trump appears to be a dangerous toddler amongst dangerous toddlers, but I really don't know what difference he's made at home.

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It's Two Spacecraft, One Mission as BepiColombo gets ready to launch

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Re: Remember the mystery goo container

I've been trying to do docking in orbit, and damn that is hard.

Eventually it's worth just installing MechJeb.

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Re: Remember the mystery goo container

Stories like this always make me want to fire up my copy of KSP.

I've caught the bug again. Been deploying a fleet of landers to tackle Jool's moons. Got to design my recovery craft and then wait for my launch window.

Also recovering a stranded Kerbal from the Mun for my son...

Go, Jeb! Go!

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Remember the mystery goo container

And either a second one, opposed, for balance, or an RCS port and a Reverse Gravioli Detector.

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: Good luck

Boo! Down with this sort of thing!

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Re: Sadly

Hah - ChangeFSI. I'd forgotten about that. The docs explained how Floyd-Steinberg error diffusion worked, and I used that to write a program to print .PPM files in colour, requesting the closest colour from the printer driver, setting that as the PLOT colour, drawing a pixel to the page, and smearing the difference around the surrounding pixels.

Was slow as hell, but it did a *lot* of OS calls from BASIC. Maybe this is why I pull apart everyone's graphics these days.

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Re: What I grew up with...

I also remember 4th D. As I recall, they did E-Type, Saloon Cars, Holed Out, Chocks Away, and Apocalypse(?), amongst others.

Ah - them were the days. All innocent and full of unicorns, before DooM came and ruined us all.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Remember the good old days?

When we had misinformation on health issues handed around the playground without the internet? With such gems as "you can use a crisp bag as a condom, just not salt and vinegar."

Kids today, don't know they're living.

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Similar scenario with a line printer

We always used to have trouble with new paper jamming in the copiers at an old job. The paper was kept in an outdoor lockup, and (you've guessed it) was cold and damp when brought inside.

Keeping a couple of boxes handy indoors sorted that problem - that gave the paper a chance to warm up and dry out so it wouldn't stick together.

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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In the end the only inconvenience to the deleted users was that they had to set new passwords for themselves when they came back a month later

Bwahahahaha!!

Okay, first of all, well done for getting yourself back up and running - let's not consider taking that away from you. But a month? Gotta love academia... I've seen myself staring down the barrel of a figurative gun if the email server wasn't back up by the morning.

Got any good jobs going?

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Re: Thing of the past, thank god! -users just do not get why you need to limit their mail to 2Gb

...or in a previous job a financial adviser who filled his mailbox with porn. I emailed him several times to ask him to trim it down and he ignored me.

I got the (female) office manager to come with me to his desk, as she was above me in the org chart. He protested that he "needed" everything in his mailbox.

<sort by size>

Me: How about this? <opens PPT full of porn>

Him: Ah - not that one, but I need the rest.

Me: How about this one then? <opens a different PPT full of porn>

Him: No, not that either.

Me: What about this? <opens a pornographic movie>

Him (by this time going very red): I'll have a little clear-out.

Me: I think that would be a good idea.

Office manager wasn't impressed with him.

Besides which, I don't understand why people have this propensity to hoard porn - it's not like the internet is running out any time soon!

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Restoring EDBs...

One of our clients accidentally started a restore in Exchange. I think it was a block-level restore of the database rather than of a mailbox or folder - it was a while ago and I (luckily) wasn't there. When she realised her mistake she pulled the power on the email server...

My colleague had to regedit the hell out of it to force the database out of restore mode, and then restore a complete copy of the database from before the errant command. I don't think that database was quite right ever again.

Still, after I'd left that job, my ex-line-manager managed to torpedo the server nicely in a different way, but that's a story for another Monday...

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Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: "I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

Came here fully expecting this legitimate tirade.

I looked at the Yale smart alarms when I was alarm shopping. Then I realised that it offered me almost precisely nothing I cared about and introduced 1000 things that could go wrong and which I was in no control of.

At least one of those should have flagged itself in the mind of an 'IT' 'engineer'. Unless, of course, he's a civil engineer who unjams printers because nobody's pouring concrete just now.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Re: Silicon bugs not fixed yet

That's because they need the capacity now.

Look at it this way. Do you think that the Amazons, Googles, Facebooks of this world will sit back and say "Nah - the CPUs have a really funky little flaw. We simply can't expand operations until <undefined date> when that's fixed."

Companies in particular need them now, or their competitors will take them and move ahead.

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It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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Consequently there more more house fires and electrocutions back then, fuses blow for a reason.

Whoosh!

Yes, and this leads to more data theft and more fraudulent activity online. But people will still use the figurative nail in their browser. It's the old "it didn't happen to me, so it must be fine" gambit.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "were made available for other OS" @ defiler

Just because different GUIs are available on Linux, it does not prevent applications with different look-and-feel from running simultaneously on a system.

I totally accept that. I used to run Xubuntu as my daily desktop. Games compatibility (or lack thereof) put me back to Windows, but I could at least get my fix of KSP!

But you and me are not "the average person". The average person will wonder why one application looks so weird next to the others. The average person will be confused and concerned by the lack of consistency. In fact, the average person will succumb to decision paralysis before actually selecting a window manager. They'll likely have been told that Linux is "quite hard" or "complex", and this is their first step in getting into it, and they're faced with a question that they're not expecting and likely not equipped to make a judged decision about.

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Re: "Too much "fun" and ninja cat and not enough hard graft and data."

Dan Ashcroft, Preacher Man.

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Re: "were made available for other OS"

Mate, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, and even vtwm have multiple desktops and have had them since 2005 or earlier.

But, Bob - that's half the problem. You've banged out 5 different window managers right there. Your average user doesn't want five different window managers. They just want one. One that works. One that works sort-of like their old one. One that they know their way around, and that they can collar their nephew into talking them through a fix over the phone.

I've said before about toothpaste. Too many choices! Windows, you get one UI and everybody is (in the main) happy. If they don't like it they can buy a Mac where you get one (slightly different) UI. If you don't like that, sure there's Linux, but people stumble over "do I want Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, What-the-fuckbuntu?"

Choice is sometimes overrated.

Also, I'll take this opportunity to apologise for being rude the other day. Too little sleep and not really any good excuse. You're a bit rabid, and your Linux flag-waving is a bit too much like zealotry for the real world that I live in, but the place would be missing something without your foil-hatted rants!

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