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2342 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: "Operation Northwoods was a proposed"

You need to look up "Project Pigeon" .

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

Seriously? Somebody is suggesting that an organisation that makes money from getting a message heard by as many people as possible is just a simple messenger?

FFS.

Somebody will be claiming that the Daily Mail and the Guardian are just simple messengers next.

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: Decisions, decisions...

Forget dropbox start on ARM .

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Re: Open source drivers?

Reality applies. Chipset makers use blobs to protect their commercial interests and this is no exception.

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Scrivener is excellent, but last I heard they stopped supporting their linux version and just handed it over for people to download, it hadn't had an update for a while.

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Re: Oh, and I'd just like to add...

Janko joined Retro after the bust up though.

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Re: Far from complete

I f***ing detest Android. To me Android is just a waste of good storage space.

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Re: Far from complete

Using Android to SSH to other stuff does not help me avoid the Google slurp.

Just give me the linux without the layers of google cruft.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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Re: Maxi

Maxi (ADO14) was never the Landcrab, that nickname belonged to the Austin 1800 (ADO14) and under other BMC marques. Though they had a similar appearance.

Ford grabbed the Rover marque along with JLR, and this transferred to Tata with the acquisition.

BMW hung on to Riley and Triumph cars, along with Mini, Maxi, Metro trademarks.

Austin and Morris went to SAIC via Nanjing.

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Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

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Re: What are the odds

She probably sent them by mistake. I have been accidentally texting a female friend who has the same first initial as my wife so is the next on the list of contacts and due to my near vision ageing. Texts were meant for my wife, luckily they were just me whinging about traffic.

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Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

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u ok hun?

inbox me pls

stay strong babe xxxx

Facebook style.

What a wankpit.

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Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

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Re: It's time...

"it would have been pinged off and destroyed, and the heli would have continued as if nothing had happened."

A chunk knocked off of one of the rotors would have unbalanced them and set off a very uncomfortable vibration which might cause further damage. The cost of replacing and balancing a main rotor is many thousands.

A drone would have to come to contact with the rotor from above though, as it wouldn't get past the downwash any other way.

Most drone / aircraft encounter stories do seem a bit fanciful though.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

So is Darwin based Apple Watch OS really UNIX then ?

As the XNU kernel is hybrid BSD/Mach and OSX is Unix 03 certified, so my iPhone is actually a UNIX phone.

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Re: Why can't Elop take credit for his achievement?

Last I checked Android is Linux,

No, it's not recognisable linux. It's based on some bits of core linux buried deep under layers of noxious cruft.

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I've dumped lucrative roles to put my family first more than a couple of times.

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Re: Today you'd have to go into the Chinese countryside to find a bad Android.

Today you'd have to go into the Chinese countryside to find a bad Android.

In my local Carphone Warehouse you'd be spoilt for choice.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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Re: Don't panic, "No exploit code has been released."

Given this is a forum for computing professionals you might want to return to your comics and let the grown ups deal with reality.

I'll let the grown ups like you get on with their sanctimony and patronising.

The reality is that I can't do anything about this or any of the multitude of other security vulnerabilities that exist on my computer equipment and in my life in general.

So I'm ****ed if I'm going to waste time and energy worrying about if I'm going to die in a car accident on my way home or this ridiculous hand-wringing over whether my computer my run a bit slower when I do certain things. So it's going to cost? We know, what are you going to do about it then? Bitch on a forum? That'll make it cheaper.

There's the reality.

Signed.

36 years professional in computing, done quite well thanks.

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Re: Don't panic, "No exploit code has been released."

This whole thing is going to pan out to be far worse than Y2K, for there will be real and far reaching consequences.

And some of us couldn't give a shit.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Re: Android has come on leaps and bounds,

An os that works for six months is pants.

I have also noticed this shitness, and it is just this shitness that causes me to use Apple even though I don't like Apple.

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Facebook gets Weed-whacked: Unilever exec may axe ads over social network's toxic posts

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I wonder how many of those actually existing 41 million 18 to 24s are still using the facebeast....

My two teens see Faecebook as an old person's thing.

I see it as a place where Jeremy Kyle guests like to attention-seek and lifestyle-fake.

Either way, the stigma is such now that many people who still use it are reluctant to admit it.

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Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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So what kind of battery do these "personal massage device" things have?

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Re: He inserted it the wrong way

@macjules

Read the comment again with your sarcasm filter switched off.

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Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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Re: "So someone decided use different battery size for Model 3 "

Even for that amount of money it sells like hot bread and is outselling all other hybrids and electric vehicles combined in the UK.

It has about 25% market share 2014-2017.

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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I imagine that we all have an air-con in server room water story.

I have one, so bizarre that I can't tell it on here because my colleagues at the time will know it's about them and will not be thanking me.

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Re: Live Steam

They put a steam pipe through a computer room ?

Even if it doesn't leak, it seems an odd idea to put a hot pipe through a room that is being kept artificially cool using air con.

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Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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"I'm not a backer, because I saw this one coming."

I'm also not a backer even though I like the concept - the original product design was superb, but I saw it as a £50 product, not £100. Also their crowdfunding target would barely cover toolmaking for production, even in China.

They have shown some production tooling and some redesigned cheaper housing and buttons etc. It now looks like a £30 product.

If they ever deliver these things then I will be keeping an eye on Ebay for a cheapy one.

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Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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It's just another Android phone like the ones languishing in my drawer at home. Without a USP phones are destined to be crushed by the big cheeses with their marketing budget and reseller incentives. Anyone who wants a cheapo knows you can ship one in from China for a few quid.

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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"It's not an excuse for many."

Bollocks.

Suggesting Facebook is as good way to stay in touch with people instead of doing properly is like saying The Sun newspaper is a great way to stay in touch with current affairs.

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In November, Facebook billionaire cofounder Sean Parker took sides against the social networking giant when he admitted he and Zuck had made their billions by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology."

That's the one. Go after the saddos. Easy targets.

"But it's a great way to stay in touch with my friends and family, some of whom live in other countries"

"But it's a lazy way of ha;f-arsed pretending to be interested in my friends and family"

FTFY.

Don't try that pathetic lame excuse, there are any number of better ways of properly being touch with people you care about. Not one facebook function could do this better than other ways.

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Re: Smoking

It made you cool.

Eh!!?

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Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

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Re: How do they get elevation information from a phone thats been on a flight?

The phone app will have recorded the pressure data, showing that it was fluctuating at around the equivalent of 8000 feet for a period before equalising to the outside qfe pressure. The app would then send this recorded information.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: And, for the Brits...

The Skylon, being a potentially very useful and cheap piece of space hardware, is starved of development funds whilst the tech is slow appropriated by Airbus.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Barrister Not Present.

The barrister had done his/her job. Listening to the outcome that he/she could not influence in person is not that job.

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Re: excellent news

Let's see what tune you play when the UK wants a suspect from the US, and the US goes to great lengths to circumvent the intent and purpose of the treaty.

Again.

You describe how it usually works. Nobody will be surprised given past form.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: The Golden Age of flying is over

I usually try to pick a seat at the back of a cabin, so there's no-one behind to dig their knees into my back, but I will recline my seat if there is a recline mechanism. And no, I'm not a midget, I'm 6' tall.

You mean those seats that are against the rear bulkhead that often don't actually recline?

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Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)

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Re: Less dumb fanboys

You can take your pick, superciliousness from iPhone evangelists or sanctimony from Android wankers.

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Re: Less dumb fanboys

just because they think it makes them look cool (my builder with his badly fitting butt crack jeans has an iPhone, is he cool too???)

The reason that I have one is because the alternative is so damn awful to contemplate. I'm not that keen on iOS but at least it's not Android. I really do wish a decent alternative to iOS would appear and I'd dump iPhones in instant. But all we are offered is that shit. Mine's a 7 and cost £277 SIM free. Much less than some Samsung, or Google Pixel phones which in turn cost less than a 10 a day cigarette habit.

why do pretty much all iPhone cases have a hole in the back so the fruity logo remains visible... Yup, that's it only purpose, to appease people that care that other people know brand of phone you own.

"Pretty much all" ? Mine doesn't. Type iPhone case into a google image search and see for yourself.

Cognitive bias. It's just a phone and really people should not care what phones other people buy but for some reason they do. Says more about those people.

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Facebook users are Zucking off, but that's what Zuck wants

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Re: Its peaked

And is on its way down and then out.

Good. The sooner it's gone the better. Attention seekers, lifestyle fakers and Jeremy Kyle guest lowlifes will miss it but the rest of us will breath a sigh of relief.

And anyone who defends it by saying its a way to stay in touch with family and friends. Get real, there are much better ways to do it.

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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1500 tonnes is not on the scale of the 6800 tonnes of WW2 leftover ordnance that the British military used to try to blow up Heligoland in 1947.

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: A solution

"Fast car to Heathrow"

LOL. Will need to be a motorbike and the hearing will need to in Uxbridge.

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No parcel drones. No robo-trucks – Teamsters driver union delivers its demands to UPS

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Re: " eliminate night-time deliveries."

"This reminds me of a friends heavily unionised company. The demanded more and more money (far, far above market rate). "

Maybe the same, or another - company I read about said OK to the unions, gave them the stuff that the company couldn't afford. This then put the books into loss and the boss ceased trading. Shut down the company and restarted a new one with new people.

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"if they decide to go FU and go on strike, that's gonna put a crimp on UPS's business,

Sounds like they are going to do that anyway.

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Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Irrelevant Relevance

I think it's about time the idiots stopped pushing me adverts for stuff I've just bought and won't be buying another because as I'm already the proud owner of one I don't need to.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Re: The very definition of "security by obscurity"

Just come up with set of strong passwords and use them as the answers.

It is a moronic way of doing things, just as moronic as the banks that send out "Your Statement is ready to view" emails with a masked link button to your account login page.

At one job they set a self service password recovery system up using this three question system and one of our guys demonstrated how to socially engineer the answers out of people and change passwords.

Then the company attempted to discipline him until we brought them to their senses.

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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Re: @kain preacher

"but are you sure there is a law stating you must get out of the way of someone breaking the speed limit?"

Nothing that says that explicitly, but if the inside lane (first lane, whatever) is free then you should be in it even if you are breaking the speed limit yourself.

It's not the job of members of the public to enforce the speed limit, this only causes anger and makes things worse. It's common sense not to block the road for the sake of being a prig.

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"Regardless of who's legally in the right or wrong, a self driving car hitting another vehicle is a problem."

Should read:

""Regardless of who's legally in the right or wrong, a self driving car hitting another vehicle is a problem."

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Re: @kain preacher

As a part time motorcyclist in the UK, I use my two wheel privilege to filter through heavy slow moving traffic. However, I have to accept that it is a risk thing to do and remember that the drivers in the vehicles I'm passing are fallible humans. Just assuming that I should be OK to do something because it is legal is a road to pain. People will make mistakes. The common cyclists error (I am also a cyclist) is to insist on their "right of way" even when it is potentially dangerous. It's the wrong mindset, always yield where it will minimise risk. If you are filtering then you watch the cars like a hawk and if a vehicle is manouvering you give it space until you are sure that you know what the driver is going to do. I would not have got close to a car changing lanes in heavy traffic, even if it appeared to be going away from me.

I've have 1 injury accident in 23 years. Caused by a deer.

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Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

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The watch on my wrist as I write this was made some time in the 1960s. It still knows the time and date

That's great for the 60s, but it's now 2018 and the time and date is available everywhere.

Watch needs a new job.

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Re: 3 things

I suspect you want more than 3 things because you've pretty much described a FitBit there.

With backlit LED screens? Looking at Surge, it's like going back to original Pebble 1 but at triple the cost.

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Re: I love my Pebble

Looking at the Pebble 2 for example, I can't see anything it offers that doesn't exist on a Fitbit. Have I missed something?

How about a daylight visible (without backlight or OLED source) e-paper colour screen to start with.

Its very simple to create user watchfaces and watch apps.

Fitbit can thake their $50 and shove it up their overpriced underspec'd arseholes.

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