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2729 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Re: Unbelievable

52% are.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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Re: They show quantized conduction as expected for a single/few atom junction...

It's useful as a switch where we might want to measure the state of the junction and use it to hold information I suppose.

The article mentions on and off but nothing about the gradual increase in flow with forward bias that you would get around the knee of a doped layer silicon transistor.

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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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Re: Good luck to em

I remember doing a lot of UML and not much coding.

But we could already do the coding, so for assignments we used to write the code and then make up UML to fit.

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Re: Fundamentals of IT

I put my son off IT. He got his grades this morning and he's off to do an MEng in Civil & Structural.

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The GCSE computing (for which I errm, I mean he got A* in the coding coursework) put my son off the A level version. He has gone to do an MPhys instead.

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Re: it also tells you that it will do it.

Your browsing history won't be retained in your browser, but only a dumb fuck would believe that this means that it won't be recorded somewhere if they are told your activity is still visible downstream.

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"Google even continues to record your browsing history when you put the browser into "Incognito Mode".

It does, but it also tells you that it will do it.

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Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Re: Going a bit overboard, El Reg

I'll bet that most BB users didn't and still don't know anything about those keys being shared with governments.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Another price increase .....

Sorry if that was hard to follow, but I think I've made my point.

Fine rebuttal and devastating too.

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Love it!

Solipsism getting called out today on El Reg!

More please!

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Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: It's happening...

Some chromebooks costs a couple of hundred quid, some cost a grand so hardware will be variable and I wonder if Windows will only support a minimum spec so only the more expensive chromebooks will have it as an option.

Either way, my aincient chromebook runs linux anyway.

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Wasps

Use ant powder to kill wasps nests.

Karcher. Highly effective and less risky than a weed-burner when close to buildings. Karcher removes all kinds of pests that have made the mistake of trying to co-habit with humans.

When in a beer garden one option is to bait them away from you with a cider soaked beermat.

Or wait for them to crawl inside an empty glass, place a beer mat over the top and be amused at the thing trying to escape (for a short time before releasing the thing at a safe distance from your table).

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

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That will be the reason for the flood of similar cases that followed the precedent then.

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An established legal case has already defined the IndieGoGo donations / pre-orders / pledges / whatever they are called as "orders", nothing less, in this exact case.

That was a one off, special circumstances because of email correspondence. Since then that avenue has been firmly closed and you will notice a lack of follow up cases.

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Re: @Steve K

My original authentic Sinclair buying experience was to walk into either WHSmith or Boots and buy one off the shelf. I had ZX81, Spectrum and QL.

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

No promises were made, backers have to accept that there are no guarantees and they are taking a risk.

And most of all, RCL have shipped units and delivered other perks (hall of fame).

So while RCL may have screwed up massively, that was always one of the options. IndieGogo are not going to get anywhere with debt collecters, because the bones that are left after the solicitors have picked out some of what they are owed, will be worthless.

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Re: FUSE?

I thought it was common knowledge that it was using FUSE.

Absolutely, there has been messageboard discussion with ex-insiders for months talking about this.

Does Reg think it got some kind of scoop?

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Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

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Re: UKTV

They have reached an agreement and those channels were back.

It was obvious this was going to happen.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: Interesting

Developing space weapon system prototypes is a good way of keeping engineers occupied

All the concept work was done decades ago. By Gerry Anderson.

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Re: I'll go with the subhead

I prefer the 1978 "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper" 1978 Sarah Brightman record featuring Hot Gossip.

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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Re: $1,250

How about $65 per month with calls and data included?

That's the number that people see.

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Re: Nobody buys Samsung anymore...

...more likely they're just too bloody expensive.

Although having said that, I still see enough of them about.

It's all about the network deals and monthly payments rather than the full price.

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Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

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I have changed to a new car with more self driving capability and it's fun, it's also a fun party trick to demonstrate it to people but it is actually easier to drive yourself than it is to monitor it doing the driving.

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Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well

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Our management level who demand the most expensive Dell XPS or MS Surface book do no more than use Outlook and Skype for work and Edge browser to look at the news and do click and collect purchases from John Lewis.

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Re: Outside the IT dept its more like 3 in 3

It applies to me. I'm shit at my job and I can't believe I've been getting away with it all these years.

Some of the stuff I do is so damn easy that I can't believe they pay me a good salary for it.

That's how it feels to me. Other people seem to value my work though.

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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Re: Just say NO

The rest of us have been badly let down by the Faecebook underclass.

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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the database goliath sets out its arguments against a single vendor award – broadly that it could damage innovation, competition, and security.

Damage innovation and competition? Oracle would know something about that.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

Change the world? Who is claiming that?

I've backed several things via Kickstarter and IndieGogo and in every case I've received something excellent, interesting and useful that I would not have otherwise had. By using simple diligence (it's not hard), I haven't been involved with a single failure or financial loss and in all cases I've enjoyed watching the process of getting the item to the backer over the months. Because most projects that get fully funded, actually get delivered. You only read about the failures and it creates the false impression.

It's not a big deal and it's not a scary big nasty bogey picker that frightens genxers who were happy to blow cash on smoking, rainy holidays, and drinking shit beer for years on end whilst stinking of Brut 33 and Old Spice. That old generation that ran up debt paying through the nose for shit from the catalogue and countless K-Tel and Ronco eternal drawer-dwelling tat.

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Re: Fifty is a bloody odd number

One of the reasons I held back from backing Planet Gemini, until I was sure, was because they were only aiming for $200K which I felt was never going to be enough. In the end they have attracted over $2.5M so far and I have a fine product.

I don't think there is much laughing at RCL because it has been said that they have a legal bill of over £200K and those law firms aren't going to let that go. And I would guess that the rest of the cash is squandered on salaries and other expenses.

The actual vega+ as shown for the start of the campaign actually looks really nice, but the final product is a poor cut down version. The internals and firmware are a state because the good engineers were badly treated, not paid and generally alienated by RCL.

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Re: Looks excellent!

"You don't hear Ferrari owners moaning because their knobs squeak a bit,"

In fact that's a hell of a party trick in the right company. As long as there are no cats around.

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Re: You've only got yourselves to blame.....

Yes those orignal popular 80s computers were rough and ready but I never noticed. To me in that era they were like some kind of magic. And without Sinclair I would not have got my hands on one at the right time. He drove the price down with his corner cutting and his sales numbers dragged the market with him. It was the point of revolution which actually did more for me than I can explain here. They most certainly not crap when not naively judged against the benefit of 35 years of development.

I haven't backed this one as I spotted the red flags early and felt it was a £50 device not £100. But I like the idea.

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Re: As with all these cases, eveyone out for themselves, the customer comes last

Crowd funding is often successful in getting stuff made that there isn't necessarily a big enough market to sustain a product, but enough people that would want one that would not be able to get one otherwise.

It has its place.

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Don't they owe people 4000 of these?

I think there were 50 done, judging by the size of the order for populated PCBs.

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: Just say No to Amazon

If you want corporations top pay more tax get the House of Conmen to change the tax laws. It's realy that simple.

Yeah so simple. I get the House of Commons to change laws all the time.

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Re: Just say No to Amazon

Everybody who gets a great deal and free delivery on Amazon is enjoying the benefits of tax avoidance and is therefore complicit. Amazon can offer such competitiveness partly because of scale but also because local businesses cannot avail themselves of the tax avoidance methods that Amazon can. And Starbucks etc. So it's harder for the locals to compete. It's not a level playing field and although it's perfectly legal it's still taking the piss.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Oracle is historic legacy software for Amazon

Even if your Oracle is deeply burrowed into the skin of your business like a swarm of ticks, any CIO/CTO has always got one eye open for a way out.

That's not the right sort of relationship between companies.

A software product has got to be applied to add value over and above its licensing costs, not hold for a ransom.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

The problem is that it is often UNAVOIDABLE. If you are a publishing author, you're required to submit and communicate the details of your manuscript with a Word-file, which means you have to keep at least Word (as the alternatives are not bug-identical, hence you cannot rely on them to accurately predict what will happen if you sent your file over!).

Yes, this exactly. And (at least with my publishers) it has be be save in Word 97-2003 format too.

WTF?

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

What the article doesn't mention is that for £6.66 a month you can get the Office Family plan.

Well, my son is at Uni, I am doing a Masters, my wife works in a school and my daughter attends school.

So we all get O365 thrust at us without choice or cost.

Yet I still don't use it. I have one offline copy of Word which I open and save my documents in just the once to make sure that the formatting is going to be OK at the publisher.

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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: oh. Harvey Mudd...

Harvey Mudd is one of the Claremont colleges where I did 6 months (actually at Pitzer but I think the swimming pool I used was at Harvey Mudd). Memory is a bit cloudy, same for a lot of people at those colleges. There was a lot of sex.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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But the typical faecebook user will believe them.

The social network created by twats for twats.

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Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

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Re: Stop 5G

It is even worse here in the US of A. There are spots where I cannot get 1G coverage

But USA is big with wide open spaces. We are a tiny cramped little Island.

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Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?

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It's such progress that to talk to contact 1 I have to use Telegram, contact 2 I have to open WhatsApp, contact 3 is on iMessage, contact 4 uses FB Messenger and so on.

Just create a unified messaging app or cross app protocol and stop taking the piss.

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

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Re: GDPR to the rescue

It's very much like activation lock on phones. If a previous owner doesn't "log out of itunes" or whatever the equivalent it, then it remains locked to the account of that previous owner.

In days gone by it would be no effort at all to sell a car but retain a key copy, so you can go and help yourself to that car at any time it's unattended. Anyone going to do anything about that?

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: My wishlist

I'll wish for:

* Survive a fall from head height to concrete without screen shattering.

* Good vsiibility of display in direct sunglight.

* Decent signal in fringe coverage areas.

I already have the 2 day battery life. Headphones are BT. DIY battery changes are easy even on so called non replaceable ones.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Use Linux...

This little sub-thread has perfectly illustrated the denial and superciliousness that is doing the damage to linux in the desktop world.

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Re: Not my fault you can't use it right.

@Updraft102 said:

Worst. Pop. Culture. Reference. Ever.

LOL, I thought that might sting a bit, but in your case it really really shows.

It's still true though, no matter how much you don't like to hear it.

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Re: Not my fault you can't use it right.

Love all this butt hurt when linux gets called out.

I'm an admirer of linux too, but I really have to be honest and admit it's far from a smooth ride.

Wow! It's just like going on the internet asking for MSWindows support....

This nicely sums up the situation. Like a 6 year old saying "I know you are".

I'd love linux to do better in the world but the supercilious Jeff Albertson attitude and the total delusion is seriously holding it back.

If the linux world was friendly and not so condescending.

Anyway, I'm trying to get this new piece of hardware to work with my linux, so I'm off to attempt another kernel compilation. See you in a few hours.

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Re: Use Linux...

People calling out the Linux Emperor’s new clothes. Love it.

........”but my grandad was having all kinds of problems with windows, forever calling me asking for help until he finally hurled the computer out of his window......then I installed Linux Mint for him and 2 weeks later he became a lead developer at an aerospace company writing safety critical flight control software. And to think, before Linux he couldn’t even make a minor alteration to a batch script.”

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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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@d3vy

That sir, is bollocks.

There are plenty of warnings, I've deferred updates for months on end because I was too busy.

That's what I'm thinking sitting here reading all this butt hurt. I'm wise to the damn thing wanting to do updates when I shut down to leave the office so I defer and defer indefinitely.

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BBC websites down tools and head outside into the sun for a while

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Re: CBeebies on Sky too

GCSE Bite Size also gone. I had dived in to read up on 1834 poor law amendment.

Luckily it's school holiday time.

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