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6139 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

Bird, Lime, and Xiaomi face scooter sueball

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https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/why-lime-scooters-can-be-dangerous-safety-tips/132108/3

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Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Cathode-ray tube amusement device... I like it.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Terrence

You wrote that poem, didn't you.

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NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: Spielberg or Bay

Capricorn One (1977)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077294/

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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I'm quite fond of HERE at the moment.

Far from perfect, but gets the job done and works offline if you want (and have the space to keep the maps on your device).

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Re: what our USAnian friends have against people with a love of walking

Maybe it's not so much 'anti walking' as being extremely 'pro car'.

My theory is that it has something to do with the considerable percentage of US citizens that have been conceived on the back seat of a motorcar.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Am i missing something?

Now that's just crazy talk.

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.

On paper, anyway.

Boeing's accountants are at least as good as Boeing's engineers.

Pork barrels don't come for free.

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: RE. Re. aliens

Explorers?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089114/

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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"Normally, Mme Le Dabbs and I turn down the offer of audio guides at tourist sites because they always go wonky on us – crackle, cut out, play the wrong track, lose battery power, expire completely and so on."

Always, always, always. If there is any tech worse than IoT crap it is this. Ah, well.

My regards to Mme Le D, and have a nice weekend, everybody!

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Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Dear Dabbsy,

please give my regards to Mme Dabbs.

The gym audio CD swap is brilliant.

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Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Electric Universe

Great band name.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Re: How did that turn out?

Worst. Honeymoon. Ever.

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Re: All a bit unnecessary? / booklet

The booklet would be a truly British solution.

Probably including having it printed in France, like the blue passports.

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: You do know....

... and European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Ownership & jurisdiction:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/International_Space_Station_legal_framework

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Re: lowest bidder quote

Usually attributed to John Glenn, but according to Gene Kranz (in his book 'Failure Is Not An Option') actually Alan Shepard. Both good.

http://books.google.com/books?id=slQZ3JOUSKQC&q=%22The+fact+that+every+part+of+this+ship+was+built+by+the+low+bidder%22&pg=PA201#v=onepage

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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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Re: I'm not worried...

"I can kill catering with a thought!"

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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I think we are missing the key point of all this. In effect, they want to create a whole electronically synthesized simulation of 32km of Oxfordshire roads in one of their offices so they can go and research autonomous vehicles during the day and still go to parties in the evening. Yeah, bloody clever, of course, but it’s got nothing to do with the real Oxfordshire has it? Nothing to do with life.

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[...] £900bn for products and services associated with crash damage repair [...]

I thought one of the big selling points of AVs was that they don't crash (as much), thereby severely reducing the market for crash damage repair.

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Re: mockups

Needs to be approved by The Committee to find impressive things for the Minister to stand in front of at photo ops first, but I think we're on to a winner here.

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

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Covfefe in Spaaace!

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Re: AI in spaaaace

Or a "Bomb 20" scenario...

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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That's what the handle on a Toughbook is for, isn't it?

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Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud

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This would explain a thing or two.

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Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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This scenario is basically how the Krell wiped themselves out, isn't it.

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Re: New training rule needed

Or the face-recog "AI" has parameters like "the bad guy always has a beard and/or wears a black hat".

(Hey, it worked in all the classic John Wayne movies, so proof of concept, right?)

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

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Have a nice holiday, Dabbsy!

Have a nice weekend, everybody...

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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And, most important, a nice cuppa.

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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So... a Dyson?

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: "I bet you wish I'd captured all this on my webcam."

Yes.

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By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Now, are the sure all of these are really moons?

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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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Skinny-dipping in the secretary pool.

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

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Small, tactical nukes exist. And yes, they are portable.

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

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Is a redesign strictly necessary at this point?

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

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Nice pics

I predict some good memes using those pics.

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Re: Phone reviews

Headphone sockets are soo noughties, dude.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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"It also monitors toilet visits and scans your retinas every 80 seconds."

"Why's that?"

"Just making sure you're still you. Some might call it invasive, but we think it shows we care."

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Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

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Re: you-could-be-sacked-for-tweeting-entirely-personal-things

You might not get the job in the first place if the pre-engagement "Adverse Media Check" discloses that you hold Personal or Political Opinions that your potential employer disagrees with.

Fixed.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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"Me, I plan to mark the occasion by spraying myself liberally with Lynx "Sea Air" and walking around exuding an aroma akin to that of a bladderwrack-infested crab's armpit in a fishfinger factory."

This is kinda obligatory now, isn't it.

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Re: World Gin Day

Didn't know about it either, but now that I do, Saturday is sorted out...

Pro tip: you'll only get a hangover when you get sober again.

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Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years

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So basically, if an adversary hacks ALIS, all the F35s are grounded. Brilliant.

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I've heard him being called a National Socialist.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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"We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out."

-- Winston Churchill

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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That's not too bad, actually.

I have worked in environments where you were harshly punished for this.

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RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Re: Cheaper alternative

Just spitballing here - but why not outsource the UK Government itself to India while we're at it?

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

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Re: Grammatical point

If you really want to go all Teutonic: Blinklichter.

Das Blinklicht. Die Blinklichter.

But where's the fun in that? Blinkenlights is a perpfectly cromulent word in German; use 'der', 'die' or 'das' according to your own liking.

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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The S in IoT stands for security.

The R in IoT stands for reliability.

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Re: Unnecessary points of failure

"And neither would it know by itself that you'll be having guests over, one of which has some dietary requirements."

But "it" would know.

Appointment in your and your guests' phones. Contact info in the phones. Shopping habits of all persons involved from online-ordering history, cashless payments, tracking. Medical information about all persons involved from appointments with doctors, browser history, e-mails. And so on.

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Re: "Pop round and turn the heating on again, will you?"

Sounds like a pretty smart solution to me...

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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Re: bombing cities

At the time, the theories by Giulio Douhet about military air power, the effects of bombing cities, etc were quite popular all over Europe.

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