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2827 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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I imagine it will be easier to use for what YOU want than anything shipped with the car.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Anecdotally

In my case it has led to me keeping an ascii file of all the business software passwords I use on my phone.

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welcome to the 1970s

I am amazed that 50 years on we still have no better way of proving who someone is than the name of thier first girlfriend. It is bizzare.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Oh ye glods, not more

What I fail to understand is why all these people who are so keen on football are not in a park somewhere kicking a ball.

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

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head/hands

"brand" "on trend". have we come to this?

Make good stuff that sounds OK and does not charge more for being pink or in a box with some hedonit's photo (or monogram) on the cover, and I might, just might, buy it. If I like it. If I need it. If I can afford it.

If you think that strutting about like a peacock or listing all the people you have persuaded to strut with you will not convince me of anything. If you try to cram in lots of extra functionallity that I probably don't want just because other people are cramming it into other things, then I am quite likely to walk past disinterested.

If I want something that will fret about my health, weight, exercise routine, and general wellbeing I will marry one. In fact I did.

{Hedonit was a typo for hedonist, but I have decided it makes my point better as it is]

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Oh look

A phone that is only a phone? Whatever will they think of next!

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Lastpass

I thought lastpass was pretty good, but dumped it in favour of another method that did not depend upon other people's services or software.

There are other password manglers out there and they all seem to me to lock your eggs up in thier basket. I suppose that is the nature of the beast.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Lets get this straight

Are there more tablets to nick in London?

Or are flats so small that people have to go to public places to use them?

Or are the streets lined with more thieving scrotes than anywhere else?

What is the root cause of this statistic?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Brass?

Is it me, or is that a steampunk stardrive?

I like it!

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: We all moved to sharepoint.

comment from a chum of mine:

"if the answer is 'Sharepoint', then you need to get a lot better at asking questions"

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Re: responsibility

>There must be some universal unwritten rule employees learn AFTER their basic

>IT orientation that says employees should not use their assigned server folder.

1. $MEGACORP have never given me any IT orientation, basic or otherwise.

2. $NASTY_FACILITY_COMPANY have set my server folder quota to 5G 'because I am home based' and I have something like 500G of project data per year.

3. All project data folders on servers have been deleted in favour of a project management databse system that:

3A. Has no BLOB capability large enough to accept software projects (i could create a massive repository structure for hundreds of individual source files. If the PLC development environment saved them like that. It doesn't)

3B. I'm not authorised to access it anyway, even though I generate the actual working product. Itis full of sales memos, quotes, and copies of the brochures sent to customers. But no drawings, software, site reports, photos, signed acceptances.

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responsibility

Since $MEGACORP outsorced everything to $NASTY_FACILITIES_COMPANY it is now my responsibility to back up my work, not theirs. I do so every friday to the USB3 disk drive that they did not supply using software that they did not supply.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

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Metaphor

re-vitalised VMS on modern hardware would be rather like hving a steam-hauled train go through the channel tunnel.

It's something I would love to see.

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5G about the whole network, not just speed, says Alca-Luminary

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Translation

"not just speed" - we can't make it go quickly

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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chipping?

"the petrol engine 90hp – down 15bhp on the Alfa implementation"

Since I would be very surprised if they cut different metal, is it possible that some spotty yoof in a railway arch would be able to get that 15bhp back with a laptop and some PCB headers?

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You say that like it is a bad thing.

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"City Venturers"

To be fair, I don't venture into cities so I don't know how useful this will be.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: A Flat-Bladed screwdriver works with ANY raised head...

...with two blades in it.

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Re: consumables

I did a study once (to teach a mathematical technique to apprentices) on the half-life of teaspoons. A remarkably consistent 3.5 months in most offices.

I suspect a similar study could be done on screwdrivers.

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Re: How do they do that?

It's because they don't exist.

From a production engineer's point of view a screwdriver, especially a flat blade one, must be a boring old thing to make. So they don't bother. They hire squadrons of mystical oriental gurus and swami types to 'put the fluence on' a lot of scrap material. They hypnotise old rags, torn trousers etc. into thinking they are screwdrivers.

That's why

(1) all modern screwdrivers bend rather than getting the lid off the paint pot.

(2) when the magic wears off they revert. So you leave a screwdriver on the bench and when you come back you can't find it, but there is a stained scrap of polka-dot fabric that bears no resemblence to any clothing you have ever written off.

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What?

No mention of Mr Nettlefold and his wonderful patent?

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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Hugs

I've found when travelling around the world that a decent bear hug better conveys the respect and affection for one's host and is well recieved.

Not always mind. Not everywhere. But the looks on their faces....

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Post Post PC

The tablet world is the same as the PC world. We've all got one. We don't need two.

It didn't take long to saturate the market, but they have. Bye Bye explosive growth.

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Samsung faces down TAB and smartphone MOUNTAIN HORROR

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Oldest problem in the book

Look mate, we've all got one.

Everyone interested already has one, and is paying through the nose for connectivity. It's a mature market, like electric cookers or vacuum cleaners. Or, for example, desktop PCs. I'll buy another one when I have to, not because of 'shiney'.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Pie, Sky, etc

"Not to mention buying the post office back into national ownership, and (perhaps) adding broadband to BT's Universal Service Agreement, so everyone in the newly formed country will be able to get broadband."

Is this before or after legislation banning midges, ordering all rain to occur in the hours of darkness, and giving free chips for life to everyone with a funny accent and ginger hair?

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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The next Saturday

The 'on denand' content for the news quiz was some dodgy music. I tweeted, they deleted the episode.

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Thursday night

On the web interface the category "Drama - crime" was empty, despite having 20-odd entries on the IOS app. It all seems a bit ricketty still

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Two pub remarks

Two overheard pub remarks about the USA:

"It's full of the dropouts, runaways, and rejects of every nation in Europe. You can't make thoroughbreds by mating donkeys"

"Everywhere below the mason-dixon line is a third-world country with gadgets"

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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translation

"The police can't even handle real physical crimes with broken shed doors and fingerprints and stuff. There is no point passing laws like this, the woodentops won't understand them. It worked quite well (for us) when we offloaded card crime onto the banks to deal with, so let's sweep this stinking turd under someone else's carpet and not waste public money on prosecuting crimes no-one thinks are crimes"

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So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he is keeping it well hidden

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Re: Nadella Won't Last 18 Months

I can'tbelieve that after all the soul-searcing, and a CEO hunt that was nightly headlines theyhave ended up with another clueless wall-street whore. Why the F buy nokia then throw half of it away? Ow does anyone know if they kept the right half?

It. Is all toodepressingly like HP - need a short-term cash boost? Sack 25%. Of the people who make a difference.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Never mind all that.

Is the chief of TalkTalk really called "Dildo Hardthing" or have i lost my specs?

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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Hows about

"ut in ore infinitum" - to the edge of infinity

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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Re: Just look for the bottom line.

... and he will be feeding below it.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

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but

They had a massive re-organisation before appointing him. Can they /afford/ to do it again? what are the shareholders going to say?

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: thanks

Yes.

I am considering molishing a new computer for home and am now definite I will wait for version 9.

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Boffins urge European Commission to reboot electric brain project

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Beer or wine?

I'm worried there will be no agreement over the pseudo-intoxicant to be invented for it.

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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Power

How is it powered? A 20year battery? Or perhaps from ions in the blood?

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: easy to spot if you have a small battery

Up to a point, Lord Copper.

If the split is done in the thickness then maybe not. They don't x-Ray from the side.

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Re: the way to cause most disruption is a suicide bomber in the body scanner.

The Boys used to cause endless chaos in the 1970s with just a telephone call.

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It's all a plot

Given that we can back our phones up to the cloud, maybe they want us to leave our phone at home and buy another one when we get there. Security as a sales tool!

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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3G

3G? 3G? 3G?

what is this, 2002?

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BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

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Re: only other idea you mentioned that makes the least bit of sense

I don't mind that. I'm asking for innovative ideas, not telling people what to do.

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...keyboards...

head/desk - why are we still stuck with the typewriter thing? Newton and palm got close to handwriting recognition, and we have had various types of voice input. Where are the brave ideas like the microwriter? I can still send morse code at 25wpm. perhaps we could have a phone with a morse key? What about direct neural input, or using the smartwatch to somehow pick up the sort of nerve impulses that are used for moving prosthetic limbs? What about a giant projected keyboard that is half whole words and cameras to detect eye movement, something like thegdget that Hawkin has, only - err - better?

There are thousands of engineers making me-too replicants of what the other bloke is selling, and not enough trying to make something genuinely new.

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How they threw it all away?

Management, I reckon. The engineers were still making stuff, like the linux tablets and other wierdos.

I think that companies mimic people. They have a foolish childhood, a vigorous adelescence, a capable and stong midle age, and descend into senility and refusal to change.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Ring ring, ring ring, ring ring, ring ring

After 240 abortive attempts to get through on the phone:

MS: "I want to make an appointment to talk to someone about your software licencing"

NHS: "I'm sorry, there aren't any appointments free until September, unless it's an emergency"

MS: "it's very important to us."

NHS: "I'm sorry, there's no-one free. Have you got access to the internet? you could try NHS direct"

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What a whopper, LG: Feast your eyes on this 77-inch bendy TV

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Re: What's the focal length?

You'd not want it in a sunny room - come home and find a scorched line across the carpet. And the cat not speaking to you.

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Just F**k off, set makers.

Some years ago I paid good money for a TV with 1080p resolution. I have yet to watch anthing other than a 625 programme on it. I've looked at the list of things available in "full HD" and it is pathetic. Do I really want to see Bill Oddie in shagwatch again? There are movies - which mainly seem to be about improbable ways of killing people - and, err, ...

Do NOT keep inventing standards for which there are no worthwhile programmes.

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Optimist

Presumably the glass will now be half full?

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Re: Perhaps it's time to change the security model

Why can't we have a touchable token as well as a pin? Have an RFID pen that we would have to have in pocket when we use the machine? Finger prints? Iris prints?

I envisage terminals accepting up to 8 forms of ID, and we could choose 4 of them, and if we wanted ask it to pay out on at least 2.

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