* Posts by graeme leggett

2317 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Girls Who Code books 'banned' in some US classrooms

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Tolkien's world is formed out of his experiences, and his passions. It's informed by the First World War, the 1920s and the 1930s.

As one example, the hobbits return to an industrialised Shire.

Tom Holland and Dominica Sandbrook cover the historical cues in their Rest Is History Podcast


Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch

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Re: She was a good one

The army high command- basically a junta - removed Richard Cromwell.

Richard had allowed Royalists and moderates back into parliament. The army didn't like parliament asserting authority and Charles Fleetwood (Richards brother-in-law and commander in chief of the army until parliament removed that authority) and General John Lambert expelled parliament

And the Commonwealth's "Committee of Safety" mobilised a force against General Monck's Scottish army but the English army collapsed and Monck effectively drove the restoration of the monarch.

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: So no hydrogen then?

I'm sure when you look you'll find that it's Zero Carbon Emissions, and carbon has been elided to keep the acronym easy

How important are tech and other contractors to UK? PM candidate promises tax review if elected

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Re: Same old

I think the intent of the sentence is - taxed at corporate rates which means overall the amount paid to HMRC is effectively less than if taxed as employee income "

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Indeed, much noise to keep in the news with populist policies but little credibility for action being taken.

I believe tomorrow Truss will say that she will review if Wagon Wheels really have gotten smaller since we were children.

UK Info Commissioner slams use of WhatsApp by health officials during pandemic

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Re: we all know one big reason

Whataboutery of the first order.

Leaked Uber docs reveal frequent use of 'kill switch' to deactivate tech, thwart investigators

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Re: Neelie Kroes

"rampant, frothing, free-market Conservatives"

Strange comment, he seemed to have packed his cabinet with them more recently...

Elon Musk had secret twins in 2021 with Neuralink exec

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Re: Population collapse....

Of course Musk's words are readily interpreted by the "Great Replacement Theory" conspiracists as being some sort of validation.

Returning to the Moon on the European Service Module

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Re: So they'll have to redo man-rating

By ESM-5 someone might have cancelled the project or moved other mission goalposts but the rest of the systems should be settled by then.

And that's presuming they don't have to make other changes along the way, which could have an effect on the choice of engine.

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Re: Useful for city dwellers, I guess...

1) I haven't seen any mention that the ban includes agricultural vehicles

2) The idea is to phase out diesel haulage, but again, is that in the same time frame as cars

3) A lot of the taxis I see are hybrids

The rest of your post is further mix of strawman and Nirvana fallacy.

graeme leggett

Re: The charger numbers seem a bit low.

Renault Twizy?

Lawyers say changes to UK data law will make life harder for international businesses

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Re: Data Protection howler from Health Service org

Does not knowing what lawful basis they used mean the data was shared unlawfully? Or that they broke the law in not correctly recording it?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine tears open political rift between cybercriminals

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Re: Simplistic

Largest grain exporters in recent years is USA, Russia is largest wheat exporter.

If Russia is exporting a lot of wheat, it may be at expense of internal supply. I see Russia has banned grain exports which means another source of income is cut off.

And "man cannot live on bread alone"

Russia mulls making software piracy legal and patent licensing compulsory

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though picking the start of the mud season seems to have been a poor compromise

Ukraine seeks volunteers to defend networks as Russian troops menace Kyiv

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Re: Sink the Russian fleet

"Pan American Security Zone" (waters off North and South America) from early 1941 US warships in the zone escorted convoys bound for Britain and reported sightings of German submarines "in clear" for shipping to pick up on.

Many Americans were against intervention but Roosevelt wasn't

SpaceX Starlink sat streaks now present in nearly a fifth of all astronomical images snapped by Caltech telescope

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Re: Great potential for new science!

This is a study of actual effect to date. Which is bit late to determine the cost benefit ratio other than in hindsight.

Expect more papers will come out along the line of "Starlink messed up things this much" but they aren't going to stop Starlink.

Perhaps its a plan to push more observatories into space - they'll be needing rockets to put them up there. Cynic, moi?

There was a study predicting effects.


Tesla Full Self-Driving videos prompt California's DMV to rethink policy on accidents

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Chess - one move ahead

Can the AI identify the "Tennison Gambit Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Variation" before the player completes it?

Meta Platforms demands staffers provide proof of COVID-19 booster vaccine before returning to office

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Re: Good.

Delta hasn't gone away just because Omicron is more common. And the next variant might take Omicron's high infectivity and mix in something that has more long term health effects (eg post-viral fatigue) even if it's not actually fatal.

After deadly 737 Max crashes, damning whistleblower report reveals sidelined engineers, scarcity of expertise, more

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But those approving the products are not the employees of the manufacturer seeking approval as it seems in the case of Boeing/FAA.

Safety studies etc are paid for by the manufacturer (the alternative could be the manufacturer paying the regulatory body to carry out the testing but as it's an open-ended process I don't see anyone signing up to that) and are generally contracted out to others, so it's a bit more separation there too.

German court rules cookie preference service that shared IP addresses with US firm should be halted

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Re: 'Legitimate purposes'

As I understood it, the point about "legitimate interest" is that if you have decided a legitimate interest is there, then you don't need consent.

Which then prompts the question, why do those cookie permission interfaces have a on/off slider for legitimate interests?

Thought NHS Digital's wind-down meant it would stop writing cheques? Silly you. It's gone on an IT buying spree

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Re: overseas

If the system works better in France it may be because they spend more per head than UK - of the order of £3700 to our £3000 (adjusted for PPP)

France has more hospital beds per capita than UK, a few more doctors per 10,000 and so on.

UK Space Agency wants primary school kids to design a logo for first Brit launches

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Re: cheap publicity stunt

It proves people don't read the terms and conditions.

What, Uber charges disabled people fees for taking a while to get into their ride? Doesn't seem fair, says Uncle Sam

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The Supreme Court upheld the Industrial Tribunal decision that the drivers were "workers" and subject to additional benefits under law that Uber had denied them.

by extension, this would also apply to anyone else in same position who choose to take Uber to court for recompense.

Shatner breaks the age barrier, goes where no nonagenarian has gone before with Blue Origin rocket trip

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Re: A 10 minutes 17 second ride ...

"the fragility of this planet and its environment that is only something you experience in space,"

Absolutely. If you get up there and remember what little there is protecting you when you're down on the ground, then you might be minded to look after it a bit better.

Virgin Galactic cleared to fly again after a spell on Federal Aviation Administration's naughty step

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" include expanding the protected airspace to allow for a greater variety of trajectories and adding steps to ensure real-time mission notifications"

So basically Virgin need to ask for more space to fly inside (because they can't guarantee their aircraft will stay inside the lines) and they need to talk to air traffic control?

'Extraordinary' pigs step in to protect Schiphol airport from marauding geese

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pigs on beet

i thought putting pigs on sugar beet fields after harvesting was standard practice anyway whether there was a nearby aerodrome or not

The day has a 'y' in it, so Virgin Galactic has announced another delay

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Re: Supplier identified fault

Are you new here? This is the house style.

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'

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There was no "horrendously stupid' idea! approved in the TM office.

as Affinity puts it

"Affinity Consultants..is hired by more than 100 Greek Organizations to manage the commercial use of their trademarks"

"The trademarks include the organization's name, nicknames, Greek letters, crest, badge, symbols, and other insignia"

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Re: "The Greek alphabet is currently protected legally"

You noticed that the English alphabet existed before it was called an alphabet (first appearing 1475 as "alphabete")

Though I cannot find what it was called in the gap after they stopped calling it futhorc

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

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Re: though corroded with rust, could be cleaned and restored to working condition

The Panther also had two machine guns. And it says he had machine guns in his stash. So if any of them were MG34s then he had possibilities there.

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall

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Scope of desire for change

is this drive for free access to standards also present in other areas of industry?

eg in food industry example BS ISO 3103:2019

Tea. Preparation of liquor for use in sensory tests £67 (discounted price for members)

or ISO/IEC 17025:2017

General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.138 Swiss francs

The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

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Re: Elephant in the room

Char.gy say up their lamppost chargers deliver up to 5kW depending.

a random selected council specification says cable supply to street lights should be minimum 6mm² and laid in ducts.

In a domestic situation 6mm² Twin and Earth is rated from 23 to 47 Amps depending on insulation level.

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam

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Re: not for publicity

commenting on my own comment, tsk.

Jim deals with people after money by exploiting a fear (loss of computer/files) in an area where they are ignorant

in playing the ignorant victim, Jim has the advantage that 1) he has no files to lose so can remain emotionally detached and 2) he knows their tricks (remote, blanking screen, editing webpages) - hence he remains in control of the interaction and comes out ahead.

In this reported incident Jim had something on the line (his channel) and he has less knowledge (youtube channel deletions by scam uncommon - though held to ransom possibly a problem?) - so the attacker has an advantage even though Jim may be more savvy/sceptical in online interactions than the rest of us.

second point - instead of being up against scam call centre drones, he might have been targeted by a more competent group (whether for hire or the jollies) able to make their interaction more convincing (eg IP not resolving to India, fluent English speaker, less bafflegab/working from script in conversation)

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not for publicity

Some people are saying 'Jim' is doing it for publicity, but I think this line

"3.28 million subscribers he had gathered" says otherwise

When you've got a follower base that big (and are doing team ups with Mark Rober that exposes how the scammers launder money through) then you don't put your reputation on the line by that kind of stunt.

Hundreds of irate UK Parliamentary staffers sue IPSA over 2017 salary spreadsheet publication snafu

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you might have bloody warned us a link was to Order-Ordee

I can do without giving Paul Staines any semblence of my attention

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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"I'm in a warehouse. With a robot. And it's on fire"

Western Approaches Museum: WRENs, wargames, and victory in the Atlantic

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Re: Book recommendation

I read the first part of Tooze's "Wages of Destruction" which looks at the economy of Germany before and during the war.

I only read the first part because that was the extent of the free sample that Amazon dished up. But it was informative on the economics thinking from 1928-ish to 1936 and how that led to Nazi's gaining power, how much they put into rearmament, and how Germany blew any chance of getting some of what they wanted without war.

The money merry-go-round of American bank loans to 1920s Germany which enabled Germany to pay Versaille reparations to Britain and France, which allowed them to pay back war time loans and purchases to the USA was a surprise.

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Re: a quote from American journalist David Fairbanks White, …

It's all interconnected.

While UK is in the war, then

1) Britain is a base for operations against German war production which Soviets aren't in a position to attack

2) Royal Navy maintains blockade of German so they don't have access to tungsten, copper, rubber and other things useful for making tanks and ammunition

3) USSR gets some of the Lend Lease via Persian corridor

4) British supplies to Soviets include 5,000 tanks (inc Canadian Valentine production), 1400 radar sets, 1 battleship, 4000 or so aircraft, 13000 tons copper, 114000 tons rubber, £13 million worth of machine tools etc

On top of which are supplies from USA to USSR sent via Atlantic. So keeping the Atlantic open affects the war to the East.

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs

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Re: "it has proved effective"?

September to December was pre-vaccine; the death toll from cases then would be much higher than the same number of cases now.

Also government being reckless/incompetent/uncaring at the current time does not invalidate the app's utility then.

11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'

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JAMIE: A new race of Cybermen? But we're humans. We're not like you.

CONTROLLER: You will be.

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban

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Re: Typical slander

Is he not known for those things?

Richard Branson plans to trump Jeff Bezos by 9 days in billionaires' space race

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Re: To quote a well known phrase...

Nothing that new in what Virgin are doing. Parasite aircraft launch was how Yaeger went Mach 1 in 1947 and X-15s flew into space in the 1960s.

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Beardie hangs out on private island tax free with his money but was happy for UK gov to pay when 8,000 Virgin Atlantic staff were furloughed.

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Re: Shipping channel

While a possible candidate Navalny is no more likely to say he'd give up Crimea than Johnson is to say he'd sell off the NHS - it'd just give Putin a huge opportunity to attack him.

Pragmatically, if he did become president, Navalny might find he had to make some accommodation over Ukraine.

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Re: Shipping channel

The RN have been sending Type 45s to the Black Sea annually since 2017.

As these are air defence ships and in this recent case it was teamed with a Dutch air-defence frigate, I'm sure it can't have hurt their capability if Russia did try flying some of their aircraft near it. Just as it can't have hurt the Russians to fly their aircraft near it and see what that the ships' reactions were.

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Re: "Artificial Intelligence": oxymoron. Used by morons known as Artificial Intelligentia.

We've been here before


Gov.UK taskforce publishes post-Brexit wish-list: 'TIGRR' pounces on GDPR, metric measures

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Re: Grenfell and red-tape

"unnecessary red tape" is up there with "activist lawyers" as a batsignal for the readers of the Daily Mail.

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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That was my thinking partway through reading.

The first business took steps to mitigate total breakdown of the time server but not a malfunction.

And presumably the interoffice networking example was tested by switching off one unit (the event that was being mitigated against) rather than stopping the heartbeat (the trigger for the backup to take over)

The lesson being that in an ideal world one ought to consider all the things that can happen. I recall a story that Feynman while on Manhattan project in order to give the impression he was involved in discussion pointed to a symbol on a process diagram and asked some innocent question about it. Upon which an engineer present recognised that it was a dangerous weak point.

Now all I have to do is remember this for my own work....

Virgin Galactic goes where it's gone twice before, for the first time in two years

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Re: I thought space was 100km?

so it should have read ""the first person ever to have flown to space from three different states but only in the States."

For the moment, FAI records elude the Bearded One's toy rocket

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases

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"three-quarters of four million voters indicated they wanted Tesla to accept Doge."

I didn't even know Tesla had that big of a customer base.....or shareholders


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