* Posts by Sam Therapy

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Heart FM's borkfast show – a fine way to start your day

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Bleah - Fart FM

My missis used to listen to those two annoying twats until I asked her to either change stations or switch the damn thing off. Not only are those two enough to make you take a hammer to the radio, the station itself seems to have a library of around 100 songs which they constantly recycle. Over a year since I stopped having the thing inflicted on me, I went somewhere that was playing Heart and, surprise surprise, they were playing the same bleedin' songs as when I last heard 'em.

Oh, and they're sponsored by TalkTalk, if you really need another reason to dislike them.

FTC carpet bombs industry with letters warning that fake reviews will be punished

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Re: Amazon ... will take action to stop fake reviews

Oh my giddy aunt! Thanks for posting these. I haven't laughed this much for a long, long time.

Ad-blocking browser extension actually adds ads, say Imperva researchers

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Re: The only way now?

And a cracking good book it is, too.

Patients must know how their health records are used – and approve any sharing for research

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Never, under any circumstances, assume my consent for anything.

My data is my data. Anything collected by medical professionals in the course of my care is not to be used for research, marketing, insurance, or any other form of profiteering.

I haven't ever opted out of the organ donation scheme because, despite my title above, I'm in favour of it. Sadly, having cancer is a great big red flag on that one, anyhow.

US drug watchdog green-lights first prostate-cancer-predicting AI software

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I was on regular monitoring because I'd had an enlarged prostate for many years, and according to the docs, at greater risk. So, regular blood tests for PSA level, the odd finger up the jacksie, and eventually biopsies, scans and whatnot.

Found the cancer very early on and was told that, due to the very small incidence of cancerous cells, they'd prefer to wait and see for a while. Fair enough, so I waited but, due to the pandemic, everything was delayed for over a year, except PSA tests. PSA kept climbing and after waiting and waiting, so was I, as in climbing the walls. After more tests and scans, I'm pleased to say the cancer didn't increase hugely and it's still highly localized.

Anyhow, time has come to get the thing out, so I'm waiting to hear from the team about my treatment.

In my case, I don't think the new system would have made any difference, since I was already on the watch list, as it were. That said, anything that makes early discovery easier has to be a good thing.

Fatal Attraction: Lovely collection, really, but it does not belong anywhere near magnetic storage media

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ISTR a Dilbert cartoon where his boss was wearing a magnetic bracelet which then buggered up his computer. Maybe some astute Reg person can find it, because I buggering can't.

Motivated by commerce, not conscience, Google bans ads for climate change consensus contradictors

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Re: Ads?

I've never seen an ad on YT - unless it's one in the middle of, and therefore part of - a regular video. Colin of CS guitars sometimes does it but in a very overt way, but other than that, nothing.

I am a subscriber to YT but don't have a paid account. FWIW, there's an ad blocker in my browser.

Maker of ATM bombing tutorials blew himself up – Euro cops

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Re: Pretty much standard

Hoisting ATMs out of walls with JCBs, you say? A lad round here was doing that a couple of years ago. A nearby Jet petrol station was his last victim. He's now banged up.

UK.gov presents its National Space Strategy: Space is worth billions to us. Just don't mention Brexit, OK?

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Another excuse for Johnson to cosplay

Buzz Shitehouse - To insanity and beyond!

IKEA: Cameras were hidden in the ceiling above warehouse toilets for 'health and safety'

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Ikea have form for spying on staff.

ISTR there was a big story about it in France recently. Bastards.

If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up

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The internal heat source is someone cryptocoin mining on Jupiter. Obviously.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey

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Re: Well colour me impressed

Not forgetting leggerbees' and raasclaat.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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Mr Clegg - and Facebook collectively - need to fuck themselves. With something sharp.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status

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Thanks, mate. Prostate cancer, so it's not too bad, as things go. Everyone says it's the one to have, if you have to have cancer at all.

Anyhow, I have to see Urology tomorrow but I think they're taking the piss. :D

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First of all, having recently had me first dealings with Macmillan nurses - and very nice they are, too - since I was diagnosed with cancer, they can say what they bloody well want because, well, they're lovely people. They're right about Chocolate Digestives being top, in any case, so there's that.

Finally, the writer should know better than to say sugar causes hyperactivity in kids. Rotten teeth, yes. Hyperactivity, no.

So there.

How long till some drunkard puts a foot through one of BT's 'iconic, digital smart city communication hubs'?

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Glasgow?

Fuck my spats, it'll last 5 minutes at most.

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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RIP Sir Clive

Your machines gave me my start in CGI. Primitve by modern standard but still exciting to see your own work appearing on screen. I was bitten by the bug (pun not intended) instantly.

I'll raise a glass to you.

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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Re: Stealth cloak, anybody?

Well, I'm not bloody well lending you mine. Wherever it is.

Boffins say Martian colonists could pee in buckets, give blood if they want shelter

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Coat

Seeing as water is so big and bulky...

Why don't they dehydrate it before sending it?

Mine's the coat with the bottle of Evian.

Australia gave police power to compel sysadmins into assisting account takeovers – so they plan to use it

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Re: Annoyed by unexplaimed Acronyms?

ISWYDT

This is not the tech unicorn you are looking for... and other stories

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I know it's early days yet but why can't someone make a decent plantigrade robot? Getting a bit fed up of all these unguligrade things walking around.

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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Re: I have a facebook and twitter but have no idea how to log in

It happens. Had one of those guys visit me, some time ago when we didn't have a telly. The bugger didn't believe me, though, and went round the house, trying to peer through the curtains. Knocked on the door again, told me he'd seen a screen on, with something playing. I told him - truthfully - it was a large monitor with a DVD player hooked up to it, and therefore not a telly and not liable for the TV tax.

When he asked if he could come in to verify, I told him to come back with a police officer and a warrant. Never heard from him again.

A couple of years later, we did buy a telly and I even paid the telly tax like a good citizen. Then, when the law changed and allowed you to not pay if you only ever watched streaming services, I cancelled the license and told TVLA all about it. They were OK with that and I've never heard from 'em since.

Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

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Wurdz is hard.

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

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Re: Samantha skips the small talk, goes straight to breaking OpenAI's rules by talking about sex ...

Which goes a long way to explain why I have a great deal of difficulty communicating with people other than those who know me. If, as you state, people say one thing while meaning something else, it follows that people generally parse conversation with an implicit belief that what's being said isn't what is actually meant.

I choose my words carefully, and try to state things as clearly and unambiguously as possible, I'm not afraid to say "I don't know", or "no", and when I say something, that's exactly what I meant, without any hidden agenda, subtext or - as far as possible - ambiguity. I'll also differentiate between opinion and fact, and, unlike most people, won't try to present an opinion, no matter how much I believe it, as anything but.

In a world of liars, it's hard work telling the truth.

Glasgow firm fined £150k after half a million nuisance calls, spoofing phone number, using false trading names

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WTF?

Dear Sweet Pink Baby Jesus

She is truly frightening.

Fix five days of server failure with this one weird trick

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A real "duuuh" moment from me, not computer related, though

I set up my rig in preparation for a gig. Switched on, left the thing on standby, grabbed a pint, came back to the soundcheck. Soon as I hit the On switch, the thing gave out the most horrible hum ever.

Opinions ranged from dud cables, ground loops, faulty switches, faulty power supply on me effects board, to busted pedals. Tried all kinds of things except the obvious.

I felt a proper idiot when I worked out the cause. I have some of my pedals in front of the amp and some in an effects loop, which for those who don't know, is an output from the preamp (Send) to which you can then connect various effects and plug the output of those into the power amp (Return) I'd left the effects loop cables draped over the amp, right across where one of the transformers lived. Moved them away to where they live on the floor and silence (or as near as you get with a big valve amp) reigned.

Yes, I got a lot of stick for it. No, I've never done it again.

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I'm sure I've mentioned these before but here goes anyway...

Mysterious keyboard faults that were due to staples, paper clips and/or bits of paper (those so-called chads from hole punches) being chucked around desks. Fixed by banging the things on the desks and issuing stern warnings to the people responsible.

My own Amiga developing an intermittent fault with the mouse, which turned out to be a gap in the casing, which admitted light from the great outdoors on sunny days. Fixed with a bit of paper and tape. I suppose I could have closed the blind but I liked the daylight, and since I wasn't well enough to go out and about at the time, it was the best I could do.

Facebook used facial recognition without consent 200,000 times, says South Korea's data watchdog

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Re: So 26 million won is $22,000

Quite so. I stand corrected.

Somehow, I'd got it into my head the old "dollar for a crown" was a myth.

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Re: So 26 million won is $22,000

Erm, no. The US Dollar has never been even equal to 4 to the pound. Close to, but not equal. I don't think it's happened in living memory, etither, unless you're about 200 years old.

Et tu, Samsung? Electronics giant accused of quietly switching SSD components

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Think yourselves lucky

We musos have has put up with this sort of thing since forever. Guitar pedals are low man on the totem pole when it comes to components, so chances are that lovely sounding pedal you had but foolishly sold 20 or more years ago costs more than your house, because the chips inside are made from unobtanium. Newer versions don't sound the same (I'll leave out the subjective better/worse), so what you buy as a replacement isn't what you wanted.

A good example is the old Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress, which used SAD1024 BBDs as part if its characteristic sound. When these things were no longer available, EHX switched to other BBDs which, to many - including me - sounded nowhere near as good.

Even well established companies such as Boss swap components from time to time; the venerable DS-1 has been through at least 4 revisions and many others have gone the same way. Even now, one of their early digital delays goes for silly money because of the legendary long chip it contains.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

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Re: Guiness World Records

Hey, it's a tough job but I'd be willing to do it.

Amazon Game Studios to its own devs: All your codebase doesn't belong to us

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Re: Common practice

I've seen it, too. Always refused to sign until removed but...

Since the terms were illegal under UK and (at the time) EU laws, maybe I should have signed and, if a later dispute occurred, I'd be home and dry, since illegal clauses would free me from any contractual obligations.

The thing to remember is, contract or not, nothing can take away your rights in law. I've won two legal disputes with former employers and one on behalf of my wife. OTOH, employment protection laws are being eroded, so what applied then may not apply now.

Tired: What3Words. Wired: A clone location-tracking service based on FOUR words – and they are all extremely rude

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Worth checking just for the different names given at the area of South Yorkshire Police HQ in Rotherham.

Before I agree to let your app track me everywhere, I want something 'special' in return (winks)…

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Even tyre pressure sites are at it.

Wanted to find out the tyre pressure for our car. It was only a few weeks old, didn't have the manual to hand and couldn't remember, so Mrs T Googled for sites with the info. We put in the, make, model and age of the thing, but the site wanted to know our reg number and location before offering up the info.

I told her to stay away from the site and in the meantime I'd guess the pressures. As it turned out I wasn't far wrong. I now have the numbers engraved into my memory.

Alibaba fires manager accused of sexually assaulting colleague

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Re: "web giant lacks formal sexual harassment policy"

Well, sort of. Should rather be, "You're suspended, pending an investigation, the police are called in and the next steps depend on police findings".

Beige pencil stockists on high alert as 'Colouring Book of Retro Computers' hits the crowdfunding circuit

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Spectrum colour scheme

Only the very first of 'em had grey keys, subsequent issues had blue grey, similar to the centre section of a 60s Dalek. Yes, I am a geek.

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

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Meh

For unboxing, nothing - absolutely nothing - beats the look and the glorious smell of a brand new Gibson Les Paul.

NSO Group 'will no longer be responding to inquiries' about misuse of its software

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WTF?

Re: This is a strawman.

It would be nothing short of a miracle if a US based company could make that stick internationally.

OpenAI shuts down robotics team because it doesn't have enough data yet

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Discord?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHOOOOHEEEEHOOOOHEEEEEHAHAHAHAAAAHAAAHAAAA!

Fuck my spats.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

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Good lads and lasses

Have beers, many of. Celebrate science and all that stuff.

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Well, it was meant as an ironic/sarcastic comment, seeing as you can't turn on the telly, open a paper, view a news site without seeing Ms Spears plastered across it. She's like the proverbial Madwoman's Shite, all over the place.

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A simple enough mistake. I mean, it's not like her name is everywhere, is it?

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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Re: "If" - Context

Entirely this. Facial Recognition is known for having problems distinguishing between non whites. I don't know why - I don't know if anyone does - but, knowing the system is badly flawed, yet continuing to use it, is inherently discriminatory against anyone who ain't white.

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Not had this happen but it did remind me of how happy I was when tellies - even pre flat screen ones - went from having large, rectangular cabinets to something more curved. When that happened, it meant the top of the telly could no longer be used as a shelf or display space for ornaments. Blimey, I used to hate seeing clocks, lamps, potted plants and whatnot on top of 'em, and it was always a bone of contention between me and my ex wife.

I should point out that isn't why she's now my ex wife; that's an entirely different and not entirely happy story.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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Re: Certainly, it can't be called "Audacity"

Forky McForkface

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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General convention for most Indo-European languages is (Russian and derivatives excepted) if it ends in "a", it's female. In English, it's usually "a" or "e"... but not always.

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Well, yeah but convention in names is *usually* upper case for the first letter, followed by all lower case, which would clearly make the first letter I the second one a lower case L. The Welsh mistake wouldn't - or rather, shouldn't - happen because with the exception of e e cummings and the odd name here and there such as ffitch, the leading I would be written L, which would be Llona.

As for Ilona/Iona, believe me, I do know how to spell my daughter's name.

I've learned over the past few years that people don't look, nor read, neither do they think, they assume. Mind you, I already knew that but it's still a pain in the arse.

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Similar note, my daughter's name is Ilona. You'd be amazed - or not - how many people pronounce it Eye ona. No, you dingbats, it's I - Lona. "Oh, thought it was two "is". Well, no because then it'd be written Iiona, wouldn't it?

No doubt some daft bugger would then call her Liona.

Granted it's not the most common name in the UK but it's fairly widespread across the world, as the Eastern European version of Helen/Helena.

For the record, we didn't pull it out of a hat, she's named for a good friend of ours.

UK health secretary Matt Hancock follows delay to GP data grab with campaign called 'Data saves lives'

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Week old sushi...

That's something I trust more than Matt "Fucking Useless" Hancock.

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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"It's Lego, Jim, but not as we know it."

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