* Posts by Nick Porter

19 posts • joined 28 Mar 2008

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Re: Heads ought to roll

The Post Office is a private company.

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One sub postmaster's story

This is a major scandal that has resulted in the jailing of innocent people - the Post Office has powers to bring prosecutions against it's own staff that the CPS wouldn't touch with a bargepole.

One of our local postoffice's got caught up with it and it has resulted in years of harrassment and threats to the subpostmaster. Luckily he has the support of the entire community including local solicitors and barristers who helping him - many are not so lucky. Sid's story is here: https://www.postofficetrial.com/2019/09/chirags-story.html

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Re: Order of magnitude error

Southern 3rd rail is only 750V and a 10-car 444 will draw a whopping 5kA.

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick

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The Sonos story was apalling. It is instructive to compare their repair and service policy with that of Naim, whom they consider to be a rival in the wireless speaker market.

Sonos: brick your perfectly functional device and we will give you a discount on a new one.

Naim: we will repair any item of kit, and upgrade the parts if upgrades are available, that we have produced in the past 40 years for a fixed fee of £330.

You're always a day Huawei: UK to decide whether to ban Chinese firm's kit from 5G networks tomorrow

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There's already a stack of 5G kit in the current 5G roll out.

Presumably if the government ban it, and it all has to be ripped out, then the MNOs will be seeing the government in court for compensation.

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Re: Treasury Notes

Huawei is already in Western telco networks - 3 of the 4 UK MNOs already use tons of the stuff.

And I'm failing to follow your argument of why the government would have to buy Huawei kit for the MNOs if Huawei kit was not banned. I mean, what on earth would lead you to that conclusion?

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....

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Re: Pedant mode

Really? It's literally right here: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/finance-and-performance/surrey-county-council-budget-202021

Most of it goes on social care - particularly adult social care as there is a large elderly population.

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Pedant mode

Surrey County Council is not in "deepest darkest Surrey". In fact they are not even in Surrey. Surrey is the only county that has an extra-territorial county seat: Kingston-upon-Thames, which was annexed by London in 1965.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

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Re: If not doing something because it was "inconvenient" was the ciriteria for Brexit..

Not remotely apocryphal and still common practice in many solicitor's offices. Secretaries print out emails at the beginning of the morning and afternoon and the solicitor dictates a response which is then typed up and sent. The idea of a partner being expected to do their own typing would be seen as laughable.

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: If not doing something because it was "inconvenient" was the ciriteria for Brexit..

There are 38 other ground stations that are not on UK territories and they are highly redundant. Additionally, the ground stations in the Falklands and Ascension are not 'ours', they are owned and operated by GSA and the UK is still enough of a rules-based country that our government can't shut down private enterprises without having a legal case to do so. "They won't let us play, it's not fair!" doesn't usually go down very well with a High Court judge.

Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: Doesn't bear thinking about

The Asian ones are smaller than European Hornets, but potentially more aggressive. European Hornets are pretty docile, despite looking bloody terrifying.

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

Those aren't the ones that are invasive in Europe. In fact the Asian hornets that we have (Vespa velutina) is actually smaller than the native European Hornet (Vespa crabro).

Of course this hasn't stopped various tabloid printing pictures and scare stories about the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarina) which has never been found in Europe.

By the way hornets, of any size, have plenty of predators in the UK - I've seen them taken by magpies, kestrels, merlins and even emperor dragonflies. That's not to say that they aren't a serious threat to bee colonies but the whole "giant mad asian hornets will sting your babies" thing is is getting silly.

Need an internet antidote? Try magic mushrooms

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Boletus edulis although properly called Penny Bun in English is often referred to as Cep or Porcino (the Italian name for it). They are awesome.

Best book to avoid self-poisoning is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mushrooms-Roger-Phillips/dp/0330442376/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383299905&sr=8-1&keywords=phillips+mushrooms

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And in exotic Surrey...

We've had a bumper crop of Boletus edulis - I've had some absolute whoppers - 400g plus, no maggots or slug damage.

And no, I'm not saying where.

Torvalds shoots down call to yank 'backdoored' Intel RdRand in Linux crypto

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Re: I think Torvalds is losing it

Does Torvals actually speak to people like this face-to-face or is it only behind the safety of a keyboard? Because I find it extraordinary that no-one has given his fat face a slap so far.

Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

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Re: Nuts

You can't have looked very hard then. Google has two large offices in London - one in Victoria, the other in Soho. They are merging the two into the new office in Kings Cross when it opens next year.

The registered office of Google UK Ltd - a company incorporated under UK law and therefore fully subject to UK courts is in Belgravia.

Formula One kinetic energy recovery rigs debut

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Re: 1 KWh battery life == ? Liters ethanol

F1 cars don't run on ethanol (and never have) - there are vague rumours that FIA are discussing it but nothing concrete. Fuel and refuelling is unlimited, so there won't be any subtraction from the fuel load.

For those who can't work out how the KERS will power the wheels, I refer you to Mr Faraday's ingenious new invention, the electric motor. And of course a motor driven in reverse is a dynamo - I'll let you work the rest out...

This is all coming about due to a change of the rules allowing kinetic energy recovery and storage. Its very much a mixed blessing as the real advantage of an extra 80bhp (a 10% increase in power) for 7 seconds is countered by a 30kg weight - a substantial penalty in a 600kg car.


BNP membership list leaks online

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BNP stereotypes

One member (and his family) in my village, and whadya know, he was involved in a stabbing 3 years ago - should I be surprised?


The Baying of the Hounds

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I weep if Amber is really a govt lawyer...

How are we supposed to take seriously a book by a presumably educated lawyer and journalist who has never heard of the Stasi? And who goes on to assume her audience hasn't heard of it either?

The primary target of the passive dogs (usually Labradors) at tube and train stations is explosives, hence the huge increase in deployment since 7/7. The drugs and firearms that they also pick up are considered by the police an added bonus. Active dogs (usually Springer Spaniels) are used for searching trains, aircraft and cargo.

Training a sniffer dog is EASY. The dog is trained to associate the target smells with a reward (usually a brief play with a ball if he is successful). The passive dogs are trained for different responses such as sit next to a target on a drug mark but lie down on a firearms/explosives mark. There have been attempts to train on knives, but there are too many false positives on tools, bunches of keys etc.

What's really odd about this article is the seemingly complete ignorance of how dogs behave and are trained. Has Amber never owned a dog or had one as a pet as a child? And as for doubting that a dog can smell the difference between people of different races, this is simply ludicrous - they can easily identify relatives of their owners by smell for example.

Any dog owner will tell you how well they can distinguish based on smell - my own German Shepherd can easily tell the difference between his otherwise identical red and green ball based entirely on the fact that they smell slightly different - he obviously can't tell the difference on colour (being colour blind), and if both balls are hidden in a pitch black room he will find the one he is asked for with 100% accuracy.

Oh and Amber, the reason your pothead mate kept getting marked is because he stinks of cannabis - is that really so hard to understand? And as an officer of the court you really shouldn't be associating with habitual drug users.



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