* Posts by The First Dave

1532 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

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Re: If the OS isn't supported, install one that is!

The second-hand sellers really aren't relevant at all to this problem - the lack of ongoing support applies just as much to first-hand phones.

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic

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Which was probably a good thing for them?

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Dunno, the phrase "spurious times of the day" is a new one on me - which times are those exactly? 25:61 PM ?

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

Sorry, but the real problem is they are only asking for 120v, when we all know that you need 240v (RMS) for any real work.

Smoke on the Tyne: Blaze at BT exchange causes major outages across North East England

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Just a question - how is an on-premise fire "Beyond our (BT) reasonable control" ??

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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To be fair, if they are looking for the ninth planet, they should probably just get someone to point towards Pluto.

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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Re: Life Imitating Art

Everyone is a bigot, to some degree. But presumably not you?

Laws on police facial recognition aren't tough enough, UK data watchdog barrister tells Court of Appeal

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Re: Not surprised

From that description, neither can I. Why wasn't a 'proper' phone call possible/available/relevant?

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: 5 violent burglars on a BBC one programme yesterday and they all had "the look@

Yeah, I knew a guy like that, once. Two girls and a boy. Left the wife eventually, 'cos actually he WAS gay.

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

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Re: This could actually make $$$

I do, and she doesn't smoke. Not sure I got everything else right of course. And its sounds like you don't have any kids if you think that 'danger' is a negative

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Re: This could actually make $$$

Parents are also responsible for ensuring that their kids don't smoke; that their kids don't fall out of trees, etc., etc.

Where is the technical solution for ensuring this?

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

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Re: It will cost us money...

Writing such a large amount of money as shillings seems very unlikely, though I agree with your characterisation, much more likely that this is in pounds, or even more likely that it is in guineas.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: Master copy

Presumably it all stops some time AFTER they have renamed Washington State (and Washington D.C.) to something that doesn't commemorate a slave owner?

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Re: You asked my opinion about drones...

Correction: "The primary purpose of this survey is to collect data on trouble-making citizens."

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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Re: Sooo....

Perhaps companies might consider the possibility of using existing employees for open positions, rather than just throwing them away on a whim?

We spent billions building atom smashers – and now boffins think nature's doing the same thing for free?

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Re: Fascinating stuff

It does beg the question of whether it might even be possible for the speed of sound to be faster than the speed of light.

I know - Einstein et al reckon that nothing could ever be faster, but that was without closely studying this sort of stuff.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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I would imagine they had to redesign the plan a little to allow it to carry all that battery weight.

I also imagine that there wasn't much weight to remove in the first place - this wasn't some Chelsea Tractor at the beginning.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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Re: This is a driver assist not an autopilot !

From what I understand, collision avoidance on aircraft is an extension to the transponder tech that identifies them to ground-based radar. Basically, if one plane hears another transponder nearby, it tracks where that transponder claims to be, does the maths, and adjust course if the track is too close.

IIRC there was an exploit mentioned very recently that relied on this to turn another aircraft, by repeatedly lying (slightly) about the location of the attacking transponder.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

Nah, Gib isn't 'fun' the way you mean it - you get such a great view wherever you are sitting in the plane, (though better on the right hand side.) Sure, it isn't anything like as straight as most airports, but the only significant danger is over-running.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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Re: Why ?

Quite possibly, deposits is part of the point - if Boeing cannot deliver a plane then presumably _they_ will suffer the penalties, whereas if there is a plane on the tarmac, the airline will be the one forfeiting.

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Re: isit737max.com

Anyone who flies on RyanAir already (clearly) doesn't care too much about anything - no-one who has read anything about them in the press can be under any illusion that the passengers matter at all.

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*

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Re: So it doesn't even do what its creator needs ??

"Windows 7 was your best OS"

For me, Win 2000 was the best of its time. Outdated now, but so much better than '95

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

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"It is unclear whether three similar magnetometers would have been immune to the strong electromagnetic field generated by a passing train."

Sorry, but its perfectly obvious that ANY magnetometers would have been affected - it was the field being 'unexpected' that was the problem, not the readings, so three independent devices would NOT have helped.

FCC boss pleads with Congress: Please stop me from auctioning off this spectrum for billions of dollars

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Re: No real danger

I get that the legislation requires this auction, but if he cares so much, what would happen if he just ignored it? Serious question - does Pai really think that the local plod will knock on his door the next day?

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Could have been worse.

The only mouse I've ever come across that was better when used standing up than sitting down.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows

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Re: multiple versions of Microsoft .Net libraries... Are all those being maintained

"you know Microsoft will have bent over backwards to maintain backward compatibility"

Nice one, best bit of dead-pan so far today!

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: The full-blown Apple formula

So, how many 'ordinary users' have you come across through the years that simply never use right-click, never mind middle-click on a PC, and don't know what you mean when you mention it?

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

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Re: Cisco have a point

Why would the court proceedings by public???

Cheshire Police celebrates three-year migration to Oracle Fusion by lobbing out tender for system to replace it... one year later

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Re: Requirements issues?

Just because they act like it, does not make them "paramilitary organisations". Not in this country.

Like life for a lot of us, Google's 2020 was going relatively fine until March hit. Ad sales nosedive, but yay for cloud and Chromebooks?

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Re: Taxes and share buybacks were a mixed bag

Outgoings in general, in all locales - as close to zero as possible.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

To be fair, Westminster _should_ have made it clear to local gov that this sort of thing isn't acceptable to the general public. (It would be very hypocritical of them, but they still should have done it.)

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: Isn't it just a historical anachronism?

Two spaces were ALWAYS too much, in any font.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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Re: Great, more personal data leakage from UkGov agencies.

"That's another 5 UKGov agencies _that are_ unscrupulous actors,"

There, fixed that for you.

Cloudflare outage caused by techie pulling out the wrong cables

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Re: Cables with labels on

1. Clearly label the ports with a unique ID

2. Clearly label the cable with a unique ID

3. Document what each ID currently connects to, etc.

As noted, a label on a patch panel identifying the source never gets changes when it should, and labels on patch cables even less so. Altering the documentation is far easier and more reliable.

Animal crossing? Nah! Farmyard frolics, courtesy of Novell and pals

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Re: Agricultural College

They only say that to frighten you - you can remove it yourself, "quite painlessly" and will be just fine; try it and see in only three simple steps!

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Re: Agricultural College

"inventor of the gall-bladder"

Did he patent that? Imagine how much money that could have made, seems like everyone has a gall bladder these days.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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Re: So?

"2. There is nothing wrong with the mind, what's wrong is the body. "

Citation very much needed. Until someone finds an _actual_ cure then the case remains open - just because a judge decided one way doesn't make it so. But even if it is a physical 'fault' then psychotherapy would still appear to be extremely useful.

Hunting for IT staff? Lost your job during the pandemic? Sysadmin vacancies – and a free job ads offer – inside

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Re: can't travel

"The first sysadmin job i got ... was no interview"

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Re: can't travel

Downvoted for not knowing how to spell EBCDIC

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Bit of a non-story

So, do you really think that either side are telling the truth 100%, or do you think there may be have been a little attempt (from the professional HR / PR person in particular) to spin this even slightly in their favour?

For example, compare "asked to remain home" with "instruction" later on - the former sounds like it emanates from an informal remark: "why don't you stay home if you are worried?" which is a long way away from the formal warning that they are trying to imply.

Internet Archive justifies its vast 'copyright infringing' National Emergency Library of 1.4 million books by pointing out that libraries are closed

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Re: Meanwhile...

Which is fine in its way, since if there is no pretence to being legal, then there is no threat to the system as a whole, unlike this situation.

I cannot begin to think why the IA thought this was a good idea.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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They do, a cheque is still the best way of sending money through the post.

And Webster knows nothing.

Well, Zuckerberg did promise India it hadn't seen the last of Facebook. How do you say they're BAAACK in Hindi?

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Good luck India.

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging

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Re: Anti Bacterial agents

"At least they aren't stockpiling weapons."

They in Yank-land, from what I was reading today - first thing everyone in Texas did was queue up outside the gun stores to buy more AR15's, _and_ more ammo for the guns they already had.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Not just Veg though - if you go near B&Q just now you will see they are mobbed, mostly with people buying paint.

Google reveals the wheels almost literally fell off one of its cloudy server racks

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Re: Swapping whole racks out

And the liquid cooling comes from where?

Welcome to Superbork: Where high-street fashion meets high-strung Windows

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Re: Times are strange

Technically, I think you mean an early version thereof...

Astroboffin Kurtz ends 40-year quest to find a predicted one-sided vibrating star that was never seen – until now

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Re: Why doesn't the red dwarf bulge too?

Maybe it does, but the bulge is too small to be seen?

And who says the Red Dwarf has less mass? That would depend on density, which does vary.

Disk stuck in the drive? Don't dilly-Dali – get IT on the case!

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Re: You can't get there from here

Oh, and single-button mice are so much more sensible when you have left-handers around. What physical device have you ever come across that works differently depending on which finger you use?

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Re: You can't get there from here

The drive was made by Sony, so blame them more than Apple.

Rebooting the computer automatically ejected the disc anyway (in most cases) so when you really wanted to boot from floppy you had to slam it back in again quickly.


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