* Posts by TRT

7705 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app

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Re: Good and bad

Do baptists do the communion wine thing?

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: Turn Left.

Whoever put that bug in must have been one of The Trickster's Brigade - and I bet the bug was a Time Beetle.

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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Re: Jumped up quiche?

And "pide" is a pizza-like food from Turkey. Not sure if it pre-dates the Italian pizza or even the Spanish version "coca". The root of the word may even go back as far as "pitta", used to describe a flat bread all over the Middle East / Mediterranean region.

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Re: LED matrices

If they had run the display from an Amiga, then they might have ended up promoting Eastern Mysticism instead of Bible-belt Beelzebub's Fire and Brimstone.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Re: Practical test

One wonders if long-term use causes enough heating to stress the comb and shift the frequency spreading. Although I guess with that kind of device it has to have rock solid thermal management - i.e. a massive heatsink, like a lump of silver, and a Peltier to bleed off the excess heat in a controlled way.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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Re: in order to maintain consistency

Maintain consistency = Lowest Common Denominator.

Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue

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St Winifreds... your efforts were in vain.

There's no-one quite like grandma

a laugh we always share

at party times

and Christmas too

we know that she'll be there...

taking photos and breaching GDPR.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Highly sophisticated

It's the customers' own fault. They didn't pay the £5 supplemental charge for the cyber security option.

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

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There were two bad features on the iMac.

1 was the Puck mouse.

2 was the see through material the mains leads were covered in. It crept out of the socket due to thermal cycling eventually dropping out right in the middle o...

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Yep. Vax for the input side then SGI for the glorious 3D renderings of anatomical data. The Vax could also output a 3D reconstruction on a big high resolution screen... if you were prepared to give it 30 minutes or so.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: Re battery-draining radio broadcast

My iPhoneSE turns Bluetooth back on at the start of every day anyway. I'd have to hammer it home that I need it off in order for it to stay off. It's gone from a stance of "turn it on for specific purposes but otherwise it's off" to "You can turn it off for specific purposes, but otherwise it's turned on".

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Re: Bluetooth (alone) won't work.

I've always been slightly mystified by the rash of recent pairing protocols for smart things and health trackers, where you have to hold the phone close to the device, like under 6 inches away, to pair, then suddenly it works from 30 feet away or more over Bluetooth. I know that the devices are also passing WiFi details sometimes, depending on their purpose, but it's still slightly perplexing that this works. I mean, it's almost harking back to the days of having line-of-sight for an IR beamer.

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Re: First, understand the problem you're trying to solve...

Also with a London-centric view to things... GPS is going to be utterly useless due to lack of open sky visibility on the Tube, which, let's face it, is where we are mostly going to be catching it.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Re: Smoking

If your airways are liberally coated in slime then there are fewer cell surfaces for the particles to bump into. Then there's all the other muck that the mucus is trapping. Tar and nicotine and carbon monoxide all have horrible effects on lipids and proteins, which are the compounds that the outer shell of a virus is made from. It's why hand washing, alcohol gels and bleaches work - soap and alcohol works on the lipid, peroxide and hypochlorite works on the proteins. UV destroys the nucleic acids, so get out in the sun too!

You also have a heavy stream of mucus moving up and out, carrying the trapped viral particles out of the body. Very effective. Smokers do seem to get fewer but more serious colds. Been known about for years, so why it's a surprise for some medical professionals, I don't know! And it doesn't shock me in the least that healthy fitness fanatics who regularly inhale outside air right down into the very bottom of the lungs through nice, big wide open bronchioles seem to get the virus really bad if they come down with it.

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Re: Elliptic curve?

Ah, but you only upload your blob list WHEN you have symptoms. So not EVERY movement will be traced. At least not during the first few weeks and months... but seeing as though eventually EVERYONE will get this virus... EVERYONE'S blob list will end up in Big Brother's library.

And I do mean everyone will get it. For those who wondered about it and thought it's SAFE to come out once the all-clear siren has gone off and you won't get the disease... remember the purpose of lockdown is to FLATTEN the curve - it still has the same area underneath - that area, that integral, is the absolute number of deaths. Still going to be the same number of deaths from the disease itself - it just won't be higher than it needed to be as a result of life saving (or death preventing) medical intervention being denied due to over-demand.

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Re: Hm. An incomplete description

Do you actually NEED to decode the phone number to send the notification? I mean, I've not really looked into Push Notifications in anger yet, no need with my work, but surely it just requires some form of unique ID for that device and a hook into the Apple notifications system. Presumably Apple keep some sort of centralised register of "keys" that enables a push notification to be sent to a device. Notifications housed to work on iPod touch, for example, and there's no phone circuitry in one of those - it must be hooked through the iOS somehow.

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Hm. An incomplete description

I mean you upload all the blobs to central servers but THEN what happens? No description of the important bit. They what? Decode the installation ids then send a push notification? Or do they send a daily amber and red list of blob signatures that my device might have seen and then the local blobs I have stored are compared to that list?

So until a FULL description of how it works is published they can go whistle.

Tom Cruise to increase in stature thanks to ISS jaunt? Now that's a mission impossible

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Re: Mission Impossible: 7?

Still useful as a tax write-off.

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Ha ha...

Tom Cruise was "acting" at a film studios near my home, and staying in the 5-star hotel about 0.5 mile from said studio. He used to get a helicopter to ferry him to and fro. An acquaintance of mine was the cook appointed to prepare all of Mr Cruise's meals at the hotel - from then on I referred to him as "The Short-Order Chef".

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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Re: @"Shouldn't they be suing the driver? "

Sorry. It's just when I see that word it always puzzles me how the same letters in the same order can have such disparate meanings just by spacing them.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Re: What's wrong

They are in the fovea. In fact, you don't HAVE rods in your fovea. Or at least, you shouldn't.

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Re: WTF

Replace spaces with tabs in this case in order to increase distancing.

Zoom adds Choose Your Own Routing Adventure to keep chats out of China

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Re: Rivals?

Oh yes it is! Though it has developed a tendency towards context variability of late. Different roles see different controls and this can be a bit daunting when "playing on your own" to find out what it can do. Nowhere near as bad as Teams though which has possibly the least consistent UI of all time. Want to hold a video conference in Teams? Better make sure you know the difference between Chat and Channel, how many people you are going to be calling, if it's private or public... the controls jump from top to bottom of the screen, using different icons and there are some circumstances when you can only have a meeting by booking it in the calendar. It's the most confusing piece of garbage I've ever come across. And that's before you even get to live events mode.

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Re: Rivals?

Zoom is gorgeously easy to use. Apple-like in its intuitiveness and elegant interface.

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Re: Video voyeurism gone mad

We used to have to make do with Losley's, a local farm's product that the milkman delivered for 10p a pot. Actually it was quite nice stuff. Even the hazelnut flavour.

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Re: Video voyeurism gone mad

Who's Zoomin' Who?

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Are Microsoft...

Supplying multi-resolution video streams then? Because currently the way they do the video trickery sucks balls bandwidth-wise.

Honor MagicBook 14: Nice keyboard and ports aplenty – but with a webcam forever fixed on all of your chins

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Re: Sure, USB-C is way more versatile

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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For that price...

I'd expect iHover feet. Marty McFly style.

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government

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Re: Abroad

They have their own regional version. It's called AyeUpPlayer.

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You mean like all those times when Richard Dawkins were on? Yeah, obviously he has a hidden agenda to promote religion through atheism.

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Re: Well...

I think the tax should shift to the subscription services. It seems fair to squeeze a few % off their profits in order to pay for a free-to-air, advertisement free set of basic channels for those who choose or are forced by circumstance NOT to pay a media subscription. I mean, if The BBC disappeared then people would be forced to pay for any TV at all. Of course if you did that, then the people who choose not to pay for a subscription service are getting something for nothing then, which seems even more perverse that the present system. The price of The BBC is as low as it is purely because of the numbers of people who pay for it - essentially everyone. And those who say that ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 is free-to-air, you pay for those through the goods and services you buy. The take home message is there's no such thing as a free lunch, so why get all het up about the way The BBC is funded, really? It's not like you're forced to watch it, so it can't be that you disagree with the output. I'm paying for loads of stuff I don't use and other stuff I don't agree with through various other taxations - it's just more visible with the TV License Fee. I barely ever watch ITV for instance, but tot up the penny on a packet of cornflakes over a whole year, and it's costing me a fair bit - I'm not baying at the door of ITV house asking to be let off, am I?!

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

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No more than shepherds pie is made of real shepherds.

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Oh I'm sure they appeal to some, but many will buy 12 cans out of desperation because it's the only canned veg left in the shop, try a can and then discover that there was a REASON why they were only canned veg left in the shop.

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Re: No advice on "solo happy time"?

I'd make great use of that offer but the needle on my pornograph is broken.

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Do you know I reckon when alien archeologists land on Earth and they start digging they are going to be able to pinpoint an exact time point in the compressed layers of our towns and cities - a layer of fossilised tins of canned gooseberries, rhubarb and tinned salmon. No one's ever going to eat those. That's all the supermarkets have left but out of desperation and mass hysteria even those will sell and spend the rest of the millennium quietly rusting away in pantries all over the land in the same way peas pudding, marrow fat peas and goblin suet puddings did in the past.

Official: Office 365 Personal, Home axed next month... and replaced by Microsoft 365 cloud subscriptions

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Re: Joy to dodgy thesis writers everywhere

Reading that makes me realise just how old fashioned the phrase "Redmond, start your photocopiers!" is now.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Re: Key workers

My step-dad's a locksmith. I guess that makes him a key worker.

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Re: Excel-Word-Excel-Word. Bored! Rat-a-tat-tat-tat, bang, bang, whoosh

I've heard that oddly they're not seeing quite the upswing that they thought. I'm surprised! It may come later if the WFH rules stay in force for longer. Not many people have dual 24-core Xeon PCs with 192GB RAM, 90TB RAID arrays, dual Quadro RTX6000 graphics cards and twin 32" UHD screens. Not that you could KVM the bandwidth of 4KUHD down an IP pipe less that a 10Gb fibre... Not even the magic of 5G could do that. Remote infrastructure my bottom.

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Re: Key workers

NB. Working in a call centre does not automatically mean you work in telecommunications!

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Re: Everyone is working - Except the boss

Ah. The myth of the waterproof Mac.

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Nowadays it's "When you've finished, we'll treat you to some alcohol..." And then a liberal dousing of 70% and hand gel.

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It's a bit like Izal and Andrex.

You can wipe your arse better on a slice of soft white. Wholegrain tends to scratch.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

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Re: What is best for a house on three levels?

An elevator.

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Re: thinking the discs were battery-powered instead of needing a mains electrical connection.

After the electricians electrocuted himselfthemselves 3 times trying to sort out the wiring,

TFTFY

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Re: thinking the discs were battery-powered instead of needing a mains electrical connection.

I believe they are also double wound isolated transformers too, and capacitative coupled for minimum noise transmission, which means that both terminals are floating with respect to ground (which is where your body is at). You could only get a fatal shock if you touched both legs, one in each hand, so the current runs across your chest, or if some bozo has wired one of the terminals to earth in the back box. You get a tiny current to earth if you just touch one of them - enough to trip the main supply incomer RCD I hope.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Your mileage may vary, and your insurance will be null and void.

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Tenda?

I had a few of those.

Swapped the firmware for Tomato as I didn't trust it after getting my hands on them. Still don't trust that even with the firmware replaced it's not been backdoored in some way. Now sat vegetating in a box somewhere in the graveyard of tech under my bed.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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Antimicrobial is silver you know.

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I actually found a research paper online that argued that a consideration of public interest in any infringement proceedings should be removed from the US Statute books because it's anti-competitive. In fact the article goes on to reason that the patent system actively encourages research investment as manufacturers etc try to find alternative ways around the patented solution / component. All that does is actively encourage professional patent writers who tighten up the filed designs etc so much that they monopolise entire classes of things.

You couldn't make it up!

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