* Posts by ravenviz

1626 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Woman forced to sell 4-bed house after crypto exchange wrongly refunded $7.2m

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Re: Australians have a long history of Criminality

Downvote for the pejorative historical comment.

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Re: an account number was accidentally entered into the payment amount field

When I was lucky enough to be able to pay off my mortgage lump sum, the receiving body said the onus was on me to enter the correct sort code and account number. They said there was no other way to do it and if I made a mistake then the money would effectively disappear and I would still owe the full amount. This didn't seem to bother them. Especially as BACS transfers of smaller amounts like done on your phone now have account details matching in place, large transfers such as mortgage repayments still do not!

US Army drone crashes hours ahead of breaking flight duration record

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So it was time travelling as well!

Isn't that cheating?

Scientists find gasses from Earth in rocks from early Moon

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Re: Space Ping-Pong

And all in 6000 years!

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It's fabulous how we can unravel the history of the solar system bit it by bit, and it gets ever more variable and surprising! For whatever reason or successive chain of supporting events we are privileged enough to be here to try and work it out.

Microsoft thinks there are people on 2G networks who want to use Outlook

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Will it work on my Vic 20 with 3K of RAM?

New Outlook feature: It freezes up when dealing with tables in emails

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Anything more than using tabs should be in an attachment, or better still a link to something online!

MIT boffins make AI chips '1 million times faster than the synapses in the human brain'

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Re: The problem of artificial intelligence is that it is developed by idiots.

When AI develops volition then we have a problem!

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Re: Super technology.......shame about the way the marketing comes over!

Your brain knows a lot that you don’t!

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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And once again we find another way of abusing life on Earth.

Meta proposes doing away with leap seconds

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Re: Wrong Problem

I’d say that doing 2 adjustments per year is probably more efficient and less error prone than 61 adjustments!

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Re: Do we need leap seconds?

Will Christmas in Australia still be in July though?

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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Re: Gosh, really ?

"See footnote 1 on my reply to OP"

TL;DR

Mars helicopter to take a breather, recharge batteries

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Re: Wipers Times

Redaholics on Mars, Shirley.

UK tribunal: App Store class action seeking up to $1.8b can continue

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You know I have problems with my iPhone 8 syncing with a 2015 Macbook Air running Monterey, and all the online help via Apple is useless. Try resetting your phone and restoring from a backup. Try this other massive time consuming inconclusive thing. Or that other one. People often fix things themselves and Apple Help says “I am so pleased for you”. Apple sync and other diagnostics are really bad and you can’t tell what software is doing, or if it’s hung. I haven’t been able to properly sync my 35,000 photo library to my 256 GB iPhone for months, and the music collection (15,000 tracks) on my iPhone is all over the place, missing tracks, missing artwork, etc. I have my own stuff on my own hard drives, and would like it on my phone. Is this just encumbrance to encourage me to use (and pay for) Cloud services?

Alibaba joins rivals in offering tool for those under pressure to reduce carbon emissions

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Like everyone else not worrying about anything until everyone else does something.

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos

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Re: Let's hope

I’ve often thought that nuclear buttons should be operated through a small guillotine that chops your hand off when you press it, just to make sure you really believe in what you’re doing!

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts

I hope you’ll be able to open a window after dinner!

Chinese boffins suggest launching nuclear Neptune orbiter in 2030

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Re: Neptune eh?

I think you’re thinking of “Bume Hollay”...

https://youtu.be/pHp9Cakv2Fg

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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“AI is intelligent. Very very intelligent. Nearly as intelligent as me.”

- Donald Trump

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Re: Conversations

Exterminate, annihilate, destroy!

/dalek

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

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

The ban is only for cars:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-takes-historic-step-towards-net-zero-with-end-of-sale-of-new-petrol-and-diesel-cars-by-2030

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Re: Sooo...

Clearly not working for you, but we never hear from the 2-bed semi with a drive, fuel optimist, live within 5 miles of work brigade.

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Second / 10+ year old Nissan Leafs are going for £5k on Auto Trader, a lot of money for 30 mile range but could suit some.

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The biggest portion of tax goes to health and welfare, a lot of it related to unhealthy lifestyles, one of the many elephants in the room being unnecessary car use.

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Re: Planned car ownership decline

Every additional bicycle is one fewer car.

People moan about the 20 seconds waiting to pass a cyclist who may be actually travelling at half the speed limit but are quite content to sit stationary in traffic jams for way longer!

As stated in the forum, the average daily car mileage in the UK is 20 miles, which can easily be cycled by many who choose to drive instead. Sure sometimes it’s raining or cold, but often times the opportunity is more than available.

Maybe it’s to justify the hundreds of £’s per month cost of a car, so it must be used. Or maybe there are other reasons people concoct to conceal their bone ass laziness to make any changes for the benefit of themselves, others, and the planet.

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Re: The charger numbers seem a bit low.

Viable geothermal energy capture is not about using surface sites, instead using oilfield technology to deep drill directional wells which take cold water in and hot water out, which we can then use as we see fit, maybe even to generate the electricity needed for the EV revolution. Once in place, the carbon footprint is very low.

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The goal is carbon neutral.

What you are talking about are outcomes.

There will be change no doubt.

Choose your own conspiracy theory but in the end it's not about you.

Give our children a life.

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Re: The charger numbers seem a bit low.

Very short sighted response. The problem is not heat. The problem is insulating molecules emitted from polluting energy production!

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Hardly needing to drive is a good place to be.

There are many who do drive who also hardly need to drive, but continue to do so.

% car journeys x miles or less that could be walked or cycled.

Usual naysayers are those that actually need to drive while the masses keep schtum.

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Re: The charger numbers seem a bit low.

The government is missing a trick, the future is geothermal.

NASA to commission independent UFO study

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Re: We're not advanced enough to understand "aliens".

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”

- Arthur C. Clarke

Small nuclear reactors produce '35x more waste' than big plants

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Re: I'll take the bait

“we'll lose more land due to rising sea levels”

Even less space for cattle!

Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes

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Holmes

"Nailing the landing process is key to lunar exploration"

See icon!

America bucks global smartphone decline with help from Apple

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Re: eWaste 'Я' US

Then that's still eWaste, unless the model puts off-lease phones back into a robust circular economy.

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eWaste 'Я' US

Aren't smart phones good enough already? Do we need any more? It's the manufacturers creating the need. Maybe we can spend less time gazing into our smart phones and maybe go for a walk or something instead.

Google opens the pod doors on Bay View campus

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I bet they’re not playing baby football in roller skates at home!

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

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Re: Try Scooters in Madrid

Strangely many car drivers can get very angry at the 20 seconds waiting for a cyclist passing opportunity but seem quite happy to listen to their infotainment and read their facebooks in hour long traffic jams!

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Re: Try Scooters in Madrid

This is the mess we’re in, we have compressed our lives’ timelines so much that we require cars to function properly, and cars that must get there as quickly as possible. So much talk about getting ahead and beating red lights. EV’s are not going to address this level of angst on the road, reducing car use is, moving more towards local active travel and services is going to make more peoples’ lives a lot less stressful! Anyone not seeing this is not looking outside the (tin) box.

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Re: So technology works as intended...

“A motorway where the hard shoulder is turned into a permanent running lane“

A bit like all other dual carriageways!

People in cars who complain about the negative aspects of traffic maybe ought to take a look at themselves!

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Re: Tricky technology

Or instead of “driver” or “cyclist” insert “person”. Plenty of people mount the kerb to circumvent obstacles (or cross cycle lanes without looking and knock cyclists (= me) off my bike!).

Pentagon opens up about its database of 400 smudges that may or may not be UFOs

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“This is the way it's been done for billions of years. Small moves, Ellie. Small moves.”

- Contact (1997)

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them

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Re: ""Don't you know who I am?"

“Yes of course, you submitted a support ticket!”

The end of the iPod – last model available 'while supplies last'

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Re: Got squeezed between the phone and the watch

I was given an iPod Touch which i used as a replacement for an ipaq PDA, but was so impressed with it I got a second hand iPhone 3GS, which in itself as a phone was far superior to my Blackberry Pearl. Been iPhone ever since, although still only up to iPhone 8 albeit with 256 GB with all my music and all my photos on it (none of this iCloud nonsense!).

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Re: Sad but inevitable RIP

This is why Apple products are for the majority people who don’t know how to do any of that.

NASA's modified Boeing 747 SP SOFIA to be grounded for good

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Re: I'm puzzled...

As opposed to not being reconfigurable.

Plans for Dutch datacenter to warm thousands of homes

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Re: Hokkaido

Yes but is it scalable?

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options

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Piracy will not happen a) Joe Public does

not know how to be a pirate, b) they'll just go somewhere else.

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Is that because most of its delivery is in English?

Engineers up the torque to get Lucy's solar array latched

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Hefty tug

Fnarr fnarr!

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