* Posts by Jan 0

1000 posts • joined 14 Dec 2009


As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!

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Re: With regards to getting hacked..

> Geneva Convention

Reminder: The USA is not a signatory.

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Re: A Long Time Ago It Seemed So

I'd pit my Scimitar against your Maestro anyday.

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Re: lenses

> artificial corneas are available which are tuned to the patient to correct not just cataracts, but the myopia and astigmatism

Although artificial corneas are a thing, cataracts are cured by replacing the natural cloudy lens with an artificial lens. That same lens can be shaped to correct astigmatism. If the artificial lens is flexible, it may be possible to re-employ your ciliary muscle to deform the lens to allow accommodation. (Search for: accommodating intraocular lens implant")

Flashy tabs and no Flash: Apple rolls out Safari 14 to macOS Catalina, Mojave users

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Mail UAs nn iOS14

Now, how long will it be before Mutt* appears in the App Store?

Thanks, by the way, for the pointer to the "slightly naughty" installers.

* OK, I can and do run it in a terminal emulator, but a one touch solution would be nice.

The Battle of Britain couldn't have been won without UK's homegrown tech innovations

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Re: Jingoistic Juices are flowing

@I ain't Spartacus

Well the Boomer edition came out in 1983, so I guess Brian Redhead and his associates were trying to sound trendy.

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Re: Will you kindly stop with the "Britain alone" myth?

> the Nazi bully meeting the first team rugby squad (Britain + commonwealth +empire) and doomed to getting a beating.

Don't you think it strange that, later in the war, most of the German forces fought on the Eastern Front?

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Re: Jingoistic Juices are flowing

If you played on London bombsites, then you were part of "The Bulge". "Boomers" were nearly unknown until Trivial Pursit, Boomer Edition crossed the Atlantic

Q: How does hydrogen turn into a metal? A: Hang on a second, I need to train my AI supercomputer first

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Re: Neural net predictions

It's based on the idea that neural network guesses might be better than human guesses.

Adobe Illustrator's open source rival Inkscape delivers v1.0.1 - with experimental Scribus PDF export

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Re: Shooting themselves in the foot to save their hand

> You can still buy perpetual licenses for adobe products

Pray, tell us how? I might like one for Photoshop.

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Yeah but, we're in the 21st century now. How many Mac users even realise that they use CUPS?

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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Re: Well it's kind of a good idea but...

> And even data centres are no longer needed,

Errm, remind me where the cloud resides?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a pair of black holes coalesced resulting in largest gravitational wave we've seen

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Re: Gravitational waves?

I'm aware that gravitational waves have been shown to exist, what puzzles me is this:

Won't any oscillating mass produce a gravitational wave? Isn't the earth sending out gravitational waves strongly across it's orbital plane, with a frequency of one cycle per year?

Can we not detect gravitational waves from other celestial objects in cyclical motion? Are these the same kind of waves as those produced by the collision of black holes? Does the destruction of black holes just generate higher frequencies and more radiated power?

UK govt: It's time to get staff back into the office! Capita: Hey everyone... about that...

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Nice ghost towns

One of the joys of living next to the city of London and working further out, was walking along the deserted streets at night. The Lloyds building's lights made a great romantic background on a warm summers night, walking back from the Water Rats.

Downntown LA? Not so much:)

Sounds like the black helicopters have come for us. Oh, just another swarm of FAA-approved Amazon delivery drones

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Let's put a stop to this!

Can anyone recommend a good anti-drone payload for my catapult? Maybe a small fishing weight with a long string tail?

Smash-and-grabbed: Chinese AI academic cuffed by Feds after 'binning hard drive' amid software leak probe

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That doesn't look like it's going to feel good in a sock! Were the platter's shards also in this sock? Did he have lacerated ankles? Is "sock" some kind of USA euphemism or brand name for something else?

Forget Fortnite and FIFA: India wants to develop games based on local legends

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Re: white hot fires of technology speech

s/Ted Heath/Harold Wilson/


Uncle Sam to blow millions on getting fusion power finally working – with the help of AI

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Re: Still 30+ years away...

My proposal was "to make less people", but I might as well put my head in a wasps' nest. Achieving fusiion power is so much simpler and less painfull

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Re: Still 30+ years away...

We also need to make less people. The planet has bee suffering ever since we started agriculture. It's been guessed that 10 million hunter gatherers existed in (stressful) harmony with the rest of the ecosystem. Using nuclear fusion suddenly seems like a tractable problem compared with my proposal.

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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Re: Reminds me of...

Lucky for you that the tour guide wasn't a native of Brooklyn, or you might not have understood either.

Highways England primes market for £2bn tech spend as part of massive investment in crumbling roads network

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Sign o' the times?

Inflation: £2,000,000,000 would have been enough to build over 4,000 miles of Motorway back in the '50s!

see: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/1964-07-07/debates/343f1525-5af1-48de-a332-7bb58fda206b/M1Motorway(ConstructionCost)

If we could just post money back in time, we could have an excellent road system now.

So long, Top Gun... AI software waxes US F-16 pilot's tail 5-0 during virtual dogfight drills

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Rockets and Jets!

Why were they fighting with bullets in the 21st century? Don't 'planes carry autonomous, manoeuvrable, high velocity air-to-air missiles anymore (and decoy countermeasures)? I'd still expect the AIs to win most dogfights in identically equipped combat aircraft.

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone

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Re: Smart doorbell

"Smart" as in "festooned with unnecessary additional devices and services". So a toothpick, gel dispenser, video camera, speak your weight floor pad, microphone, keyboard, Ethernet, InfiniBand, WiFi, WiMax, Bluetooth, ANT+, .... . You get the picture, this is the 21st Century!

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Re: Security Locks for the win

I'm well aware of the lock picking lawyer and special tools for picking locks in a workshop environment. By "in situ", I was thinking about my front door or my bike chained to a wall anchor.

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Re: Security Locks for the win

Ah, so it will generate a weak RF signal as you withdraw the lock. I'll need to replace the microphone with an aerial.

Abloy is still keeping my stuff secure. I don't think their locks have ever been picked in situ. I wonder if the method described could infer the mass of each disc as the key is pushed in or withdrawn?

Pew, pew, pew! Our galaxy is shooting cold, gaseous 'bullets' of high-speed matter. Boffins are baffled

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Perhaps we should look at what's being shot at? Will they stop it in time, can we hide from it, or do we need to move to a different galaxy?

Bunch of mugs keep risking life and limb to 'crockery bomb' sad little roundabout

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Re: Oh come on...

This is the same Highways Agency that won't remove illegal (and distracting) road signs! (For example, if you drive up from the Smoke you'll likely see unlicensed hoardings advertising a distillery by the A11.) Maybe the cups need to include brown envelopes?

Farewell to notches and hole-punches? ZTE expected to announce mobe with under-display camera next month

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How many users will notice?

Most phone users have such low expectations of photographic quality that I'd guess that they'll not notice the inevitable degradation of the image. The image processing required isn't going to overwhelm the hardware.

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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Re: One simple lesson

Who can we vote for while we wait for the "Party of altruistic world class experts in all beneficial disciplines" to organise itself?

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut

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Re: "join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming '1984' "

Thanks for the tip. I don't know whether that was true for me (Firefox on OS X), but it's just worked this morning. Surely the coders deserve a whipping?

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Re: "join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming '1984' "

El Reg, why is Pascal's post "No longer open for votes"?

Shine on: Boffins bedazzle Alexa and her voice-controlled assistant kin with silent laser-injected commands

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It's been a long time coming

This sounds like just the sort of device Philip K. Dick used to dream up.

One moment you're tearing along a freeway, next your car turns off to force yo tou lunch at a restaurant you've never heard of or seen before, but you have a reservation!

The assassin's distant laser command causes your shower to keep its door closed and slowly cook you to death.

The Surface Duo isn't such an outlandish idea, but Microsoft has to convince punters the form factor is worth having

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Re: Suffers from the same problem as other folding phones

What happened to flexible, rollable screens? Just pullout the support arms and unroll as much screen as you need.

NHS tests COVID-19 contact-tracing app that may actually work properly – EU neighbors lent a helping hand

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Re: " ..and can scan QR codes placed on buildings to automatically check-in at those locations, "


> Wow, one day they might even use something that could triangulate your location from satellites and tell you exactly where you are.

Yes, but even if they did invent something like that, how would it work with buildings, or even trees, between you and the satelites? Gamma Rays perhaps?

Oppo Find X2 Neo: We're not getting any slimmer through lockdown, but phones are

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Re: Hmm.

Maybe if there were built in 512 or 1024 GB options without a frightening markup? I like a lot of storage on my 'phone, exchangeable storage isn't so important to me.

How Bude: Google's sole-financed private undersea pipe to make a landing in Cornwall

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Re: Suspiciously convenient for GCHQ

...and for the NSA no doubt.

Garmin staggers back to its feet: Aviation systems seem to be lagging, though. Here's why

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Re: My weekend rides synced to Strava this morning

At what date did "Shadow Copy" enter Windows Server OSes? Shouldm't that have been in Garmin's DR plan?

Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi to light a fire under Amazon's Kindle with new e-book reader

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I thought Xiaomi was a tat maker. Tat bazaars like Amazon and Banggood sell Xiaomi's tat.

Aside: I pronounce tat as "tut", is this normal in the UK?

Mysterious supernova is blasting far-flung galaxy with flashes of UV light – and astroboffins don't know why

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Re: For a standard candle to measure the universe

I wear my aqualung when asked to enter Lush.

Not-so-paltry towers to float: Vodafone reveals IPO plans for mega European masts biz

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mega European masts

Bum, there I was hoping that they were intoroducing really tall masts to improve coverage, like they do in developing countries.

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours

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This should come as no surprise if you are the owner of a Garmin device. Surely we're all used to unexpected crashes, loss of satellite fixes, erroneous navigation instructions, etc. Losing a data centre seems par for the course if you own a Garmin device . When I want to record a track for posterity, I record it simultaneously on my Garmin and using a 'phone app.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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Re: however on the good side

Not the same argument, but:

@Drew Scriver. yes, "they've got to eat", but why does that make them too lazy to sort out micropayments.? Why do we have to set up a pricey monthly or annual subscription for all we can read, when we only want to read a couple of articles?

The volcanoes on Venus aren't dead, say astroboffins, they're merely resting, pining for the planet's lava fjords

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Aren't Scotland's volcanoes considered to be active, because it's only 40 million years since they last erupted?

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords

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Re: Dodgy

> I added a TOTP authenticator

Does that mean that Tony Blackburn is on your payroll?

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!

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Re: Loyalty

> Britain and the US understand that it is far, far better to hold a war in someone else's country, than at home. The further the better.

Errm. no. The USA understood that and set up NATO as a device to distract the USSR and keep battles out of the USA. Britain (and other European countries) are occupied client states and had no choice, If we demur, then all those USA nuclear devices are handily on "RAF", and other member's, bases ready to "deter" us.

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

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Re: Can't abide the stuff.

> Responsible farmers keep the electric fences inside the physical fences

Not where I go walking they don't. Sometimes they don't have many of those little warning signs either. It pays to know what electric fencing looks like: look for the insulators holding the wire off the posts.

It's handbags at dawn: America to hit France with 25% tariffs on luxuries over digital tax on US tech titans

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What? copro- as in shit, crap, turd? -lation as in producing? So where does taking a dump enter into this story?

I guess the good news is that this might encourage more US dairies to try to make real cheese.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: Can it reduce the time spent at airports

Paul Ehrlich answered this in the 1970s when he said something like: "Why travel steerage when you know that you're on the Titanic?". However, Greta's way is much better.

E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK's first trial

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Re: Here's an idea...

Cute! Italian. Economical. Where's my nearest dealer?

Ah, http://www.tukxi.com/electro.html close, but no cigar. (I've seen one)

However, the Ape electric is on the Piaggio UK website...

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Everyone seems to be assuming that these e-scooters are going to be the cheap stand up, small wheel, kids' toy, things. Is no company going to hire out sit down, luggage carrying e-scooters in Piaggio or Aprilia Scarabeo stylee?

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: Thank fuck for that

Yay! My Quad FM3 packed up this week. I was wondering whether I should splash out on getting it repaired. The answer is clear now!



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