* Posts by Doug 14

32 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jan 2010

Real-time crowdsourced fact checking not really that effective, study says

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An aphorism for our times

You are about as likely to find wisdom in a crowd as you are to find justice in a mob.

Spell check typso's

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Spell check typso's

I just trying think of a work to describe when a spell check 'helpfully' steps in to replace a perfectly sensible word , or at worst a word that may have been spelt incorrectly (but not beyond the point of allowing a reader to understand the intent) with something that makes you look a complete t*t , any suggestions ?

Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

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Great shame about the usability

I recently bought a Panny plasma , fantastic picture no question. But the software behind the EPG or recorded programs etc is b_____y awful. Fingers crossed they still invest some time and effort into doing something about it.

This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Not taken during the Olympics ....

If they wanted to squeeze the juce right down to the pips then why did they not take the pic during the Olympics - as any one of the poor sods who trudge across London Bridge every day could tell you there was an 'Olympic Rings' display ( then the paralympcs squiggle ) suspended from the cross brace of Tower Bridge for the duration and it aint' there !

Clearly a conspiracy has been exposed , but what is the secret agenda ? Enquiring minds have to know.

Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

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Agree with both ...

I understand what Symantec are saying , but the essence of IT security is about defence in depth. Each layer must do it's part. WSJ is expecting their AV scanner to detect malware , well it should shouldn't it ? True it shouldn't have been the only hurdle to cross , but Symantec cannot shrug their shoulders and say 'yeah well we kind of expected something else to deal with that".

Reader experts thrash LOHAN's mighty rod

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How about this ?

Launch from two rods , in the 10 o'clock 2 o'clock poisitions when viewed face on. Also junk the aluminium plate altogether and insted have a couple of 'bolts' at the tail end of the launch rods preventing LOHAN from slipping off the rear ... fnarrr fnarrr

10x power boost for Freeview as London analogue signal cut

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EPG Issues ?

Does anyone know if this will fixe the gaps that started to appear in the EPG from about two days out - I only started noticing them after the first retune. Being away from home most of the week it's been a real PITA.

New Intel flash hardness performs faster for less

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Reliability ??

I may be wrong but at this price point surely the target audience is for the home user , probably using it to host the O/S. In which case , as important as the read/write figures are surly it's the RTBF figures we should be comparing.

Scientists refine smart self-assembling building blocks

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What are they thinking ??

These people really need to get out the lab and see more movies.

Bring-your-own-mobe pilot for BlackBerry-shunning council bods

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Support Your Own Device

No particular object to a BYOD policy; asl long as it is accompanied by an SYOD policy.

Lucy in 3.4 million-year-old cross-species cave tryst

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Where's the mystery

Plainly this is just the proof that we were waiting for, Tarzeena and her Cheetah found at last !

Visa shows off data centre 'moat'

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Airlifted off site ?

Huh ? How is it safer to airlift the mail room off site ? The mail room team can run for it when it's on the ground what can the helicopter crew do ?

BoJo backpedals on Twitter hijack in mayoral glory bid

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Really ??

Anyone dim/shallow enough to be politically influenced by the name of a Twitter account is almost certainly too dim/shallow to rememeber there is an election even happening on the day concerned.

Are there not any actual issues to talk about ?

Thunderbolt to go optical in 2012, says Intel

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Not convinced

As long as this doesn't replace USB I've no objection. Personally I don't need those speeds , I do need to be able to supply power to the attached device - usb ( for me ) is mostly about temporary connections to devices - I really don't want to faff around trying to find a power source for them and carrying around another cable to provide it.

Cambridge student wins 'Hack Idol'

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Re: Next challenge: a more holistic view

Oh Lord ! Is my worn down cynicism showing here or does this kind of anonymous post sound suspiciously like it will be followed up by another posting ( probably not anonymous ) miraculously pointing to a web site someone 'just found" that miraculously just happens to be selling just such a holistic approach ?

Who uses the word holistic in the title of anything other than a salesman/marketer ?

Anyway the article was about a young guy challenging our assumptions about the yoof of today , good luck to him and hopes he benefits from it.

Google tramples over Euro data protection law – French watchdog

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Opt out ?

Unless the new policy offers the user the option to entirely opt out of being subject to all this data aggregation then the length of the "consultation" is irrelevant since it is of no purpose.

Admittedly I am one of the many people who have noticed the "this stuff matters" prompt but , other than a quick scan , haven't thought it mattered enough to actually bother to read it in any detail.

Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

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Streetside location

I've never understood why these trasmitters couldn't be integrated with the existing streetlight infrastructure. You'll have height , power , accessibility and path directly into the heart of the population. Seems like a no brainer to be

LOHAN's fantastical flying truss cleared for lift-off

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Angled launch ramp

How about the single balloon elevated idea but with an angled launch ramp like an aircraft carrier , should clear the end truss cable and angle you below the balloon.

Climate models need revising: Droughts, heat waves not such a big deal

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Something to make a note of ..

I was wondering where I could move to in the event that my own part of the world became a little toasty , or at least so far as my own ecology was concerned. Now I know , as does the rest of world, I can only hope we'll have a nice warm ( of a different kind ) welcome when we all turn up there.

Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

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Sounded great until ....

I started this article picturing some roaming satellite grabbing junk with its claw before throwing it into the atmosphere with contempt , which would have kind of cool. As it is .... meh !

Berkeley boffins crack brain wave code

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Black Helicopters

Do people think like this when they know nobody is listening ?

Not to put a downer on the conspiracy theorists , but while there is obvious potential for those people who know they cannot communicate any other way to "coherently vocalise" their internal thoughts in a way that may be detected and translated.

Is this how people really analyse their options and make plans ? It's not what I do .. given the choice betwwen chocolate or vanilla it's just a mashup of experience/availability/nothing in particular that guides my decision. Can't imagine what this machine would make of that. My wife is always telling she can't work out what I'm thinking and that's probably because most of the time I'm not , personal decisions are a mix of instinct and experience not sub-vocalised analysis.

TalkTalk, 3UK scratched off Ofcom's Xmas card list

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What happens when you wear people down

Can't believe the Virgin Media numbers at all , I can only out it down to the fact that there long suffering customers have recognised the futility of complaint.

LaCie LaPlug

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Network Throughput ?

What network throughput did you get with your tests ?

Can it actually act as a decent media source ?

I see from the LaCie product page it claims to act as a DLNA client , is it any good at that for SD or HD video ?

Some more actual information about it would be good , thanks.

Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

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BCH parity applies only to the Data Island Period not the Video Data Period. The data island period is involved with audio and control only.

Video data uses 8b/10b encoding , but that is to control signal skew and has nothing to do with error correction.

True error correction would require bi-directional control signals , packet retransmission , buffering etc none of this happens when you send data over an HDMI cable.

Can we please stop confusing digital data transmission over hdmi with digital data transmission using an error corrected networking protocol.

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No Error Correction

Can we just clear something up once and for all. There is no error correction ( should I put that in capitals ? ) on HDMI. None , nothing , nada.... this is one way raw data transfer there is no error detection let alone error correction. If digital was all it took for your ' it either works or it doesn't' approach then why do we have error correction on network comms , clearly they 'shouldn't need it' after they are 'digital'.

Common sense should lead us to conclude that in the absence of error correction, the only defence against data corruption is cable assembly and cable components , both of which are likely to escalate in cost the more attention is given to them.

What is in the favour of those who advocate cheap cable is that most people only need a 1m cable and over those distances data loss is likely to be minimal, however in cable world length is not the only issue since most problems arise at the junction points i.e. the plug and the socket and the plug and the cable.

Clearly there is a law of diminishing returns here, I doubt a £20 cable is going to be twice as good as a £10 cable , but I don't have any difficulty believeing that it is a better cable and if I choose to by it on that basis then surely I should be entitled to do so without being called an idiot.

Royal Mail tells The Register how it's using private cloud

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No Thanks

Interesting rant , and if the subject of the discussion was the virtues to be derived from abiding by web standards , it might even have been relevant.

But since he has given up his time to pass on his experience of virtualisation and their experience of the cloud I'm not sure of your point.

Adobe readies critical Reader update

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More problems than security

For all the security problems , if they don't do something about the speed/size of this dog I won't be touching it with a barge pole.

Foxit rules !!! ( OK that may be overstating it , but in comparion to Adobe Reader - without a doubt )

George Lucas names Star Wars Blu-ray release date

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Can we please give this a rest .. ?

Look these films were great when they first came out ( the first 3 that is ) , but for crying out loud just how many times can Lucas keep going back to the well on this? I'm begging you all please leave this on the shelf , it only encourages him.

Our childhood has been and gone people , it's sad but there it is .. you can't buy it back.

Supersonic stealth jumpjet achieves its first mid-air hover

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Replacement for Harrier ?

As a young lad I remember spending valuable hours studying in detail the illustrated box cover for my Airfix Harrier , supposedly operating from an open field ( in some as yet not overrun part of Germany ). Can't quite see an aircraft capable of buckling the deck of an aircraft carrier managing this.

Flames because it seems entirely appropriate in the circumstances.

Opera 10.50 goes from pre-alpha to final in 10 weeks

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Read the feedback


"Who is saying Opera 10.50 is an unhappy one?" , any number of people who happened to say so in the earlier feedback.

@luxor, 13:03

"What's the matter, Opera too complicated for you? Or just FF fan boys having a dig?

", No , but if you read what I was saying it wasn't a criticism of how easy/hard Opera is to use , it was based on the dubious merits of rushing out a software release for a product that is perfectly capable of responding to phased updates.

Reputations are hard to gain and easy to lose and the world is full of people who don't give a shit about whose browser they use - just so long as it works. If their first experience of [insert browser name here] is that it doesn't then they won't come back , no matter how rabidly emotional their fanbois get about it.

( Actually I quite like Opera , and if it happened to render the pages that mattered to me - which it doesn't - I'd happily use it )

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Why rush it out anyway ??

The whole point of this ballot screen is to give people a chance to experience a choice of browsers isn't it ? So why would you rush out a release if the only result is that new users first experience of your offering is an unhappy one.

Surely the only sensible thing to do is role out your latest/stable release and allow updates to the browers to role out in due course. It does do a periodic check for updates right , and this is enabled by default ?

I can't think of a better way to sink your reputation than to engage in a massive pratfall just as the spotlight you have made such a fuss over finally widens to include you on the stage.

US Army's robot kill-chopper chopped

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Ponits deducted for external assist ?

So where's the droid ally who got out to strategically place the wheel stop to allow our future master to mount its puny civilian ancestor ?