* Posts by Mike Brown

594 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2007


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

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Apple and Google wont allow this on their platforms?

Surely this breaks all sort of polices from both Apple and Google. How will the Government compel them to allow this on their closed eco systems? They can even compel them to follow the law and pay tax

Pentagon's $10bn JEDI decision 'risky for the country and democracy,' says AWS CEO Jassy

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Best photos in the 'verse. So say we all.

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

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We will have self driving cars the moment that all cars are self driving. It wont work with meatbags still in charge of the majority of cars. Its all or nothing

Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched

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Sounds like a good news story to me

They had issues. They fixed those issues. Hurrah!

Oh good. This'll go well. Amazon's Alexa will offer NHS advice

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As long as amazon are simply regurgitating the contents of the NHS website, I don't have an issue with this. I don't use alexa so thats my opt out. If they are using the data they glean, then I'm a little more concerned.

DeepNude's makers tried to deep-six their pervy AI app. Web creeps have other ideas: Cracked copies shared online as code decompiled

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So thats why "on/off" pictures were so popular. They were teaching the machine.

Yuge U-turn: Prez Trump walks back on Huawei ban... at least the tech sector seems to think so

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Re: But the long term damage is done ...

Totally. Not just parts. Huawei has stepped up development of its Android replacement. Im sure all Chinese companies will be doing similar.

This looks like a victory for Trump now, but give it 5 years, and you will be able to trace Chinese supremacy to this silly "trade war".

Vulture gets claws on Lego's latest Apollo nostalgia-fest

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Re: Why is Christmas so far away?

My god, its full of studs

What's a billion dollars between friends? Uber tosses match on mound of cash in first results since going public

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How are they losing so much? They are a taxi company.

1. Drive someone to there destination,

2. Take a fair that equals the cost of that journey + a little bit

3. Profit

Or am I missing something?

Thanks to the NASA InSight probe (and British tools), you can now listen to the sound of a Martian earthquake

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And they drew there plans against us...

Sounds like the cylinder unscrewing....

Prince Harry takes a stand against poverty, injustice, inequality? Er, no, Fortnite

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Outstanding stuff guys.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Behind the curve

depending on what you have, that time might be now. MD is surprisingly popular on ebay.

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Re: If you're interested in retro audio gear...

thirded. Love Techmoan. He looks at weird shit, so i dont have too

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Minidisc is the past. Minidisc is the future. . Minidisc is forever.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Shoot it down?

This debacle seems to highlight something. The fact they couldn't shoot it down. Or get it down any other way.

To me, that's a rather large hole in this lands defensive abilities....

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Re: Environmental Protestors?

Totally agree. For me, this was a proof of concept....

Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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Teabag Manufacturer?

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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VAT? VAT? Surely we will be getting rid of VAT? We are taking back control from our hated EU overlords, and its VAT invention.

No stinkin VAT on these hallowed shores! Prepare the Unicorns! Onwards to the uplands!

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Jetho Tull were right: Your never to old to rock n roll, if your too young to die.

Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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"The DWP said that it didn’t comment on individual cases"

I think this case has proven that to be false.....

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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How will 999 calls work, in a blackout?

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Re: Am I the only one...

Nope. I love it. Its basically big lego.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: i'd like to propose...

or they become dolphins

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Re: We're gonna need a bigger board



Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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First person to hack it play brown noise, wins!

SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

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Re: a recovery vessel, dubbed Mr Steven

What makes you think Mr Steven didnt already pay his pound?

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

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Ive been to that Indian. And ferry nice it was too....

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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UBI is easy to set up and maintain.

Simply use the money that runs the welfare state, and give it to every citizen over 18. Bosh, job done.

If everyone gets a UBI, there is no need to have council/civil workers to admin the welfare state.

The bureaucracy costs of means testing, checking, interviewing, and actually filling the applications for benefits comes surprisingly close to giving everyone in the country £14k per year.

Then simply remove the tax free allowance, from earned wages, keep the current tiers of tax, and boom! UBI for all, with no additional cost to anyone.

Mattel's Internet-of-kiddies'-Things Aristotle canned before release

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Re: IoT - Talk about 'The blind leading the blind'....

And there is the issue: Kid forms bond with computer, company stops supporting and updating computer, computer no longer works, kid kills its self.

Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

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Well done ms, you've just made sure noone buys the xbox till Xmas 2017. These Microsoft guys are geniuses huh?

Fujitsu Services hacks bonuses to pay for minimum wage hike

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worked for fujitsu

Never again. The pay schemes are so complex its impossible to work out if your getting paid right, and i had suspicions i wasnt. Even worse where the managers who either didn't care or didn't understand, so going to them over pay was pointless.

Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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one good thing this proves

Is that the FBI dont already have back doors into iphones.

Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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playing games online or otherwise?

what about playing board games? so they tax per session, or just the game itself?

Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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can i copy things to folders by dragging onto the task bar yet?

Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Pysgnosis

that pretty much sums up psygnosis games. The 2nd levels may have been dog ugly for all i know, as i never ever seen them.

Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Surely everyone has worked out amazon reviews by now? 1 to 3.5 stars: crap. 3.5 to 4: ok. 4 to 4.5: excellent. And finally 5 stars: lies.

E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

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The only reason i had not to buy a PS4 was taken from me at E3. Those bastards at sony finally gave it a media player. Damn them. I was quite happy with my ps3, smugly watching films and playing the occasional game. Now they are going to force me to upgrade, and then im going to have buy fallout 4, batman and battlefront. Scumbags....

BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

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The monopolies commission should be looking into his one. The largest landline company, that has a firm grip on the broadband market, buying the largest mobile company, sounds a little iffy.

also, why is there only one monopolies commission?

Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Most people don't care what resolution its broadcast in. They have a 4k telly so think they are watching 4k. Like how people thought an HD telly magically made all broadcasts HD.....

Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

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I love sony phones. Decent spec, long lasting, and they look good. Dont understand why people buy samsung plastic tat, when they could get a better specced sony for the same, or less. sheeple huh?

Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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"This was an illegal theft of data"

Rather than a legal theft of data?

Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

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heard you the 1st time. Although you seem less cowardly this time around.......

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Re: Ratios

its definitly not broadcast like that. Some people dont like black bars down the side of programmes, so are happy to have ridiculously mis-proportioned people on screen. Persoanlly i think its daft. And dont get me started on on contrast...... sweet jesus some peoples TV's look as if all the actors have set there tanning boothsto the "dale winton" setting

Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads

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The hip and the music ass of murica should just issue a licence. 20 bucks a month and you can download any music any where. Job done.

Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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cosmetic dr's and surgeons terrify me

They are always so calm about inserting metal/plastic into places that it dont belong, for spurious reasons. What happend to do no harm?

Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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how does an opt out work with this?

surely if i wear a mask while walking into a petrol station i will get arrested?

Loki, LC3 and Pandora: The great Sinclair might-have-beens

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Re: Brennan

My dads got one of these things. The sound is pretty good, but it really should have had wifi, to stream from net or network. Without that function its a bit limited really.

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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the wii was a happy accident

Nintendo was in huge trouble before the wii came along and filled their coffers. No surprise that when the wii stopped selling ninty went back to being in trouble.

My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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I can see the point

Im very sensitive to certain perfumes, i go into sneezing fits that can last upto an hour. My throat tightens and my eyes stream all becuase someone wants to smell "nice". Its not an allargy i can avoid, like nuts or gluten, as by the time i realise what the person is wearing its far too late.

Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

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Re: I don't get laptops

my main reservation would be the mrs realising that i dont need my own room, and converting my den into a flowery spare room. Where would i go to play with my toys and hide from the family while pretending to be working on a high priority project?