* Posts by KBeee

235 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010

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European Commission: Full-scale probe launched into data-slurping potential of Google's $2.1bn Fitbit buy

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Re: Promise... Yeah, right?

1. Dog ate my homework

2. Cheque's in the post

3. Google we promise not to

Actually the We Promise Not To bit can be seen as a lie if said by pretty much any multinational company.

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

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Alert

Re: I for one....

From last nights QI, there's somebody earning about $200,000 a month from playing with slime, and seeing how many chicken nuggets she can cram into her mouth. So I can see why YouTube looks tempting to a kid. Fuck! It looks tempting to me! (as the World circles round the plughole)

Face masks hamper the spread of coronavirus. Know what else they hamper? Facial-recognition systems (except China's)

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Big Brother

Wonderful

So for facial recognition to find "criminals", the false positives have gone from 90% to 95%?

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Joke

Wrong Peter Jackson

Perhaps the perpetrator got the wrong Peter Jackson, and was telling him The Hobbit films were dead ducks/dogs breakfasts?

Ex-boss of ICANN shifts from 'advisor' to co-CEO of private equity biz that tried to buy .org for $1bn+

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Happy

Re: It stinks...

Bit OT but, long ago there was a childrens TV program called The Tomorrow People (sometimes credited with showing what now would be called a Tablet for the first time).

In one episode a character says "One law for the rich, another law for the poor" but he gets corrected

"The correct saying is "One law for both rich and poor, to prevent either from stealing bread, or sleeping under bridges"."

Which to my mind is a much more subtle and truthful way to put it.

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump

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Re: Flagging falsehoods

The only thing we can be pretty sure of is if Trump wins it will be "A Great Triumph For Democracy!", and if he loses it will be "Proof Of Massive Voter Fraud!" according to D. Trump Esq.

Germany bans Tesla from claiming its Autopilot software is potentially autonomous

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I think Tesla would have far less trouble if they called it something like "Driver Assistance" rather than Autopilot.

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000

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Unintended consequences

Another side effect of the Nazis not believing Enigma could be read, was that they thought that perhaps the Allies were detecting the U-boats Radar Detectors to pin point where the submarines were, so they forbade their use.

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FAIL

Another side effect of the Nazis not believing Enigma could be read, was that they thought that perhaps the Allies were detecting the U-boats Radar Detectors to pin point where the submarines were, so they forbade their use.

Black hole destroys corona

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Re: Reverse the Polarity cures all

Yeah, I shouldn't have used Dr. Who as an example - He/She'd have used the Sonic Screwdriver to get away

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Joke

Reverse the Polarity cures all

It just dimmed when the star ship it had captured reversed its polarity to escape. I get all my scientific knowledge from Star Trek and Dr. Who.

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleads guilty again after cryptocurrency flop broke laws set up to stop him

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Facepalm

So, you need a lobbyist to promote your business, you hire one with a known criminal record concerning lobbying? Says a lot about your morals and business.

Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

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Re: Confirmation bias

I blame it on TV. With shows such as CSI, NCIS and Criminal Minds showing magic as if it's real technology sowing the seeds of infallible tech to solve problems.

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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Taxes

Setting up artificial barriers to trade rarely works.

After WW2, the US was worried that well made and cheap consumer goods from Japan would cause problems for domestic producers (this was in a time when exchange rates were officially set by govenments - not a mechanism that can be used in these days). So the US overvalued the Yen-$ exchange rate to make Japanese products more expensive in the US. All that happened was Americans still bought the Japanese goods, but now Japan ended up with a lot more $ in their bank accounts than they would have had.

Tariffs are of course different, a direct tax rise on American consumers, so the extra $'s ends up in US Gov. hands, but these seemingly aimed at luxury goods could well end up adding to the cachet of these imports, maybe even increasing sales.

Have no doubt that if the maximum tax rate was only 1% anywhere in the world, most of these Corporations would still be trying to avoid paying.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: As I read that

Yes, there should be a regulation or code of practice that it should be as easy to cancel as it is to subscribe.

KBeee

Re: As I read that

I'm guessing a Range Rover or Jaguar? Mine is the same. Over 32Gb to "update" each month. I can't believe that EVERY file out of the thousands on there has changed each month.

Fast as a motorbike, subtle as a brick: Motorola pushes out new Moto G 5G Plus mid-ranger

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It was released, but into the wild. It will be in the shops as soon as they trap and catch a few.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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Happy

Re: Think of the teachers...

Nuts... I see what you did there

GCHQ's cyber arm report on Huawei said to be burning hole through UK.gov desks

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Facepalm

Re: Time to take a step back.

The UK Gov and companies attitude for many years has been "Why make/produce something expensively here, when we can buy cheaper from abroad?" ignoring the fact that the expensive part (wages/salaries) will now have to be supported by the taxpayer as unemployment benefit etc. It even makes sense if you can say that your carbon footprint has been vastly reduced by exporting your manufacturing and production. The next Big Idea to meet Government promises about becoming carbon neutral is "If we stop producing food here, and plant trees instead, we can meet our carbon reduction promise." This was given pause by Covid-19 showing how important locally produced food is, but no doubt it will be back on the agenda soon. And it's easilly done, just reduce farm support to your local farmers so it becomes economically unviable to produce local food, and instead buy your food from farmers abroad that do enjoy being subsidised by their government (all of Europe and N America for instance). Might have to lower our food standards -chlorinated chicken anyone?- but Hey look how Green we are now! We exported our pollution again to look good.

There is a petition going to keep UK food standards up to the level we enjoy now - https://www.campaigns.nfuonline.com/page/56262/petition/1 - which I emplore you to sign.

If you want to see a farmers view on this, see Harry Medcalf with his Farmers hat on, instead of Petrol Head hat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e6lR8R82Ec - and watch from about the 15m 30s mark.

Sorry for a bit of a rant, but idiotic decisions by our "Leaders" get my goat. Can you imagine France or Italy doing anything so idiotic as closing down their farms just to basically Virtue Signal the rest of the World for no point?

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

KBeee

Re: There is a third option:

Barbarian! Every right thinking civilised person knows it's marmalade with sausages.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I called the cops

Yeah, it was an eye-watering 4d (four old pennies - a little less than 2p)

Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality

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Facepalm

It's that smell again

Have you ever got home from a walk, and when you get indoors you notice a nasty smell and think

"Oh God what have I stepped in?"

I get that every time I see an article about Facebook.

KBeee

Yeah, YOUR privacy is of no concern to him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWJ-S7iLd8M

Whose side you on, Nominet? Registry floods .co.uk owners with begging emails to renew unwanted .uk domains

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Law is for the obedience of plebs, and the guidance of Corporations.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Entirely legal

Cadbury were bought by Kraft (now called Mondelez) not Hershey. Despite reassurances to the British Government of the day when buying Cadbury (you can guess where this goes when a greedy Multinational Company promises something), they moved production first to Poland, then onto China, India, Brazil and Mexico, closing plants in UK, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Ireland.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial

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Joke

Were guns involved, or was it unarmed wombat?

UK.gov announces review – not proper inquiry – into Fujitsu and Post Office's Horizon IT scandal

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Re: 3.

One of Margaret Thatchers "Big Ideas" before she was elected PM, was cutting down on waste in the Civil Service. She achieved this by de-classifying postmen as Civil Servants, thus reducing their numbers by about 150,000.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

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Terminator

No risk to pilots? Send in the Air Force!

It brings up moral questions too. Already some countries are willing to go beyond what not too many years ago would have been considered immoral, if not illegal acts, provided none of "Our Guys" are hurt or killed. Think of drone strikes to wipe out "terrorists" (and the occasional wedding party) in Pakistan for instance. When there's no consequenses to your act, there is less reason not to do it. It is another step towards the "Willing to kill, but not willing to die" doctrine, but the risk of your people dying is one of the great deterrents to using violence to get your political agenda adopted.

Anyway, as that documentary "Terminator" showed us, the first step to Skynet wiping us out was pilotless F117's with a 100% success rate.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

KBeee

Re: I had to replace a washing machine recently...

I thought it was the opposite. I remember being told when buying rather expensive towels not to use softener as it inhibits the towels ability to absorb water.

KBeee

Re: No, don't check how long it will be supported!

Which? isn't missing the point. It is pointing out the pitfalls if you choose to buy a "smart" appliace.

Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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Joke

You all missed the point

I can't believe that everyone commenting BTL has missed the whole point of the article! The article is purely there to denigrate those of us that choose to wear corduroy bell bottom trousers!

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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FAIL

Re: Bluetooth? Really?

It's a damning statement when you say (quite correctly in my opinion) that the unelected House of Lords would be less clueless than the elected House of Commons. FFS, Prince Charles and the Queen could run the bloody country better than the shower in The Commons! I'm pretty sure half the MPs think they know about Personal Protective Equipment cos they all got degrees in PPE.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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Re: Amazon is a shady bookstore

Bit OT, but have you noticed that although 20% VAT has been removed from ebooks/magazines, their prices are the same? Looks like some publishers have given themselves a nice little hidden 20% price increase.

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Next you'll be expecting him to open up his Tesla electric car charging points to other makes of electric cars. Monopolies are only bad in the mind of businessmen until they get one.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Devil

Much like Return of the Jedi has never made a profit

Hoverbikes, Hyperloops and sub-orbital hijinks: Yes, the '3rd, 4th and 5th Dimensions of Travel' are coming soon

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Future travel predictions

Where's my bloody Jet Pack?

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

KBeee

Re: Just one nose-picking minute

It'd be interesting to watch the first dozen or two, but after two or three hundred it might get boring

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

KBeee

Re: To my shame ..

A couple of days ago I heard (on TV - so might not be true), that "Manager" is now the most common job title in the UK.

The phrase "More Chiefs than Indians" came to mind.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

KBeee

Re: Big savings! Now!

You're missing a trick there. Your ad should read -

Big savings! Now!

Only £250 each!! 2 for £600 or a MASSIVE SAVING of 3 for £1000!

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: K'in eejets.

It used to be that a drink with up to 2% alcohol could be sold as "non alcoholic". I remember as a kid being able to buy Shandy from a sweetshop with nearly 2% alcohol, There was an uproar when it was pointed out that if Watneys Red Barrel got any weaker (I'm guessing to lower Wantneys tax bill) it could be sold to children in sweetshops. Watneys ditched Red Barrel, upped the alcohol and re-branded it as Watneys Red.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Joke

Was this S.A.T.I.R.E. report before or after Trump renamed the San Andreas Fault into Chinas Fault?

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

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Joke

Re: A long time coming

However, where there IS extra letter(s) in a word, people that are used to simplified spelling seem to lose the ability to pronounce the word. Listen to the hash you get when some people try to say "bouy". It seems to have become "boo ee" now. I always want to ask them if their "boo ee ancy" tanks are ok, or if their economy is "boo ee ant". Don't get me started on Loughborough...

KBeee

Re: A long time coming

There is an international standard for date notation. YYYY-MM-DD is the ISO 8601 standard notation.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra

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From the article update, it seems your wish has been granted.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Joke

Re: Same property?

I hope you keep their droppings. You could make a fortune from ratshit screwdrivers

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

KBeee

Re: "It's a very strong design,"

ESA not NASA

Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all

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FAIL

Generous non self-serving billionaires

I'd never trust a billionaire or mega corp that announces how "generous" they are in a crisis. It'll probably turn out to be a PR stunt, with headline numbers but hoping no one will keep track of what is actually spent. Look at the pledges to restore Notre Dame Cathederal after the fire to what was actually donated by these people and companies.

The only good ones give anonomously, with no PR bullshit. One that comes to mind is Sir John Paul Getty Jr. but most of his generosity was secret, only being revealed after his death in 2006. There was a story about him attending a presentation to gather donations for (I think it was) a portable field hospital that could be deployed quickly to places hit by natural disasters. After the presentation he asked how much they cost, and being told £1,000,000, said "I'll buy two of them for you".

NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts – the same spyware it's suing us over

KBeee
Devil

Who to root for?

Balaam Vs. Beelzebub

Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads

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1 Osman

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out

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Joke

Re: Don't you have a shower?

Wire brush and Dettol cleans even better (from a very old joke)

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