* Posts by tony2heads

1340 posts • joined 1 Apr 2010

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

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Re: The future is behind you ....

a good vinyl has dynamic range. Most MP3's are compressed to nothing

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Re: The future is behind you ....

How do you get the traffic reports (like when a crash happens) live?

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time

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Re: But the good news is...

But did it see that not everything with a face was a person - like statues.

Yes, Prime Minister, rewrite the Computer Misuse Act: Brit infosec outfits urge reform

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Re: So far Boris hasn't got round to replying.

No : as soon as Dominic Cummings tells Boris what to say, Boris will reply

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Is this any improvement on photorec or testdisk?

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

both of which I have used successfully

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Coat

88

Surely 'Two fat ladies - 88'

BINGO!

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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Re: What does 'six feet' mean?

Some are bloody huge:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/7/120702-biggest-crocodile-lolong-guinness-world-records-animals-science/

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Unhappy

Re: "......worst death toll in Europe"

BELGIUM to you sir.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/

show the number one is Belgium, but the UK is a hot contender

NASA launches a challenge to fund AI systems for future spacecraft – hopefully without HAL-style errors

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Terminator

Re: The AI will just...

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Re: WTF?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jf7j/episodes/player

BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt

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Terminator

Re: “GPP feature?” said Arthur. “What’s that?”

"it is"

Black horse down: UK banking giant Lloyds suffers an online wobble

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Unhappy

Any opinions (or better still - data) on which UK bank has the least unreliable service?

Experience in the family suggests that they are all a bit crap, but which high-street bank fall over less than the others?

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

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Re: A dry run for trumps loss in 2020

I would argue that everyone should be obliged to vote and there should be an option for "none of these" at the top.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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this is only half the trip

It also needs to land safely

Raspberry Pi Foundation serves up an 8GB slice of mini-computing goodness

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640K

according to google 640K=692F

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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It is worse when asking "what's the matter" to hear the reply "nothing"

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread

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Re: How do we know if it is any good?

The Google/Apple solution could be pile of steaming crap, but would the British government come out with anything better?

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies

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Re: I find your lack of face disturbing ...

I have also heard of people with cat masks

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Highly sophisticated

Groucho?

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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Re: In days of yore

I have seen it done a couple of years ago for a highly overclocked system. The circulation was by convection only.

It worked well, but needed an oil change on a regular basis

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later

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Earth's rotatation axis with respect to a Reference Pole

is measured regularly with several techniques - see

https://www.iers.org/IERS/EN/Science/EarthRotation/EOP.html

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Old ladies

"For instance, to prove entitlement to a COVID related benefit, there is a requirement to show that you have downloaded the APP and have received the COVID warning message."

I know of a 90 year old lady with a smart pone (from a relation) who has no idea how to install anything and use it for anything except phoning people*. Many people of that generation have ever used a phone for anything else. She might need the benefit but could not install anything

* She can't even use the camera, but it wouldn't be much use as she has macular degeneration and the pictures would be too small on a phone.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint

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Re: Me, Me, Me

Two cats (by Rossini)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyR6rsGDyg

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Angel

Does he do requests?

I want 4' 33'' by John Cage

Icon: you though it was a halo, but those are noise-cancelling headphones

Meet Morpheus, the AI that'll show you how deep the universe's rabbit hole goes: Code can detect, classify galaxies from 'scope scans

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WTF?

unusual types of object

I think any automated system needs a "WTF?" filter to request further data

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Coat

Getting too close to the Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser, which dispenses 'something almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea'

That's not a coat, its a dressing gown

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

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Re:PDF

In our off we went wholly to google docs for their ability to share, but more technical stuff still goes through LaTeX. Final versions are kept in PDF

Microsoft has speedy portable treats for locked-down princes and paupers alike with Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2

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"a proprietary Surface Connect port"

Why the proprietary port ?

Ex-Microsoft Office chief reflects on early malware and the 'global attack on the new Windows PC infrastructure'

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Coat

RE picture

I never realised that Steve was so tiny. Clearly a micro-manager

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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WTF?

Re: And what about the people ...

This is getting like the intro and the outro by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Re: Once again I propose we rename IoT as IoV

Until some vendor takes security seriously I don't want any IoT stuff.

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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nonstandard unit

The traditional distancing measure is the Bargepole

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, health secretary Matt Hancock both test positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: Lets hope

I trust HM to make sensible decisions, whereas I don't trust her current government at all.

Vivat Regina

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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Re: Visions of a lackey tapping out 50,000,000 messages on his T9 keypad

I think you would rise through the ceiling and possibly achieve lift-off

AI-predicted protein structures could unlock vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus... if correct... after clinical trials

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Re: The cynical among us will see this as a marketing stunt.

Is that the reason that you married the teacher?

Energizer Hard Case H280S: A KaiOS-powered blower that can withstand a few knocks

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If the point of the phone is being rugged

Can you get one to knock about and drop a bit?

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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Re: Good

Could be done, but little point if you can buy into one (or more) of the GNSS systems

Should I stay or should I go now? Mobile industry braces for an MWC overshadowed by coronavirus misery

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If I stay there will be trouble, if I go there will be double

according to The Clash

UK energy watchdog to probe National Grid and Scottish Power over fault-plagued subsea cable

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FAIL

Perfect symbol

"once described by UK ministers as the perfect symbol of the country's single electricity market"

It is the perfect symnol

Remember that 2024 Moon thing? How about Mars in 2033? Authorization bill moots 2028 for more lunar footprints

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Re: What will NASA find when it gets to Mars?

I would place a small side-bet on the Chinese.

'Trust no one' is good enough for the X Files but not for software devs: How do you use third-party libs and stay secure, experts mull on stage

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Unless

you write the OS, compilers and libraries you have to trust someone.

It is easiest to check if the codebase is open to inspection.

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport

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Emotional support

Mine is the Famous Grouse, but I might lean on a Monkey Shoulder

Two billion years ago, snowball Earth was defrosted in huge asteroid crash – and it's been downhill ever since

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Mushroom

Idea

Drop a comet on Mars to warm it up

Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home

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WTF?

Baffling

Why would anyone want 9000 cardiac images?

Over a thousand electronic gizmos went missing from London councils last year

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Drowned phones

Didn't they watch the IT crowd

Load of Big Green for Microsoft: Lloyds Banking Group inks company-wide Managed Desktop deal

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Re: Spot on

I do online banking, but from time to time need a real branch to fix various screw-ups.

My wife recently opened a bank account (at a different bank) and had far more screw-ups in a month than I have had in 10 years, because the staff did not know (or could not explain) their own products.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears

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Re: You've got the wrong solution

Send management up in the planes for 10 short flights, perhaps to the airports where the cockpit displays freeze

When the retrofit is done this should be easy as they have many lying around

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Re: senescence

At that point they should be put down, with the entire company closed. Try selling your share options then.

Blame of thrones: Those viral vids of PC monitors going blank when people stand up? Static electricity from chairs

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Devil

names of co-workers

start with Darth maybe?

Is there alien life on Earth? Maybe, says Brit 'naut. Well, where did they come from? How about this far-away cluster. Or this 'Godzilla' galaxy...

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Alien

Alien life on earth

I have always suspected the octopus family:

- 3 hearts

- blue blood

- mini-brains in legs

- can see polarization in light

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