* Posts by G R Goslin

431 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007


Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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Ah, but

Ah, but how many of them have the pubs open on Sunday? Importance is in the detail.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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But are these constants?

I'd be very suspicious if, after wielding incredibly powerful measuring devices, anything as illogical as these figures, would result in only 9, 10 0r 11 significant numbers. It's rather like, and very analogous to, taking the value of Pi as 3.1415926535 89 when we all know it goes on three or four decimal places more. Keep looking lads. There's bound to bew more out there.

EU General Court tears up ban on Three slurping O2. Good thing the latter's not set to merge with Virgin Media, eh?

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Re: Vodathree UK

The short answer to that is "YES" I had a problem with an item being delivered, which did not arrive. I contacted Voda in regard to this. It took seven weeks before the problem was finally resolved, and required almost daily emails and phone calls, since if I did not email, or call, nothing was done. Ever. I thought this was grounds for a formal complaint. This was almost exactly the same, but this time it took seven MONTHS. This time it was not resolved, I simply gave up. In that seven months, I sent emails, letters, letters by recorded delivery. at the ned of the seven months it was apparent that my letters, etc had not received any attention whatsoever.The snag was that the complaint was of poor Customer Service, and my complaint was passed to Customer Service for action.

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Re: Vodathree UK

I sincerely hope not. I left Voda three times, for their appaling customer service. The last time to go to Three, with whom, all my customer service contacts have been totally satisfactory. Anything which risks being ragged back to Voda's characteristic level of customer did-service appalls. me.

Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

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Seems to me

It seems to me to be a far better, and cheaper solution would be to send the stuff by Royal Mail. It's for sure that if the Post won't get through it's a foregone conclusion that a drone isn't going to make it, either. Seems to me the usual endless search for ways to spend (waste) the money. In any case, I don't recollect a road 'n rail connection to the mentioned location that the drone system could be five times faster than.

Home working is here to stay, says Lenovo boss, and will grow the total addressable PC market by up to 30%

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All this talk....

All this talk of home working, does make me feel a bit sick. The Victorians, who really knew what 'Work' was in relation to profits, always considered "The Office" as a cost. necessary perhaps, but a cost nonetheless. A famous shipbuilder once said "Give me 20 more shipwrightss and I could produce more ships and make more profit. If I employed 20 more accountants, not a single plank more would have been laid"

Offices PRODUCE nothing, and if my long experience of ofices is anything to go by, most of the employees there are there to massage the egos of those above them. I worked in an office, but it was a drawing office, where we designed the tools which made possible the efficient production of the products which the Company sold to produce the profits that the shareholder required. Wealth is created on the workshop floor, and diluted at the office desk.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Black Hat, White Hat

If I recollect rightly, the term came into being in the early Westerns. The man in the White hat was always the 'goodie', and the man in the Black hat was always, the 'baddie'. Makes them easy to recognise in the film. It had no connection with racism, since the two races were either white or red

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Re: Valid policy

Ah, the Partian Shot! A classic, or should I say a classical, losers manoeuvre.

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Re: Valid policy

I'm pleased to see that there are people with common sense, as in cynic 999. No battle has ever been won by running away from it. Our last, real pandemic was in the period 1939-1945. Millions died, but by not running away, a victory was finally achieved. Rather a pity that we, apparently, have not learned anything from this.

Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

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I suppose....

I suppose someone had to introduce a bit of greeen propaganda. You really should not add assumptions as data into science, as in the latter part of the comment.

"Therefore, discussing the results of my Coke and Mentos experiments provides a great platform to introduce students to various impacts such as ocean acidification associated with increased CO2 in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.” ®

UK.gov sits down with mobile big four to formalise plans for rural shared 4G network

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I'll not be holding my breath

I'm still waiting for a 3g signal, despite a fair number of promises, stretching back years.

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

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Ah, but getting rid of the steel industry did!

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Why not...

For many years now, the RAM has been a semi-permanent, plugged in feature. Surely, by now the OS space could be considered a similar facility. You buy a PC with the appropriate SSD for the 'guts' of the system, and then have the cheaper, more expandable HDD for your user space. In essence, Linux already (or at least in my machine), has a partition reserved for the exclusive use of the operating system, and the rest for user space. In fact, if the SSD was a 'pluggable' device, you could possibly have a machine that you could easily and quickly change operating systems on. On the basis of 'been there, done that', I did have one of my machines fitted with a data switch, which would do just that.

Huawei to the danger zone: Now Uncle Sam slaps it with 16 charges of racketeering, fraud, money laundering, theft of robot arm and source code

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Business as usual

And here was I, thinking that that is how most of the US's business was carried out in the normal run of things. Can you imagine the chaos and confusion if the spyglass was pointing the other way?

Mobile World Congress now none of those things as 2020 industry megashow axed over coronavirus fears

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Oh, dear!

How on Earth are we now going to learn of all these goodies, that were going to be paraded before us at the show?

Ever wondered how Google-less Android might look? Step right this Huawei: Mate 30 Pro arrives on British shores

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I'd go for that...

I'd go for that, if it were not for the mouth watering price!. Getting rid of the unwanted Google apps has always been my goal, as it was before Google came on the scene. Going back to the early days of the PC, there were always people that produced applications, as they were then, which outshone, by far, the 'in house' stuff. Then, you could dump the limping native offerings and load in the good stuff. Now we're loaded with the junk, which fills the storage space, and adds to the update load. More power to their elbow.

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid

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Why is it that research seems to be an ever open chequebook? You select an area of research. You do it. Then you move on to something else, having found all (or most of) the answers. I see no point in perpetuating the exercise beyond this, except that it makes for an easy and perpetual income. Looking at the same meteoroid set year after year, to my mind is analogous to train spotting. It satisfies the soul, but ceases to add to your knowledge. Grow up and get a job.

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Go by car

Go by car. It's cheaper, quieter, and you get the carriage to yourself. Even better, it starts where you are and ends where you want to be.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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What is it with all this drinking?

I'm a bit surprised that anyone gets to drink on the job. Many years ago when I served a an engineering apprenticeship, you'd get a five minute tea break in the morning when the tea trolley came round, and nothing in the afternoon. I don't recall anyone drinking in the meantime. There were drinking fountains in the shop, but seldom used, and no-one ever spilt a drinking fountain. If you can go through eight hours of kip without getting up for a drink, I'm sure the same would apply in the day. It's not exactly a manual labour environment, so you're not replacing the sweat of toil.

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps

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Since, presumably...

They're not employing any more or any less men on this as before, I fail to see how this method can be cheaper than the old, of having their employees keeping both eyes open. And that is not taking into account of the cost of buying, adapting and running the software and the infrastructure. It looks to me as if the costs are merely being moved from one cash bucket to another. The classic government system of "saving" money.

Flipping heck: Footage leaks of Samsung's upcoming bendy smartphone in action

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Where's the advantage?

I can't, for the like of me see any advantage of this phone over the conventional. Disadvantages by the score, I can. The only reason for it's being brought out, as far as I can see is to drag cash from the pockets of those with more money than sense. It's unwieldy, delicate, badly proportioned open or closed, thick, and from the video is going to need a conjuror to open it single handed, and three hands to do anything meaningful with it. Like the plate sized fablet, you'd have to use it behind a curtain to avoid the raucous laughter.

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

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An excellent piece of double-speak. Here Ofgem is asserting that they have not made any findings IN THE PAST, of an investigation which has not yet begun. It must be a cloudy crystal ball that they're using!

"Ofgem cautiously added: "The opening of this investigation does not imply that we have made any findings about about non-compliance by National Grid Electricity Transmission or Scottish Power Transmission."

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that

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The ultimate authority

All civilisations seem to have someone who wields the ultimate power. But what is the alternative? We, in the UK have the queen who nominally wields the ultimate power, but wisely never uses it. Devolving it to another party simply move the problem. The difficulty seems to be that a certain type of individual lusts for power, and as the old adage says, "Power corrupts, and Ultimate Power corrupts absolutely". We see this so often around the world, where someone, totally unsuitable to be controlling anything more complicated than a tram, gains power, and then uses that to extend that power indefinitely. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Having seen the antics of our political parties over the past few years, I shudder at the though of allocating anything like the Ultimate Power in anything meaningful.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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Help, help. There's so much pie in the sky, I can no longer see the sun

Eggheads have crunched the numbers and the results are in: It's not just your dignity you lose with e-scooters, life and limb are in peril, too

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has all this been put into context? After all there are thousands of other road/pavement users, who similarly get injured, tripping over their own feet, knocking into other pedestrians, being hit by pushchairs, slipping on wet patches, etc, etc. Singling out a single user type in such a study is totally stupid. Comparisons should be made covering the whole traffic flow. In this I mean the pedestrian traffic flow. Taking the thrust of this article, are the drunk any more liable to injury, e-scooting, or staggering home?

Viz-a-viz helmets for scooter riders. pedestrians too have been seriously injured, killed by simple falls while walking on the pavements. Are you, collectively, considering that EVERYONE walking the pavements should be clad in helmets, face guards, elbow and knee protectors, heavy gloves, against the risk that they may trip and fall while walking. I've done it, I once caught my toe on a minor upstanding ridge of concrete in a pathway, and went sprawling, to the detriment of elbow, knee and dignity

Lynch lied about Autonomy's accounts, rages HPE to the High Court

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It used to be called....

....Caveat Emptor. If the buyers are unsatisfied, they can always walk away., and many do. However, greed will always trump common sense.

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Didn't that used to be.......

....called Caveat Emptor? If the buyer is unsatisfied, all he has to do is walk away. Greed will always outbid common sense.

Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go

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Of course...

.... you could always buy the 'Dox', or similar, and pop your existing Dot into it. For less.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

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Situation normal

As usual, the inmates are being put in charge of the asylum.

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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Re: Surprised

Or even the present day Homo Sapiens. Although on the example of the present day governing bodies it does seem that Neanderthall man might have a decided advantage in intelligence.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Re: Paranoid, moi?

And Welsh Water

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

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Absolutely hilarious. keep it up!!! Did you get your tea, or was it what a friend of mine called 'Tongue Sauce'?

'Peregrine falcon'-style drone swarms could help defend UK against Gatwick copycat attacks

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The usual

Do I detect yet another 'solution' which costs more than the problem that it's a 'solution' for?

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?

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A very long time ago

A very long time ago, but still in the 13 Amp era, someone came up with the bright idea of having , a deep skirting board, which held a power busbar system. When you needed a power point at a particular place, you simply plugged in a special socket. Intervening gaps were simply covered by trunking. Needless to say it never caught on and we have the present and getting on for a hundred year old system of wires poking out of the plaster

Remember when Bezos whined about having too much money? Amazon's Q3 will help out with that

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This is good?

A quarterly income of $4.23, on an investment of $1660. This is good?. I think I'll hold on to my Building Society shares a bit longer,

Mandatory electronic prescriptions was the easy bit in NHS paperless plans

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Re: The Lord save us...

Not so. From the Governments own data, the one pound coin, presently has about the same value as the threepenny bit of the early 1900's. Then, again from the Governments own figures, beer was about two pence (d) a pint. So, allowing for inflation, the beer, now should be just under a pound a pint. That is not mental gymnastics, simply mental arithmetic.

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The Lord save us...

.. from these endless 'economies'. If it's like practically all Government initiatives the savings of £300 million, pale into insignificance against all the ancillary costs which are ignored, The hardware, the software, the maintenance, the cock-ups, the hand-outs, the support.

it's odd the way things go. A while back I researched costs of 1914 against 2014, in real terms, taking into account all the 'improvements' with modern technologies, manufacture, transport, etc. In 2914, in modern day terms, a pint of beer would have cost you around £1. Now. with all the savings that modernisation has brought, the cost is approaching £4. Much was the same with postage. The stamp on your letter now costs more than double what it did in 1914. And in 1914 you got two posts a day, and one on Sunday.

Privacy pop-up exhibit shows people in The Glass Room shouldn't throw phones – though they may well want to

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Re: Or coming from a different direction

I doubt that the 'policy makers' will be particularly interested, unless there's money in it (for themselves)

Sudo? More like Su-doh: There's a fun bug that gives restricted sudoers root access (if your config is non-standard)

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As a ex sys-admin....

I steer well away from any sudo function, as well as any Linux distro which claims not to have or need a Root function. As far as I'm aware, it's use is allow users to wield powers that root has, in order to load software, build the operating system, etc. I consider this to be absolutely the stupidest thing one can do. Having seen the catastrophes that users can do with normal user powers, the very last thing you need from a user is the ability to destroy the whole setup.In my day, the root password was the most guarded asset the system had, and was kept a long, long way fro the users.

Google Maps gets Incognito fig leaf: We'll give you vague peace of mind if you hold off those privacy laws

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Re: Its a joke

Not quite. It was sagely pointed out a good few years back, By Dawkins, as I recollect, that organisations exist to exist. That is true from viruses upwards, bacteria lower forms of organised life, animals, insects, et al. Through to organisations, committees, associations, companies, governments. The actual purpose of many of these has long been submerged in the necessity to exist. Here, in the UK, that has been notably demonstrated with the irecent nsane posturing of all the organised political parties, and the environmental groups. Historically, we may similarly examine the actions of all organised religions. I could go on and on.

'Six' in the city: Kiwi sportswear shop telly beamed X-rated flicks for hours over weekend

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Well, the smut aspect should cut down the list of possible perps to a million or so!

It's ace that UK.gov 'in 2030 will be joined up, trusted and responsive' – but what about now?

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Cost savings?

I'm not sure that I can afford any more cost savings. From previous experience of government cost savings, it always ends up costing more, for less

German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft

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Re: The long term

"We are also considering alternative programs to replace certain software. This will be done in close coordination with other EU countries.”

Read this as "We want to make a gesture, but by doing it in coordination with other EU countries, we have made sure it will never be done

700km on a single charge: Mercedes says it's in it for the long run

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Re: 350kW!!!!

Dinorwig was designed and built as a 'peak lopping 'setup, for those times as the end of the Cup Final when the country all (or perhaps half) of the population put the kettle on. to celebrate. However, when it was sold to private enterprise, it's use changed to only supplying power when the price was at it's highest. So, probably would not have the capacity left for emergency generation, even had the price been 'right'

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I can see a lot of brown outs when a few cars roll up for a quick charge. Finding a charging station should be easy. Just look for the rising clouds of steam from the cooling towers servicing the charging equipment. Or the roar from the banks of diesel generators. I shudder to think of the capital cost of all this.

Incoming... Trump! Notebook makers ramp production to avoid next tidal wave of US trade tariffs

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Aren't you forgetting...

Yes, the tariff is paid by the customers, but it's paid to the government, so stays in the country and offsets other taxes (hopefully). The government will always spend, spend, but less of it will come from internal taxation.So where's the loss?

Now on Amazon Prime: The Amazing Shrinking UK Tax Burden

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As I've said before....

It's not the Company that pays the tax. It's the customer. The Company is merely the (unpaid) tax collector for the Government. If Amazon doesn't pay tax, then they have the opportunity to drop their prices. Whether they do, or not, of course is up to them, but they certainly have the means.

Auditors bemoan time it takes for privatised RAF pilot training to produce combat-ready aviators

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Once upon a time

The RAF did it's own training, and did it well. I did my national Service in the RAF, as a Ground Radar Fitter (Rotors). The training course for that was a full nine months of full time training. I learned more in that nine months, than in the five year engineering apprenticeship, the four years of day release for ordinary and Higher National Certificate, primary and secondary full time education, and all the industrial training since then. Nothing beats being trained by people that have done it, lived it and believed in it.

Business PC sales up as suits flee looming end of support for Windows 7

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Oddly, I received a pop-up page informing me that support would be removed from my copy of Win 7. I dismissed it, as unwanted, and went on to open the application I'd booted the thing up for, when the whole thing died on me. Nothing would bring it back. It's not the machine, which is dual bootable into my normal OS, Mageia Linux, which works, as usual perfectly. Trying to log into Windows, hower, always throws up the repair option, of which nothing works. It either sits there showing the BSOD, or it will, eventually, re-boot into Linux. I'm tempted to consider that MS have set a bomb to blow the system up, as perhaps a warning to others. Being Windows from way back, it did not come with an install disk and I've no idea how to re-install, in it's absence



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