* Posts by getHandle

428 posts • joined 28 Apr 2011

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Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Re: "A minister's letter is not legal protection"

The amount of crap I get via mailchimp from companies I've never heard of, let alone signed up with... Bar stewards should be prosecuted.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Re: Nothing to do with Linux, all to do with Windows.

Spot on!

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Re: If only!

If the price of running Linux is outlook Web Access and a couple of rdesktop sessions then so be it! God OWA is primitive though...

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...

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Re: Just one of multitude...

Sales guys...

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could

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Striplights in a meeting have never dissolved a hangover for me

Only exacerbated them! Some quiet coding on the other hand works a treat.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

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Two months??

It normally takes longer than that for the government to decide to start thinking about something. Conducting a review in that time is laughable.

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules

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They can afford to go soft for a year

When they can still go back at least 4 years, and possibly up to 10, afterwards...

Guess we have to do this the Huawei then: Verizon sued by Chinese giant for allegedly ripping off patented tech

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Re: Prior art

"I strongly suspect this proves that the checking for prior art isn't as strong as it could be"

And the award for understatement of the year goes to...

Rockstar dev debate reopens: Hero programmers do exist, do all the work, do chat a lot – and do need love and attention from project leaders

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"..manage these people more efficiently by retaining them."

Yep - not retaining people is definitely not efficient management... <facepalm>

Oddly specific 'cyber attack' hits Alaskan airline RavnAir and one plane type

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Happy

Shame one of their other airlines wasn't called PenTestAir...

Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead

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Happy

The troll is strong with this one

lol

Tesla has a smashing weekend: Model 3 on Autopilot whacks cop cars, Elon's Cybertruck demolishes part of LA

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Unfortunately adaptive cruise control radar doesn't work like that

See, eg, this Wired article.

UK taxman updates its employment-checking calculator for IR35: Still crap, say contractors

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CEST

MERDE

Bloodhound gang hits 1,010kph, retreats to lab to work on smashing the land speed record

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Faster than flying!

Mind you, many forms of transport are faster than flying on Fly mayBe-operated routes and their legendary "delayed due to crew sickness" excuses...

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen

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Want one

Won't buy one - too expensive at half the price! Still want one though...

Is this paragraph from Trump or an AI bot? You decide, plus buy your own AI for $399

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Re: Is this headline from an AI bot?

Yours should be the one that says "Tips and corrections" on it...

What could go wrong? Redmond researchers release a blabbering bot trained on Reddit chats

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Interesting but...

Mostly harmless pointless.

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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Re: Surely

Wonder how it would cope with sofas...

.NET Core 3.0 thought it was all ready for release. And it would have been too, if it weren't for those pesky Visual Studio kids

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"(now distant) past..."

Hahaha, pull the other one, it's got bells on it!

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then

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Re: Accounts names

I once called a utility in my wife's name to change something and couldn't be bothered with their BS, so when they asked if I was her I just said yes. They either didn't care or didn't dare challenge the fact that I didn't sound female...

Plot twist: Google's not spying on King's Cross with facial recognition tech, but its landlord is

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You think that's bad...

You should see the MFlow "human recognition" cameras at Gatwick! Complete with evil-KITT style circling light!

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers

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So the project is on track then

Everyone knows the first half of any project takes the first 90% of the time/money and the second half takes the other 90%...

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin

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..the biggest of payments problems...

I'm very happy to have my mobile and my money kept separate! Especially given the ease with which they can be nicked, explode or dropped down the toilet....

Those darn users don't know what they're doing (not like us, of course)

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Re: The unfamiliar can always catch people out

Took me a moment to figure out who Granny was...

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The unfamiliar can always catch people out

Our ageing golf went into the workshop and they loaned me a shiny new polo, but the damn thing wouldn't start, flashing up some kind of red warning symbol about a foot pedal.

Little did I suspect that modern cars need you to press the clutch to allow them to start! Embarrassing but understandable...

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a

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Re: As an iPhone user

Moto G series FTW!

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant

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Re: Modern grownups

Oh god - social darts was our last post-work event from hell...

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

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My Code's Compiling

Sussex rap fan wants statue of Easy-E from NWA in his hometown because he's a 'legend'

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Newhaven?

I thought Newport was the spiritual home of rap in the UK...

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Coat

Re: Not Just a Store

Ah, brings back memories of the plasticy smell of a bank of ZX Spectrums running '10 print "<obscenity>"; 20 goto 10' in Smiths...

RIP, RDP... nearly: Security house Check Point punches holes in remote desktop tools

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Wot no remmina?

Just me then...

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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I think we're a bit too far gone for that...

Even our fairly boring Golf has a performance monitor mode on the entertainment unit that shows engine power output, turbo boost and g-forces.

You can also set the throttle, braking and cruise responsiveness via it, so it's not even just reading engine management info but setting it as well.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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Ah the N95

Loved the media player buttons!

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: Sugar?

Wow! Looks like it's GB-only for the sugar-free version: https://www.coca-cola.co.uk/drinks/glaceau-vitaminwater/glaceau-vitaminwater-power-c-dragonfruit#ath

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Sugar?

Alright, it might be a pointless drink but it claims 0g sugar per bottle, so I'm not sure what all the references to sugary drinks are about...

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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In other news

AI found to be more A than I.

How desperate are we going to get before we admit the problem is too hard with today's technology?

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Atmospheric is one word

Playing alone in the apartment, level nearly clear, music fades and then a door opens behind you in the game! The hairs on my neck still stand up to this day.

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

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FAIL

From the title

I thought this was going to be another list of MS outages!

Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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As bad as the trains themselves

"Sorry but we're being held at a red signal" - well we're not at a station so no shit sherlock! Do trains stop for any other reason??

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Windows Insider: Hustle as a Service

> So, are we Windows 10 users hustlers then?

No, the hustled

The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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How narrow an area?

Checking an object reference is not null before using it isn't exactly the pinnacle of debugging... Especially when it's seen the test run crash!

Can it tackle other categories of bug?

Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles

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Re: Amazon’s sexist AI

Lol - Google the AI Delusion and the first two hits are sponsored ads for Accenture and Microsoft

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Zoom lens

Ideal for checking out which brand goods you have in your home! It could be having a good look round when no-one's watching...

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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Holmes

On and off again??

It's definitely not going to work if it's off...

Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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ICO huh?

Can I get them to find and fine the barstewards who sold on the details of my recent car insurance claim to a load of bottom-feeding accident claim management companies??

Turn around, Capita: I'm trying but my pre-tax profits slipped 59%

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Re: It's raining

You'll probably need your wellies as well, to wade out of that puddle of shite...

Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Capita’s expertise in transforming customer experience

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha <breathe> hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Talk like an Egyptian

Most smart phones have proximity sensors that disable the screen when it's held close to your head.

It's the people who are left-handed but right-eared, or vice versa, that I feel sorry for - having to hold your phone awkwardly with your arm across your body looks most uncomfortable!

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Outrageous!

50p a litre? Why are we being ripped off so badly at over 120p a litre??

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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What about disturbing others?

I favour electronic communication in open plan offices to avoid disturbing others.

I would happily shoot the sociopaths who think they have the right to share their conversations, thoughts and phone calls with the whole damn floor...

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