* Posts by The Axe

737 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Nov 2011


'Brittle' Twitter suffers bad case of the Mondays: Links, pics, vids fail

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Should've added "because the previous people who ran the business didn't think to have a dev environment".

McDonald's pulls plug on Wi-Fi, starts playing classical music to soothe yobs

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The MaccyD in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester is a centre of violence around 3pm. Something to do with kids leaving school. So common that police are parked there all the time.

Three seconds of audio could end up costing Fox $500,000

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What's that noise?

"The use of the sound is prohibited to prevent people becoming desensitized to something you should only hear in the most dire circumstances."

But if people don't know what the emergency sound is, then it's actually counter productive to not get people used to hearing it.

NHS England Palantir contract extension could result in further legal threats

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Re: "an emergency response and would be unwound"

Income tax was brought int as an emergency measure during the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800s. When that came to end in 1815 there were many petitions to repeal it and it was abolished in 1816. However it was re-introduced in 1842 as a temporary measure to allow for import/export duties to be cut. Now look where we are with income tax. It's grown and grown and grown.

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Very accurate. Except for one point. It's not the Tories. Neither is it Labour. It's the civil service doing it all.

Lawyer mom barred from Rockettes show by facial recognition tech

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Copyright & data protection

So how did MSG get a mugshot of Ms Conlon? If they used one from her firm's website then they broke copyright. They probably also broke data protection laws by acquiring her image without her permission.

Swatting suspects charged with subverting Ring doorbell cams and calling cops

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Re: Charges?

"failing to "Repect mah authoritah!" is an altogether more serious matter."

This is the key thing about this case.

First-ever orbital satellite launch from British soil will be delayed

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13 months

The CAA had the license application 13 months ago. If there was technical issue why did they wait till just before the launch to raise them?

Victims of IT scandal in UK postal service will get fresh compensation

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Re: Bring manglement to book

"DFS can't pursue a criminal prosecution against you, only a civil case"

Nope. Anyone (including businesses) can open up a criminal prosecution. Has been done a number of times. Not often as not necessary. Once the criminal case has started the CPS will usually try to take over. DFS is unlikely to need to pursue a criminal case since they will just leave it to the police and CPS to handle.

One case I can remember involved a police constable who head butted a driver in a road rage incident and then arresting the driver he assaulted and the constable claimed that he was the victim of an assault. Unfortunately the assault had been recorded on video. Police however refused to charge the constable. So the victim with some help opened a criminal case against the constable for the assault and false arrest. CPS took over. Victim won. The constable lost his job and was convicted. He also had to pay £20k in compensation after a further civil claim for damages. Look up the case of PC Mark Knights

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move

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Re: So what happened to this freedom of speech thing then?

Free speech doesn't mean without consequences. It means the state can't punish you but it doesn't mean that other people can't punish you.

'Chief Twit' Musk delivers bathroom furniture to Twitter HQ ... but not Tesla results

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The bias in the article is plain to see

YouTube loves recommending conservative vids regardless of your beliefs

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Re: Worth noting the dates

DC had a few fires. But Seattle and Portland have been systematically destroyed.

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Re: Who decides what is left and right ?

"There are lots of content creators being labelled as something they are not, because they disagree on a topic."

Like Tim Pool is is consistently labelled as right wing when he considers himself centre/liberal. the labelling being done by left wingers who think anything to the right of Stalin as right wing.

CEO told to die in a car crash after firing engineers who had two full-time jobs

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Re: Judge on results, not appearances

Not sure about the teacher/person of the night case, but the Blackbelt Barrister is a real barrister and has a successful YouTube channel. As for the surgeon and Twitch/Twatter there are loads of them on Twitter.

Tetchy trainee turned the lights down low to teach turgid lecturer a lesson

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I do shopping lists by noting how many items are needed. That ensures I haven't forgotten anything.

Starlink broadband speeds slow as subscriber numbers grow

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Re: What a surprise....

"Space," [the Hitchhiker's Guide] says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

Cloudflare tries to explain why it protects far-right forums that stalk and harass victims

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Publicity for the cause

If Cloudfare are guilty for being involved in Kiwi Farm's activities, then so should their ISP, and the phone company that provides the backbone, and the browsers used to browse the website. That the trans activists go after Cloudfare is partially because it's an easy target and partially for the publicity. The trans activists are just doing this to get publicity, knowing that Cloudfare won't bodge. The best thing Cloudfare can do is ignore the activists as bowing to them will just mean more legal attacks.

SpaceX reportedly fires staffers behind open letter criticising Elon Musk

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Re: Does as I say, not as I do

It also tells us that you don't know anything about free speech. It doesn't stop you from the consequences of your speech. Only that the government can't jail or punish you for it. Other people will disagree with you, sometimes very strongly.

If you want to launch Starship from Texas, here's some homework, FAA tells SpaceX

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Re: Not too bad/onerous

Yep. I got that impression from watching the livestream too. Basically just puts what SpaceX is mostly doing onto a legal basis so that SpaceX can't stop doing it. Not that they were going to.

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity

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Tom7, you think the same way as I do.

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You must be working for the NHS. They are so disorganised, they still use WinXP and 5 1/4" disk drives.

Twitter buyout: Larry Ellison bursts into Elon's office, slaps $1b down on the desk

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You mean the existing owners of Twitter?

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Customer support

Businesses that run customer support twitter accounts will be happy to pay for their account if it gives them features that help them do their work. Same with other business accounts which are run as part of marketing, they would just roll up the charges as part of their advertising budgets.

Rocket Lab successfully catches falling rocket booster with a helicopter

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Re: Does it work economically

If you thought helicopter operations are expensive, wait till you see the cost marine operations.

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Re: "a supersonic ballet"

People were saying that about SpaceX and their recovery of their boosters. That there was no guarantee of recovery, wasted money on trying, etc.

Your software doesn't work when my PC is in 'O' mode

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Re: PC

I've actually seen that. A letter stapled to a 5 1/2" disk. Thankfully at the corner of the disk so no damage. Was in the late 80s.

Twitter faces existential threat from world's richest techbro

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And you can create threads which are multiple tweets of upto 280 characters each.

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"it's a rancid, fetid swamp inhabited by predators and parasites, and fed with a continuous stream of sewage and effluent from the Big $ interests surrounding it."

That pretty much describes normal human behaviour and what happens in normal society.

Swedish firms ink deal to make green hydrogen with wind power

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Making hydrogren using renewable energy will be green all the way through. What, even when all the processes required to get the raw material, namely water, into a state where it can be used require chemicals and non-recyclable materials?

Amazon books rocket flights for its Kuiper broadband internet satellites

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@Tom7 - There has already been a solar flare which caused a number of Starlink's to not reach their proper orbit and to fall back to earth.

Prototype app outperforms and outlasts outsourced production version

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The Conservatives of 19841 weren't the party of low taxation. That's a modern tag line.

Deere & Co won't give out software and data needed for repairs, watchdog told

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Re: Coming soon to a car in your driveway

Already on your driveway if you have a Tesla.

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Re: Set a precedent.

Nationalising never solves anything. If anything it creates more problems.

IT blamed after HR forgets to install sockets in new office

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Push v pull

Just seen a YouTube video from Wendover Productions where it was explained that it comes down to push versus pull supply logistics. The Russians do everything from central and it's pushed out from there. The Yanks do everything from the front and it's pulled from there. Like everything Socialist, it's all planned from the central top place. So they plan all the logistics and ship out the supplies even if it's not actually wanted because of local conditions. The Yanks do the opposite and ship logistics and supplies depending on actual need and demand.


Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400

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Since a computer with just an input device is not much use since you need an output device to see your results I have invented a new computing device which has both an input device and an output device. Since it won't be big or heavy, it'll be something you can put on top of your lap whilst you having a coffee or on the train. Wonder what I shall call it. How does laptop sound?

Dido Harding's appointment to English public health body ruled unlawful

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Full story is that Runnymede failed in two of their claims, only winning the equality issue. Also, The Good Law project run by fox killer Joleyn Maughan failed in all their claims. However Joleyn is claiming that the minor win is a total win for them.

English county council blasted for 'inept project management' in delayed SAP replacement

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Re: Still reinventing the wheel from scratch

Alternatively, all councils should use the same business processes. They all do the same job. Then get one specification that any supplier can use. And then it can be shared between councils thereby cutting costs.

How to get banned from social media without posting a thing

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Re: "I haven't posted anything yet," she replies. "We had lunch instead"

There is a hashtag named PINAC (Photography Is Not A Crime) where people take pictures and get hassled by cops and security and random people. They usually get labelled as weirdos. Taking pictures of interesting this isn't weird. But taking pictures of food you are about to eat is most definitely weird.

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Re: Soooo

I can't be bothered walking back into my house either. I claim it's good for the Gooseberry bushes.

Watchdog clears 90 per cent of US commercial aircraft to land in low visibility at nation's 5G C-band airports

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Re: Finally.

"Honestly, I'm just very puzzled that the airline industry and the FAA waited until the 11th hour"

You're assuming that because the FAA is some government organisation it is super efficient. In reality most government organisations are run by incompetents and staffed by those with minimal ability to do their job.

MPs charged with analysing Online Safety Bill say end-to-end encryption should be called out as 'specific risk factor'

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Sorites problem

When does a company enabling customers to communicate with each become a social media company. At some arbitrary random point in the number of customers, its turnover, the number of messages, or whatever?

Bloke breaking his back on 'commute' from bed to desk deemed a workplace accident

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Falling out of bed

So if you fall out of bed after a bad nightmare you can claim on your employer's insurance?

New study demonstrates iodine as satellite propellant... in space

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Re: Supporting a boom in the small satellite market

And India

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Re: On the one hand : Science !

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.

Cruel and unusual IT fail upstages Megan Fox. Transformers: Windows in disguise

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Re: Why tech for a billboard anyway?

Paper billboards bork too. Have you never seen a billboard with the poster peeling off?

Remember the 'guy in a jetpack' seen flying close to passenger jets? Probably just balloons, says FBI

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Re: YouTube Stunt

Link worked for me.

Nobody cares about DAB radio – so let's force it onto smart speakers, suggests UK govt review

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Re: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble..."

So you read through 100 comments and didn't bother to use Google (other search engines exist).

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Overtaken by progress

DAB is like fluorescent light bulbs - something imposed by government but overtaken by technology and the free market. Fluorescent light bulbs have been replaced by LEDs and DAB has has been replaced by broadband internet.

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

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Printing press

OpenAI are acting the same way the authorities acted when the printing press become common. They didn't want everyone to be able to read and get information as they wanted to be in control. Same thing with OpenAI. And it'll end up the same way too - OpenAI had better embrace the opportunities or go the same way and get forgotten about as everyone else does their own thing.

Some stayed in Croatian castles. Some hid in cars. We speak to techies who experienced lockdown in very different ways

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I was on furlough for most of 2020. So the garden looked very nice by the end of the year and the big projects that been waiting for a few years got done.