* Posts by The Axe

730 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011


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.

Googler says she was forced out after opposing $1.2bn cloud contract with Israel

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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.

East Londoners nicked under Computer Misuse Act after NHS vaccine passport app sprouted clump of fake entries

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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.

Guntrader breach perp: I don't think it's a crime to dump 111k people's details online in Google Earth format

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Re: All he did was reformat existing data

The intent is the key point. He is quoted as encouraging others to use the data for their own nefarious purposes. That's the major crime.

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Re: Conspiracy To...?

"Thankfully, we have no registered firearms-owners database here in the US"

But in some states, you need a license to carry a concealed weapon. That is a firearms database.

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Re: @RG287

And in the US if you are wearing a badge with a thin blue line on it, you can shoot someone in the back at any time.

Cop drone crashes into flight instructor's airplane

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In the incidents of planes or copters being hit by drones, the majority are ones where the police are controlling the drone. Yet another area where the police think they are above laws, including laws of phsyics.

SpaceX Starship struts its stack to show it has the right stuff

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Elon said the new height of the booster was 69 and a bit in EverydayAstronaut's video. The gossip is that the bit is 420mm.

Malaysian Police crush crypto-mining kit to punish electricity thieves

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Re: Ecological vandalism

Just proves that police and politicians are stupid and vain. Would've been way better to sell the kit and donate the money to some local cause. But that doesn't generate clicks.

Galaxy quest: Yet another sub-£500 phone comes to trouble mobile big dogs in the form of Realme GT 5G

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Front camera

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

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Re: It's A Very Complicated Story...

He broke an American law whilst being outside America. The weird thing about US tax law is that just being a citizen means that even if you're not in the country for years, and only earn money outside the country, you still have to pay US tax on it.

Tech contractor loses IR35 tribunal appeal: 'Right' to substitute didn't mean he could, say judges

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Re: A couple of things here I'm surprised about

Many contracts have clauses for unusual or unexpected situations but those clauses are never used. Are they just hypothetical too?

The point of contracts is to cover all situations and make sure that both sides know what will happen if that event occurs.

For instance a contract might have a clause that product x must be serviced y times a year and the contract is null and void if it doesn't happen, but if its always serviced properly then the clause is never used. Just like a substitution clause.

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: Examples...

Spinning disks are the equivalent of a standard filing cabinet. SSDs are like a filing cabinet with automated drawers that open to just the right place.

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Re: Examples...

And to continue the analogy, every night the cleaner will remove everything off the desk, so if it's not in the filing cabinet it will disappear.

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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Re: Entitled douchebag, much?

When I read that bit I thought the opposite to you. He comes across as a entitled left-wing Biden supporter who is lamenting that the cancel culture that his side uses is being used against him. He think people should know that he is special and they are not entitled to cancel him. He is another one of the Go Woke Go Broke examples.

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal

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Re: Best way to start speeding this up

Gareth Jenkins and Anne Chambers from Fujitsu have been referred to the CPS for possible perverting the course of justice charges.



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