* Posts by Paceman

20 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Jul 2012

Keir Starmer's techno-fix for the NHS: Déjà vu disaster or brave new blunder?


And don't use the likes of ATOS, Capita, Deloitte, etc in to do it. The company I work for sees so many opportunities to make postive changes at local level, but we don't get a look in as it's all, as you say, top down change run by consultants and comittees.

Is there anything tape can’t fix? This techie used it to defeat the Sun


Sun in Yorkshire? Definitely a made up story. We've not had sunshine for years!

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews


I thought exactly the same. If they were really that bothered about it, that's what they would do. Even if companies are paying for products and then getting refunds - the number of reviews would still go down. They'd also know if a product was returned - 5 star review + product returned = flag review. Pretty sure there is some kind of AI that could help with that.


Are you honestly telling me that they are not all legitimate purchasers?!

Damn, I hate the internet, can't believe anything anymore.....

Brit law firm files suit against Google and Deepmind over use of hospital patients' data


If personal indentifiable data (name, address, dob) was removed, would the remaining data still be able to be used to test the algorithm? I can't see why that data would be required, and if it was removed, would there still be the level of concern?

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!


Re: Is someone in the room? Are they OK!?

I listened to about 45 seconds of it, and the only thought in my head was WTF!? I think my music tastes are rather broad, but I draw the line at that.

DoorDash delivery drivers try to manipulate the food biz's payment algorithm to earn a living wage in gig economy


Re: Saltaire...

Thankfully that changed, otherwise I'd have never lived there for a spell!

UK minister tries to intervene after Government Digital Service migration mangles Ministry of Justice webpages


Re: Why GDS has turned webpages into PDFs is a mystery

Don't forget the post-it notes.

Don’t panic, but five jet drones just used their AI to chat and collaborate while in flight


Re: I was out walking the dog last afternoon

Considerably. As were the follow-on novels.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


Pretty sure these existed back in the late 90's early 2000's - not a new idea...

UK reveals new 'National Cyber Force', announces Space Command and mysterious AI agency


All I can think of is the recent Steve Carell/Netflix Space Force series...

Burning down the house! Consumer champ Which? probes smart plugs to find a bunch of insecure fire-risk tat


Re: top tip

You have heard of Viz haven't you...?

NHS COVID-19 app's first weekend: With fundamental testing flaw ironed out, bugs remaining are relatively trivial


Re: Police told not to download Covid app

I should be staggered that they can install any app to their WORK smartphones, but I'm not.

There's a battery-free Game Boy that runs solely on the power of sunlight and the speed of your button-mashing


Re: Zero point energy. That's the answer.

The knowledge that some people have on here never ceases to amaze me. I cannot think of any other forum where someone with very specific domain knowledge chips in to a conversation. It's brilliant!

81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic


I have very fond memories of the 99/4A.

When I was about 10 we emigrated to Lubbock, Texas as my dad took on the lofty-sounding role of Vice-President of Personal Computing (in fact there were several VP's, but it sounded good to me). This was back in 1982.

We had a 99/4a at home (as you'd expect) and used to get early prototype's of things like the speech synthesiser, and games. The games weren't in cartridge form, they were a big box with a ribbon cable coming out of it, with a cartridge end that you plugged in the slot!

Parsec was a great game, and the pac-man clone that had a kind of cheat option that let you pick any level - I seem to remember that on level 99 the walls were invisible (and because you left a path as opposed to eating one like Pac-Man) you needed a good memory of the map!

Happy times!

Sadly, as has been pointed out, the short-lived lifespan of the 99/4a and in fact the Home computer Division as a whole meant we weren't in Texas for long. My dad got another job in California working on the original Apple Mac. Unfortunately that didn't last as my old man was not a big fan of Jobs!

Wish I'd been able to hang on to some of the kit that used to come through the house, I might be worth something!

CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS


Re: Audio Dongle

I'd like to know more please! Are you using standard xbmc? Do you stream from the same source to multiple locations (Pi's).

I've seen an HDMI to stereo Phono box that doesn't require a dedicated power supply that you can use with a Chromecast (it uses the Chromecast power apparently) for about £20 - but then you need to add a Chromecast.

AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up


Like many others I gave up on AVG years ago, due to bloat and the adverse performance impact it was having on my PC. I've tried Avast and ZoneAlarm both were much better. I'm pretty happy with ZoneAlarm for the time being.

LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from now


When I saw this earlier today, I went on to the few machines that I need access to remotely (all family machines) and installed TeamViewer. Works for me!

Samsung says 'yes' to iPhone 5-sized Galaxy S III


Re: Just stupid. FYI:

I'm being hopeful and waiting to see of the Xperia V gets released in the UK. Same spec as Xperia T, but 4.3" screen (same resolution) and water/dust resistant. Perfect...

Bet it never makes it though!

Reg hack bumps into Cockfighter


"... and I." Surely?