* Posts by StephenTompsett

34 posts • joined 28 Aug 2012

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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I wonder how many students will drop out of their university courses over the next year?

NHS tests COVID-19 contact-tracing app that may actually work properly – EU neighbors lent a helping hand

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Over sensitivity

Why is there so much of a concern that the app may be too sensitive, and is likely to over estimate the risk of infection from people 2m or more away?

This type of problem is inconvenient, and may lead to people quarantining and or getting tested, and may actually help save lives by alerting an at risk person that they have ben in the vicinity of an infected person.

Failure to detect that the user of the app has been in the vicinity of an infected person is likely to be a fatal error - literally!

Microsoft runs a data centre on hydrogen for 48 whole hours, reckons it could kick hydrocarbon habit by 2030

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Why not just run diesels on hydrogen? Using hydrogen that is created by using the 'free' surplus energy that PV and wind generators produce in excess of current demand.

Some modification to fuel system and injectors etc, but a possible route to transition to a a 'Greener' system without completely scrapping all the existing generating equipment.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Another proposal

Villain and Minion ?

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Apollo Domain

Pascal was the system programming language for Aegis and Domain/OS for the Apollo/Domain range of computers

One of the nicest operating and network systems I ever used.

Admittedly most of the application programming I did for CAD/CAM systems was in FORTRAN and C.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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How many has Trump ordered?

That code that could never run? Well, guess what. Now Windows thinks it's Batman

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ICL Algo 68

I seem to remember that an old ICL Algol 68 compiler could produce a message "Impossible Happened", that could be worked around by adding a blank card to the stack of cards..

UK cautiously gives Huawei the nod for 5G network gear sales

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Who can you trust?

Huawei - nothing proven (yet)... but lots of rumors..

Americans - NSA have form in weakening security both hardware and algorithms

The Swedes - Oops your license has expired?

The Finns - Has provided intercept capabilities to governments...

The British? - Sold off or given away the technology years ago?

The Koreans - ???

Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

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False advertising!

Why is any company allowed to use the term Fibre if it doesn't actually connect to the end user. An inch of fibre followed by half a mile of damp string isn't a Fibre connection!

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Why cats?

I would rather sit at home in the warm and pilot a RPV!

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Versions...

General rule of software versions:

Odd numbers good - probably fix bugs that have been reported since last release.

Even numbers bad - introduce new features and bugs!

'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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Re: Weakest link...

Some criminals appear to be willing to expend an awful amount of effort for very small return.

Some will do almost anything anything to avoid 'working'!

Web devs griping about iPhone X notch: You're rendering it wrong

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A horned beast?

Spawn from hell?

Hi Facebook, Google, we think we might tax your ads instead – lots of love, Europe x

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EU basic principle

"The Commission wants to apply a simple principle" - They want to grab as much money as they can!

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: There has to be black pudding

I'm not sure it's permissible for a 'Full English', but I have a preference for the Scottish Stornoway style Black Pudding over the typical English Style. With a runny egg of course.

Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

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Get the requirement right!

The software did the job it was asked to, pass the 'test' when undergoing an artificial test.

Reminds me of when councils were paid to collect general and recyclable waste separately, but then just dumped it in the same hole!

Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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Don't buy from intrusive adverts!

If people resisted purchasing from intrusive and the 'targeted' or 'tailored' content. The advertisers would stop wasting their money on it. Unfortunately just like SPAM it only needs a few suckers to make the annoyance to the majority of users worth it to the marketing agencies.

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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What about photosensitive epileptics

There are times I do not risk visiting certain websites (in particular the web site of a major national newspaper) because you will almost certainly be greeted by numerous tacky flashing adverts embedded in the news. I do not want to risk triggering an adverse reaction in people at risk.

N.B. I would much rather prefer to have a warning that a site may display flashing images, rather than the pointless warning that a site uses cookies, I can delete cookies.

Ofcom cans Virgin Media's Premier League live footy match probe

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Please can I have LESS football?

Galileos 11 and 12 live for your (imminent) navigating pleasure

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Tracking...

If you don't want to be tracked, why are you using a phone? It's a transmitter, as soon as you switch it on 'they' know where you are!

If you don't want to be tracked, you shouldn't be using ANY electronic device, but then you may still be visible from the hole you leave as you move around.

If you want to be paranoid: It probably wont be long before anyone who doesn't appear to be carrying a switched on phone is regarded as suspicious.

Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

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Re: Why badges?

If they are having a 'good day' then they have NO NEED of the space and should leave it for someone who does NEED it.

Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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iPhools

An iPhool and his/her money are easily parted...

Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

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I said 'default', the safer option if you regularly send emails to more than one person,

You just have to make a positive decision to change the address mode to TO:, after which action you can't really claim that you did it accidentally.

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Why don't more email systems default to using BCC as the addressing mode?

GCHQ to pore over blueprints of Chinese built Brit nuke plants

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Presumably they will also inspect everything supplied by Americans, French and indeed everyone else, with the same diligence?

MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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The real problem is the steadily corroding cables to the home...

Unless you change the physical connection, changing ISP isn't likely to give an increase in speed. Its really amazing the data rates that they do manage over the same old corroded damp copper wire intended for telephony, I used to get approx 8MB over ADSL when it was dry, but it would drop to approximately 0MB the day after a good rainstorm, The replacement cable from Virgin has no problems providing me with 100MB+, and the quality of the telephone service has also improived!

Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Email isn't (shouldn't be) a filing system...

Important documents should be kept in a version controlled respostory.

Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

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And American, British, French,...

UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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The 'Three point turn' demonstrates use of gears, clutch, accelerator, together with observation and judgment. Successful completion demonstrates a reasonable level of competence by the driver.

I suspect the reason for the proposal to remove it from the test is the problem of finding a safe stretch of road to perform the maneuver on due to the increasing number of on-road parked cars.

Oracle Team USA sailors admit breaking America's Cup rules

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Details of rules breach

http://noticeboard.americascup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/JN096.pdf

Huge erections - or lots of small ones. Checkmate, mast NIMBYs

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Questions to ask objectors

Do you own a mobile phone? 99.9% ob objectors will probably own a modern smartphone, in which case the followup question is: How do you expect to use it?

Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Happy

Too many moving parts...

Hands are so steam-punk. An 'Atomic Clock" needs a digital display.

Graphene plus molybdenum oxides yields faster electronics

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Electical Engineering?

Has anyone ever considered using Molyslip to speed up an electronic device before?

LG first to flaunt quad-core Qualcomm smartie

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Re: 4-sided, Rounded corners...

No... This phone borrows it's aethetics from the entire history of handheld devices, if you want a device to be easily held by one hand and to fit comfortably in a pocket what other shape can you make it?

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