* Posts by Not also known as SC

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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour

Not also known as SC

Re: Mindboggingly fast

Officially it should be 685.9186 % of the maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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Pint

Excellent. Thank you.

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How on earth do the pilots get into their seats? Do they slide back past the centre console or does the chair pivot to the side? There doesn't look much room for either motion.

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?

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Angel

Maybe this is the first step to a trade deal with China?

This episode of Black Mirror sucks: London cops boast that facial-recog creepycams will be on the streets this year

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Effectiveness?

I understand the 98% false positive comment in the article but how good is this technology with actual wanted suspects. If 100 wanted people were scanned how many would this system expect to identify? Is it any more effective than a police officer looking at photos (excluding the scaling aspect)?

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

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Happy

Good Popcorn Movie

and my sons and I really enjoyed it, although when a certain planet was mentioned I did silently swear to my self but luckily my fears came to nothing except for a brief moment at the end of the film.

'Ethical' hackers say: It's just hacker. To be one is no longer a bad thing

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Hackers v Crackers?

I thought that they already had the term cracker for the bad 'uns and hackers were the good guys / gals???

Creators Update meets its maker: It's 1903 or bust for those clinging to Windows 10 1703

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Re: What's My Line

or you can type in winver in the search bar.

Virtual inanity: Solution to Irish border requires data and tech not yet available, MPs told

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Re: An alternative solution

That's what happened where I live.

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Joke

Re: An alternative solution

"Obviously the UKIP-loving retirees from Brum who settled in what they consider to be the far-west English Midlands were a factor, "

Do you have figures to back this up? Every Welsh county except Cardif, The Vale of Glamorgan, Ceredigion, Gwynedd voted to leave. I don't think that even the most moronic UKIP Brummie (Birmingham voted 50.4% leave,49.6% remain) would think that Conwy (54% leave, 46% remain) is the far west of the English Midlands (although now I think about it they might, maybe that is why the margin was so narrow in Birmingham?). If you are going to insult any one please stick to those who deserve it - the South East :-)

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Re: An alternative solution

I agree with what you're saying. My area voted leave, depends massively on the EU and will be one of the hardest hit areas by a no deal Brexit.

Re the 'research', I was just commenting on that because It seems to be fashionable at the moment to blame the English voters for everything Brexit related (I'm Scots but live in England) even though only a minority of the electorate (although a majority of those who turned out) voted leave. This is especially true of comments made by Welsh and Scottish nationalists who seem to behave as if everyone in England voted to leave, while conveniently forgetting that sizeable parts of their populations voted leave as well. Then this 'research' was published saying that although Wales voted to leave, it was the fault of the English.

Not also known as SC

Re: An alternative solution

This analysis is a little suspect because it makes a distinction between natural born Welsh and people who just live there, i.e. English people who have made it their home, and blames the English 'incomers'.

People living in Welsh constituencies voted to leave, if they are Welsh, or not, makes very little difference, because it is still their home.Wales still voted leave.

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Re: Lying in the Chamber

"I'm sure Mr. Johnson is only too well aware that no technology actually exists --- but with British Ingenuity unleashed by leaving from under the thumb of our tyrannical European Masters, it will be sorted in time for Christmas"

This is the bit I could never understand. The backstop, so abhorrent to the DUP and ERG, would only come into play if no alternative solution was found. So if this technology is just around the corner why all the fuss about the backstop?

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps

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Re: 'Trash' is gone

Does any one know if this is the case for all English language variants or just something special for those of us who speak non US English?

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary

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Re: Government Advice and Actions

"We simply couldn't stop a huge swathe of measures the EU insisted on but were extremely unpopular in the UK."

Such as?

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Re: Yes, EU Minister

@Jake,

Sadly I must admit that as my wife is Belgian I do spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about naked Belgians. :-)

I spent ages trying to remember the correct spelling, bear or bare and then guessed. I will try to do better next time. Please find an upvote to your credit.

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Re: Yes, EU Minister

If spoken to in English in Flanders or The Netherlands I always make a point of replying in (my not very good) Dutch. I think most native Dutch speakers are quite pleasantly surprised, especially considering the UK's reputation for 'foreign languages'.

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Re: Yes, EU Minister

My wife is Flemish and she has told me the same. In Flanders they rather you speak Dutch badly or English instead of French. (I don't speak French so that isn't a problem for me.) I think you have to bare in mind the fact that most Belgians (ignoring the German speakers as I don't actually know any) either speak French/ English or Dutch/English. Those who are fluent in all three languages are in a minority, so it may be that whoever you are trying to speak to in Bruges doesn't actually speak French (or not since they left school).

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Joke

Re: Out of curiosity ...

Interesting - two down votes (at the moment) for a non-political, factual statement about a real life use for the .eu domain. No explanations why!

Is it leave voters down voting just because I've expressed remain sentiments in other comments and I mentioned an EU citizen in a positive light?

Is it remain voters because I suggested that an EU citizen gets home sick and doesn't think Blighty is the greatest place on Earth?

Is it astrophysicists because I made a cock-up in a comment the other day about gravitational waves in a different article?

Will I ever find out...

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@J2C

I think you're giving Johnson too much credit. He comes across as a short term opportunist looking only as his own advancement. Threatening a hard / no-deal Brexit is just his way of trying to convince Brexit party members to vote Tory in the next election. The Conservatives are apparently more worried than Labour seem to be about having their vote split (and don't give two monkeys about their remain voting supporters). Remember Johnson is supposed to have written two columns for the paper he was a columnist for; one arguing for remaining in the EU, and one against staying. Johnson doesn't really seem to care which we do as long as it comes across as the most politically expedient.

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Re: Good luck with that

I think very few people voted to leave as they couldn't change EU law. I would suspect more used it as a protest vote against austerity than about the legislative structure of the EU.

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

A friend and his wife uses one. She is from one of the EU27 nations and has never really felt at home in the UK despite living in the UK for at least thirty years. I don't think she can get one for her home nation, so the EU domain helps her maintain a bit more of a connection with her homeland.

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Re: Government Advice and Actions

But inside the EU the UK could negotiate with other EU governments to get changes made and direct the EU from a position of power. Ultimately the UK government has a veto (as do other member states). Once outside we have no say and if we want to trade with the EU will have to accept whatever rules they decide to enforce upon us. Better to be a rule maker than a rule follower.

Tetraplegic patient can now move his four limbs with the help of a badass neuroprosthetic suit

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Excellent research but who is funding it?

First of all this is excellent progress. Is it too much to hope for that governments (part) fund this sort of research so it can benefit everyone who needs it once main stream technology? The worry I have is if it is carried out solely by private companies it will become a product for the rich only.

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store

Not also known as SC

If the situation is as described in the article and the developer's observations are accurate this does seem a little bit excessive. It seems perfectly reasonable to have a Sony based app, Samsung based app, etc if these companies use different approaches to how their remote work. Google really need to provide a mechanism to appeal their decisions.

*Disclaimer I have wasted hours trying to get third party URCs to work so anything that makes this easier for people is good with me.

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

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Re: Misguided

Two angles to this.

The environmental message and the girl herself.

I don't have any problem with people disagreeing with her message. That is called debate. What I have problems with is when it turns into personal attacks on, what is after all, just a child.

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Re: Misguided

"I see the same fear when Trump, Clarkson et al. mock a sixteen year old girl for calling them out on their world view. It's frankly embarrassing."

Is this mocking because they are men or just because they are total tossers? How many men support the girl and don't mock her?

Watch out! Andromeda, the giant spiral galaxy colliding with our own Milky Way, has devoured several galaxies before

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Re: Could it be?

However the stars have been around a significantly longer period of time than 50,000 years so if gravity does travel, it would already be at those stars and they would already be attracted to the 'black hole'. As Andromeda and The Milky Way are being attracted towards each other gravity must already exist between them. In fact Astrophysicists recognise structures called galaxy clusters which contain thousands of galaxies all of which are gravitationally bound to each other. 50,000 light years is quite insignificant in terms of those distances.

You also get superclusters in which the galaxy clusters are not gravitationally bound so that suggests there is a limit to how far gravity can impact something. However as we can observe these superclusters from a greater distance than their component clusters then gravity, if it travels either loses most of its strength in that distance, or travels a lot slower than the speed of light.

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Re: Could it be?

There are three possible final states for the Universe. Expand at a steady constant rate, expand at an ever increasing rate, or the rate of expansion eventually slows down and once it stops, the Universe collapses in on itself. The models require large quantities of dark matter and dark energy to replicate what is being observed and are further complicate by the fact that the relative proportions of dark matter and energy to 'normal' matter and energy have varied over the life of the Universe. So although the rate of expansion is currently increasing it may not always continue to do so depending upon how these ratios change.

I think your theory (ever increasing rate) is known as the entropic heat death of the Universe (while the contraction is the big crunch).

Microsoft has made an Android phone. Repeat, Microsoft has made an Android phone. A dual-screen foldable mobe not due until late 2020

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Angel

Data Slurping?

So who will be slurping the user's data? Microsoft with Windows 10 style telemetry, Google, or both?

This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles

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Re: The comments it generates are short

Nooooooooooooooooo!

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Re: If you could try *not* breaking the Internet

@Jake,

I've only just read this article and can't see anything wrong with your comments so I'm going to up vote you because I agree that bots won't break the internet. They might break parts of the internet, for instance social media etc, but that will just be the internet evolving.

Gearheads get their spudgers into an iPhone 11 Pro Max: Bi-lateral charging, anyone?

Not also known as SC

Agree about Otterbox. I've dropped my iPhone 8 numerous times (falling out of shirt pockets, holding coat upside down etc) onto concrete surfaces from heights of a metre plus. There isn't a mark on my phone although my Otterbox is quite scuffed.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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Re: No accurate bills

If your gas is so high have you checked that the meter reading and billing units are the same? When I moved house into the one with the smart meter I gave the reading as xxxx kwh (as that was on the IHD) and they billed it as cubic metres (or vice versa) which gave me a gas bill way higher than it should have been. It was only when they went to treble my DD payment I realised what had happened.

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Angel

Re: In-House Displays

Funny you should say that - ours is in a draw.

Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything

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Pint

This has got to be the most important reason.

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius

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Empty space

So if a proton is 0.8e-16m and a hydrogen atom is 5e-11m that means that the proton only takes up about 4e-13 % of the volume of the atom. That's a lot of empty space.

Today in tortured tech analogies: Mozilla lets Firefox loose in the hen house, and by hen house, we mean the tracking cookie jar, er...

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Re: Targeted advertising?

My wife gets it a lot. She will look at shoes (sorry but this is true) on one web site and five minutes

later Facebook is full of shoe adverts.

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Re: How does a third equal single figures?

Doesn't netmarketshare use advertising data to calculate the ratios of browsers? Assuming that most FF users also install NoScript that might explain why the FF figures are so low? Or maybe FF is just really unpopular after all?

Welsh police use of facial recog tech – it's so 'lawful', rules High Court

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Re: Would I be right....

"Covering your face in a 'facial recognition zone' will become illegal."

Isn't that effectively the case with things like crash helmets and hoodies in some locations where CCTV is used (banks, shops, petrol stations etc)? If it is similar then any such law as you've suggested would be so easy to introduce.

To be honest I'm less worried about the authorities,who you have to trust at some point, but more about if this technology is then made legal in general. Can you imagine the exploitation advertisers would come up with?

Microsoft's cloudy Windows Virtual Desktop: It fills a gap, but there are plenty of annoyances

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Incomplete Software

"a technology called media offload, which will improve performance, will not be in the initial release but will be a "fast-follow" feature, said the team."

So this is basically saying the product being released is incomplete? How do software companies get away with this?

Bloke who claimed he invented Bitcoin must hand over $5bn of e-dosh in court case. He can't. He's waiting for a time traveler to arrive

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Happy

Re: Bollocks

I thought this was a direct quote.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Angel

Re: And then a few days latter the email arrives:

I'm currently being blackmailed by around a hundred people who all send emails just like this. Luckily I have no friends for them to send the videos to :-)

Hey, it's 2019. Quit making battery-draining webpages – say makers of webpage-displaying battery-powered kit

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Unhappy

Re: An easy way to save power...

I don't know why you used a joke icon. I am sure that my phone used to load WAP optimised pages on 2G or whatever it was called (I forget now) faster than my current phone can load pages over 4G (it is an iPhone so that maybe why...). It seems perverse to me that loading times have done down as connection speeds have gone up due to all the extraneous crap web sites push out with their content.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Angel

Re: People can feel insulted by anything if they want, it is their choice and it is their right

@Bombastic Bob,

You seem to be quite worked up by the fact that these people are trying to force their will upon every one else. Although I agree about the cat-5-o-nine tails (I like what you did there) you need to remember that some people only feel validated by bitching about anything they can. Do we really have the right to enforce our will that they should be less snow-flaky, even if it is for their own good and the good of society in general?

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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Angel

Re: @RGE_Master

At last - something that both Remainers and Brexiteers can agree on.

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Re: So, to sum up. . .

The rest of the World haven't agreed one thing and then turned around the following day to say that they will no longer honour the agreement made. For example BJ is claiming we no longer need to pay the £39Bn 'divorce' bill. If we don't pay our debts why would the EU trade with the UK? The UK will have shown the rest of the World that its government cannot be trusted. Who would want to trade with the UK after that? I would list all of the other broken promises and insults aimed at the EU but I guess you already know these and don't care.

Dixons hits back at McAfee's £30m antivirus sueball: Your AV didn't work on Windows 10S

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Meh

"...they were able to take full advantage of a subsidy offered by Microsoft to hardware manufacturers selling hardware running 10S,"

Microsoft have so much faith in 10S that they have to give a bigger bribe to manufacturers to include it than they obviously give for Windows 10 Home?

Audible hasn't even launched its AI-powered book subtitles and publishers have already fired off a sueball

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Re: Why AI transcription?

Format shifting.

***An audio book has paid for both the encoding (story) and the art/performance (reader/speaker) in royalties AND wages to both the author and the performer***

So by the same argument - I have a copy of Phantom of the Opera on CD. Does that give me permission to see the musical free of charge after all, the writer has already been paid?

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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That is one beautiful sports bike!

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