* Posts by Dr_N

1194 posts • joined 12 Nov 2012


Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

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Re: Rental vs privately owned

Rental scooters are a plague. Just take a trip to Austin or any other US city* condemned to deal with them

*Maybe not right now, obviously.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: There is a third option:

Hubert Cumberdale> I like to have apricot jam with bacon and/or sausages

That is just savagery.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Very dodgy subject

AC> When certain people knock on your door, before they open their mouth, you automatically suspect they are up to no good;

What bollocks. You can't tell someone's predisposition to criminel acts from their face. Every fool knows you need to measure the bumps and lumps on their head! Science. SCIENCE!

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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There is only one way to settle the 5G question.

There is a large section of the public concerned about 5G.

So I propose the UK has a referendum to settle this important national and strategic question.

Let the people hear both sides and let them decide.

You are all welcome.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: Appeasement doesnt work

codejunky> "Oh Tim !!! ♡"

Get a room already. What Alan Partridge on Manx radio should understand is that no one cares about what happens on the Isle of Man. Unless it's for fast bikes or avoiding paying taxes.

As opposed to everyone being interested in what's going on in the US right now.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

Rocket Science isn't real? You've ruined my day.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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Re: Corporate policy to refuse service to non-standard conveyances?


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Corporate policy to refuse service to non-standard conveyances?

After Mark Thomas trolled the **** out of the McDriveThru[sic] back in the 90s with cows, clown car and such-like.

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: Have a go at the policy...

>and her poor choice of words RE: 'cake'.

Fake news. That is a misquote due to bad English translation. It was 'brioche'.

'5G for Five Eyes!' US senator tells Parliamentarians the world would be better without Huawei

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Re: Hysteria

Have a Def Leppard beer.

Spending watchdog doubts UK is capable of managing Brexit and coronavirus info campaigns at the same time

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Re: Very capable

>It's the basic Dom (and Steve) script.


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Re: Combined

>They will have to combine them



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Big Dom will see you right:

Big red bus.


Images of unicorns and rainbows.

Job done.


Fujitsu unveils new laptops 'optimized for remote work' – erm, isn't that what laptops have always been for?

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Re: Nope missing an obligatory element

jake> I use a simple dial-back modem connection for more than 95% of my remote work.

How quaint. Do you party like it's 1999 too?

[Secretly wishing I could go back to using Pine...]

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Control Groups

What did the groups of mice exposed to red and green LEDs do?

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

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Re: pascal was simply useless.

I must still have a PX-8 in my folk's attic.

Along with the bubble memory RAM pack, floppy drive and maybe even the thermal printer.

Wordstar and other packages on PROMs.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: "an operating diameter of either 8 or 40 metres"

"operating diameter”

These people only think in 2D.

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

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If social distancing isn't respected after the initial buzzer warning, does it go into high voltage shock mode?

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

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Re: Quelle Surprise!

So are people who write software that looks up any "@<text>" (from the email body) in your contacts and add what it finds to your cc list.

You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Re: "Thank you, coronavirus"

>Shit. I've just realised the voice in my head doing inner monologues sounds like Priti Patel.

Sounds really scary. Like 300,000;34;974,000% scary!

US govt can talk about the end of lockdown, but Silicon Valley says 'as long as it takes' – and Twitter says 'WFH forever'

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You barbarian.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: Perfect example...

"Special authorization" that you print out and fill in yourself. And it's mostly for the return trip.

If you have a family reason, or for a couple of other excuses, you can travel to the UK now. They don't care if you leave. They will just not let you back in. Especially if you don't have a titre de sejour.

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Re: Perfect example...

AC>>How, with no flights and a ban on non-essential travel over 100km?

The borders are not closed. You are perfectly entitled to leave. BA are offing a couple of flights a day at around £300 single. Off you pop.

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Re: Perfect example...

>>Right now I'd much rather be in the UK where some common sense applies than stuck here in France.

No one is stopping you. If you don't like the rules here you can "go back to where you came from" can't you.

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Re: due to the ineptitude of Boris and his cohort of fuckwits.

AC> Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!

Beer for Torquemada (Nemesis) quote.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Re: Local wildlife

Why's that Dalek speaking R2D2 ?

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

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Re: I thought it was called Microsoft 365 now...

Office 366 this year, Shirley?

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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The last cool Apple computer.

As hawked by Jeff Goldblum

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

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I've been running a D54250WYK in a fanless enclosure since 2013 as the only thing I "watch TV" on.

No heat problems here.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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He used two famous epidemiological stories to prove the point: Typhoid Mary and John Snow.

I'm not sure an outbreak of White Walkers falls into the same category as Covid-19.

Will mobiles work north of The Wall? Coverage can be quite patchy, so I've heard.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: They are the virus

But my original point is that conspiracy and pseudoscience is on the rise and just ignoring it is no enough.

60,000 people in the anti-5G Facebook group.

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Re: Income


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Re: They are the virus


Hello Kirk,

You are using scientific terms, but it seems to me, only as a method to obfuscate, not to communicate.

Which puts your post in the realm of pseudoscience.

So I'd like to ask you. Why do you post such snippets? What is the point you want to make and what would you like to achieve?

Could you clarify?

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They are the virus

These anti-vaxx, anti-5G, pseudo-science babbling loons are multiplying like a viral pandemic.

There a thousands of them.

With the acceptance of "alternative facts" it is proving easy to peddle all sorts of utter cobblers and then claim free speech and "belief" to defend the indefensible.

Calling them loons and fruitloops isn't working.

Pointing out their utter lies isn't working.

Suggestions ...?

Xiaomi what you're working with: Chinese mobe-flinger proffers two Redmi Note phablets for UK market

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Re: This is more than a little disturbing...

All of their Mi A(x) are vanilla Android One for their overseas market.

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IR Remote

One of the things that keeps me with Xiaomi is the IR remote. (Other Chinese brand do offer these too.)

An ever useful feature. Especially in hotels where they've replaced the standard TV remote with one that doesn't let you play around with inputs and settings.

But the standard phones have gotten too big. And these Notes are waaaaay too big to be practical. (So have had to source a cut-price, last-in-stock Mi 9SE and sacrifice the 3.5mm jack for my Latest Xiaomi adventure.)

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'

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" ...recommended seven-to-eight hours' shut-eye"

Recommedation for lightweights and wimps?

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis

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Re: "the global pandemic derailed Apple and the rest of the industry"

bombastic bob> SERIOUSLY look. And Mexico looks pretty good. "Hecho en Mexico" - sounds good to me!

But they've not paid for your wall yet.

Cosmo Communicator: Phone-laptop hybrid is neat, if niche, tilt at portable productivity

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Deal breaker

"Despite the unit coming with a whopping 4,200mAh cell, I still found myself running for the wall outlet several times during the same day."

Game Over for me.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Screaming amounts of rampant twattery

@Dr Ellen's Nobel prize quote.

Cutaneous Tuberculosis is a bacterial skin infection, not viral.

Are you one of those people who quotes Nobel Prizes to peddle scam cures, fuel magnets and other such ?

Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the past week

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They added that "bad actors" have leapt upon the "uncertainty surrounding the pandemic".

I don't agree with his views, but wouldn't say Woody Harleson was a particularly bad one. At least not compared to some others.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Re: Re Cycle Wheels

>I am not sure you have been on the Hifi forums recently.

Still full of people extolling the virtues of audiophilic-homeopathy products?

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Re: Indictment of education system

Doctor Syntax>

You forgot to name check the former Educaton Sec & current minister for the Cabinet Office, right at the centre of government.

AND his trusty weirdo advisor sidekick.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Re: Correlation

Sarah Vine is in the house!

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Be Scared

Just check out the most-upvoted comments on other less technical websites for Corona Virus related articles:

Apologies in advance for posting a hate-site link:


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I'm sure the Venn diagram for 5G-scaremongers, anti-vaxers, and chem-trail believers is just one big cicle.

This is what you get when you spread statements like, "People have had enough of experts." Sow the wind ....

Where's the best place to add Mentos to Diet Coke for the most foam? How big are the individual bubbles? Has science gone too far?

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Old Skool is best

Grape fireworks in the microwave is way more satifying with less clean-up needed.

Internet circa 1995 iirc.



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