* Posts by SundogUK

1236 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Nov 2012


Israel and Italy have cheapest mobile data out of 237 countries

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Re: Market pricing factors

"While the US is clearly a complete basket case, it is worth pointing out that, of the major economies, it is probably the one with the hardest geography. Of course it has major centres of populations, but it also has wide open spaces, with small towns in them. That tends to significantly reduce real competition."

All true.

"Nothing that a dose of strong regulation couldn't fix"

Really? How? Without pushing up prices for users in built up areas...

Meta spends $181M to get out of lease at vacant London offices

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Re: Given the layoffs...

It's extraordinarily expensive to re-purpose commercial property as residential. The plumbing and wiring is all wrong and there are completely different H&S rules. It's usually cheaper to knock it down and start again.

When does tackling pandemic misinfo become censorship? US courts argue it out

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Re: > North Dakota vs. South Dakota

The material in many of the masks sold was carcinogenic. I wouldn't be surprised if in the final accounting, it's found that the masks killed more people then they saved.

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Re: Don't like the way you are framing this

'Single use' only matters if you thought they actually worked. I only wore them because I couldn't travel otherwise and there was no way I was paying for a fresh one every day.

UK-US data deal could hinge on fate of legal challenges to EU arrangement

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Re: Sovereignty

Post Brexit trade deals:


Including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Norway, Iceland and, errr... the EU.

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Re: Has it happened yet?

They told us to jump when they went in to Vietnam. We told them to get stuffed.

Meet Honda's latest electric vehicle: A rideable suitcase

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Re: hundreds of tiny legs

Hear that whooshing sound? That's the Pratchett reference going right over your head.

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Yeah but the Honda won't burn your house down, so there's that.

GitHub alienates developers by force feeding them AI recommendations

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"We should have done a better job communicating recent changes and how those decisions relate to our broader platform goals."

I don't give a shit how you communicate it. I don't want it.

Ford, BMW, Honda to steer bidirectional EV charging standard

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Re: Not sure I'd do this

It's with permission now but will it always be?

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Re: Don't get it

This is what they are claiming not what they will actually do. If they have control and they feel it's necessary, they will drain your battery down to zero.

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Re: Voila!

Storage will never replace base-load, which is the issue here.

Portable Large Language Models – not the iPhone 15 – are the future of the smartphone

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Re: The flaw in the targeted advertising theory

"It turns out that all of the stuff that I'm interested in, I know where to find already."


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"...adverts on their own are not evil."

Yes they are.

Billions of 'custobots' are coming online. Marketers may need to learn SEO for AI

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I don't think they are talking about using ChatGPT or equivalent. What would be the point? The idea is to remove human emotions from the transaction.

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia

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You have to be an absolute cretin to launch military attacks completely reliant on third party comms you have zero control over.

Big Tech has failed to police Russian disinformation, EC study concludes

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Re: Disinformation?

There have been nukes on UK soil for decades.

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster

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An object lesson in why you shouldn't post drunk. I hope.

Grant Shapps named UK defense supremo in latest 'tech-savvy' Tory tale

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Re: Question

Two words: Joe Biden.

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Re: Question

Two words: Diane Abbott

Tesla's purported hands-free 'Elon mode' raises regulator's blood pressure

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Re: I for one can't wait till this works

Not going to happen in urban/suburban areas. The systems required to avoid running over children suddenly walking into the road will create so many false positives no one is going to use it.

Concorde? Pffft. NASA wants a Mach 4 passenger jet

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Re: This project must not be allowed to happen

"...airports are too cheap to hire enough personnel to run security efficiently."

No, actually it's passengers who are too cheap to allow airports to run security efficiently. If you want to pay peanuts for your flight to Majorca, the airlines can't pay for all those extra security bodies.

Netflix flinging out DVDs like frisbees as night comes for legacy business

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Re: DVDs are cool.

"When you pay streamers for your products, the creatives get peanuts."

This. I have seen an in-depth analysis of what an artist gets for a single release on a variety of formats. The CD single is far better for everyone concerned but listeners have fallen for the convenience of streaming, so the artists get practically nothing.

Hold the Moon – NASA's buildings are crumbling amid 200-year upgrade cycles

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Re: NASA is responsible for it's budgets

"It's a giant collection of the best nerds on the planet."

No it isn't. They all work for SpaceX. NASA is just bureaucrats doing bureaucratic bullshit.

OpenAI's ChatGPT has a left wing bias – at times

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Re: a "significant and systemic" preference for left-leaning parties

"Given how many times those on the right trot out stuff I disagree with..."


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Re: Depends where your centre is.

The idea that the Democrats = Conservatives hasn't been remotely true for a couple of decades. Significant parts of the Democrat party even call themselves 'Democratic Socialists'.

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The shift to the right is caused by having children and even more by having grandchildren.

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Re: Conflict

If you think the owners and senior management of Google and Microsoft are even remotely right wing these days, you need to get out more.

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Credential level is a good predictor of remain/leave choice. Actual education/knowledge? Not so much. Quite possibly the reverse if you consider the number of people with "xxx Studies" degrees who voted remain.

Tesla knew Autopilot weakness killed a driver – and didn't fix it, engineers claim

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Re: Risk tolerance

So we shouldn't be using these systems at all.

80% of execs regret calling employees back to the office

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Re: It's all about the real estate

I don't know about the US but in the UK, converting office buildings to apartments is not simple or cheap. The plumbing is laid out all wrong and there are completely different H&S regulations for example. Usually it's cheaper to just knock the building down and start again.

Get your staff's consent before you monitor them, tech inquiry warns

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Re: Outliers have minimal push.

It is fixed. It annoys all the right people, so I'm good with it.

Soon the most popular 'real' desktop will be the Linux desktop

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Re: @StrangerHereMyself - They'll try

And your point is? The shareholders own the company. You don't. You are hired help.

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Re: re: ""This computer is broken"

That no longer works on Windows 11

Brit healthcare body rapped for WhatsApp chat sharing patient data

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Re: Sigh..

The NHS is NOT strapped for cash. They just spend most of it on useless administrators and DEI bollocks.

Out of nowhere, India requires PC and server makers to get an import license

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"... immigration, much of it highly skilled." Ha ha ha ha ha...

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Re: Call it a carbon tax

We have known that was a bad idea since 1776


Playing instruments, musical talent? Psh, this is the 2020s – Meta has models for that now

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Re: Says who?

"But Capitalism doesn't. Unfortunately."

Good thing too. If capitalists offer a product that nobody wants, or doesn't do what they say it does, it will fail and disappear. If socialists do so, well you have to accept it or it's the gulag for you.

Google Street View car careens into creek after 100mph cop chase

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Re: I weep for your gas mileage

Passed a car doing over 100mph once, which had three bicycles on an upright roof rack. Didn't seem to be causing any difficulties - but we didn't fancy being behind him...

Florida man accused of hoarding America's secrets faces fresh charges

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Re: You sure are preoccupied by Trump and Musk!

The original Reg was written by and for Gen-X. Now it's all millennial snowflakes.

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress

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Re: warning

How would this prove religion to be bollocks? Different categories of knowledge altogether. (Note: I am an atheist.)

GlobalFoundries claims German chip subsidies will 'distort competition'

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Re: Poor Me

Markets aren't distorted by 'speculative investors' they're distorted by government intervention. Speculative investors are an integral part of the market mechanism.

Norway bans Meta's behavioral advertising with threats of wrist-slap fines

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Norway is NOT a member of the EU.


Norway IS a member of the EEA


This is not complicated.

Typo watch: 'Millions of emails' for US military sent to .ml addresses in error

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Re: Whatever.

'physical/motorial intelligence' is simply nonsense. Emotional intelligence is a thing but in the current context is irrelevant. And saying "Secondly with intelligence being a symmetric bell curve, saying "half the world is stupider than average" is numerically making the same claim as "half the world is cleverer than average", and both are wrong." is pedantic tosspottery.

UK government faces calls to end IR35 double tax anomaly

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"Everybody puts in and then everyone can take something out."

So, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" perhaps?

Communist has been tried. It didn't work.

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Re: Labour is not Socialist

Rubbish. The average Labour supporter is verging on Communist at the moment. The party leadership lie about it because they know they would have no chance at government if the truth got out.

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Re: The Starmer Party won't do a thing

How do you determine how much funding a party gets? Because this approach is pretty much guaranteed to entrench the current bastards (labour/conservative) in power permanently.

'There has never been a realistic plan' for UK's £11B Emergency Services Network

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Re: "Oh, there's been something to show for it all right"

Who let the communists in?

LG to offer subscriptions for appliances and televisions

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Re: Rent seeking

"Adverts used to be fun and interesting..."

No they weren't.

No open door for India's tech workers in any UK trade deal

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Re: This isn't the Brexit we voted for.

The population is rising but the working population isn't. That is the core problem.