* Posts by Roj Blake

1371 posts • joined 7 Aug 2013


Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

Roj Blake

Re: Now if only Teams had something similar...

At the place I used to work, if you left your laptop unlocked you'd return to it to find that you'd sent an offer to buy doughnuts for the entire company.

We're likely only seeing 'the tip of the iceberg' of Pegasus spyware use against the US

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Re: Google?

That's got to be at least a Morrisette (or 10 kilospoons) of irony.

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

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I'm not saying it was aliens...

But it was definitely aliens who created these pits.

Eutelsat and OneWeb to join forces across orbits in $3.4b merger

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Re: RoI

If you think Gordon Brown (texture like sun) was bad, wait until you hear about Fishi Sunak's refusal to insure the national debt against a rise in interest rates.

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

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Big Brother

Re: Surveillance

As most domestic abuse and child abuse takes place in homes, having telescreens that transmit as well as receive would definitely stop crime

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Only the Guilty?

As only the guilty have anything to fear, I presume that Messrs Levy and Robinson would have no issue with me having a browse through the contents of their phones?

After 40 years in tech, I see every innovation contains its dark opposite

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I love that linked article about Friendster - they were simpler times in 2003.

Hush now: Baby talk has common features across languages and societies

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Re: Tap, tap

One of my childhood cats had a specific meow she used as a greeting that sounded uncannily like "Hello"

IT departments often regret technology buying decisions

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Re: My spellchecker doesn't think psychographics is a real word. I agree.

I don't know why, it's a perfectly cromulent word.

Bosch to pour $3 billion into European chip fabs and research

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Re: Meanwhile. Back in the UK...

It's just over there, right behind one of the forty new hospitals

NYC issues super upbeat PSA for surviving the nuclear apocalypse

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Standard Operating Procedure upon Encountering a Nuclear Attack at Close Range

1. Increase core body temperature massively

2. Scatter constituent atoms over a large area

Nokia Bell Labs identifies six key technologies for 6G

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Big Brother

Re: What's the use case

It's not about how much data you receive so much as how much data you transmit.

Union tells BT: Commit to pay rise talks next week or else

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Re: Proposal for a New Law

That's an argument for having a wage gap, not for having a wage gap that is constantly increasing.

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Proposal for a New Law

Proposal: directors of a company can only increase their compensation by the same percentage as the average throughout the company.

Wash your mouth out with shape-shifting metal

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Re: The FDA says "little to no data" on long-term effects

That's because people with amalgam fillings mysteriously die before reaching "long-term"

Large Hadron Collider experiment reveals three exotic particles

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Re: Great, here we go again

Wait until you see his replacement...

Samsung beats TSMC to be first to produce 3nm chips

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Re: Surreal ...

For the purposes of comparison, the diameter of a hydrogen atom is around 0.11nm

Intel to sell Massachusetts R&D site, once home to its only New England fab

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I always felt sorry for the people in Wang's German office who had to answer the phone with "Wang Cologne"

Carnival Cruises torpedoed by US states, agrees to pay $6m after wave of cyberattacks

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Re: From the article

In terms of market share, Carnival are only just ahead of Royal Caribbean. Other players in the market include Norwegian, MSC, and a whole host of smaller lines.

Microsoft postpones shift to New Commerce Experience subscriptions

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Re: You can't go changing the terms of the contract on your own

You can if:

a) the contract says you can;


b) you're the British government (according to the British government).

Soviet-era tech could change the geothermal industry

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Re: a lot of the distance is horizontal rather that vertical

Like this?


Consultant plays Metaverse MythBuster. Here's why they're wrong

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Why did 3DTV fail?

Why did Google abandon Glass?

Why do people spend money on contact lenses or laser eye surgery?

Could it be that most of us hate wearing glasses for extended periods of time?

If so, you can add VR headsets to the list of things that people won't rush towards.

Meta mostly fails in appeal against order from UK watchdog to sell Giphy

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Re: Why are the Brits involved?

Because they trade in the UK.

Thunderbird is coming to Android – in K-9 Mail form

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I switched to /e/ a few months back, and the mail client isn't too bad apart from the lack of swipe to delete which is really annoying.

NASA to commission independent UFO study

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I'm pretty sure he's a Centauri from Babylon 5

Fusion won't avert need for climate change 'sacrifice', says nuclear energy expert

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Re: Fusion quite possibly will never work but there are alternatives

Gravy is an excellent energy-storage medium.

Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers

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Re: Presumbly the UK has similar plans

Liz Truss is more Philomena Cunk than Margaret Thatcher.

Quantum internet within grasp as scientists show off entanglement demo

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Re: Within our grasp

"But as an observer"

Observers are pretty darn important in QM.

ServiceNow ordered a year's worth of hardware to avoid supply chain hassles

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Thank You

Thanks ServiceNow! Your panic buying has made the situation worse for everyone else.

Clearview AI fined millions in the UK: No 'lawful reason' to collect Brits' images

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Re: I am not an idiot. Sadly some of my friends are

Yep, it's much like Whatsapp taking my number from other people's Contacts with their permission but not mine.

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New York

What are the odds that they won't pay the fine or do anything to rectify this since they're headquartered in NY?

Colocation consolidation: Analysts look at what's driving the feeding frenzy

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Re: Security?

A sign saying "no servers are left in this container overnight" should do the trick

Rackspace considers selling part of business: 'Everything' on the table

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Re: "a long-term secular growth wave"

That would be an ecumenical question.

The end of the iPod – last model available 'while supplies last'

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Of course, the best version of the iPod was the Flea


Phishing operation hits NHS email accounts to harvest Microsoft credentials

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Re: Too little, too late.

You are Sajid Javid, and I claim my £5

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Re: Too little, too late.

A poultry £2M would certainly buy a lot of chickens

Legacy IT to blame for UK's inflexible benefits system

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Remind Me...

Which party has been in power for 27 of the last 40 years?

Twitter buyout: Larry Ellison bursts into Elon's office, slaps $1b down on the desk

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Re: Dickheads?

And the plagiarism.

Let's not forget the plagiarism.


Apple's return-to-office plan savaged by staff

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Re: iHotel

Or they'll have toilets that won't be compatible with existing biology.

UK's state-owned bank launches hunt for core systems worth close to $1b

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Something to do with physical email, I think.

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"NS&I is an executive agency of the UK's finance ministry, the Chancellor of the Exchequer"

Nope, it's an executive agency of HM Treasury. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the title of whichever under-qualified politician happens to be running the show at the time.

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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Re: During a recent DR test

If the generators don't kick in you're stuffed anyway, as you most likely have no more than 30 mins before the batteries on the UPS fail.

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options

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Marketing wonks already know that half the money they spend on advertising is utterly wasted. The trouble is, they're not sure which half.

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Some shows need more than two seasons though, and still get cancelled.

Yes, I'm still angry about The OA.

Cloud spending to scrape $500 billion this year – Gartner

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Do People...

...still actually listen to anything Gartner has to say?

Shanghai lockdown: Chinese tech execs warn of supply-chain chaos

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Re: Blame the CCP and Winne the Pooh

Except China ceased to be a proper communist country about 25 years ago.

UK data guardian challenges government proposals on automated decision-making

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Re: Look how close Corbyn got!

I don't recall Corbyn calling for an end to whistle-blower protection if what's being revealed embarrasses the government, or for a ban on demonstrations that the Home Secretary deems to be annoying.

It's not Corbyn who's responsible for the cuts to the legal aid budget.

It's not Corbyn who unilaterally decided that it's possible to strip a British citizen of their nationality.

For that level of authoritarianism you need only look at the current cabinet.

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Re: makes you wonder where the money went that keeps getting spaffed on the NHS.

Management consultants and well-connected pub landlords



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