* Posts by myhandler

290 posts • joined 8 Jan 2014


Chinese researchers make car glide 35mm above ground in maglev test


Re: No Dogs in this race

I remember a boy at school making one for some A level. I saw it working, track was only about 30 feet and 'train' was maybe 18" long. As you can tell it was long time ago - pre-metrication. Yes it was a school with exceptional facilites and teachers but I wonder what the guy did, spend 50 years watching as no one got it to the mass market?

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch


Exactly, my mother never took a driving test as it was WWII. I think my Dad taught her when they were courting. She was a pretty good driver as it goes.

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m


Re: If it steers boots on the ground to double check

Tax dodging has been the way of life for several hundred years in France. That's why the villages look so quaint, if you paint your house the taxman takes notice.

UK's largest water company investigates datacenters' use as drought hits


Mine harnesses wind power *and* solar. I better get it to market pronto.

Google promises to adjust search algorithm to favor 'people-first content'


I used to have a plug in for Firefox that forced "verbatim" on every bloody search.

But who knows why it got deactivated and no longer works.

So I have to carefully decide what phrases to put in quotes, or click Tools > All Results > Verbatim - drives me mad, what a lunatic waste of time.

The bastards don't give a flying fart for their users.

Open source VideoLAN media player asks why it's blocked in India


It freely plays religious material not approved by Modi's BJP, that's why it's banned

SpaceX demonstrates that it too can shower the Earth with debris


Re: Video of this alien artifact

The YouTube above links to it half way through - where it makes no sense.

Neil, remove that t=202s!

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy


Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

There'll be a tiny image of Zuckerfucker in the blind spot.

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked


I remember the Selectric well. Impressive machines but not as cool as an Olivetti portable.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


They sold Saab's engine tech to China - even though that was specfically blocked in the buy out clause when GM bought Saab. But corporate lawyers always find a way round.

Microsoft delays controversial ban on paid-for open source, WebKit in app store


thanks - that figures.


What relevance does an MS App store have ???

They don't do phones anymore. Just download it anywhere else.

Am I missing something?

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


Yep Fair Email is excellent, handles multiple accounts no problem, and zero spying

AI-powered browser extension to automatically click away cookie pop-ups now promised


Re: You need AI/ML for that?

It's hilarious how the JS haters here think they have *the* answer.

It's become a cult here.

They fail to grasp they are a tiny percentage of the population.

Might they consider this extension is not built with them in mind?

Yes, yes, downvote away.

South Yorkshire to test fiber broadband through water pipes


Re: Where's Elon when you need him?

Elon will suggest a mini-sub. A tiny-sub.. that then pulls a thin fibre, which pulls a thicker fibre and so on.

All that megaherz in the water though, homoeopaths will kick up a stink.

Russian IT pros flee Putin, says tech lobby group


I read on another forum, from a Russian uaing a VPN, that they have a shortage of paper - they still like to print lots. Till receipts, official docs, but there's a loo roll shortage too.

But they can't quickly convert to plastic payment - they buy in the credit card plastic and card chips. Lots of the population lack smart phones - but those that do have them dislike QR codes as part of their anti vax beliefs. Not enough CCTV cameras either.

They didn't think to build up a central warehouse of server stuff, hard drives, what have you.

Then they manage this on a region by region basis and the regulations are different between them.

The buck (rouble) needs to stop with that disgusting cretin at the top.

Oxidation-proof copper could replace gold, meaning cheaper chips, says prof


"atomic sputtering epitaxy"

Is that the same 'sputter' as the one in the Eels' song Novocaine for the soul?

Yes, Mark Zuckerberg is still pushing metaverse. Next step, language translation


It's good news all round, Meta is metastasizing.

Website fined by German court for leaking visitor's IP address via Google Fonts


You're clearly not a typographer or graphic designer. A type face says so much more than just the semantics. You really want to return to every site being in Times, Arial or Verdana?

Vulnerabilities and censorship tools among hot new features in Beijing's Olympics app



Pooh bear

Free Hong Kong

Dalai Lama




GTFO & GFY Xi JinPing

Malaysia tweaks copyright law to hit streamers of copyright-infringing content


Re: Copyright is easy when it's obvious...

If you're looking to reprint it, can't you add a statement that you're looking for the descendants etc etc and then make sure you don't spend the profits for 10 years? Or are you hoping to build a TV series around it?

Why would someone downvote you? Off topic? Oh no, quelle desastre.

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Mega-comets lurking in solar systems, spewing carbon monoxide


"the mega-comet exhibited a coma a startling 23.8 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun – roughly 24 times the distance between the Earth and our star

Meaningless approximation? How about just saying what an AU is.

Or measure in football pitches.

Giant Japanese corporations to launch bank-backed digital currency


Re: Digital currency good. Blockchain pointless?

Jaoan lower in honesty than the UK? That might need looking at.

Through the Looking Glass – holographic display hardware is great, but it's not enough


Re: What is that depth information used for?

You can't avoid that bloody effect. Every documentary uses it. I'm a purist. I like my images as they were shot, flat and no sodding fake colorization (TM) either.

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status


That'll be *brouhaha* for the heading... not 'brewhaha'

Or was the sub-ed thinking it witty with a cuppa?

Apple, Google yank opposition voting strategy app from Russian software stores


This being the country where Boris Vishnevsky, who's another Kremlin critic, finds himself up against two other guys with almost identical names and look-alike faces.

Why we abandoned open source: LiveCode CEO on retreat despite successful kickstarter


Looks very like Macromedia Director's Lingo

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement


Goodness, I was only asking a "how come"

So many downvotes - I bet half those clickers didn't know the facts till they read the helpful explanation. Or perhaps it was my gratuitous side swipe at Yanks..

Anyway, now I know it's a kampfenwagen I'll look at VW Campers in a new light


How come it's a "Panther"? They're called Panzers in any books and movies, whether English or German.

...has it been rewritten for the septic readership?

NFT or not to NFT: Steve Jobs' first job application auction shows physically unique beats cryptographically unique


wtf. so physical thing on scrappy old paper is worth more than imaginary thing conjured out of nothing?

who'd have thought it.

Facebook gardening group triumphs over slapdash Zuck censorbots


"We have plans to build out better.."

sounds disturbingly familiar...

Six years in the making, Vivaldi Mail arrives alongside version 4.0 of the company's browser


Ther's a calandar plug-in/add-on for Thunderbird and it understands Outlook event dates. Works for me

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech


Re: Justice

No the impostor is just a thief. The fault is with facial recognition systems and employees who believe computers never make mistakes. That's how it's going to be from now.

Huawei wins big intellectual property case in Europe – against fashion house Chanel


Re: Quite apart from which...

Yeah but long long aog this led to a dispute between the fledgling Apple Computers and the Beatles Apple Music Corp.

"Oh no, we won't ever get into music" said Apple

Adobe co-founder and PostScript co-creator Charles Geschke dies, aged 81


Re: Passes what?

Yep me too. It's an abhorrent Americanism.

The Mac and at the root of it Postscript changed my life.

Illustrator 88!

OK, Google: Unshackled from Windows, Edge team is free to follow where Chromium leads


Release "cadence"

Right, I had a marketing guy use the phrase cadence to me just last week, "we'll establish a monthly cadence to discuss.. " wtf?

Why do they they have to pollute everything?

OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze is early suspect as source of data centre destruction


OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze

**.. fixed up...**

Ewww, what sort of English is that? Antipodean? Strasbourgian?

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use


Re: Not that hard to search

As a long term user of web search there's vastly more garbage in search results than there used to be. Plenty of you here must have noticed that.

Some of that may be down to Google's algorithm but mostly that garbage gets views, views make money so they make more garbage.

Half the rabid sentiment on the net is designed just for clicks and likes.

It's a self full dumbing shit machine that is consuming us.

In wake of Apple privacy controls, Facebook mulls just begging its iOS app users to let it track them over the web


Re: Google next?

Not only that but when opt out of Google's cookies there are three separate items you must do individually. Each page is designed differently using different phraseology, all designed to obfuscate the issue.

It's pathetic - it shows the contempt in which they hold the public.

Project Ticino: Microsoft's Erich Gamma on Visual Studio Code past, present, and future


it's free

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button


Falling from a chain's height, shurely?

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password


Yes some nice person has indeed already offered him that fix - for a mere 10% he will mass produce duplicates and somehow test, test, test till he finds the magic key - he might then disappear into the sunset of course .

Unauthorised RAC staffer harvested customer details then sold them to accident claims management company


These two should have done time - it has to be taken seriously.

And the RAC need a hefty fine for having a lousy data protection scheme.


Re: These type of activity is a plague on humanity

Yep - I had a claims adjustment guy, phoning from Liverpool when I live in London, saying " Now we've inspected your lovely motor all you need to do is approve this..."

You'd think I had a flash Jag or a Beemer, nope.

Nothing to link him to the insuracne company either.

Techies start growing an Alphabet-wide labor union: 200-plus sign up, only tens of thousands more to go


Re: Interesting

What you really mean is 40 years experience of the American dream.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet


Re: You read it here first

Nah, it'll be a square steering wheel with round corners.

See 'Austin Allegro'

Raven geniuses: Four-month-old corvids have similar cognitive abilities to great apes at same age, study finds


Re: Octopi are

Yep that's the book I got my information from. Book is not as much of a study as I'd hoped but not bad. It does discuss our avian friends.


Re: Social is the key

Octopi are not social animals. They eat each other and rarely congregate. However their processing system is distributed, it's not just in the brain area.: limbs can act semi-autonomously - I bet that gets them thinking.

The revolution will not be televised because my television has been radicalised


Sadly there's very few newspapers with good in-depth coverage any more. Here in the UK The Independent died a few years ago - its website is hell on earth with thousands of ads. The Graun? The paper gets thinner and thinner and it's not a patch on the pre-Lebedev Independent.

Test tube babies: Virgin Hyperloop pops pair of staffers in a pod, shoots them along 500m vacuum tunnel


Re: Logistical Challenges

There'll be a short section of tube that opens to the air like a tube train station. I will work like an spaceship airlock. Then maybe plenty of sub sections that can each be isolated if there's a problem, the locks open and close automatically if a train approaches.

I can't believe your comment - how do you think railways manage to avoid collisions? Ok it fails sometimes but not often.

Getting 28 pods in and out is easy to automate - look at the food industry programmes on TV, e.g. Ocado warehouses, where everything is on automated lines.



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