* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

1438 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014


UK funds hydrogen-powered cargo submarine to torpedo maritime emissions by 2050

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Re: Box ticking

It is using Block Chains for the anchor.

DARPA plans thousands-strong satellite constellation Space-BACN sandwich

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Re: "a low-cost optical aperture which can utilise all infra-red wavelengths in the C band"

Prior Art - they tried that on the ISS.

UK gives military's frikkin' laser cannon project a second roll of the dice

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A thousand soldiers armed with shiny programmes standing before the sun and the enemy can do the same thing.


Ideally they should be in a football stadium.

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils

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Re: Time to get tough

Littering, graffiti, fly tipping, spitting in the street and the fixed penalties they can issue, are big issues for most councils.


Norwegian student tracks Bluetooth headset wearers by wardriving around Oslo on a bicycle

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Re: ...But There's Even More To Worry About.............

"Therefore my Bluetooth is NOT OFF unless I remove the battery."


Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads

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Re: Radio days

"On the BBC, there should never be a commercial"

So pushing BBC programmes and podcasts etc is not advertising?

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Re: to maximize end user enjoyment

A spokes-droid said "Lenovo Tips is a system app which allows users to discover features that we believe are useful & meaningful and is designed to be as obtrusive as possible to maximise our profit."

Apple stalls CSAM auto-scan on devices after 'feedback' from everyone on Earth

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I'm' thankfully, not inclined that way. If I was surely this would make me try to produce my own porn and not just download existing pictures. Result, more children abused?

Of course most users seem to be inadequate individuals and it is criminals trying to make a profit. Special offer, pictures not sold elsewhere (not lying).

Don't like the new Windows 11 Start or Taskbar? Don't worry – Microsoft's got your back

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The "noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it."

Professor Peter

He was born in Vancouver, was his family Francophone? Serious question, I always assumed the French speakers were in Quebec.

Big data means big money for the UK government as £2bn tender mooted

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Re: Why are you all so pessimistic...?

"We all know how this will end... 2bn clusterfuck and an inquiry "so that lessons can be learned"."

We all know how this will end... 6bn clusterfuck and an inquiry "so that blame can be shifted".


Think you can solve the UK's electric vehicle charging point puzzle? The Ordnance Survey wants to hear about it

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12 hours of full sun

Never lived in the UK have you?

Facebook used facial recognition without consent 200,000 times, says South Korea's data watchdog

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Re: So 26 million won is $22,000

The Pound to Dollar rate reached a high of $2.649 on 6th Mar 1972. That remains the strongest the Pound has been against USD since it freely floated in 1971.

Prior to the 1970s, the Pound to Dollar rate was fixed at a level set by the British government.

For much of the 1800s and early 1900s, the rate was maintained at around $5 for every £1.

In 1940, the British government devalued the Pound to around $4 for every £1. Two further devaluations occurred in the 1960s before the Pound became a freely floating currency in 1971.


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Re: So 26 million won is $22,000

"When I was a kid you could get 5 or more dollars to the pound."

Hence, as the exchange rate passed through 4$ to the £ the phrase "half a dollar" was used to describe the half-crown coin - a crown being five shillings in old money.

Japan's aerospace agency hooks up with Boeing to make planes quieter when they land

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Re: Owls

Jet-wash, the sound of freedom!

Elementary OS 6 Odin released on a 'pay what you want' basis

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Re: @karlkarl

I use mint. I need to root a Samsung Tab. I cannot find a Linux application so may have to reinstall Windows. Anyone help me stay true to the penguin?

Without a trace: Baroness Dido Harding to step down as chair of NHS Improvement

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Re: "such are the delights of the English language"

" ... just like salmon (originally a food of the poor for the catching) ... "

At one time the law of the land (England) was that you could not feed your apprentices salmon more than 4 times a week. Probably still on the statute books.

Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search

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One reason for police arrest (in the UK at least) is preservation of evidence. I agree that it is better to review the evidence before arrest but when dealing with what can be very mutable and ephemeral data, arrest and seizure of devices may be justified.

On balance I would say that this was not the case here.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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Re: Actually it's a cunning Apple marketing ploy ...

Of course it is illegal in the UK to have a photograph of a perfectly legal activity - two consenting 16 years olds going at it like rodents faced with extinction.

Facebook takes bold stance on privacy – of its ads: Independent transparency research blocked

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Surveillance-based Advertising

I will always use this term instead of "Targeted Advertising". We all should make a point of using this phrase. Perhaps then some of the non-technical will get it.

International Space Station stabilizes after just-docked Russian module suddenly fires thrusters

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"Indeed, we're told none of the seven astronauts on board the station were harmed during the scare."

But one of them did have a bruised arm.

Facebook tries to save face by recalling itch-inducing Oculus Quest 2 VR headset foam

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Re: Did you take your cup of PR BS today?

Rule #1: Facebook is always right!

Rule #2: When Facebook is wrong Rule #1 applies!

Tech biz must tell us about more security breaches, says UK.gov as it ponders lowering report thresholds

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Re: Because of Brexit

Most of the comentariat here are against Brexit and for data privacy. What ever your view of Brexit this is a good deviation from EU rules.

Brit reseller given 2022 court date for £270m Microsoft SaaS licence sueball's first hearing

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Re: Seems a reasonable case, but...

I'm writing from 100 years in the future (it's much the same, except the toasters run the world).

I'm glad to report it is all over for Microsoft. The United Nations declared last year as "The Year of Linux on the Desktop."

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station

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Re: Maybe it's time

NASA/Roscosmos should google "Trigger's Broom".

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch loses first stage in fight against extradition to US

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Re: Popcorn.....

No, to deter other people from being innocent. A life of crime is only sensible!

Brain-computer interface researchers warn of a 'bleak' cyberpunk future – unless we tread carefully

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Re: Depends what you mean by augmentation

Transcription Morse code, all you need is ears and a typewriter.

The fastest Morse code operator was Theodore Roosevelt McElroy copying at 75.6 wpm using a typewriter at the 1939 world championship.

Dutch Queen, robot involved in opening of 3D-printed bridge in red-light district

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New Rules from 2015

The new rules also allow members of the Royal Family to marry a Roman Catholic and become king or queen.

However, a Roman Catholic royal still cannot become the monarch.


Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware

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“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”

Terry Pratchett

Hong Kong working to share its digital IDs with mainland China

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Re: If You Have Done Nothing Wrong

If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.

Cardinal Richelieu

Google collect data for profit, the Chinese Communist Party has another agenda.

Wanna feel old? It is 10 years since the Space Shuttle left the launchpad for the last time

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Re: Endeavor…

Antonov A-40 Krylya Tanka and the Slingsby-Baynes Bat

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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Re: I am holding out for the drone version...

I have one for sale. Low mileage, one lady owner, you'll have to get the decloaking fixed though.

Arthur Daly

PS: Also available: several bridges and a tall steel structure in Paris.

MoD: Our networks are in 'unacceptable' state and both data and IT bods are stuck in silos

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Re: Secure?

Cry havoc and let slip the Management Consultants of War


India acknowledges its vaccination-booking API excludes millions

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Re: Caste in Silicon.

I escorted an Indian delegation visiting the UK. Their leader was a Brahmin. His second was "only" in the next top caste. He spent most of the visit apologising for this. Most peculiar because he was by far the best engineer in the group.

Why did he think it was at all important when in the UK? I have no idea when, or indeed if, this out of date hierarchy will be consigned to the dustbin of history where it so richly belongs.

The Home Office will need to overturn a long legacy of failure to achieve ambition of all-digital border by 2025

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Re: The problem here is

But they do recognise a really neat idea when they see one.

Indonesia’s national health insurance scheme leaks at least a million citizens' records

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I'm Dave Too

and so is he.

American insurance giant CNA reportedly pays $40m to ransomware crooks

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Cost of Doing Business

It seems like ransom ware is becoming just another cost of doing business. The more reliable the crooks become, decrypting when paid and not further exploiting any information collected, the more acceptable the business case for paying.

I don't like it but that may be the least worse way ahead. Just saying protect your IT is a bit like just say no, someone will always say yes.

Boffins improve on tech that extracts DC power from ambient Wi-Fi

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Re: Medical lmplants

Great, a way to prevent my battery running out at "interesting" times during my pornography "research".

Of course, relying on bodily ions may present some timing issues.

ESA signs off on contracts for lunar data relay and navigation

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Keep going down until lithobraking becomes effective.

Proposed amendments to UK Finance Bill target rogue umbrella companies ripping off contractors after IR35

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Re: Good thinking, Batman

" ... attempt by HMRC to curb a relatively minor but perfectly legal tax avoidance mechanism ... "

In days of yore there was tax evasion (illegal) and tax avoidance (legal). Tax avoidance was acceptable, almost compulsory, to reduce tax. It seems that HMG and HMRC are successfully blurring the distinction. They should not get away with it.

Singapore orders social media to correct Indian politician’s allegation of local COVID-19 variant

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Re: So evolution is real then

Only once it's been through the mill a few times, verified independently, peer reviewed, signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters etc ...


US Treasury wants to treat cryptocurrencies like cash – as in you need to report $10k+ transactions

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Lost Bitcoin

Every now and again there are reports, usually exaggerated, of wallet owners who lave lost or encrypted their hard disk consequently losing "$40M" or whatever. What proportion of digital currency is irretrievably lost and is it important?

Hi, Congress. FTC here. It would be so wonderful if you could let us recover money stolen from victims by crooks

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Re: What's going on?

By inclination and education I am a natural liberal (note: small l). I also believe in free markets. Can you explain the "magical thinking"?

This is not some snide dig, just an opportunity for education. Capitalism red in tooth and claw is not necessarily the best way ahead.

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly

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Re: No need to thank me

"Can I correct your spelling?"

Phil you're beauts.

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Re: WOT??

"Next Saturdays lottery results please."

Of course, you loose.

No need to thank me.

Apple's Find My network can be abused to leak secrets to the outside world via passing devices

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Re: "Faraday-shielded sites that are occasionally visited by iPhone users"

" ... MoD sites requiring the same of the brigadier general in charge?"

The British Army has not used the rank of Brigadier General since the First World War.

You can listen right here to the whir of a robot helicopter flying on an alien world

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Re: Breaking News!


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Re: Breaking News!

Real question, can the rover pick up the drone to move to another location?

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Re: Ho hum

There's a 99% that they'll come.

Facebook: Nice iOS app of ours you have there, would be a shame if you had to pay for it

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Re: Oh really?

" ... a radioactive lump of shite."

... the radioactive lump of shite it is.


Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: Fully Automatic my arse!

To get a five star safety rating form the EU a car must be fitted with certain safety systems. Highest rating requires that they cannot be deactivated, at least not beyond a switch off/switch on by the driver. The "lane keeping" auto driving part seems to be a particular problem and the more sensible parts of the motoring press await the first accident caused by a vehicle avoiding crossing a lane/carriageway white line and mowing down a cyclist.

(Apparently the "lane keeping" is switched off when an indicator has been activated. BMW/Audi drivers take note.)



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