* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

2255 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Amazon Lex can now speak British English... or simply 'English' if you're British

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Re: American English is English

I assume it was brought in by the upper class who mingled with Prussian aristocracy and was copied by the middle class and so on.

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Re: American English is English

I mean the pronunciation of the "r" in glass, for example. That came from copying the way Prussians mispronounced English.

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Re: Scottish Elevator?

The song "Love in a lift' probably wouldn't have taken off though.

Perhaps "Love on an escalator" would be the compromise. And a great music video.

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Re: American English is English

The southern English accent comes from a fashion at the time to try to sound like how Prussians spoke English.

Fortunately this fad didn't spread to Birmingham or beyond.

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And northern England has its own language. For example people on the Internet think I'm talking foreign when I say tret.

eg:

"I tret meself to a pie barm"

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe

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So a machine got compromised. Why is anything taking incoming connections from that machine?

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

If it's a known format, the users entry can be rejected or corrected automatically.

For example AA11AAA is a valid modern number plate. AAIIAAA is not.

( Come to think of it, my last car but two had two "O" characters in it and one 0, in the format AA01 OAO).

Brit mobile network EE follows O2 by ending trading relations with retailer Dixons Carphone

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Re: Didn't know carphone warehouse were still a thing

I've bought my last two phones off their website because they had next day delivery and good prices on the models I wanted ( which were the Moto G6+ and G7+ ).

UK and Japan agree to free trade deal that excludes data localisation requirements

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Everybody does this.

For example Oxfam's declarations on poverty never include what is already being done - for example, if we didn't have housing benefits, millions would be homeless. Therefore the UK has a homeless epidemic and action must be taken now.

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Better for both parties, unless you're a mercantilist and believes that imports are a necessary evil rather than a good thing.

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Re: Cheese

The deal already had plenty of provisions for cheese - with tariffs falling to ( if I remember correctly ) zero by 2033.

So Japan clearly has a domestic cheese market otherwise they wouldn't have import tariffs on cheese.

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how many signs of intelligent life astroboffins found in probe of TEN MILLION stars

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Re: Surprise, surprise...

Also effective encryption looks like random noise.

But you're more likely to pick up radio signals than cave paintings.

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Re: How would they know if they ever found intelligent life?

Assuming that aliens are subject to the laws of supply and demand ( ie: they don't have limitless resources ) and that Alien Smith said that "Alien wants are infinite", aliens will also strive for economic growth so that they can eat sufficiently, own more slime to play with, etc.

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Re: Surprise, surprise...

Because they are the ones that it's possible to detect.

Darknet market's peacemaker sentenced to 11 years in prison

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In other news Empire market - the largest darknet market - in what is known as an "exit scam" has scarpered with all the money it held in escrow, sellers bonds, etc, apparently making off with £30m.

Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope

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Re: Those were the days...

From around that era I remember printer/scanners that would for some bizarre reason would turn scanned documents into TIFF files whose size considerably exceeded the available RAM. And the software would hold the entire TIFF file in memory.

Oops, I set the DPI too high, I need to reboot.

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Re: My first major upgrade

No, it was multiple words stuck together, like theinternetcompany or dialupforafixedmonthlyfeeoverthepublicswitchedtelephonenetwork

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Re: contactable at all times

I worked on call for quite a few years, ending about a decade ago. I had an Iphone at the time.

The iphone ringtone still makes me panic when I hear it on TV.

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Re: My first major upgrade

I remember spending over a hundred quid buying an external serial modem rather than the PCI winmodem so I could use it in Linux - for anybody too young to remember ( ! ), a winmodem was a modem where most of the hardware was implemented in software - meaning that the drivers didn't just need to be able to communicate with the hardware, they needed to implement it.

I also remember a few years before that we had a dial up Internet connection that was unlimited usage for a fixed monthly fee on a freephone number - I've no idea how that was profitable.

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Re: My first major upgrade

When I was a kid, we, like everybody else, had dial up.

A friend round the corner had cable internet which was so fast that it could download a 3MB MP3 from Napster in a minute or so. Incredible.

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

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And they have largely decent Internet.

I live in a poor largeish northern town and I get half a gig from Virgin. Things could be better, but they're not woeful.

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Tiny rich places the size of a city have better Internet than a middle sized country with quite a lot of countryside and small towns.....shocker.

What would you prefer: Satellite-streamed cat GIFs – or a decent early warning of an asteroid apocalypse?

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Perhaps.

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Given the cost of lifting each kilo it seems like something I assumed they would already do ( presumably vacuum rather than helium ).

As far as I can tell, in the Falcon Heavy the payload capacity is 109m3. Lets say there's 50m3 of space around the payload, that gives 64kg of air.

$2720/kilo, comes to $174k just to lift the air.

That's not as much as I thought it would be, but I'm surprised that it's not worth saving.

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Just wondering, and I'm sure this is a daft idea but I don't know why:

When they launch things into space, do they fill the voids with air, or vacuum or something lighter than air?

If it was filled with helium, it would reduce the weight and the amount of fuel required, wouldn't it?

(I assume they already do this or there's a very good reason why they don't)

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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Re: Keeping it local

"*looks at username*

Oh but of course, I should've known."

"Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells" doesn't mean what you think it means. I suggest you Google it.

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Re: Tick Tock

In what way does TikTok's existence or use interfere with your life in a negative way?

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Re: Keeping it local

Yes, obviously. Because they are insane.

Just because something is populist ( government running businesses ) doesn't mean that it's right.

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Re: Keeping it local

"Some might question the wisdom of that position."

And some people chant that Brentford are the greatest football team the world has ever seen.

It doesn't make them right.

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Re: let's count up the weirdnesses here

I use TikTok. Many of the people I see are American.

Does this mean they'll be gone from my feed?

That's probably the end of TikTok in Europe if that happens - if half the content disappears overnight.

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Why? If you've never used it, why do you want it gone?

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I really like the app, but I can't see how it's worth more than £3 and a mars bar.

Brave takes brave stand against Google's plan to turn websites into ad-blocker-thwarting Web Bundles

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Re: no, you never are

"hot tip"

Is that a newer, wankier version of "pro tip" ?

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

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Re: Never store your card

I don't know of a payment processors API that would even allow you to re-bill using saved card numbers rather than the reference.

In the vast majority of cases, the card numbers are taken directly by the payment processor - the shop has no visibility at all, either hosting a little widget on the page or redirecting to the processors website.

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Re: Never store your card

Nowadays firms don't store cards, their payment providers do.

The firm just stores a reference to the card, last 4 digits and name.

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Re: Someone refresh my memory

It was likely a caching error.

Forget your space-age IT security systems. It might just take a $1m bribe and a willing employee to be pwned

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I'm going to start doing this below reports on football matches.

"So chaps, does anybody know what the score was last night? I think it X were playing Y. "

iPhone soon to be Hecho en Mexico? Taiwan's Foxconn, Pegatron mulling going south of the US border – report

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It makes sense. South America and Africa will benefit massively from the Chinese Communist Party's tantrum.

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos

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Re: Mountain out of a mole hill

Also the opposition berating the government for buying off the shelf, but if they'd bought bespoke they'd berate them for wasting money when they could have bought off the shelf.

Tedious.

Fusion boffins apply plasma know-how to building thrusters

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Re: Any non-thrust-related uses?

Leaf blower. Hand dryer. The potential use case of a nucular blowy thing are endless.

Bunch of mugs keep risking life and limb to 'crockery bomb' sad little roundabout

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FAIL

In the words of Winston Churchill: [this sort of nonsense] makes you proud to be British

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Re: Oh come on...

Or even: "What great japes! Send us your mugs and we'll arrange them for you".

Farewell to notches and hole-punches? ZTE expected to announce mobe with under-display camera next month

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Re: I would be happy with a no selfie phone

I barely use it, but it is a useful thing to have for things like video chats if you ever have to.

Although I don't need it, I would prefer a phone with one.

Sun welcomes vampire dating website company: Arrgh! No! It burns! It buuurrrrnsss!

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Re: Not me, but someone else

Did you in the 50's though?

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Re: Inappropriate garb

> Home improvement store, car mechanic, house-builder, etc

There are exceptions. But generally if you want a job that is done in an office rather than a warehouse, wear a suit to the interview.

Anybody that marks you down for wearing a suit to an interview shouldn't be in a position of any power. Anybody who doesn't wear a suit to interviews shouldn't be surprised when they aren't getting jobs.

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Re: Inappropriate garb

You wear a suit to an interview. Otherwise you are underdressed.

I wouldn't work in a suit though, not even if they paid me.

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These have been dull for a while, but this was brilliant.

Want to hear our beloved David Attenborough narrate your life? Thanks to the power of machine learning, you can

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Re: Honest questions

> Why the hell does a company have first amendment rights?

My understanding is because the company is a collection of people. Those people have first amendment rights.

Mozilla signs fresh Google search deal worth mega-millions as 25% staff cut hits Servo, MDN, security teams

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Re: Diversified to death?

"All" search engines ( what's left? Google and Bing? ) offer money to web browsers to be the default search engine.

It's an estimation of, if we give them £xM, we'll get searches from Ym customers and earn £Zm in ad revenue. If Z > X, it's a good deal for Google/Bing/Jeeves.

In the case of non-Google browsers, it has the advantage of making people use their product that they might voluntarily switch to in the future.

Google don't need the additional ad revenue, but it would be stupid to turn down what is effectively free money.

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