* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

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Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me

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Re: They can pry the pitchfork from my cold dead hands before we allow one in...

Meter reader visits twice a year here. For the 2 times I need to remove a couple of things from the understairs cupboard, their convience argument is lost.

Usual response to "We can fit a smart meter" is "Over my rotting corpse", before dismantling every alleged benefit.

So glad they can't force them on us here in Blighty. Yet.

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Dihydrogen monoxide? Deadly stuff, that.

£99,999, what's your emergency? Paramedics rush to OAP's aid after shock meter reading

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Re: Taking the piss

Not at all. Can't have your customers dying before they settle their bill. Too much paperwork.

Edge, Internet Explorer users Czech their settings after MSN 'forgot' their language

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Re: "click the cog in the top right of the web page"

Just a minor cog up.

Sussex Police gives up on £790k Gatwick drone shutdown probe

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Re: Government dept likely culprit

False flag is certainly a possibility. Disrupt large swathes of the populous to bring them onside, then say "we warned you something like this would happen", makes it easier to push the registration angle. Bonus points if they can later require all drones be fitted with some kind of broadcasting identifier e.g. IFF.

And of course risibly completely missing the point that real crims (a) won't register (or use a nicked drone), and (b) would disable their IFF (should such become required).

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Re: Feeling sorry for....

Needs to be better protection from malicious neighbours. Too easy to wreck someone's life with a single phone call.

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Re: Not so certain- Detection?

I think this was alluded to with DPI...

Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs

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Re: i sovled the armrest problem

It's ludicrous that modern plane seats can recline at all. The tray tables are barely functional at the best of times, without the selfish prat in front deciding they need to lie back.

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else

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Hmm I always thought it was more likely a poorly vetted Mechanical Turk. Pay pennies (to the translators), get shit translations.

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Odd. In my (limited) experience legal is usually not scrimped upon due to liability aversion. That and accounting.

Other essential stuff like, IT, competent developers etc... not so much :(

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Please excuse the pedantry, but that's a contraction, not an abbreviation.

No happy ending for the 93,000 Kazakh domains that got nixed instead of massage parlour's site

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Re: Why block the website?

The state censors probably frequent it. They just don't want anyone else to know about it.

US govt watchdog barks at FAA over 737 Max inspectors' lack of qualifications

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Said clusterfuck grows by the day.

One might start suspecting corruption/favouratism at the FAA, but it's probably just incompetence compounded by complacency and Dunning Kruger effects.

Dropbox reinvents itself as a collaborative workspace – no, not the WeWork kind (phew)

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Haven't you heard? It's this month's buzzword bingo hot tip.

They're just trying to mimic MS Teams.

Pretty sure you'll still be able to dump your files there like you do now. No ones making you use the Spaces functionality.

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger

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Damned insomnia. I meant "nuclear" of course.

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Re: Smash???

Compared to atoms and molecules there's a slight difference of scale, and lack of nucelar forces and chemical bonding between a galaxy's stars. That's why galaxies mostly pass through each other when they merge, whereas you can't run through a wall.

Gravitational disturbances from the sudden increase in local mass can do some nasty stuff though, and the bigger things are the more they will attract and disturb anything within range.

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images

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Re: Idiots

Reg numbers are a related factor. You can't categorically identify someone from a number plate, but you could link it with other details to do so.

Unsurprisingly the definition of related factor is somewhat wooly and subjective. From the ICO:

  • If you cannot directly identify an individual from that information, then you need to consider whether the individual is still identifiable. You should take into account the information you are processing together with all the means reasonably likely to be used by either you or any other person to identify that individual.
  • Even if an individual is identified or identifiable, directly or indirectly, from the data you are processing, it is not personal data unless it ‘relates to’ the individual.
  • When considering whether information ‘relates to’ an individual, you need to take into account a range of factors, including the content of the information, the purpose or purposes for which you are processing it and the likely impact or effect of that processing on the individual.

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Re: Bastards

Did you miss your pills this morning?

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Re: Bastards

+1 for a supermarket that policed their disabled spots

It's a special kind of twat who abuses those spaces.

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

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Re: Low tech tape solution

Couldn't you hjust have glued a penny to it?

Like sticking a penny to a record deck arm to prevent skipping (yeah it may have worked, but it was a pretty stupid idea as it hastens damage to the vinyl).

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Re: In my first job, in the days of mechanical mice

Your boss should have explained to her exactly what you meant, no further action.

Just because she didn't understand the terminology and took it as you being crass, it's no reason to nearly get you fired.

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

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Re: called it

Optional would suggest someone had considered QA a possibility.

This is more like typical banking 'Agile'; release it and let customers do the QA.

Your ugly mug may be scanned yet again – but at least you'll be able to board faster at Gatwick

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Re: The infamous 90%

First rule of surveys: always craft them to maximise desirable answers, avoid/minimise undesirable answers.

You can trust us to run a digital currency – we're Facebook: Exec begs Europe not to ban Libra

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Re: not with zuck's head stamped on it.

But what if we use Zuck's actual head as the stamp...? You know, between each coin and 250 ton hydraulic press.

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Re: 1:1 lying

Nah, they're just continuing in their oh-so-humble vein of showing they know better than everyone else.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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I like asking them what makes it "smart" and listening to them squirm as they try to con me that seeing how much I'm using will somehow (magic?) enable me to use less than I need for my daily life.

More fun is when they try to argue it's not a glorified remote kill switch, the rollout isn't increasing unemployment, and it would save more money if they simply hadn't bothered in the first place.

Talk to me when "smart" meters live-track the energy markets an seamlessly switch to the cheapest tarrif across all providers every 30 seconds.

You look like a fungi. Got mushroom in your life to build stuff with mycelium computers?

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Re: Talk about ....

Byte sized chunks.

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

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Whoever said the rhyme did the crime.

700km on a single charge: Mercedes says it's in it for the long run

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Re: My phone already charges intelligently..

Key difference is the car needs to be available as and when needed (assuming public transport options are unavailable/unsuitable/inadequate etc.).

If you need to go somewhere urgently and your phone's not charged you can leave behind, or take it with you and charge it in the car.

Can't really pick up your car and take it with you to charge on the way.

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Re: Would definitely not willingly go back to gas.

So.... you're suggesting everyone with a (often perfectly functional) gas hob should upgrade to electric? Sounds expensive and wasteful.

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Re: 350kW!!!!

I'd upvote this 100 times if I could.

Your point (2) is exactly why most people will never leave their car hooked up to the grid unless it needs charging. Well, maybe they'll do it until the first time they can't drive their car because it's empty, then they'll never leave it plugged in again. And they'll tell all their friends to do the same.

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Re: 350kW!!!!

All good until the owners of said cars want o use them after they've silently dumped their battery content to prop up the grid. In which case they either can't, or will try to fast-charge and risk overloading the grid again. I expect a significant number of owners would not leave their car plugged in, simply to avoid the risk of being unable to use it when they want/need to.

Besides, just because on average a million cars may be connected idle, doesn't mean at any given moment they'll all be connected. Not sure such assumptions would be sensible grid demand planning.

The proper solution is grid-scale generation build out to meet the demand, reliable not intermittent build out i.e. nuclear, and nationwide three-phase provision to every property that wants it.

Trouble is that's prohibitively expensive in short timescales.

Service call centres to become wasteland and tumbleweed by 2024

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Re: Sounds like the solution is to shorten the life of the capital equipment

Yeah planned obsolecence effectively guarantees this utopian vision never comes to pass. Even the "quality" stuff these days struggles to last 5 years, never mind engineer lifetimes.

Well.. unless they plan to euthanise service engineers every 4 years. Hmm.

France says 'non merci' to Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency

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Re: "we can not authorize the development of Libra on European soil."

Doesn't need to be asked. The finance minister has the agency and authority to say "non", whether asked or not.

Astroboffins baffled as black hole at center of Milky Way suddenly a lot hungrier than before

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"never seen anything like this in the 24 years we have studied"

Indeed. but that in no way provides sufficient data to say if the current or previous observed behaviour is in any way normal or abnormal.

24 years is a nanoscopic fraction of the black hole's existence, roughly 0.0000007153% of its 13.7 billion year life time (https://www.quora.com/How-old-is-Sagittarius-A*).

Can't say squat about what its "normal" behaviour is.

Mystery database left open turns out to be at heart of a huge Groupon ticket fraud ring

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Fake accounts? You sure?

Even more curious, when the team tried to track down the owners of the exposed email addresses, they got few responses, indicating the vast majority were fake accounts.

Sounds a tad hyperbolic. Perhaps equally likely is these days fewer people respond to emails along the lines of "Your account has been hacked. Please confirm your email address." or however their "tracking" effort went, thus severly limiting responses from owners of exposed email addresses.

Not so G.fast: Hybrid fibre 'under review' as Openreach remembers it's all about FTTP now

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Sure but how typical a residential customer is that? Dropbox sounds more like a bowel problem to most people outside IT.

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Re: Step 1

Sure it's up to the developer now, but that's something that could easily be legislated away as any sane and forward-thinking government would. That it hasn't happened shows yet again who is who's pocket.

Watchdog: Hush-hush UK.gov blew £97m on Brexit wonks from six of the usual suspects

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Re: Small Change


1) Short Sterling;

2) Push for no-deal;

3) Wait for the pound to collapse (further);

4) Profit.

Shorting of any market should be outlawed. Too many scum-sucking arseholes happy to ruin everyone else in their sociopathic pursuit or profit.

Suggestion for such types. And lots of it. ------------------------------------------>

Cloud, internet biz will take a Yellowhammer to the head in 'worst case' no-deal Brexit

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Re: "So, let me recap"

Ignoring Brexit for a sec (yeah yeah, pigs can fly too)... If we're exporting fuel doesn't that mean we consistently have more than we need?

Otherwise why export it. Keep it and lower prices to meet the oversupply. Demand will increase, tax revenue will increase to compensate for the price drop.

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?

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Duct tape is your friend.

The one on the left, thanks, with Gorilla Tape in the pocket.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

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Re: Interesting phrasing

You and your activities are the value being mined, not your possessions. So even if you have nothing, you're still of some value.

#MeToo chatbot, built by AI academics, could lend a non-judgmental ear to sex harassment and assault victims

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A genuinely useful case for chatbots, which hopefully can help victims of these dispicable acts.

Aside, wearing my pedantic dev hat I notice the flow chart has no escape clause for "Not harrassment", so it will continue seeking more information until it decides harrassment occured, instead of deciding harrassment hasn't actually occured based on the information provided. They do cover this to an extent when discussing early failure to recongise negation. I just hope they aren't missing other nuances.

Lights, camera, camera, camera, action: iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip biz in new iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip shocker

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You get a big phone! And you get a big phone. Everybody gets a big phone!

Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?

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Re: Induction

It doesn't work in theory. Nor does it work in practice. It's been tested, and unless your receiver coil is aligned within a few cm of the sender coil, laterally and height, the transfer efficiency is pathetically low.

Slow moving traffic just won't work. Stationary traffic might, if you can stop exactly on the sweet spot. Since all vehicles are not the same length, if everyone tries to stop over a coil traffic will spread out and reduce road capacity even lower than it already is.

Physics is a bitch sometimes.

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Empty to full takes me 5 minutes, and the car will go up to 900 miles on that.

However you cut it, the refill time and range for ICE vs EV just don't compare favourably in any way.

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I can well see the replacement vehicle being battery only, particularly as I have3 a fast charger at home which goes nicely with the solar panels meaning I can fill up for free at home (at least when it's sunny).

It's good you have a solution that works for you. There's a huge number of car owners that won't work for, for multiple reasons (to name a few: cost, rented proprety, lack of off-road parking, incompatible roof orientation, no roof at all...).

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Re: Another stupid number

It's about the only one they think sounds good to the unwashed masses. All the real numbers make charging availability sound utter shite. Which it is.

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70L takes about 3-5 minutes for me. Seems to depend a bit on the station.

But whether it takes 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes... quibbling over minutia. It's still between 6 and 30 times faster than a fast charger, to get vastly more range (300-1000 miles depending on ICE car and fuel vs. an hour for maybe 100 EV miles).

Multiply by the number of pumps per station vs a single fast charger and should be obvious to anyone there needs to be hundreds of thousands of fast chargers to even compare equally to fuel stations.

Comparing counts of fuel stations to fast chargers is deliberately skewing the figures. It's highly disingenuous and doesn't help anyone make an informed decision.

Fairer comparison methods could be energy delivered per hour, or vehicle throughput per hour, for fuel stations vs chargers. Will never happen though as they expose how massively underprovisioned charging points are.

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Re: 30m quid on removing greenhouse gases?

Taking it oh so very seriously, then.

Well in that context obviously not, but that clearly isn't the point of the operation.

The point is more likely a weak effort to nudge more people into EVs, provide the illusion there's enough charging capacity. There isn't, of course, and comparing numbers of fast chargers to numbers of fuels stations in an attempt to make it sound impressive is frankly disingenuous and ridiculous.

A robust comparison would be vehicle throughput per hour, fuels stations vs. fast chargers. Which will never happen because it exposes the woeful inadequacy of charging infrastructure (a few minutes to fill the tank, usually at least 4 pumps per station (often 10 or more)versus single fast chargers occupied for at least an hour). The maths is not in EV's favour.