* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1949 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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All good ideas. Which is why they will never make it into NHS IT plans.

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Re: Once again. Technology should *not* be a goal, but a tool to deliver what the people want.

Not disagreeing with the senitment, but what has Brexit got to do with another doomed-to-fail-poorly-planned NHS IT project?

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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three or four launches enough to assemble the ISS

Not just about weight though. Stuff has to fit in the fairings. So while on pure tonnage BFR could do it in 3-4 launches, if stuff don't fit the fairings the launch count goes up.

At 9m diameter BFR has a lot of space though...

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... insisted that funding levels cannot be used as an excuse for the situation

Easy to say when you're just telling everyone else what to do.

Guess who's back, back again? China's back, hacking your friends: Beijing targets American biz amid tech tariff tiff

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Heading cadence is off

Should be China's back, hacks your friends

Hacking is a syllable too much

Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

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Re: Dangerous?

OP didn't say anything about speeding, merely commented on the lukewarm response to the proposed reduction in speed limit.

Like any country, there will be roads where such reduction is appropriate, others where it is not. I would imagine it's the inappropriate blanket approach pushing the OP's Liberté buttons. Ticks the Egalité box though...

Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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Re: Batteries in cars

...that's almost a week of going to work and back.

This whole thing hinges on the assumption worst case will be maybe one or two days without charge. Risky assumption to make.

What if circumstances contrive, as they often do, to mean no reliable charging for your car for over a week...? If you believe that's impossible, I suggest improving your imagination.

And for longer commutes, only a few days without charge would mean no commute. But not in a good work-from-home way. More of a your-unreliable-arse-is-fired way.

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Re: Let's hope fusion gets perfected as there are just too many risks with fission.

And yet, despite hundreds of nuke power plants around the world, somehow we're still alive and not glowing piles of radioactive dust.

NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Re: scrubbed launches

Well General, Sir, Asteriod Redirectors for Saving Earth launches were green, but then some bugger in a row-boat was fishing downrange so we had to scrub our ARSEs.

In missing the ARSE launch window I'm afraid that means humanity is boned, Sir.

Yeah. Not gonna happen.

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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And, nowadays, if you say you're English they put you in jail.

I'm English, and so is my wife.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Seriously have we all just forgotten how to drive?

The danger here is assuming people knew how to drive to begin with. Number of times I have to take evasive action because someone isn't paying the slightest attention to their surroundings is ridiculous, and getting worse.

How the fuck these people passed their test is beyond me. They certainly don't develop beyond the test. Learn enough to pass it, then regress.

Best approach is assume everyone around me doesn't have a clue and are always likely to do something stupid.

And don't get me started on parents getting / installing a baby seat from the traffic side. In a narrow road with parked cars both sides. Are you trying to get yourself and your kid killed? People really are getting dumber by the day.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Seems like the real reasoning behind UC was never to improve things for claimants, nor to save on admin costs.

No siree, its real aim was to get as many claimants off benefits as possible, by making claiming so painful and unreliable that only the most desperate bother to claim. Who cares if the plebs get screwed over, fall into expensive debt, lose their disability benefits, motability, even their homes, spiral into depression, etc.

Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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Sounding like the Platinum Partner applied some Platinum Pressure higher up the food chain.

Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Re: Mobility as a service means ...

that I buy miles by the month or year and either get a car to go with them or use a local pool of cars. It will be better for everybody - honest.

If an example were ever needed of a concept that needs to be terminated with extreme prejudice, here it is.

Glibc 'abortion joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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...could be a trigger for certain individuals causing them to relive a traumatic memory...

On that basis, no one should write or say anything, ever. You know, just in case it's a trigger for certain individuals causing them to relive a traumatic memory.

Twat. Oops. I just triggered a traumatic memory about a pregant goldfish.

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact

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Re: Power?

Obviously powered by unicon farts gliding on a cushion of rainbows. Physics is a pesky implementation detail to be worked out later, and must never be permitted to interfere with hype generation.

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Corruption

Corruption can only exists with the cooperation of the general public and you guys kept voting for more, well done you.

But who can you vote for when corruption is pretty much indemic? One lot is no better than the other, just different gang colours, thus voting a new lot in changes exactly fuck all.

Politicians exist to serve themselves. Occassional benefit to the great unwashed is just a side effect.

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Re: Fucking Brexit

Of course it's going to be painful! You took a very sharp stick and shoved it up you own ass.

Perhaps true, however...

From a purely neutral perspective the EU is making an example of the UK. Quite openly and deliberately.

EU was presented with a democratically reached decision by a member state. And yes, for the total number of elligible voters, the winning result was actually a minority. But hey, democratic decisions often mean a minority of elligible voters actually wins when a lot of people can't be arsed to vote.

EU could have said "ok fair enough, we accept a member state reached a democratic decision about their own sovereign direction, let's try to achieve a separation deal that works for everyone."

Instead what's obvious to everyone, on either side of the Brexit fence, is the result will be punishment with the worst possible deal for citizens - UK and EU.

The EU doesn't want Brexit. Most of UK Government doesn't want Brexit. Neither side actually cares about their citizens as long as the politicos are protected from fallout, so let's make an example so no-one else dares to even think about quitting the club.

Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

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ensure vehicles get locked before delivery people can move away

Ok I'll bite...

Is the delivery bod forced to wear a big-ass electro magnet, sticking them to the car until OnStar (or equivalent) confirms the boot is closed and the car locked?

Turn that bachelor pad into a touch pad: Now you can paint buttons, sensors on your walls

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Re: Why?

Yeah I like a switch I can replace without needing to repaint the whole wall.

UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

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ambitious, deliverable, coherent and innovative

Ok I get deliverable and coherent. Perfectly sensible, nay desirable for any project.

But why the fuck does everything have to be ambitious and innovative these days!?!

Mundane yet effective using tried and true methods is surely better. But that doesn't sound edgy enough, so we end up with morons who couldn't run a bath.

Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

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Re: How do you secure the device without shortening its lifespan?

Small external power pack with an unobtrusive induction coupling should do the trick.

Rejection of external interference, physical security and robust connections are just implementation details...

Say a 200lb lithium-ion trailer with some of those industrial shielded multi-pin threaded connectors... completely unobtrusive and no more issues about power budget or flimsy connections.

Seems like a plan with no drawbacks to me...

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Re: Denial Of Senses

Also susceptible to Distributed Denial of Senses a.k.a. pub crawl

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Re: Security by obscurity?

Just that the environment is wet and electrical.

Ah, so it's the old "in a mobile device" variant of novel...

As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Re: In Other News........

Only one third...?

UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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@Danny 2 : ...the ICO should no longer be required to obtain a warrant

The issue wasn't the need to obtain a warrant.

The issue is the legal requirement to give 7 days notice to the other party.

As previous comments have noted, the ICO should always be required to obtain a warrant. Same for any other body wanting to search premises or equipment. It's the only thing that prevents these bodies being used as a blunt instrument to squash competitors.

The laughable bit is the legally required 7 day notice period to. That's the part that shouldn't be required.

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Re: Given the time it's take to get the warrant...


Says who? I seriously doubt anyone believes that statement.

China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

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You know orbital space is pretty big, right? And gets bigger with higher orbits.

Couple of thousand shouldn't be an issue. Still plenty of separation.

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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re: Car share = norm?

I have a feeling the vast majority won't accept car sharing as the norm. Not for a very, very long time.

Too many personal, status, convenience, hygiene etc. factors against that ownership/usage model.

Might be viable in the centres of large, densely populated cities, but those places generally have good enough public transport anyway, such that cars not usually needed except as taxis. Which is pretty much car sharing anyway. With someone to (hopefully) keep it clean inside.

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Re: But it will be worth it

4. Do you think EU want to encourage another country to leave?

Which is exactly why securing a "good" deal will be impossible. Not because it couldn't be done if both sides wanted it, but one side firmly doesn't want a good deal and the other side seems unable to decide what a good deal even looks like.

Whatever side of the fence one sits on, the target deal should be balanced and fair to both sides.

The final deal will be intentionally UK-damaging and as EU-sided as possible, so no other country even dares consider leaving. It will be punishing by design, because it has to be.

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

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Where are the charges for contempt of court?

Retaining images of the uncharged was ruled illegal back in 2012. Someone should have been hauled into court over the fact it is still happening.

Ruling it illegal is pointless if nothing is then done with that ruling.

Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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"If this House approves the regulator today, we will be well on the way to doing that, and we are definitely trying to do it as quickly as possible," he said.

"I am not trying to duck the issues that are still there, but they will come back and I am sure I will have to deal with them."

In other words... "I don't have a clue how to actually do any of this, please please stop asking awkward questions."

Nice to see they've really thought this through.

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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Re: Just waiting...


Eeeewwwwwww... see a doctor for that, mate.

(Suspect you meant TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car

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Re: Double Pah

Plug it into the mains. It'll be powered forever, and no battery pack to carry means more load capability. Range is a bit... limited... but that's an implementation detail right?

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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Re: here are a number of companies out there...

There are a number of companies out there that sell 100% Renewably generated Electricity.

Wait... I'm confused... do you lay your own cable directly to the renewable plant?

Or does your supply contract come with a Maxwell's Demon electron bouncer to stop those ne'er do well non-renewable electrons entering your premises?

Pretty sure everyone gets grid power the same way; a mix of whatever power plants supply the grid at a given time.

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: Hmm

Upvoted and I really hope you're right. But sadly too many people seem to think parental responsibility is someone else's problem, and their effort ends with plonking the kid in front of the telly or a tablet and believing the nanny state will do all the work.

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Straight face

"The final tax reform bill is strong in the key areas that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and create jobs in America," said Linda Moore, president and CEO of TechNet

And she said that with a straight face...?

No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

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Re: Good. Probably.

Probably not. Providers will either reduce the QoS guarantees offered, or have to <gasp> invest in infrastructure improvements to meet the higher QoS guarantees.

My money's on the former.

Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Re: Welcome

Whereby one miscreant takes a fun - but potentially lethal - hobby...


I'm assuming you mean fucked it for you. Doesn't seem like you fixed anything.

Anything one does can be potentially lethal in some way. You gonna legislate everything?

We should legislate chopping vegetables. A potentially lethal activity after all. People might cut themselves, bleed out and die.

Houses should all be bungalows. People can fall down stairs and kill themselves. Better legislate against staircases too.

Doesn't matter how much you regulate this. Said miscreant will still act like a twat. You can't legislate against stupid, no matter how tempting that is.

More expensive, takes longer than usual, not particularly brilliant. Yes, it's your robot surgeon

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@Richard Jones 1: ...are bing robot assisted...

For $deity's sake don't get Bing involved in this. End up performing eye surgery on someone's arse.

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Wrong acronym

Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS)

Shouldn't that be ALICAS? Has a certain ring to it...

How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Wait... days?

It took them days to realise scanners are usually closed when scanning stuff to, you know... scan the thing on the bed and not the office ceiling...?

Hands up who's immediate first thought was "wait... scanners have a lid".

Never mind other problems like keeping the drone laser focussed on the scanner sensors in ambient weather conditions, glass distortion, glass coatings, the rather obvious drone hovering outside the office window...

Keep up the good work guys.

Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'

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Future of cars

How so...?

Does it fly? Self-drive? That's the 'future' we were all promised back in the 70s and 80s.

This one can't even keep you warm and dry, which has been a solved problem for about 80+ years.

Does it come with a trailer for the kids? Separate soundproof bubble dome... now there's a thought...

Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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Re: Watches are still jewellery

But then again, I don't bother with rings, necklaces and earrings either.

Paraphrasing Talkie Toaster: Ah... so you're a bracelet man, then!

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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...modernised the Mini without losing its essential character. So how did he manage it?

He didn't manage it. At all.

Parked my Vectra next to one the other day, and I dare say the "Mini" was wider, taller, and almost as long. "Essential Character" binned the second BMW got their mits on the designs.

Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

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Short sighted author...?

In VR, the close-up is dead. Due to the fish-eye lenses that VR cameras use, any actor closer than four feet ends up looking distorted.

This is surely a limitation of the typical and current technology used in VR cameras.

Off the top of my head, a circular array of cameras with decent lenses would solve this. If the market is there, the technology will advance to overcome these minor problems.

And don't call me Shirley.

Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Re: What problem?

Lead-lined coat - maybe?

Cat: So why don't we just drop the defensive shields!?!

Kryten: An adroit suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One - we don't have have any defensive shields, and two - we don't have any defensive shields. Now I know technically that's only one flaw, but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.

Nuke plant has been hacked, says Atomic Energy Agency director

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Amano's remarks are prima facie terrifying

No, they are not.

I'm more likely to be hit by lightning twice. In the same place. On the same day in consecutive years.

Stickers emerge as EU's weapon against dud IoT security

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Perhaps an effort to explain firmware upgrades to lay-people is also needed.

Understanding of firmware upgrades is useless if the manufacturer can't be arsed to provide them.

Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

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Re: Lesson here

Have police wear body cams and have them turned on 100% of the time.


It should never be at the officer's discretion, that just invites abuse. And all cops should be required to wear them, and they must be recording with no option to disable, at all times on duty.

Some commenters suggest recording should be shut off in certain sensitive cases. No. Just no! The recording protects both the victim and those attending. Recordings aren't just released freely to any bugger that wants them.

The victim will be photographed in such cases anyway. Being on low-res body-cam doesn't change this.

Mark sensitive recordings as sensitive - a "sensitive" button on the camera is sufficient. Sensitive recordings should not be viewed or released without a fully audited approval and supervision chain. In fact, no recording should ever be released without this, but more so for sensitive recordings.

Having grey areas leads to opportunists gaming the system, and discretionary recording makes the whole exercise pointless.


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