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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

TangoCharlie Re: This and more (88 comments)

The title of the piece is "Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?", so which the answer is an emphatic "No", for all the obvious reasons: collision, tangled tethers, over-head power cables, etc.

about 2 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

TangoCharlie I haven't used an ignition key in 10 years. (865 comments)

The last two cars I've owned have been Renaults. Not only do they key-cards, but they're wireless too. No need to actually dig them out of your bag! How can other manufacturers be so behind???!

about 4 months ago

UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

TangoCharlie Re: Esoteric material? (329 comments)

I have a BT Mobile Broadband dongle. I have found that BT blocks searching the Internet Archive I'm guessing that the BT anti-porn filter is simply based on the domain, and can't "see" the page. Try searching for on the Internet Archive! I think the UK ISP porn filters are likely to cause significant issues.

about a year ago

UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

TangoCharlie Re:Just like 1984. (329 comments)

That's why they've employed HUWAEI to run the new porn filter. They have a very good track record of blocking other content types too, such as political decent, etc.

about a year ago

British Prime Minister Promises Default On Porn Blocking

TangoCharlie (311 comments)

The filter is working fine. :)

about a year ago

British Prime Minister Promises Default On Porn Blocking

TangoCharlie Re:This wont end cleanly (311 comments)

I've come on a long way since then. I now prefer

about a year ago

UK Apple Shop Forced To Change Its Name

TangoCharlie Re:"Town of Norwich" (174 comments)

Isn't it rather strange that the other town (which is presumably smaller than Norwich) isn't actually mentioned? It just says in Norfolk. Anyone reading this post might assume that Norfolk is a small town, near the (slightly) larger town of Norwich.

I think Delia Smith might have something to say about this!!

So, let's get some facts straight: Norfolk is a county. Big place. Famous for it's water-ways which are called "The Norfolk Broads". Norwich is a city. Famous for Coleman's, a brand of sauces (especially mustard), and, of course, the Norwich City Football Club (a soccer team), which just happens to be owed by Delia Smith, a famous TV chef, and next-in-line to the Throne (if all the Royals get nuked). OK, I made that last bit up!

about a year and a half ago

What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

TangoCharlie Re:Isn't good work better than fast work? (223 comments)

Yes. You're right. Good is better much than fast.

However, that might explain why my (EMC) Iomega StoreCenter ix12 300r is such a useless PoS. The hardware seems reliable enough, but the software just doesn't work. It's coming out of the rack next month, because the 2U space is more important than this 'server'.

about a year and a half ago

Sophos Anti-Virus Update Identifies Sophos Code As Malware

TangoCharlie Re:99.999% (245 comments)

uh... me...
I'm a mac user and long term sophos customer. Well... I guess there's got to be one.

about 2 years ago

GCC Switches From C to C++

TangoCharlie Re:C++ is Dead, Long Live Java (406 comments)

You're almost right. Actually, JavaScript is the new C. The GNU Compiler Collection should now actually be ported to JavaScript. I also suggest that a new UI be created using HTML5. It's about time GCC was tightly coupled to an IDE so we can move away from the command line.

more than 2 years ago

SCO Group Files For Chapter 7

TangoCharlie Re:Correctm they are just rebooting (190 comments)

UnXi's claim that you link to is just lies. In the UK, I think the Trading Standards Authority would have something to say. If one thing is now clear, SCO never owned the rights to Unix, never owned unix, still don't own unix.

more than 2 years ago

SCO Group Files For Chapter 7

TangoCharlie Re:No longer SCO (190 comments)

I like the comment on this page which says "UnXis's award-winning Global Services offer a complete portfolio[...]". Which "Awards" exactly? Buying the remains of SCO probably $600k down-the-drain. I also note on the The OpenGroup's website (the owners of UNIX), that they (TheOpenGroup) own the trademark UNIXWARE. So what do UnXi actually own? A few hundred thousand lines of unmanageable and out of date code? Seriously guys, Unixware and OpenServer are deader than a dead thing with dead dangly bits.

more than 2 years ago

Glibc Is Finally Free Software

TangoCharlie Re:They released it under the BSD license? (337 comments)

> You can incorporate it into your own code, provided that you license your code as GPL (commercial software doesn't usually allow that)

Actually, you only have to license your code as GPL if you distribute it. I know it's a small point (why would you write software and then not distribute it?!), but if you don't distribute your code (binary and/or source) you can use GPL code without restriction.

about 4 years ago

UK Switches Off £235M Child Database

TangoCharlie ChildPoint database now available on eBay. (198 comments)

Don't think this fiasco is over yet. The UK government has a rather poor record of securing data. It won't be long until the entire database is up on WikiLeaks.

more than 4 years ago

Chase Bank May Drop Support of Chrome, Opera

TangoCharlie Who are JPMorgan Chase? (398 comments)

> On the other extreme, rising star Chrome appears to be left out, too. What does Google think of that?"

Who are JPMorgan Chase? I did a Google search for them and I didn't find anything?

more than 4 years ago

openSUSE 11.2 Released

TangoCharlie Re:Who...cares? (207 comments)

I agree.

And, IBM will never be replaced as the dominant PC manufacturer.

more than 4 years ago

EU Asks Horse Owners To Pledge Not To Eat Their Pets

TangoCharlie We don't eat horses in the UK. (9 comments)

We're a funny lot in the UK. The English are particularly strange. I should point out that I was born in the fine county of Essex, England. We don't eat horses. We don't eat dogs. We don't (on the whole) eat veal. And we definately don't eat Blue Fin tuna. However, we do produce veal.... we just ship it to Europe. What we don't eat gets turned into dog food. Similarly, we have alot of dear (venison), but instead of eating it ourselves, we (again) feed it to cats and dogs. I don't know if we export horse meat, but I'd wager that we do..... we just won't eat it ourselves. Me? Well I'm English.

more than 5 years ago

UK School Forbids Parents From Taking Pics of Kids

TangoCharlie Standard Practice in Uk Schools Now. (12 comments)

UK Schools now routinely use the "Data Protection Act" or "Privacy Concerns" to prevent parents taking photos of their children at school plays, sports days, assemblies, award ceremonies, etc. Actually, the "Data Protection Act" doesn't have anything to do with this. The schools are petrified that one pervert might come into their school and take photos of kids and upload them to some sicko website (Myspace, Facebook, Bebo???) and get the school a whole load of bad publicity. When I was recently "told off" by my daughter's Karate instructor for taking photos just before a grading (she got a green belt), I did feel like saying "Where exactly in the Data Protection Act does it say I can't take pictures of my children?". Of course I didn't, I wanted my child to be able to take part. However I was denied the opportunity to have any photographic record of her achievements. There is also the fact that many schools make money out of videoing these events and selling the DVD's. The schools are just protecting a revenue stream. There's nothing to stop the perverts buying the DVD and having a jolly good hand shandy over it. Where's the "Data Protection Act" now?!!

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft vs. file compatibility.

TangoCharlie TangoCharlie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TangoCharlie writes "Since first released a free suite of office applications, I have been trying to get the various organisations to switch away from Microsoft Office. The argument against using has always been that it isn't 100% Microsoft Office compatible. However, it has been several years since Microsoft released Office 2007, and invariably if I send someone an docx or xlsx file they email back to me and ask me to send it in Office97-2003 format. My somewhat rhetorical question is, which Office suite now boasts the best "compatibility"? MS Office or"
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Macworld SF 2009 starts. MacRumorsLive hacked?

TangoCharlie TangoCharlie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TangoCharlie (113383) writes "The Macworld San Francisco 2009 keynote has started and coverage
is at MacosRumors (

However, they ( appear to have got themselves hacked.

Oh well."



TangoCharlie TangoCharlie writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I don't understand where people get the time write diary's. I just don't have the time to sit down and contemplate the days events!

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