* Posts by Steve K

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

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Re: Admissions

That might be because they do an automatic swap-out in-store and want to be able to resell the defective one once the batter is swapped back at the workshop?

If there are other defects then they will want to fix those so the phone can be sold on.

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Alibaba's lights are on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home

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Re: Pedantry

"We've got your name, La,La,La!"

"Everybody knows, we've got your name"

"We've love donkeys La,La,La!"

"Everybody knows, we've got your name"

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Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

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Re: Virus Alert:

Wasn't Herpes Zoster the Greek Prime Minister?

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Darn it...

Now if your AV software has a hole in it you can just say "Darn it!"

Does Kaspersky now meet SOX audit criteria?

I'll stop now

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Why 18?

That explains it a bit then - Thanks

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Why 18?

Why is 18 chosen - the UK age of consent is 16.

Completely ignoring whether this is feasible/practical etc. etc., to be consistent surely this should be for under-16s OR the definition of consent needs to be changed?

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Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

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Re: Late to the party...

Sorry to reply to myself but noticed my typo.

40% off is £80 off list price, not 80% obviously....

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Re: More Microsoft Landfill.

I don't think that Office 365 or Surface can be classified as failures?

The Surface 3 or 4 are well-regarded for their build quality and features in the tech press.

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Late to the party...

I am a bit late to the party here, but as my Band1 expired recently, I also have bought a Garmin.

I liked the Band1 up to a point (paired with my iPhone 6S), but it was not that comfortable to wear and battery life was not great. The polymer used for the strap/battery covering also dissolves in sweat/suncream/air etc. and peels off after about 3 months, and then the strap attachments started to fail .

I too was waiting to see what the Band 3 brought, since a waterproof/resistant device is a priority for me. More of these have now landed from othe manufacturers.

If you are with Prudential Vitality Health you can currently get a decent discount off quite a few wearables - which can also help your premiums if you (optionally) allow it to gather data via the relevant dashboard.

I got 40% off my Garmin - a saving of 80% off list price.

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Welcome to embedded system engineering

Unfortunately it is definitely an embedded system now - in the Martian surface...

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Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

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Yes - just noticed that they have updated the reason for the failure.

Another successful test for lithobraking........:-(

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Given that almost all nuclear power stations (using such software) are reliable and have not melted down, then yes...

Schiaparelli failed most likely because of the parameters used by the software for determining when to release the rear parachute - this is not a failure of the software itself.

Additionally the other famous Mars lander issue was a units mix-up - so units entered to the program rather than a software failure.

You can use computational means to prove software, but inputs to programs can still be incorrect for the current operating conditions...

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Re: Why 60Mb?

Also raw speed is meaningless without some idea of QoS/contention.

60Mb/s with (say) 25:1 contention will usually give a worse experience than 5Mbps uncontended at peak times.

For VoD it doesn't matter if a 4K movie downloads in 60 seconds or 60 minutes - you can't watch it any faster......

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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F1 Key

I love sniffing my F1 key... don't worry though, I'm trying to get help

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Dell EMC cranks Xeon servers into ludicrous mode with Tesla GPUs

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Yeah - him as well :-)

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2007/08 I think

Even further back to GeForce 8-series in 2007/08.

NVidia definitely had the name first......

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Re: gnome dancing around the aforementioned Stonehenge

Absolutely - big thanks to Dabbsy for the link reference - it made me laugh on a Friday morning, and make a note to order the DVD as I have not seen the film in years!

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Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

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Overlap...

I am an enthusiastic O365 Business user, BUT there is so much overlap that it is difficult to understand which tool MS thinks should be used for which job...

SharePoint (has all sorts of collaboration features)

Yammer

Skype for Business

OneDrive for Business (as well as SharePoint as a repository - eh?)

Teams

Planner

Exchange Groups

there are probably more....

Are they going for an evolutionary approach - as in a land-grab and then survival of the fittest....?

I am a little confused....

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Re: "hard-coded no-fly zones in drones"

Even better idea - get the wardens their own drones and have a dogfight....

Stream it on YouTube and the proceeds go to the Warden's Christmas party/tea & biscuits fund as an incentive.

(On a more serious note, I imagine that the drones come in at night in order to circumvent simple visual tracking...)

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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"Sponsor offers" partly to blame?

I wonder if "sponsor offers" are partly to blame here.

If a user's experience is that last time they patched that they got their home page redirected and yet another browser toolbar they didn't want then they may not want to repeat the experience....

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

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Re: so if the sale goes through...

..if they can pull it off

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Premature capitulation?

That might be a premature capitulation from Twitter....

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: How about what BT/VM do?

Good point....

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How about what BT/VM do?

In the UK at least, if you get a router from BT or Virgin Media then your default SSID password is set to a unique value on a sticker affixed to the device. This presumably corresponds to a value flashed into the hardware at manufacture. By default at least the SSID passwords are unique and non-guessable.

You can reset it to your own choice (subject to password complexity requirements) if you want, but a reset of the device will set it back to that unique password on the sticker.

Of course, that doesn't help if someone has physical access to the device or if there are other backdoor logins with weak/common passwords in the device that the ISP can use for remote admin...

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US docs halve screen time for tots: No more than an hour a day

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Re: I took...

You omitted Octonauts from that list!!! Sound the Octo-Alert!

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Radio glitch as Schiaparelli lander probe splits from ExoMars mothership

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No signal yet....

No signal yet.... I hope this is not a demonstrator of ESA's lithobraking technology.....

Fingers crossed

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

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Re: Why Why are all politicians complete morons?

Well said - assuming that service availability/reliability and QoS are sorted out, the general economic case for mega speeds is (IMHO) weak.

Downloading your 8K vids in 10 seconds flat is all well and good for a consumer, but economically it only benefits the VoD supplier and the media creators (and indirectly their own suppliers), NOT the wider economy.

I realise the "640K should be enough for anybody" argument could be played here, but until physical objects can fit down the internet there has to be a "fast enough, not fastest possible" mantra for publicly-funded broadband.

No-one is asking why a particular speed is chosen for these announcements (i.e. why 100Mbps and not 20Mbps is desirable in the use-cases) and in isolation it is meaningless if contention or reliability targets or SLAs are not also specified.

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Sextortion on the internet: Our man refuses to lie down and take it

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Re: Oh no! One of Vyvyan's socks has escaped!

"Felicity, Felicity - you fill me with electricity"

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ShadowBrokers put US$6m price tag on new hoard of NSA hacks

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Password revealed

No need for 10,000 Bitcoins - I think they have already revealed the password -

" password is crowdfunding"

Steve

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

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Re: It would need a bit of work for expenses

"and all companies pay y% tax on all *sales*. It would need a bit of work for expenses"

Yes, but definition of profit (i.e. sale - expenses at a simple level) is what all this is about though....

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Re: Brexitters

Fewer of them, surely....?

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Maybe someone left their Note 7 in an item of washing?

Maybe someone left their Note 7 in an item of washing....?

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Musk seems to be losing it

I think that the 200,000 was not actually the true number according to a participant - more like 2,000 I believe.

Steve

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

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Re: The old ones are the best

I remember when this database was all fields.....;-)

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Re: The old ones are the best

Are you thinking of Superman 2 and the Richard Pryor character...?

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Blue Peter

Blue Peter in my case!!

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: I'm not an expert

Very true, but that's only used after the engine is properly ignited and running under its own power, plus the really hot bit will be just behind the aircraft anyway when in use.

A hot start is generally when excess fuel is ignited at too-low a level of RPM so that the turbine blades in the hot section of the turbine exceed their safe operating temperature - even transiently.

Since the blades in the hot section are usually operating close to their melting/deformation point even when everything is working OK (and only don't melt due to clever cooling holes), a temperature excursion will lead to a hot section inspection being required at the very least to see if any of these blades have deformed/fused

If it has done a reverse flaming fart up its own jacksey like this which needed extinguishing (as opposed to an over-temperature tell-tale warning), then they will probably need to strip it down to get rid of the extinguishant out of the turbine anyway.

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Not confined to F35

Now I love to bash a military white elephant as much as the next person, but...

The F35 is not unique in this respect. Just about any turbine-powered aircraft will have a tailwind limitation for startup, beyond which unburned fuel accumulation will cook the engine if you persist with the start (similarly to a hot start if fuel is introduced too early before the turbine is up to speed on the starter motor). One would expect that the start is computer-controlled though here....

On turbine helicopters, procedures will call for the turbine to be motored with the starter motor without the igniters active to clear this fuel (or leave it and go off and have a cuppa...), and maybe rotate the machine out of the wind if it can be moved easily.

Steve

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Joke

Apparently afterwards

He spoke to the doctor:

"Doc - I've got a flywheel stuck up there too."

"Hmm, how long has it been there?"

"I don't know, but it's been driving me nuts."

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Questioning

Q: "Have you got any gold on you?"

A: "Yes, stick your hand up my arse, I've got piles"

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Spoiler alert: What Oracle is going to announce today

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Is it REALLY cloud though...

Is it really cloud though, and not just smoke....?

Some of Oracle's "cloud" offerings are really just fixed-term hosting, without the scale up/down one would expect from a cloud solution.

The devil is in the detail (and smoke) behind the headline. You can always be No.1 in Cloud if you set the definition...

The on-premise stuff is interesting BUT I suspect it is tied to Oracle's hardware (but I suppose that's similar to how Microsoft's Azure on-premise is tied to specific Dell/HP OEM-installed hardware)

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Puzzled

I imagine the lines are towards the bottom of the tanks as that's where the fuel will be coolest - maybe in a channel which is designed not to drain.

They must also have a good reason for it to go through the tanks rather than attached to the outside (e.g. via a heatsink plate or channels) as otherwise that would seem to be a better way to avoid fuel corrosion effects.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: YBMM

Mornington Crescent?

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

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Elections

Slightly off-topic, and I hope not overly-cynical but

"unless there's an election every 5 years, how can we hold our MP's to account?"

I think that "holding to account" is an over-used term in regard to politics.

In a 2-party democracy (e.g. UK, US) I don't think that elections can really be a way for the electorate to hold politicians to account - particularly on single issues - since the choice is binary (as a vote for a minor party is likely to be marginally dilutive at best). You are voting on a manifesto - a package - regardless of whether you agree with all of its contents.

You might see protest votes in local council or by-elections but not in a General Election.

Given the binary choice, I would suggest that most people won't switch allegiance between the side that they have settled on.

Therefore if you "hold MPs to account" at the General Election (assuming they are the ones you voted in last time) then you will get the lot you didn't want and have never wanted.

I don't think PR helps either, since the pool of parties (and hence manifestos) is still pretty small.

Do we need to discard political parties, but vote for policies and have them delivered by a neutral Civil Service? But then who decides on the policies, if they are consistent/deliverable/mutually-exclusive and who is actually in charge?

Discuss...

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: go see the pictures @Stoneshop

Your URL in the post above gives a HTTP 403....

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Re: own EV happens to have the exact same problem

Sorry, Lithium is neither the second most reactive element nor the most reactive metal.

One of the problems you have in a charged LiPo is the stored energy in the cell which complicates handling a fizzing or popped cell even if not currently burning.

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Re: If this wasn't a Tesla, it wouldn't be a story

Also this road does not look like the sort of road where AutoPilot should be used anyway.

In UK parlance it appears to be a single-carriageway rather than a wider motorway or similar with crash barriers etc. where I imagine AutoPilot's use-case is based.

You would probably not use Cruise Control on such a road in a normal car anyway because of the opposing traffic/trees etc.

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Re: The problem is you can't be sure power is off

Apparently not according to the First Responder extract in the above post above.

I imagine that if a particular cell is on fire then that's that - and water won't extinguish it or make it burn any more than it is already doing (although you might get an explosion and molten lithium metal flying around but on its own Lithium does not burn hot enough to melt when reacting with water at least in a lab).

See Theodore Gray's website for Sodium doing a similar thing when a large block is dropped in to a lake! Sodium is a row below in the periodic table so will be more spectacular than Lithium.

The gist of the advice seems to be that a significant amount of water will dissipate heat from those remaining cells that are not on fire and presumably still in their normal packaging - which is a good thing.

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Re: standard operating procedures

"These vapors include HF2 oxides of carbon, aluminum, lithium, copper, and cobalt. Additionally, volatile phosphorous pentafluoride may form at temperatures above 230o Fahrenheit."

May I just say "Oooh f@ck!"

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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You mean the cup-holders..?

You mean the cup-holders..?

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