* Posts by Mage

4645 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

WINGED VELOCIRAPTOR 'from HELL': Closest thing ever to a real DRAGON?

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dragons may have been real

Of course dragons are real, but not as portrayed in Myth and popular Fiction

But might have had feathers rather than scales.

More Argentavis magnificens than Komodo Dragon?

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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EULA terms

No, a vendor may not force ANY EULA terms on a customer. That's been proved illegal.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

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location-based ads remain a disappointment

Because no-one wants them.

Big adverts in our shopping Mall about Bluetooth. Why would I want to be spammed and distracted while actually shopping or window shopping. An advert on a phone screen is a poor experience even if you want the product compared to the physical shop!

About as useful as an SMS about books automatically received when you browse a Library.

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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iPod

Maybe I might want one with 64G to 256G storage ... But compared to a phone I can't see why I'd want this.

Has it got especially better battery life?

Is it suitable for small children you don't want to give a phone to?

Now which pocket did I put my earbuds for my Sony Z1?

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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I think all my laptops ( bar one) and PCs would run Win10

If there were drivers. Probably some don't have drivers. Graphics likely a big issue. Also PC Card SCSI adaptor for scanner would need replaced for a new Laptop.

A new laptop to replace a totally Matte finish 1600 x 1200 screen laptop with decent backlight is seriously expensive and wider. 16:9 is too wide. 1080 is worse than decent 2002 screens.

It's only cheaper to get a new laptop if it's a very basic usage, in which case perhaps Browser + email and Libre Office on Linux will do anyway. Cheap laptops have too rubbish a screen.

But Win10 is going to be mess. So I continue my hybrid research:

1) Native Applications on Linux

2) Some windows applications on WINE

3) Really old stuff in DOSBox

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Twitter shares soar after buyout story appears on bogus Bloomberg site

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Re: "That is also the only URL that exists under the dot-market website"

Maybe ICANN registered it and ... no they wouldn't be that clever.

All these new TLD are stupid.

Can't we start a campaign for ISPs to block them from their DNS? Then for most internet users they wouldn't exist.

Probably too simplistic.

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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Re: Stupid and obvious reason

The Republicans would be as bad if not worse traditionally.

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Ireland loses entire airport amid new postcode chaos

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Stupidity

An Post already had a secret Post Code system from 1990s, but would not publicise it for commercial reasons. (Bulk advertising mail).

They decided to Tender instead of forcing An Post to go public. But wrote a Tender that would disqualify any Geo locate / Geo code system.

The idea of a post code is obsolete.

This analysis explains why Eircode is rubbish.

Only An Post is going to use this, to deliver to letterboxes. They already can do that perfectly with very little address. Otherwise they would have made their internal system public 20 years ago.

None of the freight companies or emergency services will use it.

The database to get a GPS code or use it sensibly will always be incomplete, full of errors and very expensive.

Any one that bothers with this is wasting time and money.

We have had geocodes for 20 years. We don't even need the Open Postcode system, we have both OSI grid and GPS lat + long.

Mines the one with a smartphone GPS in the pocket.

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Yes! Windows Phone lives: Microsoft to pump the device Kool-Aid

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Re: >>> mobility of experience

"Microsoft's problems so obvious to everyone other than Microsoft"

Fortunate. Or else by now MS would be bigger than IBM, Apple and Google combined.

Do you really want ANY mega corp to be totally competent?

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: Get those figures higher!

Clue is in the name "Income Tax". It's not a tax on "profits".

There ARE allowances against Income Tax.

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Cool-headed boffins overcome sticky issue: Graphene-based film could turn heat down

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Re: If the LEDs were highly efficient...

1) You'd be able to turn up the power

2) cooled LEDs are more efficient.

Though presumably the Graphene needs to be on the rear of the chip.

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Re: That stripe... can just about make out...

Or a panning giant Ion Cannon / Rail gun weapon on automatic. I'd not like to meet the lads that did that.

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Ericsson seeks cat-herding jacket, attempts EU 5G standardisation

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Duplex

There is are already working Duplex (in same channel) 3G phones and 4G modems (Wimax and LTE versions).

Duplex is not that brilliant a solution.

Millimetre waves are no use except for Line Of site Hotspots.

5G is more about converged Infrastructure, hand off across bands and radios without dropping connection.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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Painless?

Ubuntu USED TO BE the best.

" Indeed distros like Ubuntu, with its Unity desktop, make switching relatively painless."

Unity stinks. I have it on a desktop 64 bit install with 8G RAM.

I have Mint with Mate on a laptop. Mind you, with a fresh install on old Travelmate I STILL have to edit Grub for "noacpi" like 2 years ago.

A server in the attic has Debian. I've forgotten what desktop I put on it as the local GUI isn't used.

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SatNad's purple haze could see Lumia 'killed'. Way to go, chief!

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enterprises who've bet on Microsoft's end-to-end vision

Well, that was never going to end well.

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Black and Latina boffins regularly mistaken for janitors, study finds

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Heading photo?

That doesn't look like a Latina or African-American.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras brings the EU to its knees

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Streaming isn't scaleable

There is a Satellite service, but not on Continental Phobic 28.2E.

Terrestrial and Satellite is scalable, makes no difference if everyone watches at once. Internet feeds can't be economically feeding everyone as it's NOT broadcast.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Cripes

It's a mess.

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Apple Watch sales in death dive after mega launch, claims study

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Re: Can't buy one even though I want to

The Watch 2.0 will require a new iPhone, as current Apple Watch is useless without an existing iPhone.

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Must resist ...

Points and chokes... due to resisting.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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A plan?

But it's a BAD one.

"Agile" is a buzz word, not a plan.

They need a LESS frequent release cycle. Its a BROWSER!

Just fix the bugs.

Make it able to be multithreaded

Fix the GUI BACK to some sort of sanity.

Job done. Then go write something else. Like a calendar integrated to an eMail client. ANYTHING, but stop already re-writing a Browser forvever and driving us mad.

I now have two plug ins just to make the stupid thing usable.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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PIN vs signature

PIN can have fraudulent transactions.

I know two different routes. But PIN reduces bank's liability to fraud. They just insist that you MUST have used the PIN.

(One route is to watch what pin is used or intercept it with doctored reader, easy to turn up at shop and claim you are upgrading. Other route is that madly, the terminal doesn't send a hash of pin to HQ. It asks card if PIN correct, so you add a chip that simply always replies "OK" to terminal for ANY pin. Massive design flaw! No encrypted clever handshake, it's like sending a POP3 password!)

"why are the banks trying so hard to get pay-by-bonk into the arena?"

a) I'm not convinced they are trying hard. The folks making card are pushing contactless cards which are less secure. Notice Lidl only allows small payments for contactless.

b) NFC tech was invented for warehouses. It's inherently stupid for retail products (nothing needs to be stored a barcode is fine) or payments (inherently insecure, security is a fudged after thought.

NFC should NOT be in payment cards (debit or credit) or retail products, door keys, travel cards or passports.

What crazy too is my post office is using insecure and easily duplicated or damaged mag stripe instead of chip & pin.

Cheques are practically dead in Ireland. Most places don't take them and I've not seen one for years.

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Re: USPTO

"You can't patent an idea, but you can patent a particular way of implementing an idea. "

Except Apple will use the Patent to sue anyone with a similar idea, even if done differently.

"Apple's patent won't stop anyone else from using NFC phones to transfer money unless they want to do it in exactly the same way."

Yes it will, as Apple will use the patent and sufficient Lawyers. They spend only 1.5% on R&D and I bet that includes the secretaries, floor space and patent applications.

The reason Apple ever patent anything (and they have very many patents, yet I've not seen one yet developed in house that ought to be a patent, so called "design patents" are what are called elsewhere "Registered Designs" and most are totally derivative of much older products e.g. Braun and should be invalid. The fluted coke bottle is a valid "Design Patent").

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USPTO

This of course is as spurious as one-click shopping. Totally should be rejected, but probably will be accepted.

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Yank my blockchain: Bitcoin upgrade SNAFU borks hungry miners' currency

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It's not money any, even if it costs you money

It's a speculation medium, vaguely like Tulips, London Property values, Pyramid schemes and the South Sea bubble.

It's not a true crypto-currency either.

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

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Re: Kobo keeps you free

Some Amazon titles are effectively DRM free too. The Publisher (or Self Publisher) decides.

I don't know why you'd use Calibre to reformat Gutenberg texts. Their Mobi version has always been compatible, and now they call that Kindle version

(Amazon bought Mobi, IMDB, Goodreads, Book Depository, ABE Books and probably other stuff).

.AZW with DRM -> Kindle

Adobe Digital Edition (ePub with DRM) -> Kobo

Calibre with added plug-ins lets you use either dedicated ereader and remove DRM.

The Kindle isn't any more walled in than Kobo.

Kindle Touch: Best Value

Kindle DXG: Best value for A4/Letter PDFs, free Wikipedia and Amazon on 3G, 60 M Byte a month limit otherwise

Kobo Aura H20 : Waterproof, 6.8" screen that might be same pixel count as DXG, so might do better than Paperwhite or Glo for PDF

Kobo Glo and Paperwhite: Only needed for very gloomy rooms.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Meh or just a me too service?

Really there is no way Apple can make a music streaming service "innovative" or "special".

Subscription services are ultimately bad value and rely on customers not bothering to cancel.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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VB

VB6 was last version.

A review from a VB Guru when it came out:

"VB.net is a C programmer's idea of VB, it's pointless. Better off learning C#"

He was 100% correct. C# is of course based on J++, MS version of Java.

There is a LOT of C still used. It's nearly 30 years since I started learning C++. Why are people still writing ordinary C? Many people that think they are using C++ are really programming in C. So in that respect (Moving people to C#?) MS was correct to make VB.net incompatible with VB5 / VB6?

Strustrupp didn't want C++ to C backward compatibility.

Yes the survey is inaccurate.

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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3D / Show cue

It was wonderful (win 3.x?) when shadow and highlight added to buttons.

Flat buttons are a fad. One of the stupidest fads on GUIs in last 25 years.

They are copying it now on real equipment. Stupid unusable print (or meaningless icons) areas on shiny flat panels. ST-TNG was only a TV show.

IDIOTS!

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Re: Absolute Morons

I need to be less on the Internet ... just one more forum to post to and I'll go read a book.

Outside has a big hot shiny thing, insects, animals, fast moving vehicles. Other people. It's safer here.

I can't imagine why someone downvoted your excellent sentiment.

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Absolute Morons

You CAN have one kernel I suppose, though arguably some devices need a different one.

but small Phone, large tablet, desktop primarily with mouse/keys, TV set screen and Server need different GUIs

They need to stop this nonsense (since 1993) of branding everything windows and believing one fits all. For years PDAs / Win CE was crippled by Win95 style GUI. NT family security and integrity damaged after NT3.5

1) NT3.51 gratuitous Office 95 WinAPIs invented to stop win 3.x running office 95

2) NT4.0 unlike explorer preview for NT3.51 integrated too much graphics and printing to Kernel

3) Stupidity of Direct X (so DOS games could be ported

4) Win9x apps on NT4, 2000, XP needing user to be Adminstrator.

5) Aero Stupdity and down grading existing GDI APIs in Vista. Win7 should have been free, only a SP.

6) Stupidity of Win CE/ Win9x reversal of insisting keyboard/Mouse desktop machines should have the Zune inspired interface that only makes sense on small phones On Win 8

7) Win10 is long line of downhill ride since NT 3.5

Perhaps MS will learn and bring out an Enterprise Classic Workstation and Server with best of NT3.5 and XP?

Or will Win 10 be a progressive fail requiring Azure/Cloud and impossible to use without Internet.

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Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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Is it legal?

They used tax windows, hearths, radio sets, car radios separately.

I think governments can tax anything if they can collect it and the natives don't revolt.

Revolts

USA (Mad King, unfair taxes -> Boston Tea party -> War of independence)

India Cotton (Could only be exported to UK, Indians had to buy UK cloth)

Ireland Water (it's not like there a lack of rain, but they don't have enough reservoirs and 30-% to 50% is leaking)

UK Bedrooms and Poll Tax

Tax on Blank media supposedly to compensate rights holders. What about people with their OWN content?

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

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Re: Morning Panic: Secondocalypse or Bad Cable TV?

TV schedules are strange. They can have end times up to 24:59:59 so that programs running over midnight don't end at 00:15

Hence Time goes back at 2am to 1am and not at 1am in Autumn. Possibly.

Why insert leap second at midnight?

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Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court

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But after

As stated before the proposal was public before this Icanh like parasite bought shares.

Unless you are buying shares from the company directly you are a speculator, not an investor. Pedantic I know.

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Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

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New Name?

Jaffa?

Roughly transliterates as Yaffo (Hebrew name for English speakers).

Or some hebrew pun

Instant coffee is roughly "Kafe Nes", as "nes" in Hebrew means miracle.

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Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from googleapis.com

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Google

I don't have anything from Google whitelisted.

I check that themes and plugins for my websites don't load ANY 3rd party sites.

by default GoogleAPIs is blocked

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Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

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Helium

Notorious for leaking. How long does it last?

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Cisco gobbles OpenDNS, sorts out cloud security portfolio

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Nothing that Cisco can't do

So obviously this purchase is to ensure a competitor doesn't buy it and that they are not competition.

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: Do the users of these services care?

Re: Duck Duck Go.

Appears to be Bing results. As does Yahoo.

Bing seems generally inferior to Google's search unfortunately.

Also DuckDuckGo messes with the links / URLs.

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Re: Why did the IPv6 rollout have to be such a mess as to encourage these problems?

IP6 actually can be secure, but it's too easy to set it up wrong and have less security, control and privacy.

IP6 design is an academic exercise not suitable for the real world yet.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: OK - Here's the deal.

Sony Digital paper.

Does A4 and allows stylus annotation $800

Kindle DXG is rather more affordable and at 9.7" just about manages A4 / Letter PDF. Was recently still on Amazon.com with worldwide shipping and free 3G to Amazon and Wikipedia.

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Sony Digital Paper

About 13.8"

reduced from $1200 to $800.

I suspect there are yield issues with larger eInk and that it's dearer than LCD, or a basic Kindle Touch would be less than €79 (inc VAT in Ireland).

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Fire

Fire Family is now marketed as Fire, it's a tablet, not a Kindle.

For dedicated readers of paperbacks, the current eReaders with eInk are fine. They don't need colour. It's a niche.

Colour inherently on anything reflective can't be better than about 1/3rd of B&W brightness. Mono LCD is 1/2 brightness or less. Colour about 1/10th. Hence LCDs have backlights.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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There is a problem though!

I had to switch Windows Update to manual review:

1) Wrong Printers, graphics, audio drivers installed by MS Update breaking stuff

2) Stupid MS ware I don't want getting added.

3) Some updates forced a reboot!

LOADS of MS Updates are nothing to do with security, or are for vulnerabilities in stuff that anyone sensible has uninstalled or disabled.

Also even if Samsung give MS all the "latest" drivers, there isn't any assurance it doesn't go wrong. Windows has become a mess and Win 10 is going to be worst yet.

DLL Hell was nothing as to what is coming.

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Free?

The figures show LOTS of people still by CDs and some even Vinyl.

That's in world with now additional competition for your entertainment spend that didn't exist up to 1970s:

Subscriptions/costs for Mobile, Broadband, Netflix, Amazon Prime, online gaming.

Apps, Games, DVD/Blu Ray, iTunes etc

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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What?

That entire article is a trolling attempt!

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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

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Bathtub curve

So just a different shape but same issue as most other electronics products in existence.

I expect CFL are similar curve. Early failures due to electronics and manufacturing defects. Later failures due to cooking electrolytics, gradual degradation of phosphors (brightness halves every x thousand hours) abrupt failure due to electrode emission if turned on and off every day.

Of course the failure modes of SSD are not the same. But I think have been well understood for very many years. This isn't news or ground breaking research, but then it's a press release from an exploitive content free / free content advert network that wants to make a walled garden.

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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Re: I guess it will work...

False bottom on basket for bread or biscuits or chocolates.

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Re: @ 1980s_coder

Some people like to downvote certain posters or criticism of particular companies and organisations. He criticised the Holy El Reg!

Anyone that only gets upvotes all the time is suspicious!

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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Welcome Back

I wondered if you are meant to set fire to trees?

Retailing could be worse if it was logical and accurate. Imagine if Amazon/Tesco/Google/ebay perfect their profiling and send you adverts and vouchers for stuff you actually want!

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