Re: Goodbye FTDI
Impossible for most people to know if they are buying a counterfeit chip. This is unreasonable behaviour by FTDI.
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Impossible for most people to know if they are buying a counterfeit chip. This is unreasonable behaviour by FTDI.
It can work over mobile phone.
Anonymous is a separate issue, the problem is it makes it hard to pay bills via third party or get money back on faulty or undelivered goods. It's most attractive for purchase direct of illegal goods and money laundering.
Why has USA not adopted IBAN? It's better than Paypal and FAR better than Western Union or similar. Also better than credit cards or debit cards for safe payment.
So not actually "Cloud" (i.e. subscription hosting / Azure MS 365) at all!
Sounds like a better duck?
The Three laws are a Mcguffin, a plot device to explore how they can be broken.
Iain M. Banks is self indulgent fantasy.
None of the examples are real attempts to propose what AI might be or do. They are irrelevant to AI research and development, which in reality has hardly advanced since Alan Turning mused about it. Even the Turing Test wasn't a serious proposal for a real AI test, but a bit of a thought experiment.
We still aren't too sure exactly what natural intelligence is, though we think that corvids (crows) are inexplicably smarter than some primates. There seems to be little or not correlation between brain size and self awareness, ability for language, creativity, problem solving, art, and tool creation and use, all things thought to indicate intelligence.
"AI" in broadest sense has only made progress by having a very narrow definition of it, and heavily relies on a human expert, human programmers and a database to initialise the system. It shows none of the sort of characteristics seen in children, corvids or other animals.
Caribbean countries, Singapore etc.
I'm not so worried about USA today, as its tax laws are a different problem to this one.
Pull the other one.
Compared to Europeans in Europe, the Americans in USA have very little in the way of Privacy rights. USA rights do not meet European standards.
It's true of course that some aspects of UK and Irish practices don't meet EU standards, but way above USA.
This article is written by a buzz word fan with no real knowledge of AI, or some one trying to get funding for so called AI research. The examples are nonsense.
1) That's a rubbish definition
2) No robot carpet cleaner or grass cutter meets it.
A lego mindstorms RSX 1.0 can do the same as "robo vac" and has no A.I. at all.
It was fibre glass with a glued on stainless steel skin!
Came off easily, dented easily ... Not particularly heavy.
Even at the time critics said:
Too low power an engine
Stainless Steel skin shakes off the fibre glass body.
Questions about safety of gull wing doors (other gull wings since can open if car on roof)
He was a con man and the car was just styled to look distinctive, it's rubbish really.
But like World beating chess playing computers, it's only AI if you redefine AI. It's clever programming by humans. Not AI.
The 386 allowed more RAM. But the real advantage for PCs / MS was being able to to run DOS apps etc at same time. The 286 could only sensibly run a real OS.
The Pentium Pro didn't have the switching of 386, 486, Pentium I & II, so ran NT with DOS apps in NTVDM fine and WOW for 16 bit windows. But it ran Win95 or any mix of code bases slowly as it didn't have that rapid switch of the 386. Win95 killed the Pentium Pro. The multi chip PII in a plastic box and plug in card ran NT slower than Pentium Pro, but mixed bag of Win95 or Win98 stuff faster.
Yes, the x86 was little more than a beefed up 8085 / Z80 with 64K segments. Intel had a translation tool so CP/M 86 was a REALLY fast port of CP/M. DOS was MS's bought in reverse engineered CP/M 86
Wang and others sold 286 PCs with Xenix or UNIX.
MS even owned and sold Xenix for 80286 for a while. I installed it once, in 1987, though I don't know if the pre-troll original SCO owned it by then.
The 8088 and 8086 weren't real 16 bit CPUs at all. You could only do the same things as on a Z80. Actually later Z80s had MMU and 512K RAM. (The Amstrad PCW was years later). There were 3 or 4 real 16 bit CPUs before IBM even did the PC, which wasn't meant to be a serious project. Hence the catalogue parts and bought in DOS. That's apart from multichip solutions that ran UNIX before 1980. The IBM PC was simply a big metal version of Apple II with only text display (graphics later!) and only 320K floppy. Compare Victor 2000 / ACT Sirus 1 (same rubbish CPU) that was a year later in USA, but released about same time in UK, as IBM PC only really was available in UK in late 1981.
So the ENTIRE IBM PC HW & SW, held back desktop computing for 5 to 10 years!
1993. for NT 3.1 So 23 years old this summer.
Why is first NT, 3.1? Dunno really, but after MS & IBM fell out on OS/2, MS did have rights to MS OS/2 (with built in Lanmanager.). I saw this once with a class room of Win 3.11 workstations via cheapernet (thin BNC ethernet) in early 1990s
You, sir, are barking mad. Decent Embedded systems are even more secure and robust. They need to be with no user with a keyboard, mouse and screen to fix stuff, and maybe massive loss of equipment or life if it "crashes".
Samba server is fine on Linux, if you DON'T use nautilus or any other GUI to set it up!
Samba Clients on GUI to an ordinary NT server (or pre-Active Director Domain Controller) or Linux server are fine and have been for years.
Mate with suitable adjustments seems to be closest to a decent pre-Kool-aid Ubuntu and pre Vista/Ribbon Redmond if you tweak it. (less effort than removing eye candy Aero stupidity on Vista or Fisher-Price Theme on XP to have a more NT4.0 / Win 2K / Win98 sane GUI)
Excellent on 4G CF card Aspire One Netbook (switch off the stupid slide show on Login screen!) and on a uber cored 8G RAM 2.4GHz desk top with 2T HDD. As I'm doing nothing needing 64bit, I'm using 32bit mate (the 32bit OS will host a 64bit VM on suitable CPU & Mobo). Unlike MS crippling of RAM on Windows since NT 4.0 Enterprise, it uses all 8G bytes RAM, I think NT 4.0 Enterprise was last 32bit window to allow more than 2.5G app and more than 4G OS space on 32bits?
UNIX since 1986, inc Xenix and Chromix
CP/M 1979 to 1991
MSDOS since 1981, also DRDOS and DR Multidos
Win Shell on DOS from 1990 till 1996 (WFWG 3.11) Used Win 95 & win 98 for games machine.
NT versions from 1994 (NT 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, NT 4 Enterprise Cluster, Win2K, XP, Vista (rubbish, Win 7 is a bug fix), Win 8.x. Seen 10, don't want! I have old laptops and PC with DOS 3.3, Win3.11, Win2K and XP for legacy uses and old HW I/O).
Used & maintained OS/2 for a while
Regular Linux user since 1999. (Redhat, Barak, Clarke Connect, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, Mint).
Used Max OS9. OS X seems an expensive way to buy an eye candy version of BSD?
Mines the one with Z80 handbook in pocket.
Actually the 1970s, or maybe earlier.
Some of the "real" stuff is poorer or as cheaply made as more generic labels and brands (legitimate ones). That's why the "counterfeiting" is popular and easy.
They also sell stuff not suitable for the local market in Ireland, despite having I think six stores. I get often same stuff at 1/5th price from china now.
I can't see what future they have c.f. Tandy/Radio Shack went down that route of selling cheap tools, toys and gadgets. They are gone.
But even Scottish Islands are not "really far off locations".
Perhaps a very few people might need 100Mbps fixed wireless links, but fibre is cheap and easy and can go on the electricity poles, up water mains, inside sewers ...
No one anywhere in Europe needs Satellite. For 20Mbps + speed and >50G byte cap and low contention, fibre is cheaper.
This link showed (years old, about 2008) why even 10Mbps fixed wireless link will beat mobile, even "20Mbps" LTE. Even 100Mbps assumes a massive 20MHz channel, or 4 x 5MHz channels, only ONE user and less than 200m and/or perfect signal! At cell middle distance with and economic number of customers you have no g'tee you even connect. ALL mobile is connect on demand. Satellite the contention is customers over a vast area. It's a last resort for disasters, deserts, oil rigs, ships and jungles. Not the Highlands and Islands.
An oxymoron. Even with Ka Band now the caps and contention is terrible. One fibre fed street cabinet can have more capacity than the ENTIRE data via satellite for all of Europe!
Also the latency is terrible.
Satellite links spoof TCP/IP etc, so the modem and ground-station only support whatever VPN the provider has a proxy server for in the modem and ground-station.
It's not broadband, though apart from latency may be better than mobile, which is never broadband either.
Make a few websites ...*
write the wiki article citing the sites (it really does happen, it's not just an XKCD cartoon).
The information may not actually be real
(* use Anoymisation of Whois data ...)
I thought this was going to be a stunning exposé of Windows 10 and MS Office.
Really Wikipedia has pretty much put many Encyclopedia compilers out of the business. MS claimed that's why they were shuttering Encarta, not that it was much good. Actually, very many encyclopedias 19th & 20th Century were not brilliant, Arthur Me, World of Knowledge, Crompton, Pears, Harmsworth etc.
No. It's a gradual process that started in late 17th C. Accelerated in 1760s, Electrification and Electrical Communication accelerating since 1831, enabled by Volta's 1799 batteries. A huge acceleration in Victorian Age, which is really the birth of Electrical Age.
We are still in the overlapping Steam age, think how gas, coal, oil, waste, nuclear and even future fusion makes electricity? Large industrial solar plants may use mirrors and steam to make electricity too.
There is no 4th revolution, Automation is a gradual process that started with Jacquard Loom, then automated manufacturing in 1930s. From 1970s the micro-controller became increasingly dominant.
Web sales of physical goods is the Victoria Mail Order Catalogue with faster ordering (online) and only faster delivery from China etc, local delivery can be slower than Victorian Railways + Ferries (English Channel and Irish Sea).
Still is. Don't anyone kid themselves. Technology is just as important today as in 1916, i.e. very, but only as a commodity to achieve the financial and political goals.
Nothing has changed, maybe press releases and commentators are simply using more tech buzz words to distract from real issues, or because it sounds good?
Wouldn't Brussels be a more likely target than too friendly to USA Megacorps Ireland?
Or maybe it's someone that doesn't like Ireland for harbouring the EU & EMEA HQs, and sometimes world except USA HQs of USA corps.
Actually most USA Corps are able to avoid Corporate Tax no matter where they are (Starbucks, Amazon etc) and the real reason for the Irish based operations is the pathetic enforcement of regulations in Ireland (c.f. Financial Regulator and Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank, or Communication Regulator and anyone, or ASAI for adverts standards or the Government Consumer protection etc ..,)
Not primarily about security. ANY resource excessively accessed by miscreants will result in the normal users experiencing treacle like response. That's not testing security but capacity and performance. Which is unrelated.
Yet this problem was well known in late 1970s. Languages, tools and frameworks to avoid it were ignored, especially by the PC programming community 1980s.
I hope this good idea fares better than previous ones. Problem is pressure to start producing code and belief that something so flexible it's insecure is somehow a "better" solution.
If you have coverage, can afford the data plan and can read rather that recognise obvious landmarks.
AR is pants.
Because Windows is getting so bad, and Mac so expensive and Minimalist on ports etc we can't be sure that Linux won't be the last Desktop?
Ordinary republicans in normal sense that want constitutional unification by consent are "Nationalists".
Traditionally "Republican" in Capital R sense is those that LOST the Civil war and don't accept the partition of 1921, the anti-treaty people. Since the 1950s "Republican" means anyone wanting the 6 UK Counties added to the 26 by ANY means possible. Fianna Fáil also known as Fianna Fáil, The Republican Party were on the "losing" side. Technically SF is really Provisional SF, the political wing of Provisional IRA, a splinter from the Official IRA, a Northern splinter of part of the Anti-treaty of 1921 side.
Some long while ago Fianna Fáil became The republican party as they agreed to abandon the Territorial claim to the Northern six counties. Only SF is now a "true" Republican party in the bizarre Irish sense of the word. They make the Tea Party, Trump, Palin etc look logical. They are in reality run by the IRA Army Council in Northern Ireland (the bit in the UK).
The last Irish High King was nearly 1000 years ago and the coronation stone was lent to the Scots, who managed to let the English take it to Westminster. No-one in Ireland's 26 counties has been wanting a Monarch for about 900 years.
Republican thus, like USA, doesn't mean what you think. Though the Irish ones are left wing and think Stalin, Cuba, Libya, PLO etc are great.
SF stand for Election to Westminster. They do not swear the oath, nor recognise the Government of UK. Till very recently they didn't recognise the Irish Government either. I'm not sure given recent comments about Supreme Court that they really recognise the Irish State.
Wash your mouth out!
Thought by who? The only plausible partner, Fianna Fail, has said absolutely not due to SF support of "Slab" Murphy and their attack on Ireland's Judicial system.
Ha Ha Ha
If honest advertising was enforced and easier to leave they not really be gaining any and losing a lot more.
Since most phones ALREADY support USB Mouse, Keyboard and HDMI screen ... (My Ancient Sony Ericsson Z1 does) why isn't such a feature simply a HDMI + Bluetooth dock (or custom Power + USB Data + HDMI dock) with 1920 x 1080p 16" screen that works for almost any phone, no matter OS?
Even my Symbian E65 had some sort of option. Really this isn't hard and should have been in all Smart phones since Win Phone 6.0 Era.
I certainly don't want a proprietary dock that ONLY works with Win 10. I've tried my ancient Z1 Android with an HDMI screen, USB Keyboard and mouse on a hub. Main issue is some applications and lack of multiple windows.
If one had a phone with 32G byte SD card, dock with WiFi, ethernet, 4x USB 2.0 and HDMI for a screen, then many people wouldn't need a laptop. No need to sync.
You'll prize my real x86 32bit laptop out of my cold dead fingers, but really someone could have done this properly 14+ years ago (I had Nokia Communicator).
The Laser can't stay on one spot long enough. The mirror doesn't need to be perfect. The missile can even have some spin.
Makes the power supply issue worse.
I can't see how this can work from technical viewpoint.
Also anyone with missiles needing shot down can do two things:
1) Coat missile with what ever the laser's guidance mirror uses.
2) Shoot down the drone, which is going to have to be very big and slow.
No, sounds creepy.
I can see no reason why I'd switch to this from Firefox, unless Mozilla totally mess up. As it is, I need "Classic Theme Restorer" on Linux Mint with Mate and Windows to have sensible GUI / UX interface. I had to install an addon/plug in thingy on Thunderbird too.
eBay for pretty things of no practical use?
Amazon and eBay may eat them up...
Maybe you mean Friends reunited or Bebo?
Yahoo shuttering Geocities wasn't about money, If they were losing money on it they were idiots.
People want usability, stability, reliability and same or lower costs. Not 'innovation" of itself. Instead we have a version of windows that isn't what is wanted (people just want an updated XP) and stupid ill thought out Intel security.
Battery life? Well, nice, but if you really care as a user you might be taking a spare pack... Oh I forgot, to make some of these machines stupidly skinny so no optical drive can be fitted the battery is glued in.
Unless life is 10 hours with Screen lit and disks whirring, do people care if it's 3 hrs or 4hrs? On a decent size and resolution 15" to 17" screen a lot of power is the screen.
Honestly I don't see much "Innovation" on laptops giving me a much better one than I bought in 2002. I don't care for a skinny one with only USB ports and ethernet if lucky, shiny instead of matte screen, no optical drive and 17" wide to get 1080 vertical resolution instead of the 1200 vertical resolution on a 4:3 15" screen.
There are some high end "retina" resolution models, but you need 17" rather than 15" because 16:9 instead of 4:3. I only watch video on a TV. I use a laptop to create stuff.
So far I see no decent alternative to a separate password for each resource of style r2&Ha+bnjg^23 in a notebook kept in a safe place, not in the laptop bag.
You can't change biometrics if they are stolen.
A PIN isn't secure (I've opened a door lock by looking at which four buttons are more slightly worn).
Many personal details are easily found.
This is too complicated and inflexible.
"Instead of a system like a base station being wrapped up in a piece of hardware, it's turned into software that can run in virtual machines on generic (for example, x86) hardware."
Absolute hype and nonsense. You STILL need the real hardware and networking software everywhere. The "Software Defined" is really just a meta management layer on top to more easily manage a system of networks, edge routers, routers, firewalls, home servers, base stations etc rather than logging into a unique interface on each one separately.
It's called a router + firewall appliance. Mine runs OpenWRT or something as the cable modem is only a modem.
It doesn't solve the problem:
1) It won't make the data be encrypted if the remote server doesn't support encryption.
2) Doesn't easily tell you what is being shared. Especially if it IS encrypted!
3) I don't want ANY data sent to cloud.
4) Doesn't solve issue of bad use of WiFi (see doorbell article)
A home router ought to provide a VPN server by default. But how easily can user setup phone/tablet/laptop to then remotely access their IoT junk?
Win10 seems to be in same phone home category as the stupid photoframe?
Even a Kobo reader has to be edited by Calibre or else it tells Kobo everything. Additionally anything with Adobe ePub DRM. I don't sync my Amazon Kindle or use their cloud either. USB file transfers.
The privacy issues are worse than people imagine
Well, there ought to be security approvals.
But loads of stuff already fails to meet existing standards as the Regulators fail to police after approval and in market devices don't match devices tested. Or the devices were self certified or 3rd part tested (with no direct regulator involvement), or not tested in a realistic setup, or tested in wrong category.
Or devices don't meet the minimum 2 years retail SOGA life in EU and many other countries.
So good luck ...
They HAVE sold keyboards and mice for a VERY long time. I've even got one MS Mouse that has an ISA card.
It's only about new retail. Because the Second Hand phones don't use any special consumable.
People are STILL selling S/H Kodak instant cameras. Kodak had to withdraw them worldwide as they violated a REAL Polariod Instant photo patent. ... hmm better check.
After Land's instant camera invention was brought to market in 1948, a few different instant cameras were developed, some using Polaroid-compatible film such as cameras by Keystone, Konica, and Minolta. Others were incompatible with Polaroid cameras and film, the most notable of these being made by Kodak, such as the EK series and Kodamatic cameras. These cameras accepted a Kodak developed integral instant film, similar to Polaroid's SX-70 film. Kodak instant film was chemically similar to Polaroid with the exception that the negative was exposed from the rear and the dye/developers diffused to the front of the photogragh. This alleviated the need for a mirror to reverse the image before it struck the negative.
Even so, Polaroid brought a patent-infringement lawsuit against Kodak, and eventually Kodak was forced to stop manufacture of both the camera and film.  Kodak was also left to pay a settlement to customers who were left without a way to use their now defunct cameras. One settlement offered owners of Kodak instant cameras a credit towards a new Kodak camera. Many Kodak instant cameras still exist and can be found on auction sites. Kodak also lost the contract to manufacture Polaroid's negatives which subsequently took production in house.
a) It's registered Design, not true patents.
b) None ought to have been allowed.
c) Even most of Apple's "real" patents are junk.