* Posts by Mage

4704 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

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

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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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Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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Re: Botched Llanding?!?

Brilliant really ... it's got a parasol.

no-one knew in advance exactly what the probe would be landing on. Also there is almost no gravity. You might be able to jump hard enough to escape it!

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Brace yourself, planet Earth, says Nokia CEO – our phones ARE coming back from mid-2016

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Philips

Philips don't make TVs or Audio gear. Two different Asian companies have the licence for the badge.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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It proves

That being better off just means you are better off, not smarter.

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OK, forget DNS for a sec. Why not shift IP addresses and protocols away from Uncle Sam?

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and resisted by the names community.

Indeed, as the article says, no surprise.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

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Re: How stupid do you have to be?

Probably pretty averagely ...

Why does spam exist?

Why to fake lottery/estate/money emails exist?

Because enough people are stupid enough. Some people otherwise seem smart but when presented with text messages or emails seem to switch off brain, or put it in neutral.

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solution is not to avoid registering mobile phone number with webmail providers

Yes it is. Because many only want that as info to sell, not for security,

Nor is a useful addition to security the way the some providers are doing it.

If the crooks know your phone number, then it's pretty useless additional security anyway.

Also avoid SHARED logon / password schemes, and persuade your providers to disable them. For best security EVERYTHING needs different user & password.

Put them all in a little address book in a safe place so that the executor of your estate can sort out what you leave behind. Never keep it in your phone/tablet/netbook/laptop case.

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Apple! and! Yahoo! fight! the! man!, claims! EFFing! daftness!

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So practically pointless

not on whether they shared data with commercial partners, or whether they snooped on users' devices and trafficked that data back to their own labs:

"there's likely room for an entirely different report that looks at how much data companies collect, retain, and share."

"There are lots of things we could rank companies on: for instance, how well they encrypt user data,"

A lot of EFF activities of late seem dubious.

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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

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Nokia

Also unlike RIM, Nokia had been many other things, paper, boots, TVs, Computers, Set Boxes and Infrastructure.

Nokia are still a big company apart from the Name and IP, none of which Microsoft acquired.

Nokia went wrong due to internal politics in 2002 and burnt many platforms before Elop. He helped them get a lot of money from Microsoft for essentially something that had become worthless and was beyond help (the phone division).

Microsoft's Windows Phone that Nokia adopted is really their third attempt in that space. It and xBox are maybe more about selling the brand and other services (azure, Office 365, etc) than making money on the hardware.

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JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

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Re: And so the wheel turns

Actually JVM, MS pre .net VB runtime and .Net engine are all derived from the p-code Machine.

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Chrome, Debian Linux, and the secret binary blob download riddle

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whether Google should be trusted as an upstream contributor

No.

Everything they do is tainted with their desire to increase ad revenue by snooping.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Abrogating Democracy!

Since a term of Government is 5 years maybe that should be a minimum.

But actually they should NEVER be deleted.

There must be ability FOR EVER to have audit trails.

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Airbus to build 900 mini-satellites for OneWeb's orbital internet system

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Three to Seven other competitors

Iridium (slow & expensive)

Inmarsat (slow & expensive)

Thuraya (slow & expensive) Only really North Africa, parts of Europe and Middle East. But handsets are Modems and GSM phones too.

WildBlue / KaSat and similar Ka band Geostationary. Highest speed & capacity, but still less capacity than ONE rural exchange or Cable street cabinet!

Older Ku Band Geostationary.

O3b Medium Earth Orbit, lower latency and high Capacity http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

The Google / Musk proposed satellite system on LEO.

The capacity of this sounds good till :

Divide by 1000 for realistic capacity per satellite

Divide by 10 or more for speed in rain (they always quote perfect conditions)

Divide by more than 1000 for speed per user.

So capacity per user is likely 1/10,000,000 th of quoted system capacity.

Likely the pathetic capacity of Ka Sat (one of highest in world for a single bird) is very much higher per user. A single user gets about 1/100,000 th of Ka Sat capacity in normal conditions.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Mint

Can be a total pain to upgrade. Older versions anyway, not as easy as the vanilla Debian or Ubuntu.

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Re: "Right then...

In the robots.txt file :-)

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Re: Oh, CRAP! There goes the budget!

Then to save money they will subcontract to an allegedly secure cloud run by Google/Microsoft/Apple/Oracle/IBM or whoever.

I'd not trust the security of any Cloud Contractor. Try finding out what it is.

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BlackBerry on Android? It makes perfect sense

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Underlying quality vs perception vs cost vs?

NT3.5 / NT 3.51 / NT 4.0 was FAR superior to the garbage Win95 & Win98 that was little more than all the 32 bit options and Explorer shell integrated to the 1993 level of WfWG 3.11 and rubbish graphics layer purely to make it easy to port DOS games to Win95.

Virtually every ill, esp. Security was caused by porting / running the Win9x eco system into Win XP.

The rot started with NT 4.0 GDI into kernel.

That was MS competing with itself.

QNX and QT might be the best Mobile OS and Shell ever, I don't know. But because it's not Apple's or Google's preferred platform, it's probably going to just be a niche or doomed.

RiscOS on the Archimedes was a good ARM OS back in the day too.

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Re:Apple's value proposition lies in its OS

No, Apple makes a profit purely because people will now pay a premium for Apple. Nothing to do with rounded corners or Mac ecosystem or iOS.

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Hey kids, who wants to pwn a million BIOSes?

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Re: How about making it part of OS updates?

Sounds like an infection route!

We need to go back to physical write-enable link on the Mobo.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: re: Another thing

You're over thinking it.

Rehydrated dried frog pills have same effect as dried ones, but quickly rot.

Checks pocket for dried hyena pills.

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re: Another thing

You are in need of the opposite of dried frog pills.

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Only good thing about Twitter CEO storm: 140 character limit gone

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Re: Removing character limit

Do we need ANY Facebooks?

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

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Internet and Facebook

Internet is a means to an end (exploiting users to make money out of them). They don't want people navigating away from their site.

I expect them to make a non-mobile application for Linux, Windows and OSX..

Eventually they will just have apps, not HTML except to suck Browser users into their ecosystem.

Javascript rather than HTML5 the better to steal your information ...

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Nobel bro-ffin: 'Girls in the lab fall in love with me ... then start crying'

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Laugh?

Wasn't the audience entirely women and talk followed by a stunned silence?

He obviously has the the social skills of a nerdish boffin science type. What was his profession?

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Re: A taller enclosure?

2 drives vs one of same volume:

2 x Electronics

2 x Motors

30% more casing

More power

More platters on the one spindle means more than x2 storage vs two drives. We have had loads of different form factors before. Ultrabooks, laptops, netbooks etc need skinny drives. Archival systems can use a different chassis. A double height 3.5" HDD will fit inside many PC and cheap server cases. 18T storage should be possible.

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A taller enclosure?

larger diameter is a problem. But why not x2 height?

Shingling is madness. A 5.25" drive used to be 3" (8cm) high approx.

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Shouty investor Elliot trains guns on Samsung merger

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Activist hedge fund Elliot Associates ...

Any passing acquaintance to Carl Icahn?

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: why?

Security. Any cheap scanner could listen to Plod's Plans

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4G?

Latency might be too high "Don't Shoot" becomes "Shoot"

It's VOIP only, no native voice mode, which increases latency

No Peer to Peer mode.

Has Priority been implemented on EE, so ordinary users (e.g. video streaming) can be dropped as needed?

It's not ready as a system to replace Tetra.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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Daft

This is High School Science day stuff to impress parents. It's not Boffin stuff or real engineering. A small solar panel like on cheap garden lights will get more waste energy, and sensible micro gadgets can run for about 5 years on 2 x Alkaline AA cells. Some NiMH with the low self discharge of primary Lithium coins or Alkaline would be better research. The Eneloop type are not good enough.

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Bill Nye's bonkers LightSail spaceship unfurls solar sails at last

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Re: Next up: Crazy Eddie

" giant battery of lasers to start a craft on its way to Barnard's Star, run by a guy named Eddie."

Strangely (as I write SF), I was pondering this last week and wondering how the lasers :

a) Were powered

b) could compete with a star at any distance (beam spreading)

c) could compete with a load of suitably angled giant parabolic mirrors collecting and focusing the light on the fleeing probe.

Actually that part of the story doesn't work.

Certainly though it's more Larry Niven than Star Trek.

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Au-mazing! Cornwall sold GOLD to Ireland back in the Bronze Age

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Re: Trading or raiding?

Copper

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Neanderthal

About 8,000 years at least after Neanderthals. maybe 10,000 later.

They had MUCH better boats than a dug-out.

This is Bronze age, not pre-Neolithic.

Leprechauns are a 18th Century folk invention popularised later by Victorians and Hollywood. They don't exist in older tales.

Of course all of us are maybe a bit O' Neanderthal, supposedly only 0.12% DNA difference.

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leprechauns!

Oddly sort of true..

Probably 1850BC to 550BC was Tuath Dé, later renamed Tuatha De Danann by the Monks.

Lugh of the Long Arm was a famous Tuath Dé hero who killed Balor.

He later was regarded as God of Skills, inc shoe making. (Cordwainer)

He's in Welsh Legend too.

Lugh Lamfada (=long arm) is corrupted later to leprechaun, often deplicted as fairy shoe makers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugh

Sidhe means mound.

Tuatha De Danann where later called the Sidhe (Shee in English), or Fair Folk, or Fairy Folk. In the oldest legends the Tuath Dé are Fair or Red hair, pale skin, tall and from the "North". They also like gold very much.

2000 to 550 saw export of huge amount of Copper to Europe from Cork and Tin from Cornwall to make Bronze. The start of Bronze age is actually the Copper Age. This period also is when most lowland forests in Ireland were cleared for agriculture. Perhaps Cattle was important (The Tain)

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Pointless Golden Record

Spectroscopic analysis looking for combinations of chemicals that suggest industrial activity rather than natural sources may find Extra Terrestrial Life, if we have a big enough space telescope. I'll be very surprised if a Radio Search works, even if we currently have 100,000 civilisations in the Milky Way using Radio. (assuming too they were using it x 100s or 1000s or 10,000s of years ago, the disk of the galaxy is about 100,000 light years across).

Space is like a quarantine system, for travel and communication, unless there is some sort of FTL Starships and Ansibles possible.

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Re: Pointless Golden Record

Unintentional Radio probably only has about 5 light years range. Intentional Beamed transmissions maybe 100 light years range. They are unlikely.

So other than very near stars, SETI via radio isn't going to work. Also civilisations may only use high power transmissions terrestrial less than 100 years and then only local lower power broadcast, Satellite (very little into space) and cable / fibre.

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Kaspersky says air-gap industrial systems: why not baby monitors, too?

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Re: Air Gap insufficient

There are ones that do already.

As we as Smart phones and some tablets.

At least on Kindle, most phones and tablets you can turn off 3G data access and WiFi access.

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Thanks Tim

I've saved both pages for future perusal. You never know.

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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Re: Nothing new

Ireland & UK is all I know.

their SOGA implementation similar.

Of course ALL the major retailers have to be threatened with court. They wave 90 day makers warranties and credit vouchers.

What French supermarkets offer might not be legal. I have no idea.

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Re: Nothing new

"You were always entitled to your money back, if the goods were faulty. Accepting a replacement or in-store credit instead was your option as the customer."

No:

Replacement, repair or money back, sellers choice. Two years most products under SOGA in probably all of EU.

Forcing buyer to take a in-store credit is illegal.

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Vodafone IS talking to Virgin Media daddy Liberty Global

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Sky

That would only benefit Sky. Murdock isn't going to sell Sky.

It's hard to see what assets Liberty Global and Vodafone would exchange.

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Microsoft spunks $500m to reinvent the wheel. Why?

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Phones

They bought a phone company Sidekick/Danger, ran it into ground, so then paid amazing money to another phone division that have been given last rites to have little more than a licence for IP and liability of closing factories and paying off unwanted phone division staff. Nokia laughing all the way to the bank!

It's about 2003 since MS made logical decisions.

But MS SQL, Power Point, Visio, Mappoint, MS Money, MS Services for Unix, Skype were all acquisitions?

Was Zune UI bought in or in house? I don't know (Source of Metro really).

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