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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

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Re: "Microsoft’s Office 365 is arguably the most complete example of this"

Sharepoint is pretty rubbish. A Wiki (which isn't much use unless the contributors are in different areas of the information or at quite different times) is better.

Some people I know use "private" Google Docs for Collaborative editing. I suspect it does all of "IBM Notes 9.0 Social Edition" better but I can't be sure. However the fact that it's Google doesn't make us happy, but we have not yet found a suitable (private) self hosted solution.

I prefer to use the term "Hosted". "Cloud" is a marketing term that means too many things or nothing. Basically you are renting Hosting, the only exception seems to be Google Docs, in that you are not renting hosting and have no control over applications etc.

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Gave me wrong impression. I was going to wade in a say yes there is a place for using SW & Internet for Collaborative working but Social Networks are not it.

Often too "Social Networks" is just a euphemism for Twitter & Facebook. Yes I know others exist. Collaboration needs a co-ordinator and privacy. Both these are deliberately lacking from "Social Networks". I was persuaded by Hosting Services boss in next Cubicle (I was in a very different part of the Company) to start a Blog and join Linkedin in 2007. Last year I packed in Linkedin. I still have a few "blogs" but really I admit they are just cheap vanity publishing, just more convenient than the various websites I'd had from maybe 1994.

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Comcast Xfinity evil twin steals subscriptions

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UPC

UPC has a feature where UPC customers can "silently" get WiFi Access from other UPC cable customers providing (on by Default) the feature.

Ripe for fake WiFi spots (even on UPC Cable or DSL) and Man In the Middle attacks to steal all valuable credentials.

Also slows access as it's same WiFi channel. So can be used for semi DOS simply by running a connection with a deliberately weak (slow data rate) signal.

EFF is also proposing people run a "parallel" Free Public WiFi on the their WiFi/Router.

The problem is that WiFi security isn't "fit for purpose" for Public use unless you only use a suitable VPN over it as you can't know

a) If it's really who it claims to be

b) If it has MitM software, with which even HTTPS is vulnerable. I think only suitable well configured VPN is safe.

c) 3rd parties sniffing all the traffic is easier and more likely in a public space than in your living room. Though not impossible there.

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One amazing reason why NASA boffins are celebrating Curiosity's 687th day on Mars

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BBC R4

Was it Saturday last BBC R4 had an interesting version of the Martian Chronicles?

Mars also features (briefly) in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I think the R4 2 part version last two weeks better than Blade Runner. Though of course without the famous speech (not in book anyway).

Then there is Ben Bova "Mars" and "Return to Mars". Even the author of Biggles has a couple of Mars novels. I think also John Wyndham. Though a Barren Sterile place (apparently) it still somehow captures the imagination. Even if we don't send people (which seems possible but problematic, a one way trip for some Scientists in their 60s?) we should keep sending rovers.

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

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Forseen long ago

1975 Shockwave Rider by John Brunner :Nick rewrites the "computer tapeworm"

Many others.

We don't learn well.

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Sigh

Google *IS* evil

and people are gullible.

I'm certainly not going to give them all my details! No wonder they launched the form.

not quite my impression of google

Passwords

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

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But ...

It will be Pay TV only.

Not FTA.

3G has no Broadcast mode so inherently can't do it, nor can regular LTE. What they are offering is an extra on air interface broadcast mode integrated with LTE. It's really just "DTT" in an LTE Infrastructure.

This is very much more expensive than DTT. It would be far cheaper to have NOT sold 800MHz band and allowed more low power DTT "fill in" to give mobile DTT coverage. But the Mobile operators nor Government can't make money out of that. Only Arqiva. So no "Digital Dividend" (= Mobile Licence Fee to Regulator and nothing more).

Unfortunately with combination of Ofcom's "light touch Big Business friendly we don't care about consumer" regulation and Mobile Operators ambition to get part of Pay TV pie it will happen.

So you will have to pay £300 a year for poorer quality version of what is free today, just so portable coverage is better and to make Mobile operators money. Logically extending DTT with "fill in" does this far better. A DTT chip can easily be in a phone. Some manufacturers do have it for years. They tried this with DVB-h, but that needed TV band spectrum. DVB-H would have been Pay TV.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: b*stards

I would have, except I can't seem to find my log in details any more.

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Re: " talking with a scottish accent is unhealthy?"

Kin yer mammy so?

... Stitch that!

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Simple

Delete all your Linkedin content

Create temporarily working email account

Rename name and email

Confirm email change received by temp account

Delete Linkedin

Delete Temp email account

Problem solved.

Repeat with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr etc as often as required.

An IRC channel. private skype texts, email and giving some people an FTP account on my "unlimited" hosting plan, and a couple of my own hosted CMS/Blogs with comments and "sign up" disabled is enough for me I have decided.

The Advertisers can stick to regular web advertising, Radio, TV, Billboards, papers etc, though when I am world dictator most of it will be banned and $1M fine per lie. The adverts seem to actually tell you nothing truthful about the product.

All these social networking sites only exist to exploit you. They have no user value at all.

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Frenchies' rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

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Daft

The original patent is bogus anyway.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Idiots

I hope Google is charged for this.

An aptly named project.

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

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worst access code

Actually Sage used to use "letmein" and often people didn't change this.

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US Supremes UPHOLD troll-busting Alice v CLS Bank decision

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Wonderful

Brilliant!

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World still standing? It's been two weeks since Cryptolocker, Gameover Zeus takedown by feds

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Still time?

Today is always a good day to die.

Or clean PC, set up operational procedures, only use 3G dongles via HW Firewall, etc

Switch off (disable) ALL services you don't need ...

www.silentrunners.org

gmer may still be useful?

Never too late to repent. I mean sort it out.

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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PMP features & battery life

Sounds like it could replace my aged Archos 505 WiFi. I'll wait till my Sony Experia I bought S/H for €50 dies.

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Variable perspective

Makes far more sense than Stereoscopic, works for all, less tiring as it's not an illusion (Stereoscopic viewing has the problem that the two images are different, but all elements are at the same focus distance causing unconscious attempts to refocus and thus eye strain)

Also unlike a lenticular Stereoscopic screen could in theory be turned off.

Probably useful for Product Previews. Does Amazon sell much stuff then? :-)

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A future queen, the spy chief behind the Iraq 'dodgy dossier' – and a war base rendezvous

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For youngsters

Morse Code Translator

or folks that thought the Rhythm Method was something only Catholics did.

--... ...-- / -.. . / --. .. ---.. .--- - .-.

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Intel reveals its FrankenChip ARM killer: one FPGA and one Xeon IN ONE SOCKET

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Re: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

No, not a race, all a bit of fun.

I think dual ARM cores a couple of years ago. I only have a bunch of Spartan 3 boards. Adding an External ARM or PIC is better on those as soft CPU eats too much. What I'd like would be 100MHz 14bit ADC and a couple of 100MHz 16 bit DACs built in. And 40hrs battery life :-)

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Xilinx & ARM

Zinq is now practically ancient.

You're late to the party Intel, BTW your Igor may wish to visit the crypt.

Zinq 7000 FPGA & ARM SoC family

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Re: banner ads displayed on random web pages

Like Sourceforge?

"The reality of the security situation right now is that you pick your preferred suite, install it, and count on them to detect the malware."

Er no. Most AV STILL occasionally clobbers systems and still misses new threats and is still frequently bypassed by the User.

We need a fresh approach. For a start I ought NEVER have to worry about clicking on stuff or visiting websites. If it's not something sensibly intended for the Browser it should offer to download (save file). You should NEVER EVER be able to click on stuff to run / install when using a Browser.

One decent Bouncer at the front door instead of all the CPU draining "Security Ware" patrolling the corridors.

"Noscript" helps but my friends complain that it takes too long to "train it" and that they worry they are missing some feature of the Site. (Yes probably Malware!).

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Benign?

You mean like the tool bars, codecs, Ad Ware removers that people install that are just malware?

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Irish court peels off gloves, hands Facebook PROBE request to ECJ

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MS

Microsoft in Ireland has already lodged their OWN complaint with US authorities.

So it's not hearsay.

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: Tech businesses

Actually Google isn't really a Tech company. Most of their tech as a tech is bought in or irrelevant.

What do they make money out of, and what do they need to make the money?

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Tesco

Are they really making a bank or reselling someone else?

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: The internet of fridges

Actually I don't even want my computer connected DIRECTLY to the Internet ever again ...

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Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

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Next step?

How prevalent are malware infected Security tools? I don't think most AV is, though it can slow your computer worse than malware and even remove vital files.

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Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

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Re: How weird.

I only once ever posted as an AC. I'm prepared to be ridiculed for my facts and opinions.

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Re: Free the VM two!

Actually the opposite may be true.

The Grand daddy of them was maybe the UCSD p-Code. It can be argued that there is no speed penalty for the majority of a Program running on a P-Code VM. The P-Code will be more compact and load faster than many native codes and is more portable. The VM can manage APIs of the OS and also the different CPU architectures. Easier to port a good PM once and have portable programs.

Davik & Android is another flavour.

In theory too biggest issues are reliability and security. Easier with a P-Code VM to ensure the application doesn't scribble all over the OS or have privileges or pinch stuff it shouldn't.

One can envisage a P-Machine that identifies and caches loops or functions/procedures best optimised as native code. So those portions are compiled at run time. No need to native code almost 98% of the program typically.

Also your SoC or CPU designer can create HW execution for some common P-Code constructs (does ARM Neon do this?). Western Digital implemented a HW UCSD p-code machine with their Bit Slice processor chip set. But that idea fails badly unless you have a 2nd CPU to run a decent OS kernel.

Java/C# may be fine for Applications, but OS Kernel and low level drivers probably better in C++ or even Modula-2 or related languages.

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IoT cup claims 'instant' identification of what's in it

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Re: Wow, El Reg being written by commentards

Which makes it more fun than other sites.

If this works (I'm sceptical), then joking aside it could be useful. Does it actually measure consumption though?

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Re: Patented Algorithm

No, an algorithm is ultimately Mathematics. Which can't and shouldn't be patentable.

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Re: Patented Algorithm

The PC was generic built out of a Catalogue in a few weeks. There was very little that was actually IBM's. That's a major reason for anyone to win making a Clone. But with Lisa/Mac, only the GUI concept was a generic copy.

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Patented Algorithm

Surely the magic sensor is worthy of a patent on this and nothing else.

Why is anyone anywhere allowed to "patent" an algorithm? Copyright the implementation, yes.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

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"could be the biggest thing"

Unlikely as the Stereoscopic mode makes it annoying to nearly 1/5th of people (who don't see the 3D illusion of Stereo images). The 3D illusion via Stereoscopic imagery is tiring for most people and as it's part of screen degrades 2D image mode.

An Amazon phone would need a different USP to this. Will there be an ordinary screen version?

How does it cope with screen rotation in "3D" mode? The LCD shutter glasses with ordinary syncronised screen can work, but I can't see how a lenticular screen works other than at a fixed angle. Any Nintendo 3DS users care to comment?

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Satellite 'net hype ignores realpolitik

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Politcs

Unless your country is size of India, Australia, China, Russia, USA etc you can use an Earth Station in a neighbouring country.

If your LEO sats are Mesh Networked you can definitely put Earth Station in a safe place. Actually jamming these is harder than Geo Sat, which is more outside political control than terrestrial Internet. Iran even tried jamming US uplink to TV satellites over Atlantic feeding Europe and Near East using transmitters based in Cuba. They also tried hill top jammers outside towns. They appear have now abandoned this.

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"Satellite is good for when you're stuck miles away from civilisation "

It's Internet access, but having tested 3 systems, studied it for many years and background in Communication Engineering I can say it's not "Broadband". Internet access without a phone line != broadband. It can be more reliable than Mobile.

Capacity is so low that using "cloud" services, video streaming, Steam etc is impossible due to the low caps (often hourly, daily and weekly as well as monthly).

However LEO works better than "Project Loon" (more reliable and more capacity) but unless the fleet has hundreds of "Sats" the capacity will be poorer than one Geo Ka spot beam. The Ka based Geo Sats have of course rubbish latency, but each sat is perhaps 200x capacity of a LEO satellite.

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

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I'd bet it will be flawed.

It will occasionally crash so you can't travel at all.

It will be hacked.

It will erode privacy.

Because it's not optical contactless nefarious 3rd parties will be able to monitor you or worse.

I'd use a combination of optical code and NF wireless tech and store only an ID on it split between optical code and NFC. That ID would log you in to database which would only store salted hashes of the ID. Ok you can still be tracked by the system owner, but not by 3rd parties and there would be nothing much to hack other than normal secure server.

But what do I know? I'm not a Taxpayer funded incubator with an expensively chosen name.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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Re: it feels like they have been with us forever - endless war

Eventually though the CapCom alliance will be facing off against the rest. Putin is temporary.

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Re: Not only the US mate

Some say She invented the Police State concept.

Much later Churchill was perhaps first to see value of international data hoovering. He set up an procedure to have copies of ALL international Telegraph traffic, perhaps even before WWI. See also Room 40 codebreaking (from 1914).

"When Churchill was made First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911 he was already deeply concerned about German militarism, in particular Kaiser Wilhelm's determination to build a powerful navy. Germany had never been much of a seafaring nation and the Kaiser's plans seemed to represent something more sinister than battleship envy."

"Room 40 played an important role in several naval engagements during the war, notably in detecting major German sorties into the North Sea that led to the battles of Dogger Bank and Jutland as the British fleet was sent out to intercept them. However its most important contribution was probably in decrypting the Zimmermann Telegram, a telegram from the German Foreign Office sent via Washington to its ambassador Heinrich von Eckardt in Mexico.

This interception had been made possible a few hours after Britain entered the war by the cable ship Alert (though often incorrectly attributed to the Telconia), which stood off the German coast and cut the five telegraph cables connecting Germany with Spain, Tenerife and New York"

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Google in talks to nail Virgin as 'partner' in satellite internet plan

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Re: Hmm. Already happening

Rhetorical question I suppose.

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Hmm. Already happening

Like Astra's OB3, but using a new launcher.

Eutelsat is sceptical about OB3, but then Astra is their biggest competitor, so they would say that.

I guess Virgin Galactic has more publicity value than Astra.

http://www.ses.com/15513897/o3b-networks-first-launch

http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2014/01/29/o3b-completes-successful-live-test-of-broadband-on-4glte-networks/

Capacity (Cap) will be low once subscribers are added. Internet access, but not real Broadband.

I wonder what the "catch" will be? Google isn't altruistic at all. They must see money in this.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Bear in Woods etc.

We knew this, but perhaps not exact details.

MS has paid a lot for something Nokia wanted to dump.

Nokia still exists. Who knows what they will do next?

Paper

Welly boots

TVs

Sat Boxes

Computers

Phones

They still do Network Infrastructure.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Mobile Fantasy

"mobile phone networks that will want to stream large numbers of 4K video streams to subscribers"

There is no mobile tech than can stream more than approximately ONE 4K stream on a Mast sector, and that needs largest size channel and perfect signal. Typically you only need 400Mbps (peak) for a multi-sector mast with 20MHz channels. Most masts will struggle to use up 100Mbps of backhaul peak. The Headline Mobile speeds are frequently on very unlikely configurations and 1 user. Probably 1Gbps backhaul "future proofs" a mast.

HFC (DOCSIS 3.0 cable cabinet fibre fed), VDSL, FTTx etc benefit from this. Mobile not at all.

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Sealed with an XSS: I gave TweetDeck a heart attack, says teen comp sci boff Firo

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BBC

They are breaking their charter because they constantly promote the Proprietary, pointless and COMMERCIAL 3rd party Facebook and Twitter.

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MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

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Re: Stone Age?

No Satellite TV would also be possible outcome.

Or GPS (nothing like as high, so much less vulnerable).

or any other Satellite based service if the Belch is bad enough.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Ansible etc

IPv6

two problems:

1) It's badly designed, that's why a slow uptake.

2) When we figure how to make Ansibles the IPV6 space isn't big enough.

3) It's nothing like near infinite if it does become as ubiquitous as Bluetooth or 3.5mm jackplugs. What if Apple gives 2 x IPV6 to every Beats headphone? (One for each ear).

P.S.

Is Stephen Fry "clever" at all? Or just a pleasant Actor. Hint, he is only Acting the part of Jeeves.

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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Re: Was the Turing test supposed to be a real test?

Best put comment I've ever read on Turing Test and AI.

Have a beer or liquid refreshment of your choice.

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Re: Not Turing's finest hour

Also it may be like a Program able to play Chess, that passing the Turing test can be solved without any recourse to AI.

You know how Google Translate works compared to how people tried to build machine translation for 30+ years? A big rossetta stone and search. Not clever parsing and grammar.

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Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

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Re: "Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache"

Interestingly though we found the "AMP" parts of LAMP easy to install on Win2K server and Win2003 server and ran Linux PHP apps unchanged. Easier than IIS + MSSQL.

Obviously this is a nonsense metric. Only "real" web sites not part funded by Microsoft count.

Companies with Sharepoint / Exchange are not representative either as they are locked into MS forever (effectively, in reality it's possible to switch) and often get special volume discounts.

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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No thanks for NFC

Credit & Debit cards already have NFC, Lidl accepts NFC Debit cards.

But it's an inherently less secure tech than sticking the card in the slot. Almost no advantage.

NFC on a phone is even sillier.

NFC is good for Warehouse pallets. Which it was invented for. Stupid for payments and individual products (barcodes are far cheaper and more privacy secure in the retail context ).

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