* Posts by Mage

4697 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Cali bloke accused of illegally trousering $68k using mom's Apple AuthenTec gobble tip-off

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Re: $68000

68K - PPC - x86 I think, but yes 68K was before the x86

I wonder did he know he was breaking the rules or did he think he was being clever?

The big guys probably don't get caught. I expect what's caught is tip of the iceberg.

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Facebook crushes Belgian attempt to ban tracking of non-users

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Facebook

Blarugh!

If only Irish regulators had any backbone!

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Dixons, UK's fifth 'emergency service', brushes off Brexit scare stories

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Re: And the fourth? the Coastguard.

So would that make the RNLI 5th? (which despite Royal in name) is also Ireland's much loved rescue service.

Isn't there a mountain rescue outfit and one for spelunking?

So DixonCarphoneWarehouse wants to be 7th or 8th?

Doesn't the Army or Territorial Army or something respond in emergencies?

What about gas leaks, fallen power cables, collapsing dykes etc?

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: On the plus side...

Duty Free was an Irish invention at Shannon to make money.

Many "duty free" things are actually cheaper in supermarkets in some countries!

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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

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Many of Apple's ...

Many of Apple's patents and registered designs are invalid due to prior art, or obviousness. The USPTO isn't very good.

But I know designs much more like iPhone that dated from 1986, even with rounded corners.

The iPod was copying Creative and iRiver with a case and silly control inspired by Dieter Rams' stuff for Braun. It succeeded due to iTunes. The iPhone succeed partly due to bought in Fingerworks GUI (Nokia had stupidly scrapped S80 / Crystal in favour of S60 and MS was still obsessed with putting win 95 GUI on 320x 240 screens), but real reason for iPhone success was the data deals with operators, till then the cost of using data on a Smart phone was horrendous..

This doesn't have much chance.

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Tesco Mobile does what? Hahahahahahaha. Sorry customers

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Oh dear

Oh well, I only got a free Tesco SIM so as to have a disposable number for Facetwit.

So I suppose I'll manage.

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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

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Memristor

Deader than bubble memory.

It at least actually got produced.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Pedant alert

Hence mind your Ps and Qs when travelling.

Q is older

Mac (son, sounds like Maq) became Map (Wales), which became ap

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

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Gnome

Worst aspects of MS and Apple Kool Aid. Though not as bad as Unity.

Not a logical productive GUI or UX as it's designed for appearance over function.

I'll stick with Mate with stupid bits turned off & tweaked Redmond theme.

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Disco, Pogs, and the Microsoft Surface 3

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Atom powered?

It wouldn't perchance use the Atom family that Intel just scrapped any future development on?

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Sliced your submarine cable? Fill in this paperwork

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Pedantic

The photo is a 75 Ohm coaxial cable on an F connector. Not even optical.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: remove VAT from fuel.

Most of the tax is excise duty.

VAT won't go down on anything.

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Immigration

Will hardly be affected and that was what many people thought they were voting about. UK controls their OWN immigration apart from from free movement of EU Citizens. Irish people won't be affected and most other EU people won't much be affected if UK wants to trade. The issue wasn't EU people anyway.

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Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work!

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Surface?

A last phone branded "surface" ...

Because the only Win 10 MS hardware product likely to sell to Enterprise is an x86 Surface pro. Basically an ultra laptop with detachable keyboard.

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Don't laugh: Ofcom's a model for post-Brexit Europe

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Ofcom?

The only WORSE regulator is Comreg.

Totally in thrall to big corporates like Mobile, BT and Sky.

Only interested in raising money for Treasury.

Useless at managing spectrum and protecting it.

Stealth campaign to kill FM Radio (why? Because DAB benefits big national operators, the spectrum is no use for anything else)

Stealth campaign to kill DTT / Terrestrial TV because mobile licences are "worth" more.

What mandate have they for ANY of their policies and failure to ban interference producing devices.

Are they going to PROPERLY test CE mark devices now?

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Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

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Passing on genes?

So dead creatures shouldn't be allowed to breed?

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Linux's NFV crew: Operators keen to ditch clunky networks, be 'cool' like, er, Facebook

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Facebook and Google?

maybe they are good at internal IT, but the human facing part is evil, not cool.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Maplin

More cheaper stuff from China and at higher price.

I now choose my own higher quality Chinese junk at 1/5th to 1/10th the price.

More rubbish tools

More stupid gadgets and Boys' toys.

Maplin isn't much different to 10 years ago. I can't see where the new owners have improved it. The staff though are better than Currys/PCWorld/Carphonewarehouse etc.

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77 per cent ignore company social media policies

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Re: Using social media to learn?

And they could be mistaken!

Perhaps in reality Social Media is harmful, a waste of time and a form of Vanity Publishing.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Re: The trouble with Intel chips

"There weren't even electrical cars on the roads back then."

Really?

There were Victorian Electric cars.

Electric vehicles just weren't very pretty or good power to weight till they replaced Lead Acid with Lithium Ion.

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Re: This is why AMD and NVidia are making ARM chips

I thought HP had a big input to Itanium?

It was doomed from the start. Essentially a server only, high power consumption, flawed design concept.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Re: aversion therapy.

No, original pre Kraft Cadbury's is FAR better than Hershey's

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my Chocolate ration: Not Gloopy!

Cocoa mass, sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder, emulsifier based on sunflower lecithin, vanilla extract.

Cocoa solids are 81% minumum.

By mass

Fat 43%

Carbohydrate 24% (sugars are 17%)

fibre 15%

protein 10%

salt 0.03%

(suitable for vegetarians)

Any higher cocoa content/less fat DOES NOT make it Gloopy but gritty and powdery. The 85% stuff is terrible.

Mars bars are not Chocolate, but chocolate flavoured sweets.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk is barely chocolate (less than 25%?). I think US Milk chocolate has less cocoa (as it's expensive) and Hershey's do something nasty to the milk, which is why it's disgusting compared to any European chocolate.

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Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

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as Apple hasn’t been on reliant on digital advertising

Well, Google and Facebook almost entirely make money from adverts, maybe entirely.

Apple sells high margin hardware and x3 supermarket margin on iTunes sales. So Apple doesn't need advertising at all.

Are Google and Facebook actually helping to destroy the advertising industry in the long run with their abusive attitude to privacy and consumers?

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Re: 13.1 W.

So when practically idling it might feasibly run off a D cell.

0.7W still isn’t a realistic load, for AA, only possible.

Still sounds like marketing hype. No doubt it's very clever, but mention of an AA cell would be more appropriate for wearable or portable gear at 100th of the normal running power.

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Re: You could inline that VLSI*. Maybe find out more before clicking "publish".

"For comparison, the 80386 had 275,000 transistors (on a 1500-1000nm process)."

But didn't the first ARM have about 25,000 transistors?

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13.1 W.

Not realistically an AA cell. That's 10 amps at 1.3V.

An Alkaline AA cell is 1.56V (fresh) to 0.9V at end point and really ought not to have more than a 50mA load for efficiency. An NiMH at 10mA might have half the capacity as Alkaline but at 1A (plausible maximum) about x5 capacity due to MUCH lower internal resistance, though probably half the label’s AH rating at such high current draw..

Perhaps 20 paralleled Alkaline D Cells, or five paralleled NiMH D cells to have a 10 A rating.

So for half an hour on an AA size NiMH you'd need a bit less than 1.3W load. A tenth.

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You've got petabytes of unused storage, says Formation. Er, do we?

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Nuts

See title.

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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

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Re: Revolting shareholders...

"until a single large shareholder with an agenda comes along"

Who unfortunately is usually a vulture speculator or asset stripper rather than a real investor. See Eircom since privatisation, or Carl Ichan.

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Charity or fleeced Customers?

It would be better if she gave money back to the customers and let any leave without penalty. PR fluff.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Doing naughty things 101

I'll see your 3.5" and raise you 8" floppies, 1/2" tape, boxes of punched cards and boxes of 132 column "music score" fan fold.

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Initial Contract

Ensure your employment contract says that IP and clients you bring are still yours.

That creative IP you make subsequently is yours, though the company has a time limited exclusive contract to exploit it, or else you are a serf.

That clients you add via your personal magnetism subsequently are yours, ultimately, but the company can exploit them while you work there, otherwise you are serf.

Perhaps stop employers creating false redundancies to get "cheaper" less experienced staff and regarding people merely as a resource to be used up and burnt out.

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Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

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Re: file

""On the upside, iOS now has just enough filesystem so it’s easy to save into Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive"

Er... those are things that work in a browser. Not aspects of a proper filesystem. Anyone using them for other than temporary, non-critical content to collaborate is mad.

I remove things like that that appear in a file browse GUI. I want to make sure I have EVERYTHING on my local file-system and only upload / download copies as needed, which ONLY when 3rd parties used. I use USB or LAN to synchronise my own files, NEVER the internet. The Internet is insecure and unreliable.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: UK legislation

Theresa May?

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Re: UK legislation

Unlikely as Ofcom always supports Sky, Mobile Companies, BT etc against the consumers. They opposed the EU proposals.

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Gravitational waves: A new type of astronomy

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all data is shared

Good that it's going to be a collaborative world wide effort.

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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

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NFC

NFC should have stayed in Warehouses. Been consistently a fail on security and privacy in retail / payments / travel.

QR codes are OK in theory, but should display the REAL URL with a "Do you want to do this dangerours thing?" QR codes are a similar risk to URL shorteners, or HTML where you can't preview link.

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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not the ground-breaking revamp

Because such a thing is fantasy!

You might eventually get better battery life.

it might be useful without internet or the phone (I have a smart watch with GSM phone built in (mini-SIM) that cost under $20 and runs for 3 days, but I don't use it for web, just hands free voice phone calls and text without the phone).

The audio dictation is good. (It has a micro SD card and USB storage mode).

The camera is rotten. For $10 more you can get one with a better camera.

It has all the typical kinds of useless apps.

Slow incremental improvement of what is basically a kids toy.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Re: "a massive drain on my television-watching time"

"children entertainment professional would have shown an off-the-scale amount of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Magic Mushrooms and Good Ole Dope."

Doesn't sound like Oliver Postgate

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Harmonisation

Governments will see it as an opportunity to add VAT to paper books.

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Crims set up fake companies to hoard and sell IPv4 addresses

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Re: and don't forget the radio hams

A mere drop in the IP4 ocean, for world wide use, compared to greed of many USA Corporations and almost all USA Universities.

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then resell them to users

Is it actually illegal or immoral?

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Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash

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I welcome this.

It proves that Apple can do really smart stuff.

Now where is the browser that by default blocks cookies, microphone, camera, location data, scripts etc etc unless you white list them?

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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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WWI

They used radio on balloons in WWI with Morse code.

Tethered observation blimps used a cabled telephone connection.

It's such a simple and obvious thing to use balloons as data repeaters (which is what Loon does) I can't see why there are patents.

The Elephant in the room is that Loon needs its own licensed spectrum and is irresponsible and pointless. Even if it was sensible, we now know that Alphabet/Google are totally untrustworthy and not fit people to act as an ISP.

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Apple struggles with the idea of intelligent life outside Cupertino

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Re: AI

" Current approaches to AI are pretty far from "human curated databases" - although there are no doubt still plenty of those around.

The current buzz is "deep learning" systems, which really can be said to be capable of learning with minimal domain-specific pre-programming -"

No it's all marketing. Just "buzz"

We have ONLY made progress in marketing, hype and jargon.

Bad SF.

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Re: AI

Current computer systems can't truly learn, they can't meaningfully create, they only encompass the domain they are programmed for. We don't even have a proper definition of intelligence.

Which so called "AI" system like Watson, Cortana, Amazon Echo, Google, Siri etc isn't just a user interface to a human curated database. Can you as an end user (not the maintaining program team) teach one ANYTHING? Can they solve any problem?

They are just variations of so called "Expert systems", which are programs in three parts, capturing information from a trained expert, curating the database and a pseudo subset of natural language to interrogate the database.

They are not even very convincing simulations of intelligence.

I was considering several AI projects based on my years of programming and AI study:

1) To have a program to learn any arbitrary card game from a human with only defining the terms and no games or goals in advance.

2) To have a program to recognise the music in a recording of any arbitrary music, instrumental, vocal only or mixed, then create the music score for each part. Lots of not very good musicians can do this. Having a program play notation via a pair of robot hands on any arbitrary instrument isn't AI, that's almost trivial and more an exercise in electro-mechanical engineering.

I expect, like chess or Go by computer which isn't AI, but brute force, any achievement of this would turn out to be a narrow domain trick, and not AI. Item (2) is much easier than (1) and can be achieved without any AI.

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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Italians

I think of people that look smart in a suit, even without a tie.

No matter which sex they are. Why would smart dressers want to expose themselves?

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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Re: He doesn't mention the workers being the owners of the means

AirBnB hosts and Uber drivers are workers with the normal protections and benefits of an employee stripped. All the worst aspects of being self employed and an employee, while "big data" companies make the real profits.

Same with Amazon, Google, Facebook.

It's not a Marxist vision of the future but all the worst bits of "Fahrenheit 451", "1984", "Shockwave Rider" and Harry Harrison's "To the Stars" trilogy.

The guy is either evil or naive or both.

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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

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Re: Enantiomers (mirror image copies of a chiral molecule)

Natural sugars are sweet.

A right handed synthetic sugar isn't sweet.

You can use a bright light and two polarisers (perhaps two pairs of sunglasses) and sugar solution to test this at home if you can get or make the non-sweet synthetic sugar.

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