* Posts by Mage

5301 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

FAO EVERYBODY: From the Legal Outreach Team at Bong Ventures LLC

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I don't understand

Two weeks in a row this column has simply been straight reportage.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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Re: New T&Cs

No-one is forcing you to use Spotify. Loads of people have health, wealth and mirth without it.

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OLPC heir reveals modular laptop design

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Re: Oddly I've alway s thought it's the *processor* that should be upgradeable.

My laptop is on third keyboard.

CPU power isn't relevant for last 10+ years except for gaming or HD Video, where also the GPU is even more important. Oddly since 2002 approx cheaper laptops / netbooks have had poorer screens to save money, someone may like a screen upgrade and old one can be used to replace a broken one. I have one old laptop here that originally had a choice of three different types of GPU boards (each with various RAM options soldered on) and about four different LCD panels. It's still possible to "upgrade" with parts from broken ones on eBay.

Laptops used to be a lot more modular than today.

Screens are very easily damaged.

Batteries definitely need replaced, especially in hotter climates.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: nonsense..

30–60 mg (0.5–1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans

One of the reasons for cancer from cigarettes may be trace amounts of polonium in the tobacco plants. Were is the nicotine sourced and how pure is it?

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Re: nonsense..

No, smokers are NOT net contributors to NHS.

There is no doubt vaping is safer than smoking, but that doesn't mean they should be advertised in the current way, nor should they be unregulated, nicotine is very deadly poison, far more so than alcohol.

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Re: "Almost certainly"

But what are the real figures?

Are these being taken by people who were not smokers?

How much safer?

Does the advertising of them glamorise smoking?

What success rate have they as an aid to giving up smoking?

Nicotine is a deadly poison. Not a recreational drug.

What other impurities are in the liquid?

What are nearby people getting?

How much polonium is there in them? Where does the nicotine come from.

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However ...

I suspect they are partly a trojan to promote smoking!

The previously advert free cabinets in local shops now prominently display pretty women "smoking", with the "electronic" part of the text more faded.

A major tobacco company is promoting them.

They are sold in novelty shops.

There is also the general problem of policing CE marks.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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US Government is daft

Though NASA's case not helped by relationships with greedy USA Aerospace and poor management.

This is vandalism.

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Re: Remember OS/2 Warp

1985 OS/2

1989 MS & IBM divorce, MS Produces MS OS/2 with built in LAN Manager

1993 First version of NT, NT 3.1 (as MS OS/2 was sort of version 2.x) which included 100% OS/2 subsystem for console Apps, NTVDM for DOS in a virtual machine and WOW via NTVDM for win16.

OS/2 Warp was too little too late. Too lacking in ambition and 4 years too late.

So later with Pentium Pro, NT3.51 and then NT4.0 ran mix Win32, DOS and Win16 apps faster than native Win95 did because NT didn't use native 16 mode at all. Win95 had to switch to real mode for 16 bit, such a switch was really slow on Pentium Pro.

Win95 killed the Pentium Pro.

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Re: Remember OS/2 Warp

By 1993 MS 32bit TC/IP was free on WFWG 3.11

Win95 used same stack, but also by default only NetBeui was installed.

Most Win3.x and Win95 systems as delivered didn't have enough RAM to add the TCP/IP, run 32 apps and 32 bit disk drivers.

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Re: Java

Of course they can use Java Virtual Machine* if they pay a licence. But Android apps are only written in Java, they are not compiled to Oracle's Java Bytecode for JVM, but to a different binary system for Davik. Davik can be used for free.

J++ was their own version of Java. They developed it into C#.

The VM for Visual Basic (and possibly J++) and the .Net VM used for C# is a separate development from Sun's JVM. Both certainly owe a lot to 1970s UCSD p-machine.

[* A PC can use JVM for free, but a mobile device is supposed to use a cut down licensed JVM and Sun/Oracle wouldn't even licence the full JVM at reasonable terms for a mobile device, hence the development of Davik and the Oracle - Google law suit]

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FCC: No, Dish, you're not a 'small business' so forget the $3bn price cut

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Exposes stupidity

This ultimately shows how inept spectrum management is getting.

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WD unleashes bigger, badder, Black and revved, rapido Red Pro

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6TB is lighter than the 5TB product baffles us

Perhaps thinner head arms, thinner base on chassis and slightly thinner platters so as to fit an extra platter in?

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Prescient.

As long as they don't grow it for long enough to ask it questions?

Disturbing.

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OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

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Re: That Weird Sound You Hear

Did MS bribe Oracle to annoy the Devs and fork before it was given to Apache?

No, Oracle messed this up as they have messed up Java, Hudson (or whatever it was) and a lot of other stuff. Obviously worse people than Oracle could have bought Sun, but not many.

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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

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Vaio and Minidisk

I thought Minidisk was a nice idea, then I discovered that neither the net MD player nor the Vaio with a built in Minidisk allowed you to digitally read your own recordings? On the Vaio it seemed you could only write to the built in drive? So I bought a Dell Inspiron instead in 2002.

Sony made some nice HW, but crippled by media division and bad software?

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relaunch the brand on Windows 10

Well, they might as well launch it as Chrome book as that mess of a rushed out privacy slurping OS.

Don't rich people want privacy?

(I'm not confusing Upmarket with Celebrity?)

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Descisions

Automate the Pedestrians.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Apple's design

It's not a design.

Rounding corners of rectangular things, (kids books, toys, radios, gadgets, MP3 players, solar panels, phones etc) is a standard engineering approach that people have been implementing since they started making rectangular things.

Where is my ancient Roman/Greek/Babylonian/Hebrew/Chinese tablet icon?

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Re: Taketh away

Other parts of the world are not confusing by calling it a Design Patent. It's a Registered Design and more to do with copyright than patents. Unlike the fluted coke bottle it's too generic and on that basis shouldn't be eligible. Prior art doesn't even need to be considered.

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Re: Another week...

Actually by VOLUME Li metal cased cells are about same energy capacity as quality NiMH But the NiMH are a lot heavier for same size as plastic cases Lithium (LiPoly)

1980s the NiCd AA was about 450mAH and had a problem with memory effects and dendrite crystal shorts. Now an NiMH AA is about 2500mAH, C cell 5,000mAH and D cell 10,000mAH. But an NiCd is still lower cell resistance. Self discharge is a bigger issue with most NiMH than Lithium. though the Eneloop type NiMH is similar self discharge but lower capacity.

The Lithium type has not as long life (number of cycles) as decent NiMH. But seems to be a materials issue or charger management as some Lithium packs last 4 years and others barely 18 months.

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Re: Another week...

Laptop batteries per charge longer, phone batteries per charge much less than 10 to 15 years ago.

The actual batteries life hasn't much changed in 15 years. About same number of cycles. It's largely the same Lithium tech as 15 years ago.

Some NiMH are better life than 10 years ago and some NiMH are dreadful compared to older batteries.

This though sounds more believable than Aluminium based (instead of Zinc) or other zany batteries reported. I expect if this is affordable it may be in products in less than five years.

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US appeals court: Yes, Samsung ... sigh … you still have to pay Apple

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Crazy

Apple shouldn't have these things as "patents" in the first place.

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Hey, Apple, we’re watching Faulty Tellies. Gonna tell us why?

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Terms

Screen + tuner = Telly

Screen with only baseband inputs = Monitor

The "Apple TV" has neither screen nor tuner. It should be illegal to be marketed like this.

It's only a 2nd rate media streaming box.

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BLADE-WIELDING BOTS conquer humans in RADIO DEATHMATCH

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Disgrace

There are so many other licence free ways these beacons can be done.

This sets a bad precedent.

FCC should be ashamed. It's their job to protect and manage spectrum, not be like Ofcom and purely support large companies.

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Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

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Oh dear

This article highlights the stupidity of this new domain policy and how it will benefit behemoths and otherwise is a cynical money grab.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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BIOS

Should be Open Source, and replaceable.

Also write protected with a physical jumper link.

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Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Require root or administrator access ...

If a miscreant has root or administrator access, then you are stuffed anyway. So while this is fascinating, it's hardly a worry.

Four year old + CPUs would have been prehistoric in 1995 but isn't really old at all in 2015. (ironic that NT & UNIX & OS/2 etc could use a 1995 Pentium Pro properly but Win95 went slower on it).

Now if the bus on a lithium battery pack could inject code, then I'd be worried.

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: Bad boys

"They don't have to adhere to that suffocating "Don't be evil" mantra anymore."

They never have. Only an evil company needs a motto like that.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

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provides the (literally) only free email service

I don't use hotmail/Outlook (what ejit named a Cloud email service the same as the ancient evil email client?). But I assumed it was free, and that a) isn't Google b) isn't a shady Russian portal and c) can be accessed directly through a mail client and not just through some webmail portal?

I'm sure I once had a hotmail account as well as Yahoo and gmail. These days I use my own domains which is "technically" free as I paid for it all to do websites not email.

I'm not a shady Russian portal and I use POP3 / SMTP with them

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Retro

Bring back Geocities.

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Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Happy

innocuous-looking app which, when installed

So I'm OK then. :)

Hardly a shock that something you DELIBERATELY install, might be able to do something bad.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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Windows 10 looks to be doing alright

What @ 3.5%?

When it's

a) Free to many

b) Being effectively forced on people

Surely that's a Trolling statement.

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Not even new!

This is just 1960s Computer Rental using Internet instead of leased lines and dialup.

Except

Less clarity about what it's running on.

Less security

Less privacy

Connection to it for some is less reliable than leased Lines.

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The "cloud" is useful for short term insecure collaboration for people in different companies or none. But as an actual Business solution or personal backup it's for the naive or desperate.

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

NT 3.51 was fine on 80 M byte HDD, 16M RAM and 386 ...

Even with Explorer Shell Technology Preview.

Realistically with a decent bunch of applications, Win32S, 32bit Disk Driver, VFW, 32bit TCP/IP the WFWG 3.11 needed a lot more than 6 floppies, 4M to 8M RAM and a 40M HDD. But then that was practically Win95a without Explorer.

Where has it gone wrong?

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Music curation site This Is My Jam to be marmaladed next month

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Amazing!

Amazon bought IMDB, abe books, Mobi, Book depositary, Goodreads. Why not this.

Or Apple, or Google or Spotify.

maybe they were not for sale?

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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Re: I wonder how many people will be bitten by these biometric shenanigans

Biometrics seem a neat idea for security, but we don't know how to make good security on the Internet.

Only seem. It was always a truly bad idea and real security experts knew it.

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Biometrics

Scrap them now.

The whole concept is broken.

No matter the regulations, specs or systems data is stolen (sometimes insiders or governments). Passwords may be awkward, but at least after a breech they can be changed. Smart & careful people can use a different good password for each different thing (Hello Google?).

One "key" for everything is daft, yet biometrics can too easily become that and can't be changed.

Security access passwords / codes need to be user changeable.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Sand? Chlorine TriFluoride

Chlorine trifluoride and gases like it have been reported to ignite sand, asbestos, and other highly fire-retardant materials. In an industrial accident, a spill of 900 kg of chlorine trifluoride burned through 30 cm of concrete and 90 cm of gravel beneath.

The compound reacts violently with water-based suppressors, and oxidizes in the absence of atmospheric oxygen, rendering atmosphere-displacement suppressors such as CO2 and halon completely ineffective. It ignites glass on contact.

Fun stuff.

It is extremely reactive with most inorganic and organic materials, including glass and teflon, and will initiate the combustion of many otherwise non-flammable materials without any ignition source. These reactions are often violent, and in some cases explosive. Vessels made from steel, copper or nickel resist the attack of the material due to formation of a thin layer of insoluble metal fluoride, but molybdenum, tungsten and titanium form volatile fluorides and are consequently unsuitable.

Not sure how you modify HDD to use it. Sounds like it will do in SSDs too!

It's likely you are mad if you consider it as a rocket fuel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride#Rocket_propellant

It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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But it's not really about roads or tax?

More about automation?

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Passport applications and driving licences get blocked,

Not everywhere and only because of "Day of Jackal" etc

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Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

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Flat fee

It sounds like a perpetual subscription.

Subscription is evil

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Windows

Win 7

Where are legitimate copies of Win7 for sale?

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thought Windows 10 in-built P2P network prevented gobbling of t'internet

After Win7 is wiped. This is running on Win7

But probably that system has bugs anyway...

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Re: One commentator here said 'it will only get worse' a few days ago

Probably me and a load of other 'tards.

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Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

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Re: Sandboxing

Licensed Android, aka Google Spyware isn't a good example. Serious Privacy fail with it.

Browsers ought to be 100% sandboxed.

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View PDF

PDF and other NON Web content (Active X is worst) has always been stupid in a Browser. Always been better to disable such, no matter if built in or 3rd party plugin.

1) Only download.

2) Only from a sensible source and only stuff you really want

3) Check anything downloaded

4) Never click/double click/ open /run random stuff to see what it is/does.

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Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Re: No surprise

buying a barebones Intel NUC

... lack of portability?

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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A symptom of CE

The problem is the CE mark is now useless. It needs scrapped and a new mark:

1) The ! isn't good enough to indicate non-universal EU. If it isn't universal EU, no mark.

2) Must be 3rd party tested for safety, EMI, RFI, compliance with advertising claims and other regulator features, in REALISTIC and WORSE case scenarios. Actually connected and in use, not just plugged in etc.

3) Must have random sample inspection from Retail. Otherwise makers will cheat and ship cheaper different thing to what is shipped.

4) Non-compliance Fines that seriously hurt. Levelled against Maker and importer.

5) Compensation to Retail and Consumers

6) Serial number (barcode or RFID) read a time of sale. No need to have receipt or be original purchaser to claim rights for failure under SOGA, as many items are now never returned. EU database so you can return to ANY shop and Wholesale + Maker has to pay costs. It's unfairly on Retailer at present. Retailers can't test.

7) Fine and loss of Mark if the failure rate inside SOGA period is too high

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Ah ...

So it's just a virtual thing used for speculation and money laundering?

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