* Posts by Mage

3101 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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much better light quality?

Unless the CFL is garbage, CFL is HUGELY better colour rendition. LED source is simply too long a wavelength to have the decent mix of phosphors.

Colour Temperature is NOT Colour Rendition/Quality.

Also more efficient CFLs have poorer colour than other CFLs, but all kinds are better spectrum that any LED.

Light diffusion is still an LED issue.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Big Brother

I'm not worried

We don't even know what intelligence is.

The Computer AI people only make progress because like Humpty Dumpty in "Through the Looking glass" they have redefined it.

If it was possible to write a real AI program and the only issue was lack of computer power we would have a slow AI already.

I'm sceptical that a true AI program can be developed.

There are many other scenarios in the world that seem much more of a risk!

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Also

Diet foods must make you fat. I don't see skinny people eating them.

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Pssst. Want to buy a timeshare in the clouds?

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Devil

Cloudy depression

Also we have website builders happy to have your browser run code from a Google server instead of putting that open source code on their own site. Google then gets all the Browser info of everyone visiting that site.

Twitter & Facebook buttons that instead of a link are javascript loaded from Twitter and Facebook allowing them to track who is accessing your site even if you don't click the button.

Now I have many domains blocked and only enable them temporarily when explicitly using them (i.e. posting stuff or looking at stuff with various fake identities on Facebook/Twitter/Google etc).

I don't look forward to an Internet which is simply a portal to a bunch of US Megacorps.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Black Helicopters

I for one

Don't welcome our over the horizon rail gunners attacking our town.

Suddenly the Dreadnought is back.

But a rail gun on a truck? Perhaps to shoot drones and incoming missiles? More Nail gun than Rail gun?

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Knocking Knox: Samsung DENIES vuln claims, says mysterious blogger is a JOKER

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Re: MUST have holes

Only for ordinary consumers.

Bruce Schneier explains well in a recent newsletter why government wouldn't want "backdoors" in their own stuff and why it's pretty silly for NSA to want them in stuff for ordinary consumers. Assume that whatever NSA can do, someone else can do.

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Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

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Cloud

@ Dave Bell

If accessing or providing a particular "Cloud" service or vendor needs added special OS "sauce" then don't use that steaming pile of proprietary nonsense.

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Cloud

Irrelevant to an OS, server or workstation.

"Cloud" is marketing remote services. Any viable Server OS can provide them and any viable OS can use them. Nothing SPECIFIC to "Cloud" is needed.

I'm getting sick of hearing this marketing meme.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: Webcams are vitaly important

They could borrow a nice looking girl or use poor focus + realistic shop dummy.

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MS are making Skype unusuable

QQ seems a good alternate.

http://www.techtir.ie/QQ_replaces_Skype

Don't leave webcams plugged in

Put tape over built in ones.

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Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

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Re: Branding

Next year we will brand it Windows.

Even probably the Xbox.

Didn't you get the Memo?

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This is third time?

2nd was Sidekick / Danger thing they managed to mangle in months.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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do so in a non-invasive way

At least FTDI responded quickly and changed their mind on the extreme solution. Good.

I wonder what they will try next?

I have sympathy for FTDI's problem, just not the solution of setting USB ID to zero. The consumer can't tell

a) exactly what they are buying

b) what happened,

In general, in the EU, the CE mark scheme is buggered.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: "the UI is too deeply embedded in the OS"

Though having a different shell last worked reliably on NT3.51 and NT4.0 (3.51 did have Explorer Preview and running Filemanager possible on NT 4.0 and /or Program manager instead of Explorer Shell)

It would be truer to say that on NT4.0 they stupidly made some stuff needed by GUI move into Kernel and on Vista and later they messed up the conventional GDI / WinAPI to make the newer GUI components work faster and put a performance penalty on the old way of doing Windows via API.

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Microsoft now embraces an “any device”

No they don't

it's the same crap they ever had. They did Excel and Word for Mac before Windows!

Once upon a time they tried to Make Server, NT Workstation, Win On Dos (Win 3.1, Win9x ME), Win CE, etc be all the same as desktop (either Program Manager or Explorer).

They are still doing this nonsense, Servers, Workstations, Phones, TVs, Media Centres, Game Consoles etc might in many cases have related Kernels. (Though sensibly CE wasn't, stupidly a Phone is supposed to migrate to same Kernel as Server/Workstation). But One App for all and common branding and common GUI is stupidity and arrogance.

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Pulled off on MS Office?

No they didn't. They inflicted the STUPID ribbon.

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: Reminder: Kindle does this too

Physical Kindle with Radio turned off.

But no it doesn't!

The Sync feature across devices is publicised feature you can turn off. Amazon oddly are NOT doing the same as Adobe!

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Re:Railo vs ColdFusion

Railo fixes some bugs in ColdFusion and seems to do all that older versions do. It seems to me a better product. It's not trivial to migrate a very large existing site using CF and Oracle to Railo and MySQL or MariaDB. But possible. If starting a new project, using Railo & MariaDB is probably some advantages over various PHP frameworks if you have a lot of Coldfusion experience.

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Re: How does Adobe stay in business?

There is an alternate to Coldfusion

No-one needs Dreamweaver, sorry. That's like claiming you need MS Publisher to produce a Magasine.

Flash is Action Script and/or Video. There are alternate ways to do both.

Very few people need photoshop or Illustrator. Some people that use those seriously would not be happy with the alternates.

Most people using Adobe products don't need them. Also they are making it that you can't even buy, but only rent. Stuff that!

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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Re: Weird Reality

An Estate Agent in USA is a Realtor. In Ireland an Auctioneer, possibly because in 19th C. an "Estate Agent" was a rent collector for Absentee Landlords.

.Reality is for reselling to USA Estate Agents

Yes, I agree it's daft, I have no idea why USA Estate Agents are Realtors

see www.realtor.com

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?

Though I can only read pinyin, not that I understand it.

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Headmaster

difficult to master?

No, babies learn Chinese just as easily as English.

English is hard for Chinese Adults to learn

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Nominet & ICANN

Making Lawyers for Patent Trolls look good.

Making Halliburton look less like a weasel. Though I think someone has been sanitising Halliburton search results?

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ITU

Absolutely they should have 1/2 as much or less staff and just be part of ITU.

Much as ITU has flaws it works better than ICANN and is ultimately answerable to its members.

Formed 17 May 1865

Survived a gazzillion wars and technological changes. WWI, WWII, League of Nations and UN. Agrees usage of every aspect of Communications (including most international physical layers) except the actual stuff ICANN mis-controls. IP4 was handed out very unfairly. Loads of US Universities, US Corps and US state agencies still with more IPs than many countries, that they don't even need.

What ever crazyness ITU might do, it won't be as bad as ICANN record on charges, TLD, DNS and IP.

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How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

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Cost

These domains are more expensive than decent hosting.

Money for a database entry.

Paid every year for ever.

Having a decent domain name is turning into something only big corporations own. Eventually 50 or so big companies will completely control the internet and host all it's content. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay etc.

The bike shop will have to rent space in someone else's cyber mall. It will be no place for the small guy.

Maybe the IBM guy wasn't totally wrong... Just call Google's system a single distributed parallel processing Computer.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Mushroom

So Wrong

What if the device ISN'T a fake, but the FTDI programmers make a mistake? (Cue FTDI getting sued)

Are they ONLY looking at USB ID? What if it starts disabling real FTDI IDs due to a bug?

This is arrogant unacceptable behaviour. At the most their driver should simply not operate non-FTDI hardware. It's immoral of them to change the ID.

If they have a problem with vendors allegedly doing fakes they need to

a) Prove the copies are illegal. Not all kinds of functional copies are illegal

b) Use due process of law.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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What?

Some people still believe in God. Did anyone ever believe in MS

a) After ME

b) After Vista

c) After Win8

e) IE6?

f) DCOM

g) Active X in Browser

i) Ribbon

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Security

The biggest issue is users lack of security sense,

They'll still install fake codecs, click on silly links in emails, enable all remote content in email by default, add stupid toolbars, download and install malware riddled pirateware and have too much faith in AV.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Doomed I tell ye!

Total security is impossible. Someone will find another way to load code hidden in content.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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sysvinit & systemd

We need something better than sysvinit

But systemd obviously isn't it as it seems to create problems.

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Steve Jobs' bio man tackles geeks who 'created the digital revolution'

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Re: The Turk

The attempt by Babbage to build various machines made UK a leader in Machine tools and advanced Science and Mathematics. The Chess Turk was an outright fraud with a dwarf inside.

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Transistors and ICs

Bell was 1st because they had bought in more recently produced purer Germanium.

The French about the same time as Bell Labs. But admittedly not very good transistors (they were recycling the Germanium out of diodes in WWII proximity fuses)

Westinghouse and RCA hampered by "bean counters" wanting them to use existing stocks.

Gradual Materials Science developments more than any one person enabled transistors and ICs.

With ICs the 6502 and 8080 based PCs that pre-dated the IBM PC were inevitable. The idea of transistors and ICs was in 1930s, but materials where not good enough and valves cheap (almost fully automated production, films transferred to video on YouTube). The Wartime 1940s era computing made transistor research very attractive. No-one really wanted 20,000 valve computers.

MS Basic was a port of Dartmouth Basic, a cut down beginers version of Fortran for Dartmouth (USA) students on their University Computer (Anyone know if it was IBM mainframe or DEC minicomputer? I think only the UK much used George on ICL, Students there having actual Fortran.in early to mid 1970s

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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I'm baffled

If the sites are doing illegal stuff, take them down.

You don't block the road to a dodgy shop. You get a warrant, court order, prosecution and close them.

This is plain lazy and wrong.

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FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless

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Boffin

Yawn

5.8Ghz and 10.6GHz bands are used terrestrially. (WiFi and LOS Fixed Wireless).

5.8GHz outdoors is really just Line of Sight. 10.2GHz to 10.6GHz band gives smaller aerial panel arrays and blocked easily by one tree.

Both only good for roof top or wall fixed aerials.

Above 10GHz to 400GHz you are looking at HAP, Satellite and Point to point Line of Site.

5G doesn't exist. If it does it will be about more flexible infrastructure, not faster or higher frequency mobile.

3.5GHz band has been tried for Mobile and Nomadic, it's rubbish compared to 1.8GHz. Propagation too poor except for fixed wireless.

Mobile has various bands from 700MHz to 2.6GHz, Operators and Countries use spectrum poorly. There are good arguments that Mobile should be only 880MHz to 2.2GHz (with gaps for DECT and GPS) and a single wholesale infrastructure for best utilisation/spectrum efficiency.

Regulators want to sell as much spectrum to as many Mobile operators as possible to maximise Licence Revenue. A truly stupid way to assign & manage spectrum

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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GIF

I'm glad the animated gif is gone. That was wrecking my head!

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Awww

What a pity no suitable spacecraft partner,

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Idiotic

It's like Poison letters, or malicious adverts in paper. Just cheaper to to do. It doesn't need new legislation.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Declaration of Independence

"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence.

It was stupidity to put "Happiness" in it.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Once upon a time...

maybe the box and "ferric fluid rare earth magnet" is really clever on the Bose?

Soundwise any I heard seemed rubbish compared to an LS3a, or more damningly a big MDF box full of rockwool and cheap OEM 6" driver unit.

What does a cone made iridium plated panda hymens look and sound like?

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Hmmm

Either Sennheiser or cheap no name Chinese at under £3 if going outside my castle.

My 1926 metal diaphragm 2K + 2K Bakelite and Alloy cans sound better than some branded stuff today. (transformer needed unless between 120V and the anode of a triode).

1980s Military gear is dreadful, seems like 1960 telephone earpieces inside.

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Re: no great loss

Now all they need is to remove Apple and Beats earphones from Apple store too, to further increase quality.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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SIM forms part of the GSM

The Operator & Network still sees a SIM. But it's simulated in software.

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Re: is this new

a) If you are sensible you are never ever charged for Kindle 3G

b) you can change the SIM. But why would you when Amazon, Wikipedia, books you buy are no 3G charge and currently 60Mbyte other browsing is free?

c) You can setup kindle so you are never charged, transfer your own content or free eBooks via USB.

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Re: FFS, the physical SIM port is still there...

If it is still there it won't be on a later model if this works for Apple. They said ages ago they wanted to abolish physical SIM to save space. But it's really about more Apple control

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Re: The question is, do you *have* to use the software SIM card?

Surely the point is there is NO physical SIM at all?

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Very worrying!

1) Security of a "soft SIM"

2) Device Seller control

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Digital Divide

Only about 1/3rd of people in the West have good enough speed/cap.

Also it will work out more expensive for many people.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Kindle DXG

Still available at discount.

not needed for eBooks

Great for PDFs, esp scans of Manuals, datasheets and old books.

Big screen.

no AMOLED or LCD screen comes close to eInk in daylight or for reading 4 hours at a go, 120K novels etc.

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Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

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Baffled

Digital replacements existed in the Corporate world from late 1980s. (Hard drive based Voicemail systems for PABX)

I think they were asking the wrong people.

Gradually the price reduced and storage increased over last 20 years.

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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Re: Mugs

Check BARB figures for viewing time vs Freesat, Freeview and FTA generally.

Of course it's not Free to redistribute or Free to Carry (mostly). But less than 10% of viewing of Pay TV viewers is of pay TV channels. Some of the programs on Pay TV are repeats originally Free To Air (Freeview, Freesat etc).

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