* Posts by Mage

4638 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Adobe launches Spark: Amateur graphical fun!

Mage
Silver badge

Meh

Sometimes "free" is too expensive.

I only buy clothes with out logos or names on the outside.

9
0

You wanted innovation? We gave you Clippy the Paperclip in your IM client

Mage
Silver badge

Yes!

Excellent!

"What the chatbot wars reveal, then, is a Silicon Valley that, far from being disruptive and innovative, is desperately uninventive, and creepy with it. Now that the low-hanging fruit (search, free music, free email) has been plucked, we can see them for what they are, quite transparently, which is consumer data slurping operations."

ABSOLUTELY!

8
0

Hacker rescues Hollywood house from URL scam squatters

Mage
Silver badge

Not just websites

Fundamentally email and web has tried to add security afterwards.

Phising / malware emails often copy large chunks from the legitimate site in realtime as well as during design. The email addresses can be meaningless.

With more TLD being added the potential to have fakes has increased, though the real problem is solvable except by scrapping HTTP and HTTPS and inventing something new. Not going to happen.

1
1

Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

Mage
Silver badge
Facepalm

Seems misleading

I saw this on newspaper sites.

1) Google Translate and Skype etc are only good to translate to your own language, and then poor

2) You need phrases etc for context. Word by word doesn't work, so latency.

3) Bet anything it's just a wireless earbud, likely bluetooth.

4) It MIGHT run on phone, this is unlikely, probably the phone just connects earpiece and microphone to a remote server.

Nothing to see. This won't be in-ear translation. What ever it is won't be better than Skype, QQ or Google Translate and worse than the text interface to those as there is the addition error prone voice recognition.

6
0

IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

Mage
Silver badge

Re: "A wizard did it" - again

Watson is a party trick, it's far more human curated database than AI.

Essentially it's a clever interface to a database.

1
0
Mage
Silver badge

Relies on a database.

Who is going to manage the database?

Also how does it manage:

Geo variations

Licences

Fair use

copyright holders

This is unworkable.

No printing allowed if internet connection goes down?

Privacy: Snooping on what people are printing. Iran, NK, Saudi Arabia etc will love it.

2
0

New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

Mage
Silver badge

Sounds good

Unlike a lot of lab ideas and many VC scams this has very sound logical science.

No doubt rather than solid glass prisms it will use flat film dichroic filters

0
0

Magento attacks uncanny hacks-men with shopper-popper patch

Mage
Silver badge

vulnerability in Magento e-commerce

Again?

Oh dear.

1
1

Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

Mage
Silver badge

idyllic English village

Even Anthony Horowitz (the writer) thought Midsommer Murder series had too high a body count. So he didn't explain that paganism was the REAL cause.

1
0

Sloppy security in IoT putting 'life and limb' at risk, guru warns

Mage
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

"a flaw everyone 1000 lines of code"

"a flaw everyone 1000 lines of code. Windows comprised around 10 million lines of code, he said, while a modern connected vehicle featured 10 times that number, and featured multiple attack surfaces, from in car Wi-Fi, to entertainment systems and Bluetooth locks."

What?! Ten times as much code in a car than Windows? I don't believe it.

People are using bluetooth for locks? Madness.

Why does in Car WiFi connect to anything other than Mobile?

Is there some exaggeration here?

5
0

Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

Mage
Silver badge

And grey text, "flat" buttons that might just be headings, links that are only underlines...

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: "It's in the article."

Thanks, brain faded out during article.

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

So it's $249,985 extra

with richardii.com is there any limit to subdomains? They don't cost extra. So it's $249,985 extra to save typing .com

Or 62496.25 per character.

These TLD are rented or owned? Do you have to pay $250,000 every year?

0
0

Ofcom serves up an extra helping of airwaves for Wi-Fi

Mage
Silver badge
Facepalm

PR spin

I'm not sure how this makes much difference unless you are on cable or fibre.

If the WiFi is the bottle neck, then a few more 5GHz channels won't solve it. Propagation / Range is poor at 5GHz.

How do existing router/Airpoints and clients use these channels? If they can use them, they probably already are, as almost no-one buys a gadget and then checks that its spectrum usage is Ofcom compliant.

If no existing gear has them, and the Chinese add them for UK, won't everyone else, not supposed to have them, use them. Has Ofcom heard of ITU, EBU, EU, FCC etc?

So I'm bemused by this announcement.

3
1

Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

Mage
Silver badge

Re: and people ask why I'm not on any (anti-)social media site?

Just use a fake identity ...

2
2

Boffins flip the unflippable: Meet the latest storage extender contender

Mage
Silver badge
Coat

XKCD

He's got one on his desk. So is it years, decades or "I quite like having the only hover car"

2
0
Mage
Silver badge
Boffin

manipulating the magnetic ordering of antiferromagnets is tricky.

If not nearly impossible. However makes what you manage to write quite robust?

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: "it'll take years"

It was about doubling of transistors in ANY chip, originally same size chip and annually, then 18 months, 2 years, any size chip or anything!

It's been a bit dead since about 2003. When CPUs (or anything) used 90nm, that was the general geometry. But 14nm chips are not really as the 14nm isn't even close to average size, but smallest feature.

Since this might be more like bubble memory rather than spinning disk, I guess it's like a chip?

Bubble memory WAS used in production, a great future claimed in 1970s, but never survived due to Static Ram + Lithium cell, then Flash and also miniature high capacity HDD and even MO 128M and larger drives killed it.

It could be a decade or never before we see this.

2
1

Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Not sure I get the point...

Free versions been around since about 1997, that's when I tried automatic image grab & upload to Internet (I was using ISDN at home).

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: f'n retarded names: Thread

Or maybe they don't want you to search for 3rd party info?

made up & unique names are also FAR easier to trademark. It's got to be deliberate.

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: Do we all need to feel like we're in a sci-fi movie?

No proper security / alarm system relies on wireless either, those are the consumer junk for people not wanting to run 4 core. Denial of service is trivial on a wireless alarm/lock/security. If it has an "RF interference / blocking alarm, then the criminal will set that off frequently ($50 handheld gadget) till it's disabled (Cry Wolf attack) then do DOS to break in.

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

IP addressing is increasingly accepted as the best way to build out an IoT global infrastructure

Only if you don't care about security or privacy. It's also a huge overhead in memory and CPU

I'd rather they all used zigbee or simpler (even an encrypted ASK/OOK 433MHz/385MHz or whatever depending on country) and then a single secure dongle connected at your router via ethernet. Hardly any of these companies have shown any competence in WiFi security, allowing miscreants to use the coffee maker to filch your WiFi password/security settings!

Also they should be 100% functional without

a) Providers' so called "cloud"

b) Optionally any internet at all.

3
0

Unicorn adopts rainbow as logo

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Well to be honest, it was dealing with photographs

"Just think about Apple which is a rainbow. (I believe it was in a circle, but I haven't seen it for years)"

The original was an apple with a bite out of it with six color stripes, no gradient. Inspired by Beatles "Apple Corp". They got sued several times by Beatles.

Original Apple Logo

Curiously the order is Green, Amber-Yellow, Orange, Red, Violet, Cyan!

A rainbow would be Red, Orange, Amber-Yellow, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Violet (with no steps, pure graduation of millions of hues in reality). There is no magenta in a rainbow, as those "colours" are mixes of red and blue parts of spectrum with no green part of spectrum. Because we have three overlapping sensors peaking in Red, Green and Blue, the "magenta" is a sort of optical illusion. With a prism it gives light at both ends of spectrum and gap in the middle.

[Apple also pinched iPhone name from Cisco and iPad name from Fujitsu and their clock's appearance from Swiss Railways. Ives minimalistic white styling is "homage" to the designs Dieter Rams did for Braun, nothing original]

9
1

Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

Mage
Silver badge

Re: symlink support for Linux subsystem

Existed in NT3.5x if not always in NT.

Mysteriously the user interface changed or something on later versions. Not new for Vista.

0
0

Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Mage
Silver badge
Black Helicopters

Re: Who knew ?

The stupidity is 3rd party domains with SCRIPTS and iframe being used for ads on a website. That's a potential malware vector, so I block all behaviour like that. I don't specifically set to block adverts.

Static images and text hosted by the website you are visiting might be less convenient to bust people's privacy or manage for the advertiser, but it's surely not going to get blocked!

I've no sympathy for the big players or small ones serving adverts, and slurping privacy, both using tech in an irresponsible way!

28
1

Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Other languages

C#, C, C++, PHP, Java, javascript, coldfusion, actionscript, ASP, SQL, php, ruby etc.

I totally agree actually that you need native speakers for localisation. The only thing Native Irish speakers of German, Chinese, French etc would be useful for is translation of foreign documents into English.

Due to USA dominance in software and Internet global companies, and the "English" nature of programming languages, the "foreign" person with English as a good second language is at an advantage over UK, Irish or English speaking Americans.

1
0
Mage
Silver badge
Alien

Languages

All the people I met in MS Dublin "localisation" were from rest of Europe. French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese people.

"Native" Irish are rubbish at languages, on average, there are brilliant people. Despite Irish in every primary and secondary school, less than 10% have any Irish fluency, likely outnumbered by Chinese speakers. Loads of Polish, but only by people from Poland!

Even for jobs only needing English in High Tech Dublin, there are loads of French, South Africans, Germans, Polish, Ukrainians etc. There are not enough local people with suitable qualifications. Also people from elsewhere don't realise how expensive Dublin is till they have the job and it's too late!

4
0

Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

Mage
Silver badge
Big Brother

Blocking ads OR blocking potential malware and preserving privacy?

I have never set out to block adverts.

Some sites I visit with ads (according to others) are ad free to me.

The issue is 3rd party hosted scripts and iframes on a site you are visiting. By default I have to white list any javascript. This is to protect privacy and security. I almost never whitelist 3rd party domains. Some 3rd parties may use unique per session URLS to track (thus ANY content can track you) or javascript. Not just cookies or a transparent GIF with unique name.

Each of those 3rd party servers also will know what page you are on and due to privacy fail in Browser design / HTTP what your previous page was?

Many websites are now a total mess of different sources.

Privacy and Security are my issues. "LEAN" does nothing for that.

Also "cookie" design is the wrong way round. You have to blacklist sites and delete cookies. Why the hell isn't it the other way round for privacy?

Any adverts that are static and hosted by the site I visit are 100% seen. I don't have an issue with that.

0
0

Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

Mage
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: Nah

More boring double glazing, building insulation and wearing sensible clothes rather than only a T-shirt and shorts saves more environment and money. Maybe sun blinds and heavy night time curtains too. A couple of zones via electric valves with simple mechanical/electrical thermostats and a time switch is all that's needed in most cases.

No-one needs Nest. Honeywell makes all the regular sensible stuff too.

7
2
Mage
Silver badge

Honeywell

Honeywell: Doing Industrial & Heating control since forever.

Nest: Hipster clueless startup bought by Google because it can be used to slurp more private data. Google might lose interest tomorrow and shutter it, or buy Honeywell. Which ever helps them make more money from adverts.

6
2

'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

Mage
Silver badge

re: Spartacus, the truth revealed

Is that supposed to do nothing?

0
2

'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Mage
Silver badge
Devil

Re: Really?

I only connect my Kindle & Kobo via USB, Only in emergency using WiFi / 3G and only if it's all backed up on two different computers via USB first.

I backup on 2 x standalone HDDs, and copies on laptop, workstation and my server, also private SFTP to my hosting.

I don't use any library/management program that doesn't work by importing a copy, and thereafter never touching the original file.

Netflix only doesn't delete DVDs, and Apple CDs because they are inaccessible.

I don't trust any of these "corporates". Cloud is only subscription hosting that someone else controls. The much vaunted "sync" on most services is liable to screw up your data, or metadata (such as categories etc) and often if you cancel, change account or delete account data anything you didn't buy is deleted and the "backup" cloud when you re-instate your account only has the stuff they sold your (if it has anything!).

12
0

ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Good tip

Fax not common, but paper still sold. Thermal POS is very common.

As is pointed out, this isn't a Sinclair printer.

2
0
Mage
Silver badge

I have a Mac at home that's a few years old

But what if it was the ROM based 68000 Mac?

Or the rather crazy tinted plastic box with CRT iMac?

6
1

Router hackers reach for the fork: LEDE splits from OpenWRT

Mage
Silver badge

I have no idea

Perhaps we will see how it works out?

I'd not automatically brand them as "petulant child types". I've using OpenWRT for over 10 years and the forums etc are not the most useful resource. It's been very quiet outside of OpenWRT. It does need to encompass a bit more than simply being a replacement for SW on a retail router. In place updating rather than create a "from scratch" install and the put back in all the old settings seems tricky.

2
0

FCC gives the nod to $17.7bn US cable mega-merger (no, not that one)

Mage
Silver badge

Re: smaller, financially weaker, but conveniently foreign Altice.

But they aren't an Irish foreign company.

Oh but they are Dutch!

1
0
Mage
Silver badge
Mushroom

European company controlling swathes of American cable infrastructure.

Ha!

They worry about the wrong things.

Besides what about MS, Oracle, Murdoch, Apple, Google, Facebook, CIA, NSA etc. The pain the pain!

2
0

Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

Mage
Silver badge

Re:If satellites had been designed from the start for in-orbit maintenance

Yes. They should be. The Robotic / remote repair needs craft designed for it. But it is a live project as the the rubbish collection.

However working in spacesuit is REALLY hard. A remote or robot could actually be very capable.

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

Engineers and Scientists

No, it's why we need good education and people doing science and maths at school.

The jury is out on space elevators.

Some sort of robotic repair spacecraft able to stay in a high orbit and be re-supplied from a craft docked at the ISS would be possible today.

While I like the romance of manned (or womaned) space exploration, till we figure Starships (if ever), robotic / remote ships and probes are better. We do need orbital repair bots and orbital "sweeper" bots. Still, amazing how cheap India did a Mars Mission.

[Even if the material issues of the cable of a space Elevator can be solved, the central platform has to be built in orbit. Then you have maintenance. The building of it needs a horrendous number of launches. Mars and the Moon are better candidates for a space Elevator as Kevlar could be used, but some other launch mechanism likely cheaper on Moon (see The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) and maybe on Mars too. A space elevator is a nice idea in a story. The reality is problematic ]

36
0

The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

Mage
Silver badge

Re: Another MEP lacking all common sense

DRM is evil and in theory can be contrary to Berne Convention on Copyright.

3
2
Mage
Silver badge
Devil

The real issue

It's not Google, Facebook, Youtube etc vs the creator or artist.

Julia Reda is fighting the wrong war. Most creative types are simply treated as employees. The Corporation gets the patents, design rights, copyright.

The USA Radio pays less to music than European as they only pay composer /lyric copyrights, not performance rights to the "band".

A book author only gets 5% to 10% royalty. Or nothing other than wage if a hired writer.

The "war" is between the new Corporates and traditional publishers (Disney, Hollywood, Marvel, DC, Big Six Book publishers, record labels etc). The extensions of copyrights mostly benefit traditional corporates, not authors, though they get something.

Google (Youtube) wants to give nothing.

Amazon at least in cutting out the Publishers, do want to give authors decent royalty, but they want to be the ONLY publisher (then how much will people get?). KDP select is evil.

Engineers and Programmers creating stuff should get same rights as fiction authors, painters, musicians and composers, who may get paid as well as a royalty.

We need better designed Berne Convention copyright, better enforced copyright, encompassing all creative works. Not longer, not secret TTIP, DCMA, not weakened to suit Advertising driven parasites like Google (YouTube), Facebook, Pinterest (maybe they are just a parasite).

Not to create publisher monopolies (Amazon owns IMDB, Goodreads, CreateSpace, Book depositary and more and aim is to completely control book publishing)

Nor sites persuading people to give away their rights such as Flickr, most people don't understand CC.

Wikipedia can't simply be walking over copyright either.

So at the minute Copyright benefits one group of companies (the ones that have directly exploited the creative workers) and are being fought by a newer group who don't want to give as musch, or anything to the real creators.

The anti-copyright lobby are hoodwinked by big corporates like Google. Let's figure how to compensate the real creators better.

14
2

IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

Mage
Silver badge

Cloud

"Cloud" is purely hype and marketing for rented hosting.

The fact that it's usually easy to sign up (waste your money?) is irrelevant.

I don't see a huge problem with IBM using the same tired market droid press release hype as everyone else.

8
0

Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

Mage
Silver badge

Threats?

At what point did the customer threaten the company?

29
0

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Mage
Silver badge

Re: ARM PC

Archimedes. possibly in 1985 with RISC OS (UNIX in 1987)

Apple has now got a tablet with stylus and keyboard running ARM.

They have growth in iTunes revenue.

How much money does Apple make from x86 Mac?

How much money do Mac OS users make on iTunes for Apple?

0
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: AMD? VIA?

"Couldn't Microsoft just hire them to create a low-powered x86 on par with the Atom?"

The Atom was never going to do it.

The problem is the x86 architecture. If you can do tricks to get an Atom running at decent speed at say 1W, then an ARM doing same job in a phone/tablet in an SoC will use 0.1W

The x86 can't compete with ARM in mobile period. If Intel can't do it, AMD certainly can't!

10
0
Mage
Silver badge

Re: Just remember... If IBM back in 1890

That would have been when they were called Hollerith and used punched cards, no CPU.

Yes, 1980. But the PC was a rush job out of a catalogue. IBM themselves had better CPUs. It wasn't meant to be a success and set an industry standard. That's why they didn't even bother with an OS, just let MS supply the one that MS just bought reverse engineered from CP/M 86, which was easy to port from CPM as the 8088/8086 was so similar to 8080/8085/Z80 that Intel's machine code translator worked well (after all you still only had 64K RAM at a time, even some 8085/Z80 systems had more than 64K then via external paging). It was pretty much same architecture and instructions, just added segment register and memory management instructions. Writing for PC DOS was pretty identical to CP/M on 8 bit. Even a lot of the system calls / Software interupts etc are indentical, hence almost instant Wordstar and Supercalc.

6
0
Mage
Silver badge

Continuum today is dead.

Unless MS ports EVERYTHING to ARM.

But that doesn't fix Sage Accounts and all the other legacy stuff, too much of which now runs badly on Win 10.

They sacrificed Windows Desktop for a market that they can't get into. They can hardly even sell ARM based Windows phones!

The entire Zune derived Modern UI strategy was stupid and now is dead.

If I had all the Android apps to do what I want, I can actually plug in a keyboard, mouse and HD HDMI screen to my ancient Z1 Sony phone.

But actually I have a laptop with XP no longer on Internet for legacy stuff and 2 off 1600 x 1200 screens on a high power Linux workstation for most work. Some of the Windows stuff works on WINE. Linux Mint + Mate has many native versions of applications I was using on Windows. Android is too lacking in Privacy (as is Win 10) and the applications, like MS Modern UI are mostly too lightweight and widgety.

No way Intel has any traction on IoT.

18
5

Argos defection to Tech Data whips Ingram Micro's bottom... line

Mage
Silver badge

Argos?

Their parent has just sold Homebase, so aren't Sainsbury or someone buying them.

Argos owner was formerly Great Universal Stores, 1920s to 1980s Catalogue seller. Maybe earlier for all I know.

0
0

Devs claim charger uses 'photosynthesis' power battery charger

Mage
Silver badge
Boffin

Still nonsense

Photosynthesis is like a solar panel. It's not feasible to get this sort of power from sunlight via bacteria in this area of plant pot.

This sounds more like a battery. How long does it last before it wears out?

1
0

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

Mage
Silver badge

I dunno

makes as much sense as the BBC generally does.

2
0

Forums