* Posts by Mage

4878 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

EU eyes flaw in Google’s cash machine

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Advertising...

important to Google that EVERY service they offer, "free" or not, feeds into it.

I have sense of deja vu about this.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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Big Brother

Well, this is good.

Finally the USA realises the people outside the borders are not aliens, but foreigners, humans, with their own Governments and laws, even when the USA doesn't like them.

It's not like the USA is at war with Austria, Sweden, Ireland or Switzerland, all I think neutral countries in different ways.

Theresa May & Amber Rudd can make their own arrangements with CIA and FBI in a couple of years time.

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Congrats, Linux users – you're finally officially alpha males... on Skype

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Re: Pidgin QQ

I don't thnk it has supported QQ for ages, QQ changed API

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2nd bad thing

Careful what you wish for on Linux. Windows Skype got so bad and such a resource hog I went to QQ. Sadly on Linux that only has a Chinese version I can't get working.

So what is cross platform, doesn't need a browser (or a server that might be spying on you), can do text, files, voice, video in any combination?

I don't want it based on desktop sharing etc like Teamview.

Going backwards

Skype used to be good (though a supernode was bad for unwary with fast good connection bu low cap), then eBay bought it. First bad thing.

Second bad Thing

It's gone downhill since MS bought it.

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Much more Moore's Law: Wonder-stuff graphene transistor trickery

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Re: Very thin?

Thinner conventional connections means higher resistance and more losses turned into heat, or indeed too slow or too much voltage drop (noise margin).

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Re: Except... 40 MB hard disks?

First desktop 1980s had 5M Byte full height drives. They didn't have intel CPUs very often (8085)., 6502, 6809, Z80 etc.

I have a 10M MFM drive on an 8088 in the attic.

By 1991 the 20M was common and you had to use evil disk compression to get the 40M you needed for Windows.

The Actual IBM PC had one or two 180K SS or 360K SD SD 5.25" Floppies. Though Apple II had only 100K floppies. Some non-IBM computers had much higher capacity floppies (8" or 5.25") and hard drives. The XT was first IBM PC with an official hard drive (and was 10Mbyte).

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Re: Except...

Mass production?

Translation of research time scales

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Very thin?

However the issue isn't reducing the thickness of devices, but the area that is required on the chip.

I maybe scanned the article too quickly, but what area is the entire device compared to current ones?

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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Re: Random access filing?

The Kobo Aura HD H2O and other devices use a standard micro SD card inside for the OS.

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Re: Capacities: 256 MEGABYTE compact flash

I have 2M CF card and I remember early RAM + lithium battery 256K cards.

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Adaptors?

ZIF PATA cable + controller for Aspire One?

or CF card format holder?

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FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

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Blueprints?

I last saw those in the mid 80s. Then we changed to photocopies and CAD + plotter.

Must be old satellites?

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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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Re: Hang on a second

"Wasn't there a kids toy robot thingy which "reacted" to audio codes in the (cunningly linked) TV cartoon ?"

It's called a smartphone.

They can embed signals within the passband of digital audio on TV that are too high frequency for most adults to hear.

Some Apps have the code to call the "mothership" so they know what you are watching. MUCH easier than voice recognition. Possibly Facebook App, it uses the microphone?

WiFi Barbie is a little scarier on the level of "Teddy always knows best" or whatever the Harry Harrison story was.

Phones (and some car radios) USED to have local voice recognition. Now it seems (on Android, Amazon Echo, Windows Phone and iOS) to be so called "cloud based". I have data mode on Mobile always disabled (to save money and for privacy) and wifi off by default (to save battery)

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SETI mulls reboot: Believing the strangest things, loving the alien

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Alien

Radio is daft.

Picking up radio is limited to a few light years range due to cosmic noise and inverse square law unless someone has massive dishes pointing straight at us. Even then the range isn't great. It's doubtful our own ordinary transmissions can even be received at the nearest star.

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three basic questions:

1 How abundant and diverse is intelligent life in the universe?

2 How does intelligent life communicate?

3 How can we detect intelligent life?

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1) We can't answer the first question at all.

2) No communications method we know is practical for interstellar distances, so forget this question, it's irrelevant. We aren't going to "eavesdrop". The inverse square law and Shannon's law mean that's probably impossible.

3) The only current practical method for Interstellar distances is spectroscopy. You are using the power of a star as the remote transmitter and detecting the adsorption in the atmosphere of a planet transiting between us and the star. Not all planets will transit between us and stars.

Unless we discover a whole new branch of physics we are limited to spectroscopy. We need to have no preconceived ideas and examine each spectrograph. Oxygen and carbon Dioxide has a signature. If there are additional chemicals that seem to be in unnatural proportions, we might conclude we have found possible evidence.

How do we communicate if we thing we have found life? Radio or Laser won't work, too far even if they were "looking" in our direction. We can send a probe that takes hundreds or thousands of years to get there.

We can't know if we discover unknown stuff in the future that allows "ansibles", stargates, warp drive, artificial wormholes or "jump" drive. Those are all SF today. Contrary to popular belief, Quantum Entanglement can't be used for instant communications but only to verify a light speed message hasn't been tampered with.

So Spectroscopy.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: Other fads - Deap Learning

Sound to me that "Deep Learning" in Google's Go machine is mostly human curated database.

Google are database experts that sell adverts, I'd be sceptical of any AI claims by Facebook or Google, given their "truth" record and their business models.

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Other fads

Also computer "Neural Networks" may be totally unrelated to how real brains work. AI learning is unrelated to how biological creatures work.

We still don't really know what intelligence is.

Most AI (all?) is merely simulation of real world activities in a very narrow domain. Let me know when your Go playing computer can learn poker or playing an instrument just by natural learning, no sneaking round the back and adding more libraries.

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OpenCellular: Facebook tests its open templates on base stations

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Yuck

So what advantage has this over existing cheap products that Facebook hasn't left yucky paw prints on?

There are loads of PROPER tech / RF companies doing this stuff. Why do we need a parasitical advertising privacy sucking social media website doing this?

Why are they doing it?

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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

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TEM?

maybe high speed stepping of position or multiple beam X-ray or Electrons or UV lasers?

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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it's a waste of time

Rubbish.

One of the great values of Linux is an x86 32bit version for embedded x86 and older hardware. Why should I replace perfectly working HW at huge expense for crappy modern stuff that has no parallel or serial or PS/2 ports etc. Or no PCMCIA/Cardbus slot.

This is about 10 to 20 years too soon.

Third party issues?

"This includes things like Google Chrome, Docker"

Not interest in those ANYWAY, especially on the 32 bit legacy HW and applications.

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London Stock Exchange's German mega-merger: It's a go, despite Brexit

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Re: london is still the financial centre of the world

Till Article 50 ...

You can't put the clock back to 1973 by leaving EU. It's not 1947 either.

In the long term, if Brexit comes to pass (seems hard to avoid it now), the UK's International parasites will move out, the Import and re-export to Ireland and other traditional UK markets with no added value will end. The illusion of UK being 5th or 6th largest economy will be exposed (it's a little like Ireland being the largest banana exporter in the world, which they were or are despite growing none). Scotland will leave UK and N.I. will riot as it goes to 20%+ unemployment and bankruptcy due to a tighter border than ever existed after 1922, no CTA or shared currency as there was 1922 - 1979.

The papers and Politicians are still full of unrealistic optimism that can only be realised by cancelling "Brexit"

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Re: Distance matters...

Dublin & Frankfurt.

Or even Galway or Cork and Frankfurt. New cable at Mayo and T connection to Cork, on transatlantic fibres.

What with all the other Internationals that will exit UK to EU (Vodafone, HSBC and many others already muttering about moving), Sterling may become unimportant. It's hard to see how UK can avoid invoking Article 50 before the end of the year. I wish it wasn't, but wishful thinking won't avoid it. That's how the mess was created.

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Verisign keeps its dot-com cash cow until 2024

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Re: Greed

Yes, look at price of .ie if you want to see greed!

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Can Ireland's grid green satisfy Facebook and Apple?

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irrelevant since the datacenter is an expense?

Really?

So how come most of Amazon's profit is from them?

Why build them to sell cloud services?

Yes, they have a running cost, but that just reduces the lots of profit they earn.

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Re: Is Ireland's grid connected to any other countries?

Except it doesn't much help, except to import nuclear generated Electricity to Ireland!

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Re: Is Ireland's grid connected to any other countries?

Wind.

It tends to stop all over Western Europe at the same time for a week or two at a time, often in winter.

Europe isn't like the USA.

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Re: It's worse than that

peat generation is so inefficient as to be negligible. It's an employment scheme and was supposed to be phased out.

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Fantasy

Facebook, Apple etc can only use "renewable" source electricity by taking it from existing users, there is basically no ability to add much more. Even what does exist in Ireland can vanish for weeks at a time.

Most Irish Electricity has to be made by imported fossil fuels or imported.

The real reason for Ireland is likelihood of weak implementation of EU regulations, followed by Irish corporation tax, followed by the new transatlantic cables (Mayo and T junction off Cork).

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Windows 10 has its benefits

Really?

Only for Microsoft!

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

Forget the password?

Maybe after 98 days of not using it most people would forget.

I have two main passwords to remember, the rest are in a manager or written down. I'd likely forget them a lot quicker than 3 months if I wasn't using both every day.

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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Dimensions

It's not parallel or alternate.

UK is now in an Orthogonal Dimension.

It's the only explanation for the disconnect from reality.

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Microsoft names Cindy Rose as first first lady of UK ops

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Vodafone HQ leaving UK

How will "Brexit" affect importance of MS UK, won't it report to Ireland, and just be for some local England & Wales stuff?

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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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