* Posts by John Robson

856 posts • joined 19 May 2008

Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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The failure mode can be "slow down amd work out what to do" rather then "Oh, I didn't bother looking"

That's a big plus right there...

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El Reg posse prepares for quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: Bargains galore!

Doesn't quite follow the spirit of the challenge though does it.

Only a few people can do that - and in the places where £5 would be considered luxury - they don't have supermarkets literally throwing food away...

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Have you heard the one about Goldilocks and the Micron hardwares?

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I want my slow, soft wearing flash...

I want a BIG, slow SSD and am willing to take poor rewrite lifetime (assuming reads aren't limited) for it.

Warm archiving in datacentres, and at home would be so much nicer - I have alot of DVDs archived to disk, but that's alot of spinning rust - when a big, slow SSD would do well...

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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Re: Aw, come on guys...

The science is easy, it's the engineering that's tough.

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Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

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Direct wire to screen etc.

Now - who has the psion 5 patents again?

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Nuclear = Red?

And here is me thinking that a data centre is likely to have a fairly predictable load, probably verging on absolutely static, since the compute resources are being used as nuch as possible.

Even when service usage drops in the middle of the night (erm, when is that on earth?) background tasks can be used to keep the utilization high....

Isn't that virtually a shoe in for a nuke power source?

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Local DLNA?

Ethernet?

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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Oil?

OPEC?

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Apple to switch HUMAN iPhone-juicer-fiddlers with ROBOTS – report

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Re: The magic word here is

Or of course a whole month's worth which blow up after some (short) period due to a small failure copied to all of them...

Consistency is nothing without quality

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Gmail data-mining lawsuits fail to get class action status

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3 class actions...

Surely there are three class action suits here then...

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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What was wrong with barrel connectors? robust and "any way round" meant just that...

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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how many

interactions have they seen/year - against how many neutrinos?

obligatory http://whatif.xkcd.com/73/

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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Hence the feature phone with 3G and Bluetooth.

I'd not call the Nokia C3-01 smart - but it provides me with my data connection (which costs ~£5pcm)

OK, not for alot of data, but I've only exceeded 50MB in a month once, and my package is more than that...

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Why 4" screen. get a dumb phone, e-ink on that.

3G radio and BT for tethering.

Then the phone does it's bit well, and your tablet/pc can do the bit that it does well...

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Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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Re: I don't get it

Doing it through legislation is the correct process.

Why is that double standards - one requires some discussion and/or work on the part of the government.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Just got myself a Nokia C3-01

(Second hand from my M-in-Law) Why?

Because it has a battery that will last for a decent time (nearly 24 hours now and it's still reporting 4 bars of 4).

It does HDPA (3.5g) data connectivity, and when I paired with my Nexus7 the tablet has a "use this device for internet access" checkbox - it just worked.

So I now have a phone that sounds good as a phone (as in everyone I've spoken to on the phone has said it sounds better before they knew I'd changed the phone), and provides me with a data connection for my actual smart device.

What issues do I now face?

- SMS sync to Gmail - I've found that useful over the past 3-4 years

- Data usage counter - I'd like to find a decent counter to ensure I don't blat my allowance

(I should note that I have WiFi practically everywhere, so my data allowance is small - but easily adequate for my modest needs)

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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I just want a shim...

That I can configure to return an empty contacts list, a random location etc. etc. to apps unless I've whitelisted their use of said data.

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

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Re: My usual comment...

And why is nuclear only suitable for baseloads?

Is it because you only think in terms of first generation BWR? LFTRs have no problem with adjusting their production - they don't suffer from Xenon poisoning (which is why BWR reactors *are* baseload generators)

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

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And for those of us who don't see junk mail (either because the dog eats it or someone else recycles it, or because the whole lot is instantly recycled) and haven't visited a GP in a couple of months....

Stupid process - should be a simple question at your next appt. (or next routine hospital visit if that's sooner)

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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Re: Wake Me Up

If there was one in a shop in town then I'd pay to use it, but there is no way I can justify the outlay.

Maybe it's a business opportunity I'm missing, or maybe mail order has it all sewn up. When amazon are doing drone deliveries then they should invest in some...

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Data caps be damned, AT&T says providers can pay for mobile broadband

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sideloaded adverts of course....

cost extra

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

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Non lego...

Quite a few non lego parts in there.

Pretty cool idea though...

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Provide an ad server on boqrd, a second app which caches ads...

I'll let *that* use the net...

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Through-wall tracking of humans using Wi-Fi: Now more accurate, low power

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Am I the only person thinking....

Disaster zones, avalanch le recovery etc..

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Amazon won't break into sweat about Google's cloud. Yet

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What's an object?

I measure storage in bytes, or maybe floppy discs...

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ICANN posts guidelines to avoid gTLD mix-ups

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What's the point of the TLD

To identify an organisation type? Commercial, non profit, network...

To identify the country of operation (even if not tax operation)?

SLDs then perform country based versions of the above.

WTF does *.google. provide? An incomplete looking URL... in the current world of search first, find URL later if at all, I can't recall the last time I tapped in a whole URL to a web browser (actually I can, I was configuring a new remote access system, typed it once, bookmarked it) so it breaks recognition and saves 4 characters of typing in extremely rare cases.

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World's first selfie found on Wayback Machine

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Dr Who

Is surely a better tool to use in this discussion...

Or even any of the many great artists who have reused canvases...

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CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Dell's Android PC on a stick to ship with Santa

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Power

Just how much power can an HDMI port provide?

Multiple USB ports, WiFi, SD and the CPU/GPU...

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

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Plenty of

'out of copyright' content available to scan....

And more arriving each year as well...

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Miss Teen US 'sextortion' hacker pleads guilty

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Re: No Off Switches?

Not any more - early ones used to have a physical shutter, and a big bright green LED when it was in operation.

I note that the RPi camera module can have that led disabled (by software), which is good for a security camera, but bad in terms of covertly placed "security" cameras.

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Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

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Why not submit

Another heavily redacted document with the opposite conclusion at the bottom. Heck you don't even have to write it...

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Couple of frames a second, looping...

And I'll have one for cycling. Proper 'all round' viewing, including indication by the rider...

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Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

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SETI@Home

But buying the low cost' cycles from Amazon.

Quite impressive, and almost certainly more cost effective than a screensaver...

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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Bvckup

Bvckup is dead simple, and is being well developed atm.

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LOHAN's mighty thruster poised for hot coupling

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Back up a bit...

If the loss of thermistor data results in the power being cut off is there any reason you can't burn through the wire(s) with the rocket now?

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Funds flung at 9-inch fan-built Raspberry Pi monitor

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I'll wait...

For the e-ink DSI version.

But then I'll be paying good money...

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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BetaMax comparison hardly fair...

Find me another optical drive that can read bluray, but can't read DVD/CD

The software to play them is hardly expensive/complex...

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Do dishwashers really blunt knives

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Cheap knives

And replace them just before Christmas each year (when you often have extra people around anyway, to use the extra knives you have for a month).

At £1 for a knife that will hold an edge for a year (dishwashed as normal, sharpened as required) an "expensive" knife is probably going to have to outlast me to be an economic decision - and that is ignoring any time I take looking after it "properly".

Nice knives are nice, no doubt, but with the effort some people are going to above?!!

For a chef, then yes - buy decent knives.

For a home kitchen - go for ease and replace the cheap knives just before Christmas.

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Nokia wins UK patent spat: Quick, let's boot HTC One out of Blighty

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Seems a pretty clear argument

If Qualcomm can't sell in the UK then neither can their customers (without otherwise licensing said technologies)

Also looks (extremely superficially) like an actual patent.

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The Raspberry Pi: Is it REALLY the saviour of British computing?

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Absolutely

And that's where the "community" was meant to magically step in.

There are some pi magazines, although I've not read any of them so can't comment on their content cf+ the BBC Micro fest of our youths...

We need to get out there and write educational programmes - or are all the "people skilled" programmers of the appropriate age bringing up families now?

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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HTC

Put a 'chin' on their early handsets (hero etc) ehich brought the mic round a touch and kept the screen off the table to stop it getting scratched...

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: Just a feather in the wind

I'm surprised it isn't a legislative requirement to send alerts at 80% and 100% of your allowances

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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Re: Storage indeed

No SD card in the nexus, but at least you can use a USB stick, or 20, or a USB microSD card reader if you like...

OK, they're not internal - but it works rather well - you can even plug in a TB or two of HDD without issue (will probably require power from either the desk or car...

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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

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Re: Isn't one of bright ideas around electric cars was to be able to forklift out batteries?

One of the ways to do it - but this tech sounds like quick charging is a good option.

Due to increased "spread" of the battery it won't have the same problems dissipating any "charging heat", and so should be inherently safer than a monolithic battery.

Of course there is an issue with the aging of cells, but that is a discussion for another day - maybe they'll make doors reasonably easy to change...

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Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

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I want "fake data" options - per app, per permission.

At the OS level.

You want to know where I am - Fine, I am always at the north pole, or halfway across the atlantic.

You want to know my contacts - Fine, this is my wife's number (see dashcam above) or "I know noone"

You want internet access - Just no - mabye WiFi only, maybe specific IP?

Frankly I'd really like to see an "ad server" on the device, so IT can go and get "relevant" ads for me, and then server them locally, so I don't need an internet connection to open daft games...

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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Ebay price fluctuations...

Are often due to stock limitations. Changing the price on a BIN doesn't actually lose the sales history - when they get back in stock they'll drop the price again.

Stopping the auction however - lose the history, lose future sales...

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Re: Code does not rot

Don't you tell the PC what your monitor's dpi is? Then everything gets scaled properly...

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Forget Wi-Fi, boffins get 150Mbps Li-Fi connection from a lightbulb

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Headlights?

Taillights much more useful.. information about required braking could proceed back along the traffic queue virtually instantly, and therefore prevent all manner of accidents.

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Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

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Re: Self-driving cars are never going to take off

"The nice thing about human-driven cars of course, is that there's a fleshy meat sack behind the wheel who assumes (nearly) all legal responsibility for its use."

Really?

Our judicial system doesn't agree with you:

http://beyondthekerb.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/what-the-law-told-us-this-week-no-4/

It’s not your fault. It may be your vehicle, it may be the weather, but it’s not you that’s ultimately in control of your vehicle. Nor, thus, are you responsible for it destroying the lives of others either within or without it.

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Listen, Google and Amazon: Soon we may not even use tape for COLD STORAGE

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And I thought...

That the zuckerburgs etc were looking at "poor quality" flash as a solution to this issue.

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