* Posts by Chris Evans

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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Re: Those...

The full quote is better: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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EPO president caught threatening independent appeal board

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Why can't they just fire him?

Surely someone has the power to fire him. A good article would explain what is necessary to dismiss him or if it isn't possible report why not. I've read umpteen ElReg article about Battistelli but can't recall any mention. It reminds of Katrina Percy, chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust who refuses to resign despite a number of damming reports. The fact that both of them are refusing to go confirms they need to go.

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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IRONY

'...pushed earthward for an ironic fiery disposal'

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Weeping shareholders!

If I was a Microsoft shareholders I'd have my head in my hands weeping!

I read an article a while back that explained big companies like Microsoft think they have to always continue to get bigger so when their main market becomes mature and stops growing they try and expand by buying up comparatively new companies. This almost never works. They can't get their head around managing a shrinking business and squander the cash they have that should be returned to shareholders. I suspect Apple will fall into this trap in a few years time.

Now if I was LinkedIn shareholder I'd have a big grin, though as I never thought anyone would be so stupid as to pay $26Bn for it I'm not a shareholder!

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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Smaller network plug than RJ45 please!

"Wireless is nifty, but wired is and always will be better. As for connector types, there will be plenty of upgrades to come. I just hope they're not smaller"

Well I wish there was a smaller wired network connector than RJ45 particularly in height! Much of the connector is only mechanical.

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TeamViewer beefs up account security after rash of PC, Mac hijacks

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Build in better security

One of the problems is the use by "We are phoning from Microsoft and we have noticed a problem with your computer scammers" This is not my field but surely there could make it more difficult for the scammers. e.g. have the IP address of any remote access to be logged by TeamViewer with a block on using anonymising etc. Also a simple warning "Warning if you are using this as result of an unsolicited call it probably is a scam" that users need to answer with at least three key presses YES to.... I'm sure better brains than mine could improve things a lot.

Last time "Microsoft Support" got me to install TeamViewer I managed to keep them on the phone for over half an hour before they twigged I was on to their scam.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: Probably cheaper

"write-offs for tax purposes" I suspect most of the cost in buying Nokia would have been 'Goodwill' not IPR of fixed assets. In the UK writing off goodwill does not save any tax. I expect the US is the same.

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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Rearranging the deck chairs!

I do wish them well but it sounds like a classic case of rearranging the deck chairs whilst the ship is sinking!

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Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

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Not a problem!

It would only be a problem if it hindered Raspbian and the other OSs etc. I can't see it doing that.

I've no use for it myself.

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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

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Re: Couldn't call in an emergency?

There's also pedestrians, people who live or work on the route, some alarm systems, some IoT etc. that would be effected!

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Predicting Problems. Convex?

Having a safeguard mirror that was slight convex in one or both axis would distribute the light over an even larger area.

But the main problem would be the necessary area that would need safeguarding, it would include a lot of the tower structure as cables will be running all the way down the tower. This would significantly increase the weight and the wind resistance requiring a stronger tower. Sensitive parts near the designed 'light collection' point should though be protected.

There could also be a system that checks the main collector is getting the light level expected and set off an alarm if not, Also it could unfocus the beam if not corrected within an appropriate time scale.

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Violin makes friends in APAC

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Daisey-wheel?

I must be missing something. What has a photo of a Daisey wheel got to do with the story?

I've tried thinking laterally, backwards and upside down!

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

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A little and late!

An extra 25% capacity in one band is probably only about 10% overall and 'In a few years' time.

Data growth will far outstrip this increase:-(

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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

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Naff table

They have a column for TBs, GBs & MBa as well as Seconds, Minutes and Hours!

Why?

One column for capacity and one time is all we need or don't they think we know 1TB is 1000GB?

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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

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Circular economy!

'clean clothes as a service' is part of the "Circular economy" idea.

The more I read about it the more I believe it is the only way mankind will survive into the next century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy

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Barclays.net Bank Holiday outage leaves firms unable to process payments

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Apology fail!

"and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

should be

"and we would like to apologise for THE inconvenience caused.”

'Any' plays the problem down. It is best not look like you're wheedling out of it.

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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Re: alter

The key thing is WHO can authorize the alteration. If it is the owner of the vehicle then that seems to be to be the correct situation and no problem.

Rather like the UK act that covers misuse of computers!

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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Re: Lollipop?

"Marshmallow was released 6 months ago." Yes but it is only available on top of the range phones.

I went phone shopping for my wife earlier this month and IIRC the cheapest phone to buy unlocked with Marshmallow was over £250.

The shop assistant did say that Marshmallow would probably eventually appear for the Motorola Moto G she bought!

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Irish researchers sweep smartphones clear of super bugs

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Re: A la les chickens

"won't this just lead to yet more highly-resistant bacteriological strains evolving?"

Not necessarily. Bacteria will always try and adapt to survive but they don't always do so. I'm thinking of Silver, its antibacterial properties don't seem to have diminished over hundreds of years!

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Sounds very promising!

I just hope they don't find a gotcha to stop commercial implementation.

I wonder what other usages there are apart from phones and tablets!

Pity no time scales for practical usage were given.

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Each to their own!

and something to tell the grandchildren but I do wonder if any Pastafarians don't have their tongue firmly in their cheek!

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Re: Still does not compete on price

Intel aren't wanting to ship lots of development boards but the chip. So it is the 100,000+ chip cost that is the important thing.

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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And who is RWM?

Confusing.

I'm guessing someone at mccrewsecurity.com.

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Google-funded study concludes: Make DMCA even more Google-friendly

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OSP = Online service provider

Not my area but I'm presuming OSP = Online service provider?

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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UK price.

$35,000 sounds not to bad in the UK except whilst $35,000 = £24,500 Tesla [1] want £48,500 + £10,500 VAT. It doesn't cost £24,000 to ship!

[1]https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/models/design

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Who's paying the piper?

No LED street lights around here but almost all the pedestrian crossing now use them for the lights the cars see, the green/red cross now/don't cross and the button LED the pedestrians press, they are all very bright in particular the red LED in the button the pedestrians press I find quite a glaring distraction as a motorist or cyclist.

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

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Why the explicit exception?

I would have thought that they'd have a catch all "All products should comply with the appropriate standards", there going to have a very long list otherwise and if something isn't on the list enforcing a catch all becomes more difficult.

I recall one site (I think it might be Amazon) that says you can't list anything illegal! Which seems a very stupid condition to me, it's as if their T's&C's override the law

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: Refunds hide fundamentally insecure system

Certainties in life: Death, Taxes and Theft inc. card fraud

"Dealing with cash is a definite, rather high, cost."

Probably less than fraud or can you cite otherwise?

"Also, doesn't the merchant pay a small cut of each transaction? Cash doesn't provide that."

Credit/debit card Merchant service companies charge me between 2.5 and 4% so not such a small cut!

For cash, businesses do get charged a handling fee by the banks. My bank charges 0.5% to pay in bank notes, coins are a lot more. Not sure about withdrawals.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Designed by committee?

It seems to have been designed by committee which I suspect is one of the reasons it was delayed so long.

I do wish the project well but with the Pi Zero now available I think they missed the boat.

Also items that are given away are not valued and often discarded quickly. Thomas Paine: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:"

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Re: Old photo caption

Yes definitely an Acorn Atom.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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USB not SATA

"interested to see the SATA interface"

Whilst the info on the WD website is very sparse and the photos very small, you can just make out the USB 3 socket on the motherboard and the corresponding plug on the cable kit.

From the WD site:

"Native USB 7mm HDD – slim drive"

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Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

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Is that a quote? Sounds like from the film Airplane but google doesn't confirm.

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Wee little ARM Cortex-A32 core design tugs at engineers' sleeves, wants IoT love too

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Re: Desktop

My RapidO Ig (Cortex-A15) has 4GB!

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Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

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Search scores of own websites

I give:

Wikipedia 6/10

ebay 9/10

HP 3/10

Amazon 1/10

On Amazon unless it is music or a book their search is abysmal. Searching for computer bits is dire.

I managed to phone them up to ask what syntax/operators can be used for searching and not even a supervisor knew that you can omit red items with -red

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Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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Re: Because data protection

Yes they need to provide a way that the customer can phone them back (on a publicly published number). Unfortunately last time I asked a caller from my companies bank what department I needed to ask for, they said the call centre couldn't put me through to his particular department. IIRC it sounded like it would have been to our advantage.

I should have done I'll tell you one of my data points if you'll tell me one then another from each side and so on.

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

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Another Dept.?

I suspect in some(many?) companies the department in charge of the building control won't be the IT department!

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Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

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Far east, Korea, Singapore etc!

Now if NetFlix operated in the far east I think the results would be quite different!

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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No mention that the original design files were found and are visualised on the web!

I'm surprised there was no mention of: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/28/arm1_visualized/

"In the case of the ARM1, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Brit chip architects ARM, the team have managed to lay their hands on the original designs of the 32-bit RISC processor core, and visualized it for the web" http://visual6502.org/sim/varm/armgl.html

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Xombrero browser replacement

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NetSurf?

NetSurf http://www.netsurf-browser.org/ it's small, open source and actively being developed!

Otter https://otter-browser.org/ not so small but also open source and actively being developed!

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Dabbs's Law

I thought every one knew:

The likely hood of a printer successfully completing a print job is in inverse proportion to the urgency f the job.!

i.e. "Sod's Law" on steroids!

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Vital info missing!

How much cash are they sitting on and the big topical one: How much TAX did they pay?

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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Re: RJ45 Sockets are BIG

I know that some RJ45 sockets have integrated magnetics like on the Raspberry Pi, on most PCB's I've seen with an RJ45 separate magnetics can clearly be seen on the PCB next to the socket.

Smaller possible? Nearly all the volume in a plug and socket are plastic with electronic purpose.

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Re: Why the Dickie Davies would I pay $100 more for Win10?

"I can get a legit Win8 license for half that and upgrade free. What gives?"

Please do tell me where from?

I need one and Ingram want over £90+VAT

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RJ45 Sockets are BIG

"Lack of ethernet is a huge oversight IMHO"

One big problem all these small devices have is that an RJ45socket is very large in comparison and often requires an increase in the devices thickness so massively increasing the volume.

Intel have muscle to create a new smaller ethernet connector standard. I do hope they do.

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Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

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ARM-compatible... missleading

ARM-compatible suggests either all their own design or that they have an 'ARM architectural licence' (like Apple). Later in the article it mentions "seem to be dual or quad-core Cortex-A15" if that is true it is not ARM-compatible it IS an ARM core!

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Furious Easyspace customers moan about 'random' site outages

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"...Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

If I was a customer of theirs that would annoy me

It should be: "Apologies for THE inconvenience caused."

Trying to down play the effects normally backfires.

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Re: Where is their product??

I quick look says that their business model is 'design and development' leaving manufacturing to licensees. Not that different from ARM!

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Up and down like the proverbial...

bbc.co.uk

Down for me from 1.45 to 2.08

Now Up at 2.10

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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You can have...

24/7

24/7/52

24/365

and even 24/7/4.33/12

but 24/7/365 makes no sense

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