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Internet of Stuff my Pockets: Investors plough 1 BEELLION dollars into IoT

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WTF?

Why?

Title says it all.

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SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans

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Re: ... a mammoth 2,000 olfactory receptor genes, ..."

"Another policy. Helper elephants for old people. They've got to have extra-wide doorways because of wheelchair access, so the elephants will fit in your kitchen, they can pass you the stuff you need with their trunk. And help with other household tasks. They'd be great at bath-time."

You need to spend more time with some real old people.

That sense of smell will make the elephants head explode quick quickly.

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Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

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Software written more carelessly? More buggy libraries inhereting faults? More reporting?

Is the bug count really rising or is it simply that more software is being (in the widest sense of the word) "written"?

Just to be clear the #1 fail is buffer overflow at about 25% of all bugs and about the same of critical bugs.

IOW teaching people only how to do this part of their job properly would eliminate 1/4 of all web vulnerabilities.

And that's been the case for the last quarter century.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Never thought paracetamol was *any* good for it

I always associated it with Lemsip as "Something for a tickly cough."

IE B**ger all use for back pain.

A Codeine Paracetamol mix is meant to be pretty good if you don't mind potential constipation (even at low doses).

That said I found a little gentle stretching and staying mobile cleared up my back pain within a few days.

But I fully admit I was damm lucky.

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World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

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The Solar Challeng has come a *long* way since it started

And so have the cars.

Which was the point.

Thumbs up for this

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: RE. Re. 240V 60Hz...

"I did have a few ideas, seems that the big problem was the tendency for voltage fade as power increases due to self heating of the ceramic, and eventually the heat causes the ceramic to fracture."

Oh I know this one. It's from a Frank Herbert short story called "Committee of the whole."

You cross connect a Peltier cooler so the more current it draws the more the Peliter module cools it.

I was never really comfortable with the whole Dune thing. A bit too epic, but his short stories (and the Dragon in the Sea) were fascinating.

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Re: 240v 60Hz...

"That's a funny spec... I don't think that's standard for anyone.

Most of the world uses 220-230v, and IIRC, 50Hz is more common than 60Hz.

The USA being the big 60Hz fan, although I'd have thought they'd be terrified of the idea of the 240 volts."

I think the Americans have some weird thing they do when they want to wire up a cooker or other high usage device to the mains. It's some cross wiring between 2 phases at that junction box. Seemed a bit of a kludge to me but apparently it's what they use when they don't want full 3ph but do want high power.

Like maybe a small server farm?

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Actually it's the *combination* of factors that's challenging

You've got X Kw (I can't find the FAQ so I've not seen an actual number) Volume and temperature.

And of course the cost

Big items (and big ticket items) have been things like transformers, smoothing capacitors and switching transistors.

Do you need a transformer? Possibly not. Capacitor tech has gotten a lot better (electrolytics are no longer the only choice here) and there are those wide band gap semiconductors.

Personally I'm not convinced the performance improvement they can deliver is worth the cost over a good Silicon power transistor.

The big joker is that temperature limit without liquid cooling. Does that mean no heat pipes to spread the heat? Clever heat sink designs to generate turbulent flow? Hanging curtains of pyrolytic carbon fiber (150W longways)? Forced air? PZ fans?

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Who should do security clearance checks? Did you say 'chat-bot'? This military slinger hopes so

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So chatbots wired to lie dectectors make more effective HR droids.

Oh dear

This looks like a very bad day for HR droids.

I must get out my thumb violin and play a concerto.

Thumbs down (Roman Emperor style) for HR.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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""There is actually an extensive, ongoing, developed monitoring of a specific known threat. Why else would ALL parties agree to this rushed legislation."

Yes, it's called The Public."

Correct.

That's the only "enemy" these people ever need.

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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

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Didn't know about the relative time frames of pulse and survival of the light guide

But this has been talked about for decades.

The big one is making the "pipe" conductive.

So a laser lightening rod you can shine at the sky.

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Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

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Bin royalties for the platform.

So Microsoft really weren't able to give Windows phone away?

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: I think...

"Riiiight, John Smith. I'm sure that's your real name."

Thing is you can look up all my posts and form an opinion of what my views are, as I can of you.

Climate stories attract lots of SEL's and what looks like various kinds of astro turfing.

So I'll normally stick a down vote on that wheather I agree with them or not.

Is that a little clearer for you?

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Re: I think...

My rule.

AC + Climate change -->downvote.

You can't put your name on the post.

Either post outside of office hours or don't post.

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STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

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Re: " how it allows us to create simpler, more effective services"

" not about allowing Google to creat simpler, more effective services to slurp them."

You have the emphasis exactly right.

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Fujitsu and Capgemini's giga-quid HMRC lashup given drubbing by govt auditors

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So having sold off *all* your in house skills to an outsourcer you have no skills to manage them

left.

Oh wait, maybe you can hire some one else to manage it for you IE outsource the outsource managing.

Indeed what could possibly go wrong with such a plan?

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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@Suricou Raven

"Basically, I could draw a stick-figure couple having sex, declare one character to be underage, and go to jail for production of child pornography."

And in the UK either close to or literally true.

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Re: This is a VERY bad idea

"2. lots of disturbing imagery can scar a child and still get past the filters (e.g. in recent studies pictures of tony blair or david cameron could leave an innocent child so traumatised they would not remember their own name)"

True.

One shot of that big shiny face could leave a child having nightmares for months.

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Re: Too broad

"And then you realise that if YOU can get around the filter with a VPN, so can they. So what was the point of blocking content at the ISP level again?"

It scored the back bench non entity a job in charge of preventing "Child Exploitation and Sexualization" IIRC.

And just think all because Ms Perry could not work out how to set the parental controls on her browser.

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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So cabinet office saves £91m, Home Offices p**ses away £347m

And oh look the HO does not have good quality project management data (so not sure it was heading for a Red light with the Major Project Authority. At least I think £300m+ is a major project, but I'm not a government)

It's going to merge/integrate 20 different systems, some software, some paper into 1.

But it seems the Home Office has finally given a figure for how many files are really in the immigration backlog.

It is in fact 300 000 with 31 000 > 7 years old. Presumably that includes the 60 000 found in a store room in Liverpool. And yes that really does give the astonishing figure of > £1000/ case.

You can bet there's no "Captain" going down with this "flagship."

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: Edit the sentence:

"It sounds like you don't want to be touchy-feely with the UK government and its various tentacles."

Who would?

However if you must it's better you don't have to have access to a MS product to do so.

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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So not just insecure to the Chinese..

But also just about anyone else...

Remind me what the the idea behind The Onion Router was again?

Note. It's not the implementation.

It's the design.

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UK.gov pops lid off £700m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

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So how many data centres does the UK government actually have?

IIRC it was a figure of about 120.

Perhaps it's time the UK government tried to reduce the number of data centres it has?

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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And meanwhile Google continues to infest more web sites like a virus.

No mention of that in this charming little Libertarian fantasy.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.

Which is usually quite a clever idea.

But what sort of price are we talking and can you tune what it detects?

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Probably not that big a probe needed

Something like a small platform with a rotating head, ideally including some kind of 3d laser scanner to get the size and depth back into the shadows (which will be very dark). anything that moves the viability of a human outpost forward is a good thing.

Targeting it so it goes right down the pipe is likely to be pretty tricky however.

When people talk of "data mining" they rarely think of this sort of thing. Reviewing old(er) scientific data for new discoveries yet that is exactly what this is.

Well done.

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

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Does look very lumpy.

I think at this range it's impossible to say is it a single piece or will it resolve into a pair with clear space between them.

Only time will tell.

Still a pretty major achievement out in deep deep space.

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Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

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Gone but not forgotten

And with this little gadget never to be forgotten.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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" If you are 16 or under it is illegal to snap a pick of your dick, because that is child porn and you are a filthy pedo to do so."

It's better than that for lawyers.

Snapping. That's mfg of CP. But you're also in possession of it.

Now if you send it to your BF/GF/Whatever that's distribution as well.

Congratulations you (and your friends) now have multiple felony arrests. The fact that you're underage and they are as well makes no difference.

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Re: Blerp

"As the SOA 2003 Act stands it would not be surprising for someone to be prosecuted for having pictures of over-18 women dressed up as St Trinian's girls."

That's one has already happened in the US with the banging up of somewhat notorious hard core auteur "Max Hardcore" when some of his warez passed through a server in a state that has such rules.

While he was able to prove that all performers were over 18 the law didn't care because they looked under 18 (which I think was sort of the point).

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Re: Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...

"660 suspected paedophiles is a lot of people.

The fact that only 39 of that number were registered sex offenders is mind-boggling.

I hope people don't start running pediatricians out of town again. :("

What an astonishingly balanced post.

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Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

"God, I wish The Register had some kind of ignore list so I didn't have to come across you again - it's getting kind of tedious."

It does, but I reserve mine for stupid people, not people I disagree with. So far only one poster has managed to consistently post drivel so stupid that ignoring them means I know I'm missing nothing of any interest.

The fact you would use if to ignore anyone's PoV you disagreed with suggests an inability to deal with any other PoV but your own. Not a healthy situation in a modern urban society.

I've found Graham's comments to be quite thoughtful and sensible.

Yours OTOH come across as unbalanced and excessive. The group of people I've seen with those reactions (who'd I'd say are entitled to them) are those who've actually been abused.

Everyone's entitled to their PoV but if that's an experience you've had then let's abandon any pretense your view point is objective, shall we? For you it will never be.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

"Throw the book at child molesters and abusers, but looking at pictures being a crime is a step too far."

Err..

You are aware that in the UK looking at cartoons of underage figures that are a)Cartoons and b)Not human is already a criminal offense.

You weren't.

Well ignorance of the law is no defense.

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Re: See ...

"Am I the only one who wonders about the coincidence of timing:

* government rushes through act for preservation of snooping powers. Ministers cite dangers to this country from terrorism and paedophiles."

Indeed an astonishing coordinated campagn.

Proving the "need" for such spying.

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UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

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Bound to clash

As the EU DRD has been struck down as a violation of human rights already.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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"buggy and crufty Windows Phone 8.1 "

Excuse me but then it says "on sale in the US for eight months (marketed as a Verizon exclusive "

TBH what this review seems to be saying is OK hardware, shame about the OS.

So get the phone, dump the OS and you've got quite a decent package?

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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Taking the paper slightly seriously for a minute.

If only matters how fast the model executes if it's a) Very big or b)Has to run very often.

The C++ model runs <1sec so the worst cases at about 700x slower run in about 12 mins. IOW. So what?

Now if you're hacking about and trying to figure out what the model should be in the first place (IE It's actual structure, not what the parameter values should be, that can be handled through hacking a parameters file and triggering a reload) then you want to be able to add and subtract elements to it at will. So on that basis maybe something more interpreted is better.

I thought "R" is meant to be quite popular among statisticians (surely one of the heaviest crunching groups of mathematics) yet it's desperately slow to execute.

Hell if you're talking arrays you might as well talk APL. BTW there are 2 IDL's The Interface Definition Language used in large scale web system design and the proprietary data mashing language which I'm only aware of due to the HARRYREADME files at E.Anglia U.

Seems like something that should have died decades ago.

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Re: If this was such a dull & almost-pointless paper ...

". why didn't you choose to write about an interesting one instead? I "

This was the only one he could find with both economics and programming?

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"Premature optimization is the root of most evil."

So economists are obsessed with program efficiency?

So much of their thinking becomes clearer.

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Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

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Easy come, easy go

You just do the CEO interview and he's out the door.

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Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

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Failure

Or feature.

Depending on who installed it and on whose orders (if any).

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NAO slaps down Cabinet Office gov-IT savings claims AGAIN

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91 whole £m.

I am impressed.

How much of this was by simply stopping dumb ass projects from going ahead in the first place I wonder?

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Now how about a .wales, .northernireland and .england as well?

"Are you expecting some people to be voting early and voting often?"

Who can say?

While I'm aware Northern Ireland is the formal name of the place I think you'll find Ulster is the one the locals will prefer.

Although I think they'll continue to say "no" for the time being.

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Now for the die hard Nats can they also have "Scotia" as well?

Just kidding.

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Native Americans KILLED AND ATE DUMBO, say archaeologists

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This is why it is vital to resurrect such old species, otherwise...

How will we know what they tasted like?

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Re: Lovable Gomphothere

"I take exception to the 'lovable' descriptor though. Humans are terrible at assessing behavior based on looks. Just look at copperhead snakes and whistle pigs. 'Everybody' is scared of the mildly poisonous snake and thinks the whistle pig is cute. That's just stupid. The snake is slow, not really dangerous and wants nothing to do with you. The whistle pig on the other hand wants to tear your face off, is capable of doing so and will lay traps to disable the unwary by breaking their legs to prevent escape while their young feast on your dying, but not yet dead, body. They can also kill a dog almost instantly, but generally have no malice toward other quadrupeds."

This fellow?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog

OTOH Hippos are one of the biggest killers of people in Africa.

There tendency to stay in water means they can mount as effective an ambush as a crocodile and those jaws are powerful, while the lack of a big horn up front leads the clueless to think they are harmless.

They aren't

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Can nothing trip up the runaway cash monster that is Intel? Well...

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" we believe that over time we can make [mobility] a profitable business,"

As soon as we've got our pals Microsoft to drop all ARM support.

FTFY.

They won't do SOC's the way mobile mfgs want them and they damm sure won't price them the way mobile mfg's know they can be priced.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Re: You can't have democracy...

"As far as the current government, all you need to know about it, is its choice of PR advisor after coming to power: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Coulson"

But cynicism is the easiest political position to hold.

Change is much harder.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

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Actually probably going to be used to help *see* other objects.

By lowering the amount of reflected light inside the barrel of telescopes it will lower the error signal hitting the sensor from off axis light sources

By the name I wonder if they are neighbours of SSTL, who've built quite a few space based small telescopes.

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D-Wave to bust 1,000-qubit barrier with new quantum compute device

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Re: After the Gruppenpest, invasion of the Monoidal Categories!

Icon says it all I think

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