* Posts by Alan_Peery

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

Alan_Peery

Re: despotify

They could easily make a "Spotify Running" version of the app, and only put the privacy invading features there.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

Alan_Peery

The Iron Heel "Marxism for fans of ripping yarns"

It's fun to see The Iron Heel mentioned here, as I listened to it last week while finishing up some DIY. Great fun as an adventure novel, and well worth a listen even if your political tastes differ.

I stole the title of this comment from http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2007/dec/07/howdidjacklondonssocialist

The book can be had for free at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1164/1164-h/1164-h.htm as it is outside copyright.

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

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Alan_Peery

Re: Instagram is Twitter for people who can't read.

If that's what you're seeing, you must only be looking at the What's Hot feed.

Try following:

Winchell Chung

Buddhini Samarasinghe

David Brin

Charles Strebor (Rantz)

Peter Edenist

Ubuntu

Jon Masters

Zenoss

Arthur "TheAlchemyst" Gwynne

Jürgen Hubert

Thomas Baekdal

SpaceX

Neil deGrasse Tyson Fan Club

Electronic Frontier Foundation

European Commission

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Speaking in Tech: Some douchebag put a bike rack on Tesla's new motor

Alan_Peery

Some douchebag moans about a bike rack for no good reason

The Tesla owner is making good use of his/her car for transport.

Reasons to moan about a bike rack:

1) The rack looks like it will fall off on the road in front of you.

2) The rack is high enough that the car in front of you will get stuck entering the parking garage.

3) The rack is on a car parked in front of your house, and the bikes on top are blocking the beautiful views out your window.

Other than that, why are you moaning?

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

Alan_Peery

Light jumping danger spot

It would be helpful to know which area has such a bad record, so we can take precautions...

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Alan_Peery

Re: add audio-comments/updates/street names

Do you roll down the windows of your car when driving, if you rate audio so high?

It might seem I am just taking the mickey here, but I am not.A bicyclist wearing headphones is suffering about the same level level of impediment for hearing *outside* audio cues as someone with the windows rolled up. (Volume of music in either car or headphones can obviously block anything.)

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Alan_Peery

bone conduction headphones

Any recommendation for particular models?

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Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

Alan_Peery

Re: Not interested

Only because there are so many bands.

I've found local artists with following of 100, obscure 1980s New Wave, and bands such as Star One/Ayreon/Guilt Machine, Dr. Steel, Voltaire, and the soundtracks to Batman, Spartacus, and much more.

If you want another good way to find new music,give the streaming services a try. For Spotify, that's starting with a track from one of the bands in your exotic list, and choosing "Start Song Radio".

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Alan_Peery

Re: Not interested

It's only "that crap" if you always want to listen to the same thing.

You can discover a huge set of new banks this way. I've found many, with two slotting firmly into my favorites: a new-to-me guitar maestro of Joe Satriani with Pandora when it was in the UK, and a steampunk bank called Abney Park via a random linkage in Spotify.

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Alan_Peery

Your point is good, but incomplete. To get the discounted offer, I suspect that a credit card was required. So in three months, the charges start rolling in, and 40% cancel. That still leaves the 60% that didn't cancel converted from non-paying users to paying customers.

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

Alan_Peery

Oyster data

Interesting, very useful, and *perhaps* controversial. I think it makes a great deal of sense to try and reach the people most directly affected.

It might even be addressed by addressed by the Oyster terms and conditions, but I leave finding that out to those who think this wasn't a sensible approach.

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

Alan_Peery

Re: Brill(o) = Enemy of the State

Brillo is also the mascot for a rebellion in a fictional series by Eric Flint called the Ring of Fire. Set in 1632, it's a light tale of dropping a 20th century town into the middle of 1632 Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1632_series

Probably the best part of the series is the "Grantville Gazette", which features fiction and strong non-fictional extrapolation along the lines of "If you already know how about the Bessemer process and where the best iron deposit in Europe are, what does that mean for your war strategy?"

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

Alan_Peery

Re: @ diodesign Nonplussed

Some people go to the same place year after year,something that doesn't really work for me. But if you know that Dick and Jane Repeating will be visiting the beach in Norfolk again this year, that's a very valuable data point for serving adverts.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Alan_Peery

Re: Evidence

I almost downvoted -- because I don't think *air traffic* style of investigation will scale. We investigate airplane accidents so intensely because any particular incident may very well be fatal to a large number of people. Applying the same investigation standards to lower loss crashes such fender benders won't be sensible over the long term, because it will become clear that robot drivers have improved the situation.

Since we're in the early phases now of learning how to make self-driving cars, it will make sense to start with deep analysis -- and then trim back to a sensible level of cost/benefit.

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

Alan_Peery

Re: Inverter?

Read the article again -- you'll need more than one unless you want to be very careful how many appliances you switch on at the same time. For instance, those times when your water heater, dish washer, freezer, lights, and kettle are all running at the same time...

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Alan_Peery

Re: Recycled batteries from cars?

British English -- "are" is typical.

American English -- "is" is typical.

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Alan_Peery

Re: i have an iPad

Thank you, it was useful to know that iOS is getting worse (no process CPU reporting?). It justifies my abandonment of the platform ;-), and might be useful in discussing OS upgrades for those I know still on iOS.

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

Alan_Peery

Re: Tried it, it's stupid

> I'm still amazed that Usenet's threaded conversation model has not been replicated on web forums.

They have. Reddit and Slashdot both have a threaded model. The lack of the threading in Google+ is a serious limitation of the platform.

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Alan_Peery

Sign if

You're over-analysing it, and should get on with it.

Having read your columns the competence is there, and the morals appear to be as well.

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Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

Alan_Peery

Well done Rene Winkelwyer

Thanks for publishing.

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Shipping News: Docker 1.5rc1 arrives in port … NOW!

Alan_Peery

Here's a good start...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/28/docker_part_1_the_history_of_docker/

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Google casts about for wireless audio

Alan_Peery

Re: Concept OK, Execution Weak

Perhaps you're having the IPv6 issue where your devices are told by your local DHCP service that they can have an IPv6 address and traffic, but there's nothing available past your ADSL/whatever and you get timeouts?

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

Alan_Peery
Joke

Re: Swamp Castle

You just have to keep piling up the attempts... :-)

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March deadline nears for FAT, JUICY Euro Commish cloud service contracts

Alan_Peery

Subsidiary -> parent != parent -> subsidiary

If you're referring to the recent assertions by the US that the the Ireland branch of Microsoft must respond to US warrants without reference to Ireland's wishes (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/24/irish_government_sides_with_microsoft_over_us_cops_cloud_data_snatch/), that is a parent corp -> subsidiary relationship. What you're talking about would be a subsidiary -> parent relationship, and I don't think the legal situations are comparable.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

Alan_Peery

Re: Please wear something reflective

I'd upvote your first two paragraphs, but not your last one. Even in the middle paragraph, you're forgiving the motorist for *not being aware* of the fact that road they are pull into has a significant slope. This will affect the ability of *all* traffic to accelerate or slow down, and taking that into account should be an expected part of their driving skills.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

Alan_Peery

Re: If systemd is so bad...

Because the earlier scope of systemd seemed to be more reasonable.

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Alan_Peery

Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

The systemd camp would have saved themselves a lot of grief by making this the default for all distributions.

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Alan_Peery

Re: What is systemd

> I've donated. Money where my

alternative fallback options are.

Yes, I've also donated.

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Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

Alan_Peery

VM memory not completely static

> You also usually have to statically allocate RAM to VMs

Not entirely true. With techniques like memory ballooning the OS may think it has 4Gb, but really it's only being given 2Gb -- and memory ballooning isn't terribly damaging to VM performance done correctly. There's also memory compression, and VM swapping. After a quick glance through, this article (http://media.kingston.com/images/branded/MKP_339_VMware_vSphere4.0_whitepaper.pdf) looks like a good if somewhat dated survey.

There is also the possibility of hot-adding memory (or CPUs) to a running VM. It takes a conjunction of hypervisor and guest OS support, but it's shipping in VMware now: http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/VMware-vSphere-hot-add-RAM-and-hot-plug-CPU-Not-so-hot-but-still-cool

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

Alan_Peery

Re: EMET

Yes, more patches to evaluate -- because (most) application patches are distributed in the same mechanism as OS patches.

This is a *good* thing.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Alan_Peery

The Intel NUC might also be of interest...

http://quietpc.co.uk/sys-ultranuc-pro

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

Alan_Peery

Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women?

I would have thought that the typical male body mass being larger would have meant more body to absorb cosmic rays, and therefore more chance for a mutation that eventually becomes deadly cancer. The numbers above point to some different mechanism -- what is it?

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

Alan_Peery

Poorly crafted init.d scripts can be worked around very simply by not installing that *particular* package. systemd breakage can't be worked around.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Alan_Peery

Re: Is there a ransom

When leaving a job, benefits go away. So the departing lady would be offered the choice of paying what would be a small refrigeration charge, or letting the eggs go and going back to the standard biological course.

Why do you see this as a problem, unless it is badly administered and choice is not presented to the employee?

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

Alan_Peery

Re: Antactica is melting too

Evaporation from the sea at temperatures close to zero will be low, as the liquids tend not to evaporate when cold.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Alan_Peery

Or kinda doesn't. Perhaps we've had a different experience, but can't be bothered to write a detailed list of the 90 times people have helped versus the 5 times that people were less helpful / responded with RTFM / were abusive.

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

Alan_Peery

Re: Card clash detection

But that's not NEARLY enough. Imagine a wallet with an Oyster with a monthly ticket loaded and two contactless debit cards -- not all that unusual a config.

1) Scanner sees all three at the same time -- choose the Oyster.

2) Scanner sees Oyster and card A, the card that purchase the Oyster. Choose the Oyster.

3) Scanner sees card A only. System matches Card A with purchase of single monthly Oyster, choose Oyster -- but see next point.

4) Scanner sees card A only. System matches Card A, card A has purchased a monthly ticket on one Oyster card and topped up a different Oyster card. Should this journey go against the monthly ticket, or the Oyster card presumably carried by a family member or friend?

5) Scanner only sees card B, which has never been used to purchase any Oyster item. Charges can only against B -- or can they go against the monthly Oyster as that has been detected "in the same wallet as card B previously"?

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Alan_Peery

Re: Will Amazon invest in...

> The additional commuter infrastructure required?

From the website about the features of the Principal Place building mentioned in the article:

Cycle Hub

• High quality cyclist provisions at basement mezzanine level, entered via 2 dedicated cycle lifts on Hearn Street, with direct access to and from the main lobby for ease of use.

• 600 bicycle spaces, with adjacent shower, changing and locker facilities.

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Unhappy

Unable to vote up due to visual image

Poor hedgehog... ;-(

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Alan_Peery

420 patent applications

This seems to be a "throw a handfull of darts and maybe one will hit" approach.

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

Alan_Peery

Re: Ignorant about the matter here

> they have to go where the service tells them

I believe they choose what jobs they accept, and this gives them control of where they go.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Alan_Peery

10% fired yearly was General Electric's process for years

I don't know if they still do it, but it was corporate policy during most of the years Jack Welch ran the company.

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

Alan_Peery

> what happens to the books you've downloaded when you cancel the subscription?

A question completely missed out in their video presentation. Technically they could have their reader hardware and software purge/lock the titles if the device doesn't have an up to day "subscription has been paid" ticket. This might be very frustrating on vacation, with your book getting locked because you don't hook up to WiFi frequently when travelling.

Also, what happens with the highlighting and comments? I'd hope they are retained so if you turn off the subscription for a couple of months and come back, your "notes in the book" are still there.

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

Alan_Peery

> Simple: you tell them exactly which of the pages that they have indexed against your name

Bollocks. Complete bollocks.

You're assuming that only one John Smith is listed on the page Google has indexed. How can Google possibly know *which* John Smith the person running the search is searching for?

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

Alan_Peery

Re: It is inconceivable they don't have his emails

Why wouldn't you expect them to keep email for the longest possible interval instead? It would be a very good way of tracking who had what access to what information...

I think your concept of short retention intervals at the NSA is absurd. Short retention in the email client with three separated levels of email archives with separate access control -- that would make sense.

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

Alan_Peery

Re: Space Race?

Citations please, with long analysis periods preferably. It will take a while for the additional money circulating in the lower paid part of the economy to propagate into additional employment.

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Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

Alan_Peery

Any script kiddie -- on the right network?

The article doesn't say how much, if any, of this hacking activity depended on having a starting point inside the military networks. It would be interesting to know if these sites they were hacking were Internet facing, or internal.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Alan_Peery

Re: Offline functionality...

I'm kind of curious, did you read the first line of his post?

The app has *multiple* functions, not all of them are available offline.

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Yosemite National Park bans drones

Alan_Peery

A total ban is too broad -- flying weekend needed

As someone who hikes into back country, I go to enjoy the sound of streams and the wind through the trees. As someone who likes toys, like most on this site, I think it sound like a really awesome place to fly a drone. It seems one or two weekends a year, timed to be outside mating birthing seasons, could readily allow both worlds.

Banning gas powered drones at all times seems to be sensible, particularly this very dry summer.

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