* Posts by Richard 12

2284 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

AT&T: We wanna be a drone company, not just a phone company

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Re: Tethered drones

"Cell on wings" requires tethered power, otherwise the loiter time would be way too short (electric) - or the aircraft far too large (infernal combustion)

Cell-on-Blimp would be far more sensible, as well as safer.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Re: Subliminal ads

IIRC, there was never any evidence that they "worked", but there is plenty of evidence that flickering frames causes headaches and seizures.

All the good PVRs have "skip forward", which is much better for the viewer than fast-forward.

Sky boxes don't, but those are well known to be by far the worst PVRs on the market.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Re: scan their instrument panel to work out what ... and then start looking around

Alarms can be dangerous though.

A loud alarm is likely to make the driver look at the source of the sound - and not at the dangerous situation developing outside the vehicle.

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Ad viewability worsens

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Depends

If that's the money they spent on the adverts that are being totally ignored, then yes, they didn't get the service they purchased.

Wouldn't it be great if the ad brokers realised that people would look at unobtrusive adverts, and if they rejected the malware and flashy, noisy crap instantly, the remainder would be viewed.

Eventually. Because it's too late for most consumers, we've already installed an adblocker and we're unlikely to turn it off.

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Pournelle's law, well one of them anyway...

Too vague to be useful.

A capacitor stores *charge*.

One could say that an inductor stores magnetism.

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White hat hacker AI bots prepare for DARPA's DEF CON cyber brawl

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Makes no real difference to the machine

After all, bytecode and machine code are not different to the source as far as the executable code paths are concerned.

The comments and variable names are extremely useful to humans, but not so much to machines unless anyone is trying for natural-language processing of reading the comments and variable names to infer the intended results and identify places where the code doesn't match the comments.

They only need the source code because they are supposed to create patches, and humans find it much easier to examine source code for correctness.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: Bar & QR Codes suck for the blind.

I presume that touchscreen interfaces suck even harder.

Buttons you can't even tell exist

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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The rules mean they have to do this

Trademarks aren't like copyright.

If you don't defend a trademark, you lose it. So they have to send the "cease and desist" letter, even if they really don't care and even if they rather like the comparison.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Re: Shock

Or rather, the people warning that there would be Consequences for voting out have been repeatedly proven correct.

Would you say the same if I warned you that hacking off your finger is really going to hurt and will make it quite difficult to type, then you did it anyway?

It's not scaremongering when it's true.

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Uninstall Flash anyway

You uaed to be able to set your Http headers to ask for the mobile site. Not sure if this still works.

The sooner Auntie sees a drop in usage of their Flash iPlayer, the sooner they'll officially offer an alternative.

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Florida U boffins think they've defeated all ransomware

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Re: Defeated ALL Ransomware?

Chances are good that the 0.2% are files that haven't changed at all since the last backup, so unlikely to lose any data.

0.2% is also much better than the 50-75% or more before a user spots an encrypted file, or the 10% or similar before an alert sysadmin spots an unexpected traffic spike or hears fans running more than usual.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Re: It's not your platform and you are not a customer

Of course Facebook has no long-term value.

The history of social media is that a single one gets huge, then passes of its membership and they leave.

People follow people, both in and out.

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Taking down food porn is the logical next step...

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Re: Rolls-Royce are deluded

I have done almost exactly that.

The autodock is far better at it than any pilot - the only real reason for pilotage these days is because of not wanting to update all the charts daily.

I never sailed the English Channel, but the run up to the Gatun Locks is considerably more congested - albeit that was a 76000 tonne as nothing bigger fits.

Ship maneuvers are laughably simple to automate, while also being incredibly difficult for a human, because they are slow.

Humans don't really see cm/s speeds, but sensors can - and so actually stop the ship before ramming the pier, where a human is fairly likely to overcook it.

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Re: Rolls-Royce are deluded

The actual sailing is trivial, and a solved problem - pretty much all large ships sit in autopilot and auto-dock most of the time.

The crew maintain the ship. They de-rust it, paint it, fix leaks, replace pumps, strip and rebuild the engines...

All while under way, and actively earning money for the owner.

A robot ship with no crew quarters would have to come into port for all maintenance, costing a huge amount and even more importantly, being out of action.

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UK patients should have greater data slurp opt-out powers – report

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Re: What it should be

And if they actually did this, then GPs would start recommending that their patients opt in.

Instead, they built a system where GPs not only recommended that all their patients opt-out, but actively made sure that they all did.

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UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

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Re: Number twelve. The naughty bits of a lady

I've heard somewhere that the sun was going to stop having a page 3.

I assumed that meant it was becoming a 1-sheet rag.

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: The honourable way

Is explicitly prohibited by that treaty.

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Re: What about my EU Citizenship

It doesn't exist and never did.

You are only an EU citizen because you are a citizen of a member state of the EU.

If you cease to be a citizen of an EU member state, you cease to have any EU status.

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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

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A fall against USD costs everyone, especially those who drive, use public transport or buy food and other goods transported by road or rail.

It also increases the cost of things imported from China, as they are priced in USD as well.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: ZanzibarRastapopulous

You're right of course.

I missed the word "perhaps".

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Re: Wouldn't have happened in the UK.

And this article would tend to support this, albeit sadly lacking in sources or detail.

http://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/30/truck-accidents-surge-why-no-national-outcry.html

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Re: Wouldn't have happened in the UK.

I suspect that it probably is quite common in the US, because most people are really bad at understanding statistics and legislators know this.

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Re: No bars?

That is the cause of death.

Drive-under crashes are extremely deadly, as they avoid all possible crash safety equipment and peel off the top half of the car.

Nobody can duck far enough or fast enough.

The driver/autopilot combination caused the crash, but it's that truck design that killed.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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One of the facts

Fuel is more expensive.

Oil is priced in USD. The pound is way down against the USD.

All oil products now cost more.

The moment the current supplies and futures hedging start to run out, prices at the pump rise.

That affects everyone who buys or uses anything transported by road, or any road transport.

100% certainty, because it has already happened.

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Say what?

That would lead to an instant increase in dodgy and just plain criminally insane landlords, as all the good ones immediately leave the market.

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Re: Yawn.

Indeed. Funny how that is exactly what Article 50 says, and his job is to remind countries what the treaties they signed say.

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Re: Yawn.

If house prices do crash, you definitely won't be able to afford one.

If they fall it's because mortgages become far more expensive, thus completely ****ing over everyone - repossessions, and only cash buyers can afford anything.

The more likely scenario is that they don't rise as fast, because mortgages become a little bit more expensive and the big cash buyers go elsewhere.

If you can't afford one last week, the effects of leaving the EU makes it far less likely you'll be able to afford one in three years time.

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Re: US visa waiver application form is at least 70% identical with a US visa application form.

And an Egyptian single-entry visa is as follows:

Pay $15, stick sticker in passport.

The US ESTA "visa waiver programme" is simply a different type of 2-year multi-entry visa.

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Re: A small omission?

But they can go to court.

It is a civil matter, and can be challenged all the way to court.

It's just very rare that anything ever goes that far, as it's usually obvious which party will lose, so they back down.

But not always.

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25,000 malware-riddled CCTV cameras form network-crashing botnet

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Re: Just wait until you have

And creating penis-shaped dark spots in major cities...

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Special delivery: Activists drop 100,000 net neutrality complaints on FCC

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Re: What if our minds are more infinite than the Universe?

There are many infinities of many sizes.

For example, there are an infinite number of integers, but many more real numbers (with a decimal point".

So yes x.yyyyy.... is more infinite than x!

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Children

Because you Leavers won't get any of what you wanted either.

You were lied to. We tried to tell you, but you wouldn't listen. You wanted to believe the lies so much that you ripped off your ears and stuck your fingers in your eyes.

Gove: "We've had enough of experts", Farage "I never meant the NHS could have any of that"...

All you've managed to do is screw everyone.

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Re: Assumptions, assumptions...

"Not good" because nobody knows whether it will be a little bit worse, a lot worse or a complete and total disaster.

The direction is generally agreed by everyone who examined the evidence, while the magnitude is not.

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Re: FFS Calm Down Kids!

Boltar:

Norway and Switzerland both obey everything the EU imposes blindly and without discussion.

If you think that is in any way better then I have a bridge for sale.

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Re: Really?

Why do you think Big Business would give a shit about the UK?

If you subscribe to that view of business, then logically, they'll simply leave and let the UK go to hell. No skin off their nose.

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

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@Ledswinger

Yes, they did.

They tore off their own legs, and slapped the establishment in the face with the wet end.

And they are now sat twitching and dying, watching the blood pool around their torsos, wondering what happened.

While the establishment look on, considering how to get the blood out of their shirt.

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'2nd referendum' topples site

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Might I ask why?

What were the top few things you wanted to get?

I ask because I have yet to see any reason at all that stands up to the cold light of reality.

They either don't exist are cannot happen.

Please reassure me that something the Leave campaign promised can actually happen.

Other than Boris for PM, I mean.

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Re: 2nd Referendum

Frankly, yes.

We can now see that a large section of the electorate voted based on xenophobia and lies.

Even Farage admitted that Leave repeatedly lied through their teeth.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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The Budget did have In and Out options

The Out option was 5% tax rise and even more cuts.

Leave then complained that nobody knew what would happen and we shouldn't pay attention to any experts.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: So how long before ...

Now.

The pound is down against the dollar, which immediately raises the cost of oil.

The price of fuel on the forecourt will rise within days, and everything else will follow soon after - how long depend on the hedging.

Gas will follow suit, as will electricity - as a lot of that is gas.

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Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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Re: "Hook demanded an immediate pledge"

As the pie is now smaller, some projects get less funding and some get none.

It's the economy, stupid.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts hacks cows

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Re: Why do we shoot the messenger still?

Two reasons:

1) He didn't hack the plane.

He might possibly have been able to do something to part of the inflight entertainment system. Annoying, but not dangerous and not even that serious unless it was persistent, as that gets power cycled a *lot*.

2) He claimed to have taken control of an actual live flight containing real passengers, without any permission whatsoever, apparently because he was a bit bored on the flight.

That's practically the definition of an idiot script kiddy.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Re: Not needed

Is it really sensible to spend approx. £50-100 at every single customer to install a remote cut-off, when it costs about £100-200 to do a cutoff on-site, or a similar amount to install a prepayment meter.

Almost everybody pays their bill. The rate of cut-off due to non-payment is miniscule, and in fact what normally happens is installation of a prepayment meter.

Thus, even if the technology was perfect, it would cost more!

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Re: Not needed

They were never needed, never wanted and are almost universally considered to be a dramatic waste of money and resources.

The only groups that want them are a set of politicians, civil servants and idiot greenies who somehow think that they serve any purpose whatsoever.

The only plausibly useful purpose they could have is cutting off the supply remotely. Who benefits from that?

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Re: Alternative Explanations

No, this deserves to be forgotten.

Ig-Nobels are for good, yet surprising science. This is just bad - the results do not support the conclusion.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

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Looks like hash collisions to me

So enough to get into anywhere using the same salt and MD5, but not anywhere else.

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Crysis creeps: Our ransomware locks network drives and PCs. Bargain

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Re: "seemingly innocent installers"

A lot of sites seem to email links to their more useful documents, and even trial versions of software.

I've even seen ones that (claim to) send out documentation as an installer - given their profile (NXP!) I presume they are imbeciles rather than malicious, but I still refuse to run it.

So all the miscreant has to do is make it look a bit like a few of the more common ones for their target industry and spaff it out to a few million people.

One or two of them probably are expecting emails from "X" with a link - and get eaten.

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NHS e-prescription service goes TITSUP: Problems since Monday

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Possible suggestion

Find out what the "inactive" ingredients are in each of them.

Then say you're allergic to one of the inactive ingredients in the ones that don't work right.

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You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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Re: Thank God!

One suspects that it may not be available on cable TV.

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