* Posts by james 68

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

james 68

I know that Virgin media usually takes a flogging round these parts, but when I was living in Belfast I had their 150 Mbit fibre (no telly or phone, just the internet) and it was very fast.

Now 150 Mbit is supposed to be just under 19 Mbyte per second however I regularly got speeds of 25 - 30 Mbyte on downloads so I'm guessing that when the line is uncongested that Virgin happily upped the speeds to 300 ish Mbit.

Any time my speed was slow I can pretty much guarantee that it was due to the site I was connected to and not my line.

Now, in Japan on a 100 Mbit connection it is frustrating as hell, it crawls in comparison. I wish I had my old Virgin fibre line back. :-(

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AA battery-sized Arduino

james 68

Re: This is great...but get his name right...and link

It's the kind of sloppy "soundbite" reporting I am coming to expect from this author tbh. Surprised he didn't add in some fanciful make believe to spice it up a bit.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

james 68

Re: What's the worst that could happen?

Trump becomes president and all his businesses have access to that data... Every damn phone in the USA will be ringing 24/7 with obnoxious telemarketers, and it wont be long before blocking them will be made illegal or simply unpatriotic (unpatriotic according to the Don basicly means, you disagree with him so you have no rights or citizenship).

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james 68

Re: "The government has shown they have no respect for the law"

I'll just leave this here..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5MYUajrzo

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

james 68

Re: Conspiracy nuts field day ..... was it a bird, was it a plane, was it Superman?

Because he's fulla balls and scaremongering about a contentious topic to increase site traffic.

"No one has yet been arrested, but police think the drone in question may have been launched from southwest London's Richmond Park. They searched the area for debris but haven't yet found anything." - so says every other news site.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

james 68

" Apple is an all american product ", I don't think that means what you think it means.

*cough*madeinchina*cough*

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

james 68

Supurb

Somebody get this guy to rule on scientology sharpish. (yes, that's scientology with a small 's', because it is not a real religion - or word for that matter according to the spell checker).

In all seriousness this judge has a rather sensible outlook which could give a major blow to those fuckwits.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

james 68

As previously stated by BurnT'offering - It's digital

5 digits to be precise.

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Astroboffin discovers exoplanet by accident ... in 1917

james 68

Re: Grey Dwarf?

+1 for "Dirty dwarf". Just don't ever search for such a thing in Google.... it is very difficult to scrub your visual cortex with bleach and Brillo pads.

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Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

james 68

Re: Seems normal to me

When the senators avoid answering questions put forward by the people they are supposed to represent, then sure, why should the people in turn answer questions by those same senators?

"A government of the people, by the people, for the people." - considering that this statement now seems to be little more than the punchline for a bad joke and is willfully ignored by government officials at all levels, why should anyone answer a question put forward by senators?

BTW i wish a pox on ICANN and their houses. they should be abolished and recreated from the ground up into a body more fit for purpose. However the same can also be said for governments in general and the US government specifically.

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

james 68

Re: Oculus Grift @ james 68

Still on version 1 of homo sapiens sapiens however.

A different species altogether from Lucy and chums.

Or to simplify for the technically minded - Windows 10 is a completely different animal from DOS.

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james 68
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Re: Oculus Grift

"Never touch version 1.0 of anything."

I hope you are only referring to electronics, otherwise I forsee a very dull sex life for you my friend.

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

james 68

Re: Article author lives in a bubble.... Meanwhile reality check...

I tried to read the article you posted, I really did. I wanted to parse all the relevant information before forming an educated conclusion.

Sorry but the guy from Eurogamer is a fucking muppet.

1, He blames windows because he didn't bother his arse to check if he had enough diskspace.

2, He blames windows because he let his pc reboot in the middle of an installation and complains that it borked his install.

Well... boo hoo, he may have made some relevant points after that but tbh I stopped reading because it felt too much like watching Russian dashboard cams on youtube. When you let a moron lose on their own recognizance, then you simply have to expect that things will not end well for the moron.

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

james 68

Re: Plane goes missing, search robot goes missing…

“Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.” - H.P. Lovecraft

Kinda fits how topics go on these forums eh?

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

james 68

Google...

...they want ALL of your shit.

https://i.chzbgr.com/full/6552323328/h1AA4589E/

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

james 68

Re: Boback...

"...ship guns to Mexican Narcos, Afgan terrorists and the IRA because they can."

Fixed that for you.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

james 68

Hmm

Surely any "superhuman AI" would by very definition be wildly smarter than the fleshy bods who designed the control interface - making the designing of said interface redundant as the AI would simply blow right through it.

I still say the best (and only real) defense is a fleshy human sat beside the plug that powers the bugger.

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

james 68

Re: Much ado about fu©k all squared

I too would applaud Apples pushback, were it not for the fact that they have no problem opening devices for the feds so long as the request isnt made public....

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james 68

Much ado about fu©k all squared

This whole rigmarole is a farce - on BOTH sides of the argument.

The spangly fashion accessory in question does not belong to the murderer, it belongs to the company he worked for.

Perhaps I‘m a tad jaded but does that not suggest that this whole thing could be cleared up by the actual owner asking for it to be unlocked?

Now I do fully understand that the FBI is trying to set a precedent for phones to be unlocked upon request but surely Apple could simply sidestep the whole deal by stating that they will unlock the bloody thing for it`s rightful owner and the FBI be damned.

Instead we get a media circus where Apple can get some free advertisement and claim to be all fluffy and unicorn fondely.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

james 68

Re: Wasted talent

You could be correct, I'm sure that I remember that the legal firm pumped cash into the SCO coffers to keep the holding company alive (after they had spent the Microsoft cash), don't know what they received in return though but I'd imagine it would be a fairly hefty stake.

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

james 68

Re: Coms

@Graham Marsden

Just offhand I would recon an ice shield is a bad idea.

A small projectile at very high speed might punch a hole through a thin hull on entry and exit, perhaps vaporising an area 10 to 20 times larger than its size, so an object roughly the size of a marble would leave entry and exit holes maybe basketball sized.

But hitting a thick surface like an ice shield would absorb much much more of its energy vaporising an area maybe 70 to 80 times its size and also creating a very large explosion from the resulting superheated steam rapidly expanding.

(these numbers are NOT scientific but are guestimates based on watching a nasa/boeing docu about firing hypersonic projectiles from a very big gun in a vacuum into various surfaces/compounds)

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

james 68

@Pascal Monett

That really depends upon its rotational speed, if its slow then lifting off would be boned. However if it is fast then lifting off at or near the equator would be quite easy.

Mind you it would be a bugger to make a rocket of any viable kind capable of withstanding the 10G load of the planet + the atmospheric pressure on a 10G planet + the G load of accelerating to orbit.

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LOHAN takes the stage at Oz Linux shindig

james 68

Umm...

Have you actually contacted these guys? http://www.ukra.org.uk/

Pretty sure that if they cant import the load you require that some of them could instead build an equivalent load to the same specs and dimensions. And if you cannot get an explosives licence (which might not even be needed - see here http://www.ukra.org.uk/legal) then all it would take is to ask one of the members who does have such a licence to join your merry group and store the materials.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

james 68

Re: He's right... and fighting a losing battle.

Unfortunately there is a huge difference between the governments agreeing to be in the same room as him, and the governments actually listening to him.

What is much more likely is that they will send some low level peons to be in the same room as him for 20 minutes so that they can later say "Hey, look at us, we listened to ALL the viable concerns before steamrolling in a new surveillance society."

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

james 68

Re: ORLY?

No harm whatsoever to China's economy as it happens, but plenty of harm to the foreign business. where do you think 99% of tech gear gets made for pennies? That would be China if you were wondering.

And where are those various companies going to go anyway? America? Europe? Russia maybe? All of which are currently using laws or have laws on the table that are just as bad if not worse than China, but will also cost a hell of a lot more in wages and taxes.

Fact of the matter is that the companies will simply roll over and expect a belly rub just like a puppy seeking affection. Because they face the same deal wherever they go, but china is cheaper so why fight it?

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No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

james 68

3,000+ feet eh?

Very few "drones" are capable of this feat, any that are, are very large, very expensive, professional quality items of the type used by TV news crews and.... police forces.

So either the TV news/police are generating their own news stories to further a shock and outrage agenda against "drones" (a theory which I subscribe to) or the perpetrator will be ridiculously easy to find, just look for the richest local chump for whom blowing several thousands of dollars on what is essentially a toy when not being used for actual work is meaningless.

These quadcopters, hexcopters etc are generally NOT "drones". A few do have proper autopilot and/or computer C&C with pathfinding etc, but the majority are nothing more than RC aircraft. It is stupid to call them drones unless you are going to apply that name to all RC aircraft equally.

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

james 68

Confused

It seems the author has confused "taking over a planet/system" with "utterly destroying a planet/system".

It's kind of difficult to take something over if there's nothing left to take over because it has all been turned into missiles, jus sayin...

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Apple swallows 7 year mobile patent payments deal from Ericsson

james 68

Re: Yet more of what Apple calls ...

"Apple even pinched their logo and name way back in the day!"

Don't forget,they also sued the original Apple records for trademarks and being too similar because they also sold music.... regardless of the fact that Apple records had existed and sold music for a decade before the other apple even existed (apple records - 1968, apple computers - 1977).

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james 68

With 1000's of cases of prior art they sure as shit weren't Apples rounded corners either.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

james 68
Coat

I can just imagine the conversation....

I can just imagine the conversation....

"I think your lightsabers infringe on our patents.... on screen they look like very long rectangles with rounded corners and could easily be mistaken for an iPhone®. If you don't want us to sue your ass off then you had better change them to be more raggedy and shitty."

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

james 68

@Dr Dan Holdsworth

Droids in the star wars universe are generally memory wiped every few years to stop any problematic tendencies due to emerging sentience, R2-D2 and C3-P0 (and presumably IG-88) are not the norm thus explaining their various idiosyncrasies and why they act a lot more like living beings than the other droids commonly depicted.

There are "force based" civilizations also, the Night Witches of Dathomir probably being the most recognizable to many (see here http://imgur.com/gallery/FMNUt ). Though many are in sharp decline or have died out/been hunted to extinction.

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Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets

james 68

Bollocks

""Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant – available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry," wrote Cortana group program manager Marcus Ash."

"No matter where" my hairy arse, try using it with the English language whilst the location is set to any other country (Japan in my case) and it'll puke out excuses that Cortana is unavailable with your settings/location. Of course the location could always be set to match the language (British English/UK for example) but then nothing else bloody works (windows store, office360 etc).

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

james 68

So an Isreali and an Iranian walked into a police station.... together???

Wonder which was selling secrets to which?

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Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

james 68

Re: Cortana can't help you.

Same issue on a win10 laptop using English language in Japan. I could get Cortana to work if I change all my settings to British English and location to UK but that would bork pretty much everything BUT Cortana.

Microsoft seems to be pretty much self defeating these days, if I could get away with scrubbing the damn thing and just installing Linux I would do so in a heartbeat.

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Intellectual property laws in China, India are flawed, claims US govt without irony

james 68

Re: If you're going to outsource there

"...Exactly, but no one has ever accused US corps of NOT wanting their cake and eating, too."

True but the real problem arises from them forcibly eating everyone else's cake, and the canapés, and the little sausages on sticks, basically every damned thing.

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So, what's happening with LOHAN? Sweet FAA, that's what

james 68

Launch from the Principality of Sealand, whilst giving the rest of the known world a healthy two fingered salute.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

james 68

Re: Obviously!

Yup, them darned sneaky Muslims and their atheist agenda, probably being helped along by mossad and the zionists (cool name for a band that). That'll be Limbys next rant.

;-)

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

james 68

Maybe it got it right...

Now hear me out, this isn't a racism thing (no, really).

Assuming that this "machine learning" software gets its info from the interwebs, then it could have come to the conclusion that "gorilla" ≈ "attractive".

The confusion arising from this: http://goo.gl/IcM7UI

The more it sees the term "gorilla" equating to "attractive" then it associates the term but without the context to differentiate. And importantly - it has nothing to do with skin colour, just word meaning.

Then the story becomes something else entirely. We should perhaps be more worried that a piece of software has gained enough sentience to develop preferences regarding how attractive it finds people.

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

james 68

Re: Duplicitous

Sure, at least then there will be something factual in it.

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james 68

Duplicitous

NEWS!: Middle aged man speaks to room full of middle aged men and claims victory over science....with the power of interpretative dance???

A new low for theregister.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

james 68

It's true - in that a live email server shouldn't be used as a filing system, however archived copies kept on a separate server (multiple copies on multiple servers at separate locations to be pedantic, with no outside facing network connections) very much should be kept as such and is indeed legally required.in many cases as is version control, as otherwise the archived mail can be changed willy nilly to remove incriminating or exculpatory material.

All that is apparently only for the plebs it seems, as the government can just say sod it and delete anything they don't like the idea of anyone ever reading.

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james 68

Re: One rule for the rich.....

I used to work for a government sponsored "Back to Work" program and we were legally required to store ALL correspondence (plus a copy at a separate location in case of fire or whatever) for a minimum of 10 years, be it physical or electronic. Had to hire off-site storage units to deal with all the physical stuff.

Another case of the governments "Do as I say not as I do" attitude. We could have faced serious legal issues and maybe even criminal charges if we did not follow those rules to the letter but somehow it's okay for the government to just destroy that stuff? It just makes me suspicious of what exactly they're trying to hide.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

james 68

Matter of perception

The argument could also be made that Apple and Google are protecting us all by denying ISIS affiliated hackers the opportunity to create chaos, financial instability, and perhaps deaths by insisting on strong crypto.

But that argument wouldn't be very successful at scaring people no matter how Bill O'Reilly and pals tried to spin it so they'll stick with the other thing.

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

james 68

Re: In which country? And why?

Ever heard of Gary McKinnon? He committed a crime when not in America and yet he had a bastard of a time trying to not be whisked off to stand trial there.

Extradition is a thing.

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james 68

To be clear - I am opposed to the secrecy surrounding this agreement.

However, this has got to be the stupidest thing Wikileaks has ever done. Previously they could claim that they never actively participated or coerced information but this changes that and possibly in a very, very bad way.

I fully expect details (perhaps not full disclosure but partial at least) to be leaked to them and as soon as they actually pay any cash then BAM! Jailtime for anyone involved. Actively causing, arranging or assisting in the leak of confidential documents is a crime, and I have no doubt that offering payment to directly cause said leak will also be some kind of crime like bribery, it's like theyre begging to be shut down and jailed. I really do not understand why the members of Wikileaks would consider this, multiple agencies from a number of governments must be literally drooling in expectation of shutting them up for good (and having a legitimate legal reason to do so).

I have to wonder, is this some faustian deal that asshat Assange has arranged to be made free? Betray Wikileaks and ensure its permanent shutdown and get safe passage to an airport? I don't see any other way that this could make sense and even then I don't see how those currently running Wikileaks could think this is a sensable action.

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

james 68

Obsolescence

This to me means only one thing - ALL your connected devices will only be supported for 6 months then you'll need to buy the newest version to keep receiving support for the next 6 months or connect to any newer devices even though they run the same standards for communication.

Makers will swear on their grannies graves that the "old" product is incapable of supporting the latest update whilst clever sods at XDA will not only prove that to be bollocks but that the device actually works better/faster with the upgrade and all the while the manufacturers will be raking in stupid profits not only by charging a premium but because people will be stupid enough to buy new devices every 6 months where a dumb device would have worked for many years.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

james 68

It aint a croc for 3 reasons, crocs dont eat vegitation, animals fear crocs so they dont hang around them (both are in the description) and lastly as you stated crocs are numerous in the region, they knew what a crocodile was and were familiar with them, this beast not so much.

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james 68

nope, hippos, elephants, even giraffs and buffalo etc can all be rulled out by one thing - "... Its tail sways like a cedar." and cedars are pretty big trees.

Not sayin that there were sauropods surviving 2000 or so years ago, but there's a good chance they unearthed a complete or mostly complete fossil that blew their minds. Much like the possibility that the griffin is based on a ceratopsid fossil (lion sized with a beak) and these particular fossils appear all the time out of the sand in the Gobi desert, hundreds of them and in the very location where griffins were supposed to live no less. The bible, once you remove the angry old man in the clouds and obvious allegory, actually contains quite a bit of historical fact, which though often influenced by the political thinking of the time is verified by archaeologists and accurate enought to plan further digs from. It's really not much of a stretch to think that they found a fossil and thought there must be more out there.

Some interesting reading about the Gobi desert and "griffin" fossils. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/mythic-creatures/land-creatures-of-the-earth/griffin-bones

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james 68

Actually sauropod is the genus name covering that particular branch of dinosaur some of which were only 20 or so feet long, and that should read "..takes cover amongst the reeds in the marsh." which is a proposed habitat for such creatures. Read the rest of the passages and you'll see that they are indeed talking about a very large creature.

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james 68

Re: In good company

"Wouldn't they just counter, "Then why isn't God covering Ireland in toads or whatever? THEY'RE the sinners here, not the people of Oklahoma and so on..."?"

Nope, didn't you know that all the Irish actually live in America? That's why EVERY damn American proudly proclaims to be Irish whilst in the next breath proclaim that they're the most "patriotic" American like... ever.

Hopefully this will actually reduce the amount of blissfully ignorant fools claiming to be Irish, if just for a little while.

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