* Posts by AndyS

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

AndyS

Algeria

That's impressive resolution for a dusty road in Africa, but it's probably still a satellite image. Resolution has typically been around 1m for Google Earth satellite images for a while, which is probably around what that image is.

1m: Basic shape of a car is visible

0.3m: details like sunroofs, people standing around the car etc become obvious

For comparison, check out this aerial shot from the centre of Edinburgh:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=55.94584,-3.194669&spn=0.000429,0.000868&t=h&z=21

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: Switching off phones does not disable built-in GPS functionality

If it doesn't, then I want to know about the secret power-free GPS devices that apparently every phone must be using. Because in my experience, GPS is one of the most power-hungry devices on a modern phone.

Even finding a stand-alone GPS logger with a built in battery good for more than a few hours is hard work - get me this one that still works without being powered up, and I will be very happy!

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Re: Headline?

"Slap happy laptop slapper chomps chap's chap."

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Fact Hunt!

@Loyal Commenter

You are requesting a fairly major increase in functionality. Certainly what you are suggesting would be useful, but it's beyond the scope of what Google currently does.

In the mean time, single interest, narrow-focus pressure groups are attempting not to increase the functionality, but to remove the use, in any context, of words they don't like. Which is not, really, constructive.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

Don't they all have a start button?

Well mine does, but my wife's has a small piece of metal encased in a plastic container, which needs inserted and rotated in a special receptical. Buses tend to start with a simple rocker switch. The telehandler on the farm has a ratating switch, and the two tractors are different again. One of them even has 5 pedals, and the accelerator is duplicated in a hand-operated stick!

Honestly, I don't know why they can't all just be the same. It's a complete mess of proliferating standards (each of which fill their own niche well, while bringing competition and rapid development to their respective markets - but let's not get bogged down.)

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

Yes, the car market is the same - there's Ford, Vauxhaul, BMW, Peugeot/Citroen, Porche, Audi, Skoda, Nissan, Toyota...

It's a complete mess. If only there was only one, it would be so much easier.

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Re: Very pleased with Linux

Better to format the disk and reclaim the unused space, yes?

At the back of my garage, on the wall, I've got a collection of old number plates.

Undoubtedly they are useless. They're a waste of space really. But I keep them there because, well... It's not much space, and I've got plenty. And I don't need the space for anything else. And they hold some memories. And maybe, just maybe, they will be useful for something one day.

Maybe similar?

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Year of Linux on the Mobile

Isn't it a few years since Android (you know, Linux) became the world's number one mobile operating system?

OK, it's a bit dressed up, but shouldn't the article have mentioned that?

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

AndyS

Much as I hate Skype (the interface sucks, and it's made by Microsoft, who I simply don't trust), I keep using it. Why? Because it works on Android, Windows, OSX, Linux and iOS, it can dial out to real phones, and everybody I need to talk to on it has an account.

As a commenter above said though, a simple alternative built into the majority of browsers would be very welcome, and very easy to start using.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

AndyS

You're talking about each operator sticking their own antenna on an existing mast. The point in contention though is more complex - not sharing the metal thing that holds the antennas, but sharing the antenna, the network, the data links etc.

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Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

Oh look, it's Jake.

Surely you're still using two cans and a bit of string, which you hacked together from home-grown hemp while living in a hand-carved igloo in the arctic? After all, you wouldn't have needed anything else as you single-handedly coded Slackware from simple stone tablets and fingernails.

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Insane

It took me 3 minutes 30 seconds to read that article, during which time apparently 1,410 mobiles were produced. That's enough to give one to every person in a decent sized company.

Those figures are actually mind-boggling.

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

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Re: Why bother to impersonate a real newspaper?

That's not how Facebook works - the thumbnail is created once, when the first person on Facebook posts that link. From then on, the thumbnail is stored on FB's own servers.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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But....

Yes yes, very impressive, but does it have an infra-red port? If not, how else am I meant to backup my contacts from my 6310?

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

AndyS

Re: 64 bit processor support

"Why do you need 64 bit processor or support in a phone?!"

"Nobody will ever need more than 128 kb of memory."

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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@BillG

No, you're thinking too narrowly. Basically I could post the key in the comment section of any youtube video I want taken down, and Microsoft would find it and have it removed.

(aka "that's exactly what the guy above you said!)

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Re: Yeah But

That, alone, will be quite valuable feedback for MS - you can be sure they will have linked the installs which are immediatelly turned off, and the main reasons that accounts linked to those installs complain and the feedback they give. They will also be corrolating that feedback with the feedback given by accounts linked to more persistant installs, to see how similar/different the feedback is from users who've spent time getting to know the system.

1,000,000 users is a very large pool of feedback for a beta-trial, especially when the software reports so much feedback even without the user's interaction.

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AndyS

What a stupid statement.

I'd be quite happy with an beta-test group of 1 million.

It's not like this is production software, available at any bricks-and-mortar store. They're hardly targetting wide-spread adoption.

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

AndyS

Is it just me though, or is that pipe empty? That'll never do.

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Re-light my diode: Trio of boffins scoop physics Nobel for BLUE LEDs

AndyS

Re: Reducing Electricity Consumption???

I can confidently say it won't do is reduce energy consumption

Really? LEDs use about 5% the power of indandescents. So you would need to light 20 rooms in your house with LEDs to balance out one room with incandescents, or light the whole house 20 times brighter.

While you use more energy in other places, for example display equipment, the cut in energy usage for lighting is hardly incremental - it's revolutionary. While lighting a whole house 20 years ago used maybe 2 or 3 kW, now it is more like 100-150 Watts. That is a phenominal difference.

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Dot-gay told it's NOT gay enough – but web'll be officially .eco-friendly

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Re: A joke....

Using an alternative network is a stupid solution though. The sensible solution is to ignore the new TLDs and carry on before, largely as has been done with .biz, .info, .me etc.

In my mind, .biz means "scammy", .info means "probably not relevant" and .me means... well, I'm not sure really.

Certainly if I was looking for A2B Taxi Co in Cherry Brook, I'll still go the same way - google them, click on result, find number and call. The TLD they use is at best irrelevant, and they will know that, and be very unlikely to buy and redirect A2BTaxis.taxi to their already functioning A2BTaxis.co.uk site.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Bit of an empty article?

@cray74

Thanks - a summary like that would have made the article worth reading!

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AndyS

Bit of an empty article?

This article sounds very interesting - I was hoping for more of an insight into the headline, instead of some jabs at some business-speak. Obviously their sales guy is going to big-up their sector, but the technology sounds interesting too.

How is this module constructed?

How does it maintain air pressure, what are the structural materials, is it comparible to a metal cylinder?

What does the module do? What is it for?

How does it work?

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

AndyS

Re: I do wonder

@TheVogon: Why are you replying to a comment below yours?

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

AndyS

Um...

websites... readily promoted by search engines such as Google and Yahoo

What have we here, another politician who doesn't understand how search engines work?

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: Harvey's law

They weren't interferring with the radio signal, they were doing it on the data layer.

Interesting response. To a layman the difference is irrelevant, and the result is the same. I wonder if the law is so tightly written that this counts as a loophole?

Obviously the FCC wasn't particularly happy about the situation, so I'd assume they don't believe it matters how you mess with the signal (whether by flooding the radio spectrum with noise, or injecting malicious data packets). They seem to have concluded the hotel's actions were illegal, and slapped down a pretty big fine.

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Re: Real or imaginary

Agreed. There is a market for this data, but it's between companies, and not consumer facing. As such no value picked out of thin air by a consumer means anything - the actual value is what 3rd party companies are willing to pay for it.

When I first opened the article, it had a sub-heading about £15.50 (you can see the title has changed by comparing it to the URL) - I suspect that's what this figure is. The real, traded value of a full suite of information including address, employment history, etc that people regularly upload to Facebook.

But you know what? Most people know this, and reckon it's worthwhile. Nobody's going to start demanding £140 (or whatever other arbitrary figure a survey puts on it) to use things like Facebook, Google etc. The logical decision is that they are happy trading this info for access to some pretty extensive services.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

AndyS

Re: Oil subsidies...

That's nice, but you don't need to convince us (this is a UK site) that you (the US) is running a pretty messed up ship. We know that already.

Although some of your points can be extrapolated, the US really is the oddball of the developed world, in every single sense.

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Reddit trousers $50m to splash on ads, mobile and cash-generating staffers

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It takes money

I understand that - it's not free to run a large site.

But $50,000,000? That's a hell of a lot of money. I'm afraid I struggle to get my head round how they can need that much.

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Kenyan court case could sound death knell for mobile money

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Re: also used in South Africa

Also used quite successfully in other East African countries, and certainly successful in, for example, Tanzania and Uganda. But it's Kenya which has really taken off.

Interestingly East Africa has, in some terms, led the world in terms mobile usage. No roaming charges between countries, cheap sim-only deals long before they were normal, mobile money (Pesa just means 'cash' in Swahili), very fast networks in urban areas, etc.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: It sucks but..

That site doesn't allow hotlinking, here is the link to the article with the image:

http://consumertraveler.com/today/would-full-body-scanners-have-stopped-the-christmas-bomber-probably-not/

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AndyS

Re: MAGNA CARTA

Free speech is about interactions between citizens and government...

...in the narrow legal interpritation of one specific 200+ year old foreign document. Which isn't really relevant in this discussion about a website censoring comments.

Which, as others have already noted, the Reg hasn't done.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

AndyS

Re: Bonnet space?

We used to drive a Matiz, and if you took the (anemic, 3 cylinder, 1000 cc) engine out of that, but left everything else, you would probably only have room for 1 bag from Tescos. Shrink the space slightly and it's gone.

You still, after all, need to package bigger wheel arches, suspension components, all the fluid bottles, the radiator, the battery, the ECU, a few pumps and plenty of plumbing. All of which add up to substantially more space than the engine itself.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

AndyS

No, and there's a fair argument that they shouldn't be able to, as they should be doing what Rackspace and others are doing to invalidate these trolls' patents.

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

AndyS

Re: A certain...

Let's not limit this to the far East. I stayed in a boutique hotel in Geneva, and the internet was down. I reported it, and they said the IT guy would be in later. So I had a poke around at 192.168.0.1, logged in with the old gem of 'admin/admin', and reset the router. Hey presto, working wifi throughout the hotel.

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

AndyS

Re: or

Why should netflix not count? Or did these people you know not appreciate how much bandwidth is used by streaming video content?

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

AndyS

Re: slippery slope or lawsuit magnet?

Were you just glancing over the article, and did you miss the bit where it said the information from Google allowed law enforcement to gain a warrant, which allowed them to find all the other files and folders the guy had?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: @lglethal

Are you trolling, or just stupid?

The electrical requirement of a satellite has nothing to do with the weight. You can put big panels on something small, or small on big.

A double deck bus has a 200 HP engine. So everything with 200HP must weigh 18 tonnes, right? So an F1 car with ~1000 HP must weigh 90 tonnes. Can't be very exciting watching them race.

Also, 0.72N is the first demonstrated prototype. There's this thing called development that I think you've forgotten about. Heck, they don't even really understand what's happening here yet!

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

AndyS

Re: 50Hz hum randomiser

"...just turn the incoming mains off..."

So how do I do that in my hotel/office/serviced appartment?

Why not *just* set up an anechoic, faraday caged chamber and record straight to wax cylinder with a porcupine quill?

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Re: 50Hz hum randomiser

Surely a notch-filter, to remove everything from 20Hz to 100Hz, would do the job nicely?

No hardware required, no exotic software, it can probably be compelted with open source software (eg Audacity) in a matter of minutes, and would completely strip the recording of any tell-tale signals.

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Google BLOCKS access to Goldman client-leak email

AndyS

That's if Google didn't automatically put it in the spam folder already. Along with the follow-up email asking the user to delete it.

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Brazilian baddies bank Boleto billions

AndyS

Brazilian baddies?

How many is that?

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

AndyS

We need more laws!

I hear nearly one in seven murders are committed on a Tuesday, and yet there's no law against murdering people on a Tuesday! Does nobody care?!

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

AndyS

Can't see the gray area here

If the contract specified a blanket ban for a period the courts have deemed fair, and he broke that, then he is in breach of a contract he agreed to.

On the other hand if the contract specified activities he is not allowed to take part in, and he has agreed with Google not to do these things (and Amazon can't show he is doing them), then all seems good.

I guess it's too much to ask to figure these things out like adults without resorting to the courts.

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'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap

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Re: positively surprising

Bronek, I've gathered from what I've read in various places that (on top of other propblems) the code is in a mess, and this must be true since they've just admitted it. It sounds like you've got some personal experience - have you delved into it? If so, what did you find?

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PayPal says sorry: Fat fingers froze fundraiser for anti-spy ProtonMail

AndyS

"Another example of why you mustn't tie up significant sums of money with Paypal."

Fair enough.

"And another reason to pay with Bitcoin."

Oh don't be silly.

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Re: Mmmh, its definitely a cock-up when it becomes world-wide news ....

If I set up a shop and accept payment by paypal, you don't need a paypal account to pay; you can just use your credit card, through the paypal platform. I'm willing to bet he doesn't have a paypal account, so this is what's happening.

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Android SMS worm punts dodgy downloads... from your MATES

AndyS

Is this really a worm?

I thought things like viruses, worms, trojans etc all managed to either spread themselves directly, or by sneaking inside other bits of software.

This looks more like the "delete system32", or "sudo rm -Rf /" line of attack.

This relies on a user:

1. Enabling installation from untrusted sources (isn't this normally only done by fairly advanced users, with a clue?)

2. Following an extremely suspicious link, in badly worded English, with nonsensical content

3. Downloading an app from the linked site

4. Installing the app

And at the end of all that, it installs an (easily removable, and harmless) app.

Hardly self-spreading, or even particularly worrying, is it?

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

AndyS

Re: ok.. who sets the base reference for prices?

Most books have an RRP printed on the back, which is presumably set by the publisher. This presumably uses a fixed-ish ratio to wholesale price. This is certainly the price Amazon use to mark themselves against. Adjusting it would either mean lowering the wholesale price, or lowering the profit available to all book sellers. Neither is as easy as Amazon adjusting a number on their website.

This is obviously quite different from the "75% off!!!" that you see on strawberries in Tescos right through the summer (because they cost 4 times as much when they're out of season).

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

AndyS

Voice commands

Is the only way to activate and interface with these things by voice command? In which case, I can't see how they will ever displace a phone, as they will be effectively useless in:

Quiet offices

Restaurants

Trains

Buses

Any quiet public spaces

Theatres

Presentations

Churches/Mosques etc

Lifts

Toilets

Anywhere it is not socially acceptable to randomly start talking, without making people around you feel very uncomfortable, I can't see how these will work.

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