* Posts by James 51

2184 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

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Re: Lofty goals

Keep it small might allow reuse , single purpose modules but Swiss knife utility classes are broken down.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Simple is best

We have a PM who wants out of the ECHR which was designed primary by British lawyers to prevent governments doing to their people what fascists and communist governments of the early to mid-twenty century did to their own people. I put us in the East Berlin side of that equation.

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Re: Simple is best

For that value of 'just' people would be dying for decades if not centuries to come in England as well as Ireland. Here's one reason why:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_Covenant#The_Covenant_.28for_men.29

Here's the most relevant bit:

'And in the event of such a Parliament being forced upon us, we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognise its authority. In sure confidence that God will defend the right, we hereto subscribe our names.'

Or as my history teacher put it, 'We'll kill the king's soldiers and members of the King's government to remain loyal to the King.' Force a reunited effort (in contradiction of the Good Friday Agreement, various treaties between the UK and ROI and in violation of EU law) and it will be loyalist terrorism that will be boosting the construction industry.

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Parts of the Good Friday Agreement involve treaties with the ROI and EU law is written specifically into the Agreement and the treaty. Exiting the EU and keeping the peace process going is going to be an extremely difficult if not impossible task. Putting in a hard border between NI and ROI could revitalise Republican terrorism and a hard border between NI and and GB could perhaps revitalise Loyalist terrorism and they are mutually supporting. When one rears its ugly head the other won't be far behind. If they leave things as they are, then the notion of 'taking back our border/control' will be a farce as anyone one in the EEA could go to ROI, stroll across an open border and then get a plane or boat across the Irish sea.

That's not to mention the economic impact on one of the poorest regions of the UK either. In short it's a big mess and the best way to handle it might be to pretend the Brexit never took place and keep going as before.

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Re: Simple is best

Not sure if turning the UK into East Berlin is the direction anyone* wants to go down.

*For a given value of anyone.

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Re: Simple is best

You're forgetting about NI which has a land border with ROI.

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

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I am guessing that the battery is fixed which is a pity. I know the advantages but when my phone's battery started to fade I was able to get another no problem. My son dropped it and the battery can get a bit hot now so thinking about getting another replacement just in case (four year old phone struggling with demanding websites and apps is more probable cause).

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UK.gov depts in post-Mad Frankie Maude landgrab over IT spending controls

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Re: "Due to missing year-on-year spend figures"

Without the farm payments from the EU lots of farms will close and they won't need that system any more. See, Brexit can help.

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Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

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Is there a RISC version of Crysis?

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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Not a public fail but Windows 10 (Mrs is not keen on learning to use any *nix) ran an update last night and immediately went BSOD. Think it managed to corrupt it's own boot manager. Strange thing was is that if I went into the BIOS, didn't make any changes and continued to boot it was fine. Kept fiddling with the settings till it seemed to boot every time okay. Guess I'll find out if I get a slightly panicked call later in the day...

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: I don't care what he's been accused of

When we lost the right to silence with the password law that should have been a red flag to everyone.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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How do they stop people with tools like selenium from starting a script and walking away?

BTW if Robert Rankin hears about this I wonder if he (or Elvis and Barry) could sue.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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I know no one is going to make white goods that can do that until the smart meter is in place but given the longevity of them there is going to be a lead time of at least ten years on this. Will the meters still be relevant then or will they need more RAM or CPU or Bluetooth chip to do the job?

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If everyone was getting solar panels or turbines on their roofs it would make sense. Perhaps if our white goods had the capability to communicate with the grid and run when there is the most capacity available it would also make sense. At the moment it is hard to see it being good for anything that could not have been done cheaper with people or in another way.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Think of it in a hearts and minds kind of way. The locals are less likely to stay on the sidelines if you're poisoning the water they drink and the food they eat.

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Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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Who was responsible for the Nokia 108 I saw in a shop a few days ago?

I'd love a new N900. Cross it with an 808 and I'd be able to put my Q10 to rest.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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It's a pity that privacy wasn't on the list of features (along with completely removing privacy invading honey pots like Siri and respecting customers (still annoyed about the wrong hand antenna problem)).

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: A bit of balance

You forgot the joke icon.

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Re: Twisting in the wind

The anniversary update does remove it as a group policy option for Pro.

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Re: Twisting in the wind

I've got one or two pieces of software that run in Windows and don't have a linux version and don't play well with Wine. There's the games too that are the same. Over time I use them less but until I can cut the cord need to have at least one box that sits in the corner until it's needed.

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Re: Twisting in the wind

Let's not forget the forced advertising in the start menu.

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The power switch gave out on my base unit at the weekend, the plastic clip holding it in place had snapped. Put the reset cable in the power switch jumper and it worked.

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Re: Missing option in survey

You forgot the joke icon.

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Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'

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Re: Smith

It is mostly likely the nature of the allegations that is big problem here. As the links here show, people have been murdered over less 'proof'. Plus there is the damage to his political career if the link starts to rise in search engine rankings.

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Re: Smith

See also:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35156657

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China decrees it will grow world-class enterprise vendors by the year 2025

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With the size of the internal market and their ability to keep foreign companies outside or captured as partners to local firms, it is difficult to see them not being able to threaten almost any sector they decide to dominate. Not sure that will bode well for anyone given their track records on human rights and the self certified exceptionalism that allows them to ignore international law:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-36777348

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Gullible Essex Police are now using junk science lie detectors

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Re: Simple: choose the right question

It is important to remember in these situations that a sense of humour and by extension a statement no matter how hilarious it may be, should not be issued.

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I just finished reading Homicide. It goes into how theatre like this can be used to intimidate the ignorant. I wonder what will happen the first time someone gets banged up for violated the terms of their release based solely on the polygraph and it is later proved that the polygraph was incorrect.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Probably something to do with compression and expansion rather than fiddling with knobs and keys.

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One of the main selling points of Apple products is suppose to be the physical design including the robustness and longevity of the product. There has to come a point when the market is saturated and it looks like Apple have reached in. I wish investors and analysts would grow a functioning synapse and then use it.

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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Re: "Green Prince of Darkness" at FauxScienceSlayer

NO 'sustainable' energy

So how long have we got till it's back to the stone age?

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Re: @James 51

I agree there is going to be a long lead time but if we don't lay the ground work for replacement technologies we'll never see the improvements which are required. Even if we don't jump straight to all solar planes, they might inform the design of the next generation of planes.

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I can't remember if I read this in Accidental Empires or Where Wizards Stay Up Late but the author was telling a story about the creation of postscript. He was working with one of the men responsible for creating it. The short version is that the author kept trying to tell the other person that postscript was too complex and resource hungry to work with their computers and printers. It was only years later that he understood the other man's point that there would soon come a time when that was not the case but he had lacked the vision required to lay the foundations for that time.

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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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Any step towards a UK without a data protection law would require the UK to withdraw from the Council of Europe and its European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), something that Mrs. May has categorically stated will not happen under her watch as Prime Minister.

But it is a personal ambition of hers:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722361/We-pull-Euro-human-rights-rules-May-tells-PM-It-s-way-rid-foreign-criminals-says.html

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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

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Re: Sad day for Havant, Portsmouth, and Hayling Island

I am sure May, Boris and David Davis will be telling everyone on the new this is a symbol that Britain is open and ready for business. Can't we control the jobs back?

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European privacy body slams shut backdoors everywhere

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Re: Decryption, ... monitoring, ... of communications should be prohibited.

If not then new software will be written in the EU with full fat protection and will be exported to the UK and other places.

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Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

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I doubt if the prices will ever some down, at least by a substantial amount. The £ to $ conversion already left a lot of room for gouging and I don't see that behaviour changing any time soon.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Opera use to have a similar pledge about the data they gathered on users of its browser. We're going to find out that that's worth now that it's been bought over. (I know the BBC is not 'commercial' entity but that didn't stop Call Me Dave selling extremely sensitive personal information held by the NHS for a tiny fraction of it's value and there's plenty of MPs who would like to see it privatised or made to pay it's way more (both the BBC and the NHS)).

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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I'll upgrade this weekend but only because somehow Win10 sneaky download killed my Win7 Pro install. It won't boot any more but my Windows 7 Pro disk won't recover or even wipe the disk clean and start again as detects a newer version of Windows. I've been using Ubuntu for months and if it wasn't for old games like Blade Runner I probably wouldn't bother at all. If it can't recover it, I'll have to wipe the disk and then will stick with Windows 7. It will be interesting to see how Win 10 responds to having the motherboard and cpu replaced if that is what the authentication is based on. Just waiting to see what Zen is like before I get something new.

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GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

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The pop up on the app says the network may be interfering with traffic but it's hard to tell.

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I have pureVPN on my phone (paid for version) but it has never worked great on vodafone and is almost never works on three.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: Rather Late.... - Blackberry Playbook ?

I have two already. Four or five years old and still going strong.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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It was. Exhibit A, his love of antique sports shoes that got more time than the plot did.

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Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

So that is where tribbles come from.

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

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Depends if there are seasons or not and how long the day/night cycle is. It if was tidally locked it might be a Brian Sldiss/Hothouse scenario.

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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Re: So...

When Moore's observation ran up against the limitations of the physics of current technologies.

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Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

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A common sense decision, I wish I wasn't so surprised. Nice to see it though.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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What's the plan? ARM is already very successful and the new owners have nothing to offer. Unless it's to hand over a bunch of cash and walking away I doubt this will end well.

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You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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If the same survey advocated homeopathy I wouldn't be rushing to the tap. Biometrics are user names, not passwords and I wonder if people understand the limitations of the technology.

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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I am looking forward to them hauling Facebook over hot coals for the scam they run on small businesses to 'boost' their posts.

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