* Posts by A Non e-mouse

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A Dyson car? Don't rule it out. We're suckers for innovation, says CEO

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I'm guessing the author/editor meant that the crypto would be unbreakable except by spooks when they're tracking down the millions of terrorists, paedos and other n'er do wells, that inhabit this planet.

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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

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Re: Desk phones?

Muting on a mobile phone is easy, on a conference call some desk phones have this function disabled and you have to press a *6 combination - horrible.

I wonder if you're confusing mute from your phone and mute in the conference service. Either will work, but generally mute from the handset (which is usually a hard button and definitely exists on all the Cisco phones I've worked with) is often easier.

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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

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Re: Malls?

At least with a Mall you can buy stuff with cash and not have to give a name & address.

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Re: Sorry..

The corollary to this, is that if you have lots of data, unless you really know what you're doing, you can "prove" anything. (Hidden messages in the Bible, for example)

Statistics are slippery beasts and need to be handled with extreme care.

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Precognition

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."

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Shadow minister for Fun calls for Openreach separation

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Railtrack

OFCOM should look across the hall at the disaster that happened with Railtrack and learn lessons from that.

IMHO, Openreach should be setup as a non-profit. Its board should be made up of representatives of the communications industry (Telcos, ISPs, etc) It's charter/aim/whatever should be to provide the best physical communications infrastructure for the UK. And it should be transparent. Board meeting minutes, strategy documents, financial models, revenue, costs, etc. should all be made public. (Maybe subject to something akin to FoI?) It must be non-discriminatory in who it deals with and what it offers.

If a local group wants, say, FTTH and are willing to pay, let them!

I know this isn't perfect, but I think it's the right direction.

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Re: Separated or insulated?

In their current form they are bad enough because they are not allowed to deal with consumers directly.

It's a little bit more tricky than that. BT Openreach are only allowed to speak to *their* customer. This may be totally different to the end user of Openreach's service. At my job we've contracted Openreach to do work. In your case, the domestic household was the end user, but Openreach's customer was (I assume) BT. Your problem is/was BT not managing Openreach properly. (I'm not claiming that Openreach are perfect, but with BT in the middle the only thing you can be sure of is something going wrong.)

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Re: Question

I suspect farmer's want 10Mb+ compared to the lame 2Mb/s (if that) that they currently get being out in the sticks.

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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Re: Silly...

And fiber is reliable, and not affected by galvanic corrosion or cable theft.

Only if your thieves know the difference between a fibre cable and a copper cables. And they might not spot the difference until they've cut the cable... :-/

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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Rule 48

Still not sure what this mythical Rule 48 is all about...

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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Re: It's a good start

It's *always* the sex industry that decides the route of technological change - ask yourself why, for example, we had VHS video players for so long, in the face of at least two superior technologies at much the same price?

I just tried to find a reference for this well known fact of Betamax failing because no porn was available for it.

My quick 5-second googling just came up with no concrete evidence of this. A consensus I stumbled across, was the opinion that one of the main reasons Betamax failed was due to it initially only supporting one hour recording, verses two or three hours for VHS.

A couple of web pages claim that porn was definitely produced for Betamax, but more was produced for VHS. I didn't follow this up. (There's only so much googling about porn I'm prepared to do at work!)

If you have a reference for this no-porn-on-Betamax fact, could you share it please?

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Re: Hading a good time reading El Reg

Why should readers and commenters do the work of the editorial team?

Because we're all human and sometimes mistakes slip through?

I often send in corrections, and frequently get a polite "Thanks" back from the author or editor.

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Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

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Everyone knew Windows 10 was coming. We may not have known the exact release date but why didn't everyone wind down supply of Windows 8 machines? Would the loss of sales of Windows 8 outstrip the loss from inventory write-down on unsold Windows 8 machines?

I seem to recall that Apple goods start becoming harder to get hold of before product launches as they stop production of older products.

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Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

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Re: Please remove the link...

Might as well just delete the entire Internet!

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Vodafonica’s Cornerstone missing its UK coverage target, says report

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O2 & WifI Calling

There's a post in the O2 Community Forums which claims that WiFi Calling is coming soon to O2.

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China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer back online after Tianjin blast

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Corruption Purge

Is president Xi Jinping seeking to stamp out corruption to improve things for the population, or is he just using it as an excuse to bump off people he doesn't like?

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IRS: Tax-record snaffle scam actually 200% worse than first feared

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Percentages

It's so refreshing to see a journalist get a percentage increase right.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Total rubbish

We've had our account manager in multiple times to discuss the options for improving signal coverage in our urban area because the signal is so bad. The carrier has even performed their own surveys which confirmed the poor coverage. Yet the OFCOM website says I can get good indoor and outdoor signal! The map is utter rubbish.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Red-top article?

I'd expect to read an article like this in the Daily Fail^HMail, not El Reg. OK, so the CE mark might be incorrectly printed, but did El Reg really need to devote so many words to such a minor transgression? Where's that El Reg tombstone icon when you need it?

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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@Ironclad

So not even lighting up Jupiter would do the trick

Not unless you have a black monolith lying around....

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@Moiety

It'll probably take until the end of the Universe to tidy up the mess I've made....*

* - I know the Earth will be destroyed by Sol long before then. Don't let the facts get in the way of a (poor) joke.

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Re: Solar engineering

Just hypothetically if we possessed the technology to create fusion reactions to form new stars could we postpone the heat death of the universe?

No. To perform "work" you need an energy differential. Heat death is when the energy is the same across the entire Universe. You couldn't avoid heat death by building a reactor as you wouldn't be able to get the energy to build the reactor.

Slightly shorter term, could the same technology create a new sun in our solar system? What size object would be needed to create a similar sized sun a similar distance from Earth? E.g. if we sacrifice Pluto as 'kindling' for our new sun would it be bigger than Sol is now?

According to hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/KellyMaurelus.shtml, you need something about 80 times bigger than Jupiter to form a star. And that's assuming the proto-star has the right composition for nuclear fusion. Main sequence stars, such as Sol, "burn" Hydrogen to form Helium, etc. Pluto is a rocky planet, so not much Hydrogen to burn.

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OK, who unplugged the modem? North Korea's internet disappeared for four hours today

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Planned Vs Unplanned

The article takes the line that the outage was unplanned/unwanted. But maybe it was planned. Maybe they were doing an router upgrade? Or a new series of the Jong-uns came out on TV last night and Dear Leader wanted to make sure no-one missed it?

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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The problem is the average Joe/Jo on the High Street/Mall will look at the upfront cost of the print (I.e. What comes out of their wallet there and then) and go with the cheapest. They won't think about the long term costs. Look at mobile phones: Most of us here on El Reg know it's cheaper to buy a phone separate to your mobile contract, but few people on the High Street bother because they're lured in by the low up front costs.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Amazon

I find I'm visiting Amazon less and less as scrolling on their site is painfully slow.

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ROBOT SEEDS to be scattered into upper atmosphere of JUPITER: NASA scheme

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Power

Although they can use Jupiter's winds to keep the craft aloft for weeks or months, what are the craft going to do for power? If they're going to be in Jupiter's atmosphere, surely solar power isn't going to cut it? And isn't Nasa running out of plutonium for deep-space probes?

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

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FAIL

You're assuming sheeple can tear their eyes away from the glowing screens of their latest fondleslab.

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Ad-Hoc WiFi

But hasn't Ad-Hoc WiFi existed for years? What's different about this latest standard?

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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Re: on target

Plus, when they launched the probe, they didn't have an accurate size for the (dwarf) planet. Aimimg for something that small, that far away, and you're not 100% sure of its size? You'd be mad to try!

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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Newton Quote

There are two interpretations of that Newton quote: One says it was Newton being humble; The other says it was Newton having a dig at Hook.

Oh - and Newton didn't come up with it first. According to Wikipedia, it can be traced back to at least the 12th century.

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Telegram messaging app cops 200Gbps DDoS

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Location, location, location

How do they know the attack is being co-ordinated from East Asia?

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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@ratfox

What's even worse, is when a website claims your password is invalid and "not strong enough" when, actually, your password is too strong and their web application can't cope with it.

BTW - remembering strong passwords: Isn't that what password managers are for?

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Apples & Oranges

I don't think certificate pinning or O/S checks are intended to prevent reverse engineering. They're there to try and ensure that someone isn't doing something nasty to the end-user. (e.g. fake Subway's servers)

Without hardware assistance, I believe it's quite hard to truly prevent reverse engineering of a software. All you can do is insert traps to slow people down,

At the end of the day, the app developers took some time and trouble to make reasonable efforts to protect the service they provide and they were slapped down by someone seeking some publicity.

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Brit teen who unleashed 'biggest ever distributed denial-of-service blast' walks free from court

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I hope he was put on the sex offenders register for those pictures. People have been put on for much less.

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Apple to end telco iPhone sales monopoly in Britland

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Surely an Apple PR bod saying "not at all, not at all", is a step up from silence? Is El Reg moving off of Apple's naughty step?

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Just for a laugh...

I vote for a black monolith.

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Re: The Death of American Tech Companies

Just look what's happening in the cloud arena. Companies are opening subsidiaries & data centres outside the US to avoid loosing business due to US government/court interference.

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

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Radical Option

So the original mega-contract didn't work. The new tower model of individual contracts doesn't work. So why not try option 3: Do it in-house?

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Pluto probe brain OVERLOAD: Titsup New Horizons explained

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Re: "1202 Alarm"

To be fair, on the Apollo missions, there was a human sat right beside the computer who could take over. Also, the tech support was only a second or two radio lag away.

On these robotic missions, the humans are millions of miles away with a round-trip time of almost a day between tech support and the machine.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: @ 1980s_coder (was: Is there any way of seeing the up and down vote totals for other users?)

I would have liked to have seen Eden's Up/Down counts before being booted off!

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For such a prolific poster (& Reg Forums hacker) I'd have thought you'd have gained a platinum badge by now!

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Gold Badges Was: Any sign of my Silver badge?

I thought for a long time Gold badges weren't being issued. But I'm sure I've started to see new people with Gold badges. Are they now being issued?

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Unable to login to El Reg Channel

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Unable to login to El Reg Channel

I've just tried to login via El Reg Channel, but it keeps failing. As you can see, El Reg main is working fine...

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Privacy watchdog ICO slashes its fines in half

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FAIL

If they were seeking (more) court convictions against companies for data protection issues (e.g. prison or shutting them down) then I'd be sympathetic to the reduced fines. But reducing the fines and doing nothing else???

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Testing

..the question has to be asked: why did Google release such a half-baked app for showtime in the first place?

Because in the agile web 2.0 world, you are the alpha & beta testers.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics drops big data bubble-buster

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Statistics 101

It sounds like big data proponents need to attend an introduction to statistics course.

Statistics are slippery beasts and need to be handled with extreme care, otherwise you risk getting completely the wrong answer.

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Cloud storage is a three-way race with no contenders

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Competition

So Gartner are complaining that the new entrants are not competing with Amazon, Google & MS.

Could this, perhaps, have something to do with the capital cost involved in trying to compete with them? Either you need *very* deep pockets and be prepared to take a very big gamble to compete with these three, or you find your own place in the market.

Also remember that the big three aren't exactly falling over themselves to publish the financials from their cloud services. That could be (but isn't guaranteed) an indication that profits are wafer thin.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: Old rant...

I find Libre/Open Office fail to handle many documents I throw at them. I suspect it's more Word doing some crazy method to achieve a particular layout, because if I correct the document in LL/OO, it loads back into Word fine.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Missing poll option

"Complete the roll out of 2G & 3G"

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