* Posts by Justicesays

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

Justicesays

So, this actually IS a thing!

http://www.nerdalize.com/

BBC story today

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32816775

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Boffin

Well,

If you could in fact make a chip operate at "toasting element" temperatures, then you could toast with the waste computational heat.. for the 5mins every day you run your toaster.

On the other hand, hot and fast running chips replacing the heating elements in your water heater might just be a thing! Seems sensible to use that entropy to do something useful* instead of going straight to the waste heat, right?

*usefulness will vary depending on the vapidity of the work the processor is put to.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Justicesays

"1) Why does the boot not lock? Are you telling me someone designed a car where the only way to lock it is via radio? Stop buying these cars."

Normally you can lock the boot from the drivers lock in these cases. However, it requires some obscure left/right key turning to enable it, which no-one will be able to remember without looking at the manual for the car. Probably they disabled key locking of the boot at some point with one of those combos accidentally.

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Devil

Whats up doc?

"Videos that model unsafe behaviors such as playing with lit matches, shooting a nail gun, juggling knives, tasting battery acid, and making a noose"

I would have thought that Warner Bros. would get those loony tunes cartoons taken down under the DMCA?

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EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor

Justicesays

So

One environmentalist with a hatred of nuclear power

One hardline anti-libertarian who hates drugs

One hardline Christian scientist who opposes any kind of genetic tinkering.

One Octogenarian professor who is stuck in the 70s and doesn't trust all this newfangled stuff

3 appointees from various "Think tank" organizations.

I'm joking,

It's going to be 7 of the last one, who also cover the first 4.

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

Justicesays
Devil

Missing a comma?

"...terrorists, criminals and others, posing a serious threat to the UK"

FTFY.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

Justicesays

Re: In fact, warning does make sense

"may contain..." is a voluntary label with no required wording or separation of ingredient types.

However, it's use on a packet of peanuts is almost certainly to indicate that the packet may well contain traces of other "nuts", as the label is *not* required.

A label saying "Contains: Peanuts" and "Ingredients: Peanuts, salt" is required however....

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Boffin

In fact, warning does make sense

Peanuts are a legume, not a nut, but are likely processed in the same factories that process actual nuts, so therefore putting a label on them saying "May contains nuts" is just the same as putting a label on cornflakes made in the same factory as crunchy nut cornflakes, for instance.

They may contain nuts from other processing lines that might have blown over or whatever, but they aren't nuts themselves.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Devil

Re: A Great Innovation...But...

"2. Most houses are draughty. Air leak is sometimes the biggest enemy of residential energy efficiency and cost reduction, exceeding even insulation in importance. Infiltration of undesired outside hot or cold air means exfiltration of desired heated/cooled inside air, which you then have to replace, at your expense. Many sources of air leak are obvious, like the aforementioned windows and doors, also unplugged chimneys, gaps between sills and foundations, and the like. Others are downright arcane, weird, who'd-a-thunk-it sorts of things. First you address the obvious ones, then you formally test, most often by employing a professional, but you could do it yourself."

Go ahead, make your house airtight and then get back to me if you survive the monoxide poisoning!

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

Justicesays

Have the same issue with my homeplugs. I suspect they are crashing, perhaps due to overheating when in prolonged use.

In the end I moved the router back to an extension socket and ditched them.

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What is the REAL value of your precious, precious data?

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Meh

So if one piece of data is so valueless...

why is it so hard to opt out of data collection?

cf. Supercookies, ignoring "Do not track" settings, opposition to Ad and script blockers.

Multiple tick boxes needed to opt out of (or maybe opt into? who can tell) data collection with triple negatives and auto-re/un-ticking on page refresh.

Companies used to rely on freely given information from "representative" samples, via surveys etc.

Now they just want all the data , even from those that wouldn't have completed the survey because they don't see why they should give their life story to the company they just bought a fridge from.

And they go to great lengths to get that information, in many cases against the laws of the countries they operate in (e.g opt in vs opt out).

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

Justicesays

The solution is simple

When a camera equipped police office goes off shift, it will be their job to declare to the desk sergeant if there is anything of evidentiary interest on the camera. If they don't, the camera storage will be overwritten tout suite.

Any complaints against a specific officer will somehow get delayed just long enough that the camera will have already been reused, unless the person making the complaint has a lawyer with a court order on hot dial.

There will be some "guidelines" that will indicate that after certain categories of police work, all the camera evidence is kept (like protest suppression policing) , but it turns out that in this case the procedures weren't followed correctly. Sorry, could happen again.

Problem solved.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

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Joke

that company will be known simply as HP Inc

At least it's clear where the money is coming from with that name!

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Jawbone Up4 tapcash wristjob: Get BONKING with the latest sweaty hipster toy

Justicesays
Devil

So, it has to have an NFC capable terminal AND take Amex?

So, where is this one coffee shop located?

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Need speed? Then PCIe it is – server power without the politics

Justicesays

Going to be slow regardless

Modern day CPU's are so fast that the 1/2 light speed (+) that electrical signals travel is pretty slow over any significant distance, which is why

a) on-die and incorporated caches are getting larger and larger and contribute such significant performance increases

b) Why three dimensional chip design and die stacking is a major focus of interest

1 Gigahertz means 1 cpu cycle happens while light travels 30 cm.

Chips run at up over 5 Ghz, so 6cm.

If it turns out the data you needed was on a RAM chip 2 meters away, 66 cpu cycles (at least) will pass while you are waiting for it to turn up, regardless of what bus, technology or whatever you are using for an interconnect.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Justicesays

https://xkcd.com/750/

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RAGING Google SLAPS naughty Chinese root cert kingpins CNNIC

Justicesays

Hmm, I wonder

"The Chocolate Factory state that "While neither we nor CNNIC believe any further unauthorized digital certificates have been issued, nor do we believe the misissued certificates were used outside the limited scope of MCS Holdings’ test network. CNNIC will be working to prevent any future incidents.""

So, How did Google "become aware" of these certificates?

Presumably Chrome reported back to the big Googleplex from inside MCS and ratted them out?

Nice bit of spyware you got there Google.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

Not always a benefit...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32150554

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Re: Smart meters are for one thing

Don't forget, You'll be able to pay for special tariffs. Such as the "No Brownouts for me" tariff, better have lots of cash though.

Yeah, when I heard that the alternative to investing in power generation infrastructure was "Smart Meters" I figured that was the idea as well, rolling brownouts. The increased spying and police anti-protest measures are being put in place to crack down on the power riots...

My local MP's energy policy is apparently loft insulation, solar panels and hope, which pretty much sums it up for all the parties tbh.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Justicesays
Devil

Re: Let them eat data

>If people started using their spare email capacity to spam encrypted messsages random data randomly across the planet then any system of surveillance would have an apoplectic fit.

>Mines the one with the One Time Pad in the pocket...

FTFY

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

Justicesays
Headmaster

Possibly the smelliest kind of havoc I agree

But you probably meant wreak...

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FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

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Re: Visual Line of Sight

I guess it's some kind of definition of actually being there and looking at it with the mk1 eyeball.

As opposed to , say, flying two drones in tandem with camera's pointed at each other. Or a selfie stick on the one drone.

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

Justicesays

Wow!

I mean, I thought you saved money by centralizing everything for ease of maintenance and control. Now it turns out you save money by distributing and avoiding infrastructure while benefiting from "commoditization".

It almost seems like whatever you are doing currently is wrong, and you should switch to the opposite while spending cash on some vendors new kit.

Marketing eh.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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Unhappy

Oh yeah, I'm sure they saw those issues.....

You mean the incumbent Tory government found out their new voter registration system might disenfranchise a load of traditionally socialist voters and didn't jump right on it to fix that problem?

Who would have thought it.

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

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Boffin

Re: ...SSD warranties of up to five years...

How many 20 year old hard drives are you using in your enterprise right now?

How many would you be using even if they hadn't failed at some point?

in 1995 5.25" 9GB SCSI disks had just come out.

IDE disks had just gone over 540MB.

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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

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Mushroom

They took over my broadband provider

And turned the service to shit, so I moved elsewhere.

Their secret throttling "beta" that went on for several months, affected all live users and wasn't announced or even mentioned until people complained was one of the motivators.

Oh, and the fact they actually promised not to do that when they took over.

I wasn't even on an "unlimited" contract , it had caps, precisely to avoid throttling.

What a bunch of lying cocks.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Unhappy

Bribery eh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery_Act_2010

10 years and an unlimited fine apparently,

Although typically big companies appear to be able to bribe ..erm.. pay off .. "Negotiate a settlement" with the government investigating them for bribery to drop the charges.

As an MP, if a foreign company wants to present some suggestions for changes they would like to legislation in order to consider starting a business here or similar requests that might benefit the UK economy , then sure, point them to the right people, like the treasury or some under secretary somewhere, or consider sponsoring a bill yourself using their request as evidence of potential benefits.

Just don't ask them for money for doing your job eh, we are already paying you ...

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Justicesays

Re: How to freeze animations?

I've been using the "superstop" mozilla addon ever since the Mozilla devs in their infinite "wisdom" decided that they liked making you watch animations and disabled the ESC key.

Not sure what is available for other browsers.

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

Justicesays

Maybe not everyone can learn to program?

Some research throws doubt on the idea that everyone is capable of learning programming effectivly.

http://www.eis.mdx.ac.uk/research/PhDArea/saeed/paper1.pdf

Although I guess a good grounding could at least help people understand what programmers do.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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WTF?

Who is going to provide the insurance and take the fall?

So which insurance provider is going to provide the mandatory insurance.

And how much is it going to cost for that?

I would assume any accident would hike the premiums on all the "self driving" vehicles at once, as the all have the same AI "driver", or will it all be based on the "test driver" despite the unlikely scenario of the human driver reacting fast and accurately enough to avoid an accident if the AI does something stupid at real car speeds.

Who will be registered as the "driver", and be prosecuted and/or sued for dangerous driving if it decides to swerve into a pavement full of pedestrians at 40 mph, the unlucky "test driver" I presume?

Will a defense of "I wasn't driving, it was the computer" be a valid one, because that's going to set a precedent that could cause a few problems down the line...

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

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Devil

Re: the key to success

"Stock buybacks are the only thing that matters. Not growth, not profit, just artificially boosting the value of our stock grants for immediate cashing in before we abandon ship.

Signed

Ten years of thieving IBM executive management."

FTFY

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

You would be surprised.

When my fathers windows disk failed to boot, I got him to boot from a knoppix CD I had left as an emergency OS. He used that as his main OS for a month, managed to browse the web and set up his printer, before I got around to a tech visit.

I put him back on windows though, as he couldn't play medal of honor on Linux.

My dad is 70

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Justicesays

The fingers you are swiping with are too fat...

To obtain an official Apple stylus accessory, please mash the screen with your palm now.

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

Justicesays

Re: "Didnt want to co-operate"?

So your suggestion is, IBM should say, "please sir may I have another?" and get screwed over again, and again , and again?

Sounds worse than their current plan don't you think? Or do you imagine Microsoft have become a big happy fuzzy bunny since then?

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WTF?

"Didnt want to co-operate"?

Pretty sure Microsoft took every opportunity to screw over IBM during their "Co-operation" period when IBM did try it. OS/2 Warp anyone? No surprise IBM would keep them at arms length after that.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: I've been thinking about playing.... @Blinky

Maybe some people need to RTFM when playing games?

The c64 and spectrum versions (at least) of original elite had a key that disabled "roll dampening".

This allows you to match the rotation speed of the station docking bay so you can just slowly fly straight in, no "full power when its lined up" or "frantically tapping the roll key" needed.

Also the case with every version of elite since then

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

Justicesays
Devil

Ah, security by ignority?

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

Justicesays
Big Brother

Compromised?

Have you ever travelled to the USA?

Maybe the FBI will get their "front door" access if fingerprint recognition takes off...

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Justicesays

Buttons

I prefer my ebook readers to have physical buttons for page turning.

Ideally somewhere my thumb can access them while reading.

Unfortunately all the manufacturers have decided that touch screens are the way to go.

I guess it saves a few pennies to remove the buttons once you have a touch screen.

As a result, still using my Sony PRS-650 (although custom PRS+ firmware, epub/adobe format support and ability to group books up and manage them via Calibre on my desktop also means I don't want to switch to, say , a kindle)

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

Justicesays
Devil

Duh,

The trailer has been out for years!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhwGEa7507g

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

Justicesays

Re: Abolish it @Down not across

In case you wanted to drive to the test centre?

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If your MOT has expired

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT’s expired. You could be prosecuted if caught.

The only exception is if you’ve already booked an MOT and are driving your vehicle to the test centre

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

Justicesays

Hmm

Night's Dawn suffered from a terrible ending, literally a Deus Ex Machina that hammers a sudden stop leaving alot of the (multitude of) ongoing plot threads feeling cut short or irrelevant.

Still, if they make anything into a series they would probably start with Mindstar Rising et.al, except re-flavoured as an open-ended psychic detective series with umpteen episodes...

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Justicesays

Re: The trouble with "older" sci-fi...

Frederick Pohl still stands up pretty well imo.

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Alert

And this is a problem why exactly?

So, just tell them in writing it's not vulnerable? Or better yet put a message somewhere on your main support site...

And, just because they are running windows, doesn't mean they are not vulnerable to stuff embedded in products.

Which is easier when making your previously UNIX only product run on windows, re-write all your scripts in powershell or compile and ship a bash interpreter for windows and just change some paths...

Cygwin based services can use bash, including apache with cgi etc.

These things can happen in the real world.

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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

Justicesays

£8.63 from WHsmith, which is probably a more open format.

As a Tor UK Imprint it should be DRM free, although I don't see it on their "Buy Direct" list, nor is it listed as DRM free on the Amazon UK site. Maybe someone should mail Tor about that.

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

Justicesays

Although Mojang might not have made any money...

Pretty sure I saw somewhere that Notch had personally put away $100mil from Minecraft, so I assume much of the "potential profit" part of the revenue was distributed to the founders and/or employees via various mechanisms.

As you might expect for a privately owned company.

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

Justicesays

Actually

I'm not sure exactly how no-one would find out about it if your company was paying $250k a day in fines and still expected to submit accurate financial reports.

Once it got out that you were paying $250k a day in fines to a secret court no one can talk about it would become pretty obvious what that money was for...

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

Justicesays

Re: I don't think the author really understands the Coriolis Effect

"In the first quote, where something is thrown 'across the compartment' , the effect of rotation wouldn't turn it into a curveball; it would still follow a straight path _across_ the compartment, but instead would just appear to fall or rise at a different rate, depending on the direction in which it was thrown."

Only if you are reading "across the compartment" as "exactly perpendicular to the axis of rotation", which is unlikely to be the case.

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Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves

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Devil

Re: It'll outlive me!

This has been extensively tested via their time machine of course.

And not by hooking up 1000 of them for 2 months and taking stat's from that (after throwing away the ones that failed in the 2-3 weeks.) I'm sure.

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