* Posts by Dave 126

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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

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Re: The Apple II was certainly practical

>I fell for hype and bought one. I soon got a better computer.

I would have thought that most people who bought a computer in that era soon bought a better computer! :)

Heck, it's only in the last few years that I haven't felt the need (have seen no huge benefit to my using of productivity software) to upgrade. For most of the last twenty-five years, none of my current computers has quite seemed quick enough, but the five year old model I'm using now is alright!

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Re: All about money

>Steve Jobs wasn't interested in the user experience. He was interested in the perceived value of his products.

The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the easiest way to up the perceived value of your products is to make sure they have some value to begin with.

Felix Dennis had the same model of microwave in each of his homes around the world. This was because he couldn't be arsed with relearning how to heat some food. Being wealthy, he could afford to remove such minor annoyances from his life. Some microwaves are easy to use, some are just unaccountably awkward.

Jobs did care about the user experience - in the products he used himself (as Mercedes Benz and Sony will testify), as well as those his company sold. If you are going to differentiate your products, it makes sense to differentiate them in area you care and think about. If you are overly sensitive to shit, careless product design, then use it as an asset. This is no less true just because Jobs also wanted to makes lots of money (though his first billion came about by accident, because he financially supported the animation side of Pixar when really he wanted their hardware to be adopted by hospitals).

Of course, the PCs I steered my dad towards buying in the nineties were for gaming, where the more MHz and MBs the better the user experience (in this case, the user experience was shooting hellspawn in Doom at a decent framerate)- you'd want them to be as high as possible for the £. So most PCs were sold on those numbers, and money was saved everywhere else - there was simply no motive for a company to invest money in smoothing off the rough edges. Were these 486-era PCs user friendly? Hell no. And whilst I learnt some skills and aptitudes as a teenager which have since been useful to me, I would had sympathy for someone who just wanted to write and print a letter, for example. I also used Acorn Archimedes and Macs from LC IIs to PowerPC models in school, consoles from Sega and Nintendo, and there was plenty to appreciate in them.

There has been plenty that Apple has done that isn't mere fairy dust, and offer tangible benefits to the user experience. Would Jobs then (maybe over-) sell it? Yeah, that was his job. That should be the job of anyone in his position.

Good design costs time and money, and for a company to make that investment it has to see a return.

I've never owned a Mac, iPod, iPhone or iPad, so perhaps I'm more familiar (and the breeds contempt) with the occasional problems and rough edges of competing products - DOS and Windows PCs, iRivers, Androids. I've encountered so many clumsy and arbitrary design choices I've lost track. Like many people here, I have the experience to skip over many of these issues, but for many laypeople they appear more like hurdles.

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Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

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Re: MS manage it

>MS manage to patch Windows on an even more diverse range of hardware.

Desktop PCs have a BIOS, and were always designed to run a choice of OS. That was, and remains, the norm - PCs made up of different bits of hardware. You can get Windows running, then go looking for dedicated hardware drivers.

NT OS/2 ( then NT 3.1 > 4 >2K >XP > poo > 7. I stopped at 7 ) was designed to run across different architectures, too (MS were feeling threatened by network-capable OSs and RISC chips).

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Re: MS manage it

>I dont understand why Google cant send out updates themselves?

It's because of the nature of Android and the hardware it runs on. There is no equivalent to a BIOS on Android hardware, and each version of Android has be crafted for an individual device and its components.

For a new version of Android, Google release the code to the chipset manufacturers, eg Qualcomn. They in turn, if they decide to support the new version of Android on a particular SoC, release a binary blob, a 'Board Support Package' to the handset OEMs, such as Samsung. The OEMs, if they can be arsed, then build the new version, test it, send it to any relevant carrier partners (yep, carriers are still faffing around with phones) and regulatory authorities for testing. Rinse, repeat etc.

If Google were to create Android today from scratch they would do it differently, as they have with ChromeOS. As it was at the time, Google were racing to deliver a competitor to iOS.

Google have implemented a bit of a half-way house - they have brought more services and APIs into their Google Play Services, which can be updated just like any other app.

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Re: The problem is actually different

>Modern "smartphones" are designed for a business case that is incompatible with security. They are built to sell apps.

iPhones are built to sell apps and high-margin hardware. Android is built to sell advertisements.

Apple make their money from hardware, and a 30% cut of app store sales, and a cut of 'virtual magazines', music, videos and other content. Google make their money from advertising. Plenty of studies have shown that iOS users are far more likely to buy apps compared to Android users - which is really what you would expect: People who pay £600 for a phone instead of £300 tend to be those with spare money, thus are more likely to spend money on an app without adverts.

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Re: Image not representative

Each coloured block represents a handset/OS. MotoG is shown several times, but the MotoG name was given to each of a succession of phones.

The colour represents the OS. The size of the block represent market share.

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Hi! Up here! I'm your Amazon drone. Do you mind if I land now?

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Re: Propellors.

>Like on this one, for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-114

Re the noise cancelling: wouldn't it be much easier to use loudspeakers?

Part of the patent is the idea of that if we can't eliminate all the noise, we can at least modulate the noise to convey a message or otherwise sound less annoyingly like a mosquito. In the fans can produce a noise similar to 'Watch out!', less powerful, lighter speakers can be used to fill out the rest of the frequencies (in effect they are adding to the propeller sound, not fighting against it.)

I don't like noisy PCs. A few years ago I had the idea if the CPU cooler couldn't be made silent, then it could at least be made to sound more relaxing. The idea was that if it sounded like a purring cat instead of like an out-of-breath asthmatic, I would be more relaxed for the same amount of airflow. (Since CPUs today generally have a lower TDP than they used to, I haven't bothered persuing it).

The concept is very plausible. You only have to look at YouTube videos of people making music with stepper motors to see so.

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I don't know - drones are already used used to deliver small items to prisoners! The unregulated free market (drug dealing) doesn't lie etc etc

/tongue in cheek

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Re: Prior Art

>"on the web" seems enough to validate many an existing piece of IP so ..

The patent examiners need documentation, so yeah, the web can be as good as print if its date can be verified.

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Facebook throws BlackBerry an HTML bone

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This strikes me of being more of a perception issue than a technical one.

Yep.

There are of course larger issues at play in this whole web Vs app question, such as data in silos and funding of web content in the age of adblockers (and thus the common blurring between editorial and advertising content).

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>The only thing is that you don't get audio notifications of when you get a message

You can of course have Facebook send you an email when someone sends you a Facebook message. Depending upon your email client and provider, you can have such email use a different notification noise to other emails.

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

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Re: To be fair...

>Surround it with a traffic island, with the usual high-visibility signage. Job done.

That was my first thought, but modern street furniture is fairly ugly. The contrast twixt rock n road could be increased in a more attractive way - by painting the surrounding tarmac perhaps.

I like the look of small French towns. Instead of using yellow lines to denote where your can't park, they simply use cobbled areas to mark where you can park. Motoruists are credited with the common sense. The result is so much more attractive, and restful (your eyes aren't constantly taking in a "Oi, No!" signal).

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Re: Move the bloody thing

That's a bit strong.

It caused no injury. Given its location, no car should be travelling fast enough to injure the occupants of the vehicle should they hit it. If people didn't have ridiculous, expensive colour-matched bumpers on their cars, the cost of repair would be far lower too.

Being purely pragmatic, it would be cheaper to paint the tarmac - or even fit solar LED road studs - around the boulder than it would to move it.

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Re: The compensation culture at work!

The boulder is grey, the tarmac around it is grey... simple solution would be to paint (or apply that high grip coloured epoxy finish to) the surrounding tarmac, in order to enhance contrast. No need to paint the boulder, or to erect a fence.

For sure, the motorist erred, but one should design systems with human fallibility in mind.

I haven't found mention of what time of day or in what weather conditions the motorist hit it. There are a good number of motorists who don't use their daylight running lamps (use them in anything less than perfect visibility, and that includes on sunny days when in the shade of trees etc), or are late in turning on their headlamps towards dusk.

(Picture is on the BBC link in the article)

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IBM's 'neurosynaptic chip' to power nuke-watching exascale rig

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Informative comment from another site:

bluemellophone

3/30/16 11:49am

Alright, Ph.D. computer vision researcher here.

First off, TrueNorth is a great project. Our university has been able to get its hands on a few of these chips for testing - the folks working on these chips are about a 10 second walk down the hall from my lab. TrueNorth has turned the now-somewhat-routine computer vision research problem of image classification on its side by approaching it from a different angle: the hardware. This is great because nobody else is really doing this on a large scale except for IBM. TrueNorth could lead to some neat new insights on how to make our current solutions more computationally and memory efficient. In some aspects, it already has. That’s not to say that TrueNorth is limited to only computer vision applications, but it is why I’m curious about its recent developments.

That being said, TrueNorth has by no means the same level of reliability, accuracy, or scalability of the technologies behind Google’s self-driving cars or Facebook’s face detection or Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect. The latest research (http://arxiv.org/abs/1603.08270, http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.02830) indicates that TrueNorth has a difficult time implementing a particular operation called a convolution. Convolutions are important because it allows for a computer to take a large, complex image — of say, a cat — and boil it down to its most important conceptual components — like fur, cat ears, tail. There is evidence that our brains work in a similar way to deconstruct an image into its abstract concepts so that our brains can process what we see. This is a problem for TrueNorth because the cool, sexy computer vision applications making the recent headlines are pretty much all based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). Specifically, TrueNorth implements a form of CNN known as a BinaryNet by Courbariaux et al. but with some pretty severe technical drawbacks.

Long story short, TrueNorth may someday make its way onto phones for select tasks, but take the GIF at the top of the story with a grain of salt. The development of this platform is in its infancy. Another platform to watch is Nvidia’s Jetson line, which has an architecture more akin with ongoing research in the field and thus can inherit state-of-the-art ideas easier. I’m interested to see where TrueNorth ends up in 5 years, but I’m not holding my breath for the field to adopt it en masse.

- http://gizmodo.com/this-supercomputer-mimics-a-human-brain-using-just-2-5-1767958119

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Re: 2.5 watts ? Really ?

>So are we really talking about a mere 2.5 watts ? Not even enough to boil water, I'd wager.

How much water?

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Monster crowdfunding total raised for Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

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Lemmings on the Speccy? Oh no! :)

Played it to death on the PC, jealous of Amiga friends who had the music and sound effects. Never played a version without a mouse. Just found this site, which has Lemmings level editors and fan conversions for HP and TI calculators, amongst other platforms:

http://www.lemmingsuniverse.net/downloads.html

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Re: Nostalgia crisis

Dune 2 is available for free on the Google Play Store - it plays very well on an Android tablet. Well worth revisiting.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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Re: 'Stereoscopic tellys'.......sorry, sorry about that, i mean, '3D TV's

You are a twit.

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Re: Article in brief

>I'm quitting the beer except for events and holidays, so gaming becomes all the more important.

And fair play to you too, AC. You don't need beer to be a good and interesting person. A change is as good as a rest, as they say.

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Re: Halfway house to VR:

>One small problem: you have to turn your head to "look sideways" but you have to keep looking at the same spot (your monitor)

You are quite right, DropBear, I had that thought too. Then I remembered that these PC gamers often have two or three monitors side-by-side, or a very wide monitor with a 'cinema' aspect ratio (extra monitors are fairly inexpensive compared to enthusiast-level GPUs and fancy flight-sim controllers). Also, the IR trackers don't track eyeballs, so there is some margin. Plus, the movement of the gamer's head doesn't have to be translated in a linear fashion to the virtual avatar's head movement.

Like I said, I haven't tried IR head-tracking, but if I became a gaming enthusiast the low cost of entry means I might give it a go.

EDIT: I now see Gordon 10 has confirmed that the head tracking doesn't have to be linear. Hmmm, I wonder if people have tried using it for productivity software and having a very wide virtual desktop... :)

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Re: Come on real time mocap

>VR will get amazing once real time motion capture

Hmmm, just wondering what the current latency of the MS Kinect's skeletal tracking mode is. Certainly it can do all you mention, with the possible exception of the very low latency required for VR.

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Re: Lovely.

>[0] Side-note: Speaking of squinting ... what kind of ocular havoc will this cause with long-term use? I'm pretty certain that's a serious question ...

The military might have some data on that, because the Rift works on the same principle as Night Vision Goggles - that is, the image is presented to you as being around 1.3 metres from your eyes - which is where their focus falls without any muscles being used.

Contrast this with reading a book, or watching a television a few metres away - both activities require the eye to be actively focused with muscles.

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Re: Having tried the Rift

Indeed, most of the reviews are very positive about the hardware, and the concerns voiced are those largely common to most MKI products. Most reviews also say to wait and see, because:

- You can't buy one yet anyway, and won't until the pre-orders have been fulfilled in a couple of months

- No available game yet makes a killer case for VR

- The Rift's handheld motion controllers won't be available til later in the year

- Competing products will be around by the end of the year or sooner (HTC, Sony, Samsung)

- It can only get cheaper

-It's going to be summer time soon, so you should be playing outside!

(okay, the last point is mine)

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Halfway house to VR:

It was in a review of Elite dangerous that I first heard of IR Head Tracking for gaming.

Basically you play on a monitor as per usual, but using some IR lights on your head, and a modified web-cam, you can 'look' around your cockpit. If you're already wearing a gaming headset (or headphones) for audio, then it won't add any significant bulk to your head, and the cost of entry is low, especially if you roll your own:

http://www.maximumpc.com/how-to-build-your-own-ir-head-tracker/

I haven't tried such a system myself, but one of these days I might just build a gaming PC, play Elite and surrender my social life!

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Article in brief

"In short: don't be an idiot and spend $600 on a first-gen [anything]" - a cheaper, sleeker more reliable version will be along in eighteen months.

Unless, of course, you have the so much money that you can afford to spend a bit here and there on novelties. In which case, fair to play you - I'd have spare cash too if I didn't spend it on beer (Augmented Reality?)

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I don't want Virtual Reality...

...I do want virtual spaceships, alien worlds and explosions!

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

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Re: I use me as the themostat

Well great. Any study of control systems would tell you that the simple on/off isn't the most efficient, or even best at maintaining a constant temperature. The only plus to such a system is that it is simple, and simple to understand.

Sorry, I thought that this was an IT site.

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Re: Nest

>Labour or lack of DIY skill is why useless, insecure "wireless" burglar alarms and cameras are sold instead of cheaper and secure wired ones.

I'm more inclined to blame house builders - it would cost next to faff-all to run some CAT5 cable - or just general purpose conduits - between rooms in a house before the plasterboard is put up, yet I have yet to see it in a new build.

I've seen the interiors of several houses that were built after domestic broadband became the norm, yet none have such built-in cabling or conduits.

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Re: Flawed concepts and surveillance hardware put me off

The Nest maybe overkill, but modern thermo-control systems definitely do save money. I'm thinking of the ones where you tell it at what time in the morning you want your house to be at X degrees, and it then achieves it in the mots economical way.

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Re: There should be a law...

http://www.hooli.xyz/#inspiration

"HooliXYZ is Hooli’s experimental division. The dream kitchen. The moonshot factory. The laboratory of possibility. The midwife of magic. The womb of wonders.

"This group is led by beloved and universally distinguished Sole Head Dreamer Nelson “Big Head” Bighetti, who was co-founder, principal innovator and chief visionary of Pied Piper. He is just three credits shy of an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Oklahoma. He owns a boat."

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R&D white coats at HP Inc will make corporate ID into wearable tech

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Re: Can't be passed to another person?

To clarify, I meant iPhone-type fingerprint scanners can be fooled with readily accessible materials and techniques. I didn't mean all fingerprint scanners, and I didn't make that clear, sorry.

Spoof scanner, starting with photograph:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/touchid-hack-was-no-challenge-at-all-hacker-tells-ars/

Spoofing scanner starting with an actual fingerprint:

https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2013/09/23/why-i-hacked-apples-touchid-and-still-think-it-is-awesome/

Gain access to an iPhone with a $5 wrench:

https://xkcd.com/538/

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Re: Not really sure what's being said here

>There seem to be two entirely different points being made, neither of which appear particularly useful.

'Seem' appears to be the operative word - I found it quite a hard article to parse, with quotes interspersed by the Reg's comments, and I couldn't find a link to a source, or even a mention of the event or whatever at which these HP guys were speaking.

However, I personally didn't get the impression that they were advocating 'off duty' work ID badges. There was mention of replacing cards "with something we wear anyway" - suggesting something like a watch that generates RSA codes, or a bracelet with a RFID tag. Possibly. I for one would like a link to the source material to see if the HP quotes make more sense in a different context.

Orbital Mind: "Ah, you're closest. Could you inform the ambassador that he's talking to his brooch?"

- Iain M Banks, Look to Windward, in which someone at a party has left their clip-on terminal at home.

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Re: Not really sure what's being said here

>"But seriously, current generation fingerprint scanners can be fooled with a photograph"

>>Most of them can't because they don't actually look at fingerprints at all, but rather the pattern of blood vessels underneath.

@Cuddles - you are quite right, I am sure that 'proper' fingerprint scanners can't be easily fooled. My comment was based on the iPhone-level of fingerprint scanner which demonstrably can be fooled with the method I referred to - probably because a trade-off was made against its security in order to make it small. Because we were talking about the possibility of a fingerprint scanner on a badge, I thought that the small scanners made for phones was a fairer comparison than scanners made for door panels etc.

I also expected below-the-skin scanners to make their way into phones in due course (the mouse/mousetrap game).

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Re: @Dave 126

Hospitals are a good place to look at when thinking about ID. Like the military, uniforms are used to denote the role of the employee.

Also, hospitals are areas where vetted employees and members of public the mix. And hospitals have restricted areas (drug stores etc) and systems.

We also see special examples of traditional 'wearable technology': nurses wear fob watches, in order to make it easier for them to wash their wrists.

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Re: Can't be passed to another person?

>Fingerprints are allegedly easily fooled by a picture.

My fingerprints can tell the difference between a real face and a photograph very easily, thanks! Do you suffer from vibration white finger? ;)

But seriously, current generation fingerprint scanners can be fooled with a photograph, but you do need a laser printer, acetate sheet, PCB photo-resist and a few hours. Plus a good clear photograph. However, the mouse/mousetrap game is such that next gen scanners will incorporate further hurdles - thermometers, perhaps.

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Re: @Dave 126

Me too - it was just wasn't reinforced very often. On the other hand, some people did love filling in Abnormal Occurrence Notifications. To be fair, we did have turnstile gates to get access to site in the first place.

Other workplaces used badges to unlock doors, but people would often hold the door open for others - good manners again!

And then there were the workplaces with badge-entry doors, but if you yanked the door hard enough it would open for anyone. The Royal Mail postman knew this trick, which meant he didn't have to wait for a few minutes to be let in!

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Re: So they want everyone on the planet to wear a badge ?

Whaaat? Where did they say that?!

All they are talking about is a badge or ID card that can authenticate it's proper holder, so that it is of limited use to anyone who finds or steals it. ID badges are common place in workplaces. Since ID badges are generally the same size as a credit card, any technology that works in an ID badge could potentially be ported to a consumer item like a credit card if there is a demand for it.

A credit card that requires input from its owner to be used? That would answer some fears consumers have about lost or stolen credit cards. Many people are already using the same concept - they can buy things using an object they carry (a mobile phone, via NFC or PayPal or whatever) but to do so requires their fingerprint or passcode to be entered first.

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Re: "replace the badge with something you are already going to wear today"

Err, HP didn't mention garments.

FYI, the term 'wearable' in technology is generally taken to mean items that are worn similarly to jewellery (badges around the neck like necklaces or pinned to a shirt like a brooch, items worn around the wrist like a watch), or items such as spectacles or earphones. Whilst the term 'wearable' can encompass items of clothing, that is not its primary meaning in this context (and practically, electronics and washing machines are not natural allies)

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> It could also be the firm is looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

Seriously? Irrespective of HP's 'solution', authentication of employees - or indeed of consumers accessing services - could be improved. The headache people have with passwords is an obvious place to start looking at this problem.

Obviously though, a name badge (designed to be visible to all) isn't the ideal place for an ersatz RSA dongle.

The biggest security issue around ID Badges though is cultural - I've worked on sites where we were told again and again to challenge anyone whose badge wasn't visible. Of course, few people did, because to do so would be bad manners...

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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Re: "and the Windows app store remains disappointing. "

>If there was only some sort of file, you could download, or heck even go out and buy and just with a click or two, it would be there on your pc.

Of the various ways of adding software to systems (app stores, apt-get, software managers, and whatever it is that OSX does), the traditional Windows' method is my least favourite.

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: Many have tried...

>And completely lacking in technical accuracy, of course. Magical compression - really?

Yeah... but but if the writers of Silicon Valley knew what the Next Big Thing was going to be, they wouldn't be writing a TV show about it - they would be seeking funding! The 'Magical Compression' is just a McGuffin, a stand-in for a hot property made by a start-up that the big players want to get their hands on.

It is a satire about a culture and people, not a documentary about technology. So the writers' only choices for their McGuffin were:

1 Something that no one knows the value of (this would confuse the audience).

2 Something that already exists (this would confuse the audience)

3. Something that is impossible but clearly useful ( the audience knows it's impossible but choose to go along with it's utility)

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Re: show about developers

- http://www.hooli.xyz/#inspiration

: )

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Re: Any show about developers

>The answer's obvious..... ...... BOFH, the movie.

So the pitch to the studio execs might be:

"The IT Crowd meets Reservoir Dogs and Zombie Land"

We need to Matt Berry and Ben Wheatley involved.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_(UK_TV_series)

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Re: Any show about developers

And cringing scenes where B-list rock stars have to fake enthusiasm for the developer conference they've been paid to perform at!

Oh, the Silicon Valley TV series has nailed that, and many other facets of developer culture!

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Re: Many have tried...

>Many have tried... ...all have failed.

Actually, Mike Judge's Silicon Valley is really rather good, and unlike your 'hacker'-based examples it revolves around app developers and coders.

The well-received show Mr. Robot is about a hacker, and makes a fair bit of effort to be more realistic (of course there is artistic licence, and the story is filtered through a straight-up unreliable narrator.)

Still, if Apple is looking to what Netflix did with 'House of Cards' (an adaptation of a proven premise, lead actor Kevin Spacey always a draw), then myself I would have chosen a different topic. Still, it will be easier towait and see how it fares on Rotten Tomatoes than it is to prejudge it!

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

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I think it might be difference in approach... generally, women benefit more from encouragement than men, so a women's forum that was judgemental would soon be empty. It does mean that a forum where, at least initially, 'all opinions are equally valid' can appear daft to people who consider themselves objective and problem-solving, but it does encourage more people to participate. It does mean that more views are heard, and really you can't judge the merits or otherwise of an idea until you have heard it. This mottos is required, because it very common for people with good ideas to doubt themselves. As Bertrand Russell said: "Morons are cocksure, the intelligent are full of doubt".

Yes, men can benefit from encouragement too, but in so much of our society (I don't care whether 'tis nature or nurture here) men compete with each other, or value the sentiment "I'm shown myself this can work, so bugger the lot the of 'em I'm gonna do it anyway!". Sometimes this attitude is seen in successful women, too. Sometimes when a woman has experienced sexism early in her career it shows them that some people are just idiots and not to take any notice of them, and to instead to trust their own judgement. It is this trusting of one's own judgement that is often necessary to trail blaze. A lot of scientific advance has been made by rejecting - or at least questioning - the orthodoxy.

This competitive streak can also produce good results.

Okay, I'm massively over-generalising here, but that is inevitable. As a male on the edge of the Aspy spectrum, I value objectivity. And the lumping of individual females together as women (either by men, or indeed by women) has always seemed an odd approach, when its easier to know individual people.

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Re: Ad revenue drying up is it?

Hard to call. I'd never heard of Gadgette before today. I quick look and it seems on a par with Gizmondo or Engadget or whatever. Even saw a gadget that I'd not seen elsewhere that I might find useful.

It was disappointing to see the some 'Trending topics' ads at the bottom (y'know, the ones "You wouldn't believe...' and '10 celebrities who came back from the dead sea thinner' etc.) However, that is far more to do with the state of online journalism (AdBlocker et al killing revenue, content confused with advertising) than it is to do with feminist issues specifically.

If the creation of a tech site for women is an admission that women might use some tech differently, then naturally tech vendors might send her different kit to review. The trouble is, there are some assholes on the internet (and they make a lot of noise), and if I as a man were to make an observation like "Women are more likely to carry a bag to work and the pub, therefore they might feel differently about the size of smartphone they use since a jeans pocket isn't always a limiting factor" my observation might be dismissed as sexist. Probably by a lunatic fringe, though. I'm pretty sure that nutters (and psychos, self-promoters, opportunists etc) can be of either sex.

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Re: eh?

You misspelt 'masochistic' as 'mischievous'. Has your auto-correct got its undergarments in a twist?

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Re: Call back

Eeek! Please everyone, make sure that Someone Else doesn't see this 'news' story:

http://www.theonion.com/article/no-one-in-womens-shelter-able-to-cook-decent-meal-5799

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