* Posts by Ashton Black

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

Ashton Black

Sat Comms.

Who is the target market for this? I don't see billions of $$$ in the rural, currently not covered by anyone, market and generally speaking urban areas are covered by landlines which have, by and large, better latency. (If not bandwidth)

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NASA probe snaps increasingly detailed shots of MOIST DWARF goddess

Ashton Black

Excellent work by NASA!

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Voice..

I'm not so sure that this will get very far. The trade off in learning a new input style compared with the ease of voice. Which since the likes of Siri and Google Now, has come a LONG way. I use google now a lot.

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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Lottery Fund...

I for one, wouldn't mind the Lottery Fund buying it and donating it to Bletchley!

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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

Ashton Black

Re: Kill them with fire...

That's quite the interpretation.

The problem is, it was never about "sharing the wondrous new discovery" for most inventors/companies it was about "making the most money from the wondrous new discovery."

Additionally, how do we know that you actually HAD the same idea? May I suggest it's significantly quicker and cheaper to reverse engineer an item, than it is to complete, potentially years of R&D?

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I do wonder, sometimes...

If all the patent lawyers in the world were laid end to end across the Atlantic... then how much happier I would be?

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

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Re: Before that, Windows Vista was the pariah

Fair point, but 98-SE was pretty good. Before that Windows ME was teh ebil!

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Earth-bound exoplanet hunter's eyes blink open

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Re: So they can see planets so far away but no high quality Moon pics ?

Well actually no, they can't "see" planets at those distances at all. They're inferring their existence by looking at the changes in the spectra of the stars they're orbiting. From this they can work out, or at minimum an educated guess of , the mass, temperature, orbital speeds and possibly even what the planet is primarily made of. You won't be seeing any pics anytime soon either. I've heard it described as like trying to see a candle right next to a 40kW searchlight from 1 mile away.

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Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

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Big fine... but.

Will it stop others from doing this or themselves doing it again? It seems that the Tech firms were pretty blasé about how they went through with the collusion. If it will save them money in the longer term, they will just be more circumspect about it.

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

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I'm quite surprised they didn't shoe horn "exo-cortex" in there somewhere. Not a great study, with seriously ambitious conclusions for one with no control group and such a small, non representative sample size.

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IBM hastens END OF HUMANITY with teachable AI 'brain'

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Re: What exactly was the human error rate?

Well if it was my handwriting that they were analysing, then I'd estimate close to 100%.... failure.

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

Ashton Black

Re: Outdated stereotypes

"Hey yous guys, ged oudda here or I'll plug ya full a lead!"

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Ashton Black

How come...

USB? Why not a proprietary connection? I know it's not totally secure, but at least it's not "universal." Additionally, surely it's only authorised repair / maint people who connect to this? If so, why not white list their hardware IDs?. Again, not totally secure, but it's a start.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: Nice simple recipe

They couldn't afjord the fees.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

Ashton Black

Re: personal cloud

Indeed, my first thought also. Though the 7mm 500Gb drive does look quite cool.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

Ashton Black

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

4,500 Cr. But honestly, docking in E:D is an order of magnitude easier than the original. Ahh the joy of lateral thrusters!

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Ashton Black

Re: If I'd wanted a connected game I'd play Eve

Huh? Multiple ship ownership is intrinsic in the game, no need for RL cash.

For RL cash, currently anyway, you can get cosmetic changes only.

There was a poll on the forums, some time ago, about micro transactions, which overwhelmingly went for "cosmetic" only.

If you could link to your source, I'd be pleased to be shown I'm wrong.

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FLASH! Aaa-aaah. 3D NAND will save every one of us

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Re: 19TB is a lot of porn

It's a good quote, but ol' Bill denied ever saying it.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2534312/operating-systems/the--640k--quote-won-t-go-away----but-did-gates-really-say-it-.html

Have an up anyway!

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UK banks ill-prepared for return of the rabid POODLE

Ashton Black

So, which UK bank is the most secure? The only comparison I could find was from before Poodle raised it's furry head.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

Ashton Black

Re: What happens to the grid ...

Well.... See, on a national scale, it depends on the make up of your power generation system, obviously.

In China/India/US, for example, where electricity is generated primarily with coal, then, these are no better than using petrol cars (equiv to 25-35 MPG) with an average of 200g-300g+ CO2e/km (equivalent carbon dioxide per vehicle kilometer)

Compare this to, say, Paraguay, at 70g CO2e/km or Canada at 115g CO2e/km.

To answer your question, if all of the UK went electrical cars, with our current grid, it would be as if, we all started using petrol/hybrid cars now, an increase of 20-30 MPG equivalent.

These figures, do include the 20-30% increase in manufacturing costs and lower lifetime of the cars.

Anyway, here's the report where I got these figures

http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/electric-car-emissions

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

Ashton Black

"Perfectly Well"

Can they spell Oligopoly? The US Cell Phone Operator's market is given as an example of this on Wikipedia!

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Rolling the ATTACK DICE in King of Tokyo

Ashton Black

Cool. Being playing this one for a while. It's ace, and a good one for any budding tabletopists (yeah ok..... gamers). Next I'd recommend moving onto Munchkin. That's a brilliant game.

http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/game/

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The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

Ashton Black

Chinese / HK film making has come a hell of a long way. This looks particularly good. I'll be looking out for this.

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

Ashton Black

Re: So its not VAT

I see what you did there.... have an up.

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Ashton Black

I'm confused...

To avoid corp tax, which is on profit. (revenue - costs), the UK divisions, "pay" their Irish/Other HQ for "costs" such as IP which just happens to cost roughly the same as the profit they would have made, without these HQ costs and therefore the UK division pays very little corp tax.

If this 25% is on profit, then it STILL won't be very much. So either:

1) Gidion knows this and is telling porkie pies.

2) Gidion doesn't know this and is an idiot.

or

3) I've misread/misunderstood something and am also an idiot.

Anyone help?

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

Ashton Black

Yep, another!

Love his work! Just bought the audio book of What If? Narrated by Wil Wheaton, of all people.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Re: The full quote, please...

Well if you want to "blow" stuff up, you'd have to get Michael Bay to direct. BOOM!!!

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Ashton Black

+1 for these:

Notepad++

VLC

PuTTY

WinRAR

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Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU

Ashton Black

So....

Goodbye Google.co.uk. Hello Google.com, or Google.ca, Google.au etc etc ?

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Calls for probe of UK.gov's DOESN'T VERIFY ID service

Ashton Black

Net access as a Utility?

Assuming, and yes it's a massive assumption, that all these services somehow become online only, then how, in the absence of free net access, how does a person suffering from extreme poverty, get access to them?

Libraries are closing and net enabled devices are most certainly not free. I suspect this will end in rather embarrassing headlines, further down the line.

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Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

Ashton Black

A bit strange...

"anonymous abusive posts against him."

Posted to what? A website? Then he should go after the web sit. Twitter? Then go after them.... Facebook? Well, you get the picture. Surely going after Google, will just have a severe Streisand effect?

Also, one only has too look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines to find an alternative search engine.

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HP, Symantec PAIR UP to fight off disaster cloud rivals

Ashton Black

Re: Yes, interesting, but....

Agreed. At best, this is off site backup rather than DR, you'd still have to have a BC site and, as you say, this alone wouldn't cut the mustard in most places for lots of reasons.

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Ashton Black

Hmmm

Interesting, but it will have to be more cost effective than a traditional 2nd site DR/BC setup as well as the other players in this field.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

Ashton Black

Well...

Now, £600 a day would be quite a lot for some people and it's just above my daily rate, but by Odin's beard, that sounds like, not just like a can, but a whole TI-class supertanker full of worms.

I would avoid.

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China BLOCKS Verizon's EdgeCast before internet meeting

Ashton Black

Re: I disagree...

Indeed. Additionally it's a win-win for the growing high-tech Chinese companies. Competition at home is biaised towards them and they face less comparable restrictions in foreign markets.

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Re: Let's roll out DNSSEC already

I would suggest because DNS poisoning isn't the only tool in the toolbox. There is also, IP Blocking, URL Filtering, Packet Reset Spoofing and now they've started blocking VPN.

So then, if they want to block a site they will. Verizon know this and the infrastructure cost in rolling out DNSSEC, to them, out weighs the possibility that the Chinese government won't just include one of the other methods I've suggested.

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Ashton Black

I disagree...

Do you think, that "Made in China" printed on the bottom of a gadget will put off people buying a cheap device? If this were so, then surely it would have happened already?

Without a concerted media and governmental pressure campaign then most people would not give a flying feck about where a device is made and I doubt that would happen anyway. China is currently in trade surplus of about $45 billion per month and combined with owning a fair chunk of US and EU debt, which one supposes, could be used to ensure trade compliance, despite their human rights record.

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Stephen King, William Gibson and The Quantum Moment

Ashton Black

Re: Anathem

Indeed. It's not as immediate nor as fast paced as SC or TDA, but I also enjoy it immensely on re-reading.

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State Dept shuts off unclassified email after hack. Classified mail? That's CLASSIFIED

Ashton Black

Re: There are constant attacks

Got to catch them first. I very much doubt any state sponsored hacking groups will be spending any time in the US.

It will get worse, I have no doubt, but don't delude yourself into thinking the US doesn't have cells of it's own. The Russians and Chinese also have plenty of prison/gulag places available.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

Ashton Black

Call me...

... and old cynic but I also doubt that much will come of this. The ISPs will find another statistical loop-hole to exploit, if this one is closed.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Ashton Black

Indeed. Single Player mode, is still there. Offline mode isn't.

Of course, the question, and it's one that I thought I wouldn't have to ask, is what happens when they run out of money to pay for the server hosting?

Here's an article from Euro Gamer about EA closing down 50 of their games, at the end of June (this was posted in May). Don't get me wrong, some have had "good runs" as it were, but some are only a few years old.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-05-12-50-ea-games-will-have-their-servers-shut-down

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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

Ashton Black

Scale.

These are great, amazing, in fact. But I wish there was something to give it a sense of scale. I know it's from 10km up, but as with a lot of these things, it's sort of fractal, therefore impossible to guess the scale. How big is that Cheops boulder, for example? 10m? 100m? 1km?

A minor whinge, I admit and I am still in awe of the achievement of putting a probe so close to an actual comet. Looking forward to the landing!

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

Ashton Black

That is... Mighty Boosh levels of weird. Have an up!

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

Ashton Black

Re: Blasters > Rails

Eve reference? Have an upvote!

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

Ashton Black

Interesting. I agree with most of the posters here. True, self-aware, intelligent, imaginative, that is at least as complex as a fully educated, experienced human is a LONG old way off. We're not even more likely to be able to simulate a human brain in the near future (sub 50 years). 100 trillion synapses is several orders of magnitude better than the 4.3 Billion transistors in a high end Xeon. That's just for one brain and that's without the "software" to run on it.

(Yes, I am aware that it's a bit apples and hand grenades, but the point stands, I think)

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DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

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Joke

No....

You're bonking it wrong...

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VMware's new enemy no. 1 isn't Hyper-V, it's Vladimir Putin

Ashton Black

Re: Do I read this right?

Yes. I believe you do. But then again, I can't quite bring to mind many corporate entities of VMWare's size that don't pander to "investors" to bolster share price. Additionally to say high up execs have a vested interest in maintaining stock price is an understatement.

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Visual voicemail hack makes your messages a snack

Ashton Black

Security IS a dirty word to some of these Telcos, apparently. I mean, hiring a full time pen tester team, may cost in the thousands perhaps low millions, but the cost of not doing, is shown with debacles like this.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

Ashton Black

I am also skeptical.

It's a good tactic. The tech press do seem to love an apple leak and El Reg is no exception.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

Ashton Black

Re: I Was Robbed As a Child

Dear Cadburys,

Fudge, it wasn't enough!

Call _RCH_'s lawyers!

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