* Posts by Hugh McIntyre

120 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

Hugh McIntyre

Re: So, networking then

NFS works with MacOS as a client, but I agree that it can be a bit of an adventure, although some of the problems can also be because of Linux being a problematic NFS server, probably more picky than Solaris.

One of the unexpected tricks is that you need to set "resvport" as a mount option on recent MacOS, and can try NFSv4 versus v3 or other debug tricks if that fails.

It does work in the end, but may need some googling :(

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Hugh McIntyre

Re: KeePass

Or 1Password which lets you store the DB locally (not in the cloud) and sync to mobile devices over Wi-fi (e.g. at home).

Probably want to avoid the browser plugins as well unless you want to trust code running in the browser's address space with access to all of your passwords (I don't).

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

Hugh McIntyre

Topical Washington Post story on total insecurity of BGP ...

Specifically (and topically) on BGP issues like this one at Level-3 (but also the difficulty of moving people to BGPSEC):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/31/net-of-insecurity-part-2/

And more generally, earlier history on why the original designers did not expect so many attacks:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/30/net-of-insecurity-part-1/

... but as the articles say, early hardware could not do encryption easily, NSA probably objected, and people at the time never imagined we would be doing on-line banking or there would even be a YouTube to censor :(

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

Hugh McIntyre

Re: "Knowing you only have 36 exposures at a time can impose discipline."

Back when I did some medium format, the long time that it took to manually focus, meter, and compose a tripod-based shot meant that you spent a long time really looking through the viewfinder and then often deciding "no, this shot is not worth it" or correcting the composition to get a better shot. Rather than quickly click-click-click with a 35mm camera with auto-exposure. So it's not surprising the fraction of good pictures is higher for medium format, and 4x5 is the same.

Whether 35mm is any better than digital in this regard is questionable though. And, you can take the time to check and compose digital shots too.

Also, film was a big PITA in a studio if you were taking tons of shots with medium format and needed to keep switching 12-exposure film backs at a rate of knots all day :(

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Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

Hugh McIntyre

Re: "The subject of the photograph does not generally have any control or rights"

Actually in at least one small county (USA), someone recognizable in a photo has the right to restrict it's use for advertising or trade, and celebrities generally get a "right to publicity control" which means they get to control use of their images (because this is considered part of their trade). So the subject of the photograph *does* have control/right over the photograph in these cases. Hence model releases to avoid complaints later. OTOH newsworthy/editorial use is protected via freedom of speech, but even then a Release avoids debate about whether the use counts as news.

But I do agree with Cynic_999, that even if the person in the photo has signed away rights via a model release, Reddit is under no obligation to publish photos it does not want to, in somewhat the same way that theregister.co.uk doesn't have to publish user content/comments it doesn't want to either. So Reddit is free to have a policy banning photos based on taste or the subject not wanting them published, if Reddit wants.

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

Hugh McIntyre

@BristolBachelor, Re: Strangled by vested interests

Indeed. All the new plans around here seem to be unlimited voice and SMS and only varying cost depending on how much data you use, which implies the carriers have noticed this.

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FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Erm, wrong

Firstly I agree with all the other posts that Blackberry cannot force people to write apps for them and this should not be made a rule. That's the cost (for BB) of being a minority platform, just as lots of platforms no longer get Flash or AcroRead [*].

The one area where there might be a valid argument, though, is to require enough of the protocol to be public so that Blackberry (or someone else) could write their *own* iMessage compatible app. Similarly to the way Microsoft was required to open up APIs and file formats, but not forced to write a copy of Office for other platforms. This could also have the consumer benefit, long term, of being able to buy a phone from company A and tablet from company B and more compatibility between the two.

The obviously problem though is how you'd decide which protocols would have to be open and which were small enough, so it's very unlikely Mr Chen will get help from the FCC. Presumably you'd just require "dominant/monopoly" content such as iMessage or Skype, with even Netflix being much less obvious, but really it's hard to see this being a rule. In the past some of these open formats were forced by government purchasing i.e. "open the protocol or no US Gov sales", which was enough leverage in many cases.

BB probably shouldn't hold their breath ...

[*] sometimes a blessing?

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Apple tries to kill iWorm: Zombie botnet feasting on Mac brains

Hugh McIntyre

For some reason the bash update does not show up in Software Update :(

You need to go to the web page in the Apple security advisory and install it manually. And no, I have no idea why Apple chose not to bother to include this by default.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Used to be a remedy for home sickness

There are already products you can buy to watch your TV away from home, for example a Slingbox. Or some satellite/cable companies (e.g. DirecTV) have an app that you can use to watch your DVR away from home. So you may not need to roll your own solution. However both of these require that you already have TV reception at home, and avoiding this monthly cost was presumably kind of the point of Aereo.

What the Supremes seem to have objected to was that Aereo has a profitable business collecting revenue based on people viewing the broadcasters' programs, but without any of this revenue going to the networks. This sucks for Aereo, but presumably they could get legal again by putting the per-user antenna in people's houses (ala SlingPlayer and an old-fashioned antenna on the roof) or paying some money to the broadcasters. And in the mean time, you may be able to use something like a SlingBox.

Disclaimer: I have an old Slingbox in the garage which I used to use round the house, until the delays versus a real TV got too annoying. So I'm neither recommending or non-recommending this. If you need to watch TV away from home it may work though.

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Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Really?

I agree it's strange to say the least.

But maybe the hardware is not sitting there ready to be shipped? For example if it's a replacement server someone else is using, and the existing user needs to move their data off first (this does seem a bit cheap), or some hardware is not in stock 7 miles away? Or, more plausibly, the message is garbled and the two weeks is the time needed to restore the replacement servers to working order after unraveling backups and data brokenness?

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Back in the day ...

Containers with HTML and plain text (or RTF and plain text, etc.) are actually MIME multipart/mixed. Back in the early 90s when this was introduced Microsoft was actually sending the markup in a proprietary "winmail.dat" attachment (very annoyingly for non-Windows users), so they were late to multipart/mixed.

PS: even in 1989 (rfc1123), >=64KB was more likely: "Although SMTP does not define the maximum size of a message, many systems impose implementation limits. The current de facto minimum limit in the Internet is 64K bytes. [....] and a much larger maximum size is highly desirable"

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

Hugh McIntyre

Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?

I ran into a similar issue a month or two ago on my 7 year old MacPro1,1 and gave in on Snow Leopard when the latest Adobe software wouldn't run any more :(

Lion or Mountain Lion are not obviously available on apple.com, but there's a link to still download a copy of Lion for $19.99 if you need it at http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion. (Similarly for Mountain Lion, but that won't run on the old systems either so you're stuck with Lion). Not free as with Mavericks, but not impossibly expensive either if you want to keep the old system running.

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Intel, Sun vet births fast, inexpensive 3D chip-stacking breakthrough

Hugh McIntyre

Not the first ...

This type of thing has been reported before - for example ISSCC 2009 paper 13.5 reports on a scheme by Kelo University and the University of Tokyo for inductive stacked signalling in a stacked NAND flash product (Like this design, they also used wire bonding for power). And the 2009 paper lists prior art references back to 2004 (also at ISSCC).

Also note that the CTO Tadahiro Kuroda listed in the article was also one of the co-authors of the 2009 paper, so presumably the startup is linked to the earlier research.

I've not checked the details to see if TCI's design is better than the previously reported research, but this is not the first time this type of thing has been reported. Whether it takes off instead of TSVs remains to be seen...

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

Hugh McIntyre

Re: I see some difficulty

Presumably the idea would be for one group of ISS-operating western/Russian governments to beam free internet to non-ISS Internet-censored countries like North Korea, in the style of Radio Free Europe? The website also claims natural disaster broadcasts as a goal.

As you say there may be an issue getting all of the ISS governments to agree on content though. Plus this is not free since even a small increase in launch weight adds fuel and cost.

The website explicitly says this is broadcast, not a regular 2-way network connection (except for "a small number of users"), and this makes sense since you'd presumably need a larger and possibly Internet-censored antenna to transmit data to space. So no sending email or random web browsing - more like waiting for your page to come round in the style of Ceefax. Maybe also a not-easy-to-obtain antenna for receiving data, presuming they don't expect to deliver useful 802.11 power levels from space?

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US Supreme Court says 'no sale' to Amazon's New York sales tax appeal

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Funny thing...

This is why the proposed federal law that would require e-tailers to collect tax everywhere would also require each tax jurisdiction to sign up to standard categories. If any jurisdictions did not, the retailers would not need to collect their tax. So the category problem, at least, should be solvable.

You still need an address-to-tax-rate database unless this works cleanly by zip code (which I think it does not) and, of course keep up to date with rate changes, so it's still not free.

But, it's also wrong that Amazon gets to put the physical bookstores out of business by not collecting tax, so they really should pay the tax if a workable scheme can be worked out.

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Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

Hugh McIntyre

Re: de-blur?

No -- apparently they've added a "Camera Shake reduction" feature that looks for blur caused by camera motion, as opposed to unsharp mask (or one of the other often-better layer-based sharpening techniques, especially when used with masking layers to only sharpen part of the image) which are just for generic sharpening. There's apparently yet another new "Smart Sharpen" feature but it's not clear if this is useful or not.

See http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/features.html

Of course, none of this masks the inconvenient detail for Adobe that most edits can be done in programs like Lightroom nowadays (including good sharpening), which means I can't be the only person who now only uses Photoshop a handful of times per year, at least for anything other than merge-to-panorama. And this means that upgrading and the full subscription price of $240/year with no option to skip versions is a pretty bad deal. Even if Adobe is sneakily trying to get people to sign up to a 1-year promotion for $120 for the first year, you're then locked in to $240 for every subsequent year. :(

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Future Digital

> You mean photographers can actually concentrate on making great shots and not spend 90% of their

> time faffing about with camera settings?

> Please elaborate how that prevents people from taking great photos luddite...

To be fair, if you use a medium format camera (or DSLR on a tripod) and need to spend a few minutes getting the shot set up exactly, there's more chance you'll take time to look through the viewfinder long enough to check the composition and sometimes pack up the camera after deciding the photo is not worth taking. Or notice the tree sticking out of someone's head, or change the composition to something better than any of the 15 DSLR shots. Pus it saves time fixing up the shot on your computer later.

Although I agree that you can go to extremes with a view camera and spend all of your time on settings.

Having said that, being able to verify shots taken on the camera screen is invaluable, and I probably haven't shot film for nearly 10 years and now come back with my hundreds of DSLR shots like everyone else :).

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Microsoft SkyDrive, Outlook stricken by cloud outage

Hugh McIntyre

NY Times also struggling this morning

The NY Times was also down for a while this morning and struggling afterwards. Apparently some suspicion of a DNS screw-up from some external commenters. Perhaps related, or the NY Times is depending on Microsoft hosting?

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Chip makers shine up wafers and foils for 25th Hot Chips jamboree

Hugh McIntyre

You might want to check out a book Bob wrote called The Pentium Chronicles.

Bob Colwell joined as one of the original architects of the P6 (the first OOO Pentium Pro/Pentium II and all that followed), which was indeed a home run for Intel and really was the chip that led to generic servers using x86 and not RISC chips today. Based on the book and also the opportunity to hear him talk to a small group a few years ago, he was also involved in defending this team from the legacy P5 Pentium (at 1/2 the performance) and Itanium at this time too.

The fact that Bob's team also worked on Willamette later on (before he left) does not reduce the success and impact of P6 on the industry.

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

Hugh McIntyre

Blocking outgoing port 25 (was: Re: Standard Terms and Conditions)

Comcast Xfinity does the same. The workaround is to configure your mail client and any internal/external mail servers to submit over the "submission" port instead (465 if using SSL, or 587 if not). For example, see http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/internet/email-port-25-no-longer-supported/.

Changing the setup to 465/587 is pretty easy (or automated) for the mail client, but was kind of a pain to get my external postfix server reconfigured to allow :(. Definitely doable though, and easier than a second line. Likewise for any internal mail server(s) needed to allow command-line mail from cron jobs to get delivered.

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

Hugh McIntyre

Re: BULL!

Actually, X is arguably more of a protocol than an API, in that it traditionally at least specified things like "server must report any and all mouse movement events to the client, all the time" which turned out to be a bad thing when people wanted to implement Low Bandwidth X and avoid wasting bandwidth and latency on event updates the client almost always does not need. While LBX could try to ignore these updates, the basic API did not know if something higher up in the client (than XDrawLines) wanted the event updates, which made this type of optimization hard.

At least in X11, both the API (libX11.so or libgnome.so or whatever) and the protocol over the wire are both specified.

Now, without going away from X, there would have been nothing to prevent the server allowing newer clients to connect over "X12" and have this based on a newer and simpler API, with the over-the-wire part hidden from the client. If you support over-the-network clients or really anything where the client might be using an older version of the API library than the server, you're still going to need some "protocol" to specify how they interact though, even if this is versioned to support changes.

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Apple chief Cook: You - senators. Get in here and redo this tax law

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Two Different Issues

Re: "Mr Cook should be very wary (said by Walter Koenig for comedic effect), as those changes might be retroactive."

Should be safe on any retroactive concern at least, because the constitution forbids ex post facto laws.

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Lehman Brothers sues Intel over a billion dollar deal

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Aww poor Lehmans

The company as-was no longer exists.

instead, this is presumable the administrators winding up the company (receiver in UK terms) trying to collect as much remaining cash as they can so that all of the other out-of-pocket creditors get a little bit more of their money back, even if this is still less than 100%. As such, not "poor Lehmans" but "poor bondholders who lent money to Lehmans that they will only get a small fraction of get back".

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

Hugh McIntyre

It will also lead to yet more blatant product placement in programs. For example various Fox shows with people in cars saying "this feature is nice and that feature is nice" and obviously advertising the car rather than concentrating on the story. Also a CSI from about two weeks ago which spent a lot of time plugging a Shazam copycat music recognition app which they were presumably paid for marketing.

This may actually be more annoying than adverts to fast forward through :(

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Pandora boss urges 85% pay cut for musicians

Hugh McIntyre

Re: The music is just an advert

Probably once you're a successful act signing your second contract, you can demand better terms. And you can negotiate with other labels until one of them offers good enough terms to accept. Didn't Madonna go to a different label, for example, presumably because the deal was better?

Unknown acts, on the other hand, are not in a strong position to get anything other than a default contract.

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Europe's prang-phone-in-every-car to cost €5m per life saved

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Nanny state...

If this works the same way as a system like OnStar or the stuff in BMWs and similar cars, then after a crash the car will call the service centre, and a human person will come on the phone saying "do you need assistance". So no sending of ambulances unless they are needed. Also no reliance on buttons liable to fail.

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AT&T to allow unlocking of out-of-contract iPhones

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Phony Economics

Maybe in your case you found a case where the same plan would somehow cost $50 for an unlocked phone and $110/month for the locked one. Is T-Mobile different in this regard?

But for iPhones at least, there seems to be no way to pay less than about $60/month for voice+data, and the price per month is *the same* on both AT&T and Verizon with or without an unlocked iPhone. Including presumably with one of these unlocked-by-AT&T iPhones. Yes, they should charge you less for the unlocked phone but they don't. As such, paying $400 or so extra for an unlocked phone makes no sense.

Are you sure the $50 and $110 plans were giving you the same quantity of minutes and data?

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Free option

Not sure which level of developer they will require, but the link implies $99/year. This is still far below "App Store and Apple taking 30%", but not free.

It seems to me there are two key questions in all of this:

1. Which of the settings will be used for new Macs that ship with Mountain Lion? If it's "Store or Signed Developer" then for most people this probably makes sense to disable malware, and I would probably recommended this to those non-technical Mac owning friends/relatives who do not know what "compiler" means. But if the default is ever "App Store only" then there's a problem.

2. Whether, if someone runs with one of the restricted settings but then control-clicks (or whatever) to enable a specific app, is that app then authorized permanently without overrides each time? If so, this may not be much different from the "This app is downloaded from the internet; are you sure you want to run?" popup that you get now, although with a different UI. If an override is needed each time then that's a problem for those of us who do compile stuff.

PS: looks like the setting is per-user, so you can lock down some family members but not others.

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Spring launch for Apple OLED TV with Siri, says retail mole

Hugh McIntyre

Re: why are we typing in channel numbers

Some TV systems have hundreds of channels. If I'm watching channel 2 and I want to go to channel 619 (say) then it's much faster to type the three numbers than to scroll through hundreds of channels I don't want.

Granted there are UI options such as lists of favourite/recent channels, but sometimes typing the channel is faster.

Given the experience of the existing AppleTV though, any new Apple remote may be very minimal so you may end up happy.

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America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable

Hugh McIntyre

Last time I looked at this, AT&T would give you UVerse internet without TV if you really wanted and asked, but you need to pay for the install in that case. They don't volunteer this info though because they are *really* trying to sell the TV service.

Personally I stayed with faster DSL instead because it's cheaper and fast enough for me right now, and I was not willing to give up DirecTV. It is probably true that the cost works out badly if you have UVerse internet on it's own, plus separate satellite for TV - certainly it did for me.

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Apple to stage New York education event next week

Hugh McIntyre

Certification ...

If the teacher of the class still gets to say "this is the official textbook we will be following for this class, which you must buy", then it's not clear how that fact that there are also cheaper textbooks on an iPad will help the the situation.

And if a teacher in Texas names an official textbook then the education boardmay still require this be an approved "Certified" book with political interference on content.

Certainly if the cost of textbooks can be reduced that would be good. Although I suspect a plan to restrict second hand sales, directly or via the book becoming an interactive app. I would hope this also does not end up with "your textbook is only available on iPad and not on other tablets or (gasp) paper, so you have to buy an iPad...".

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Undervalued TiVo wins yet another legal battle

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Bogus patents ...

I have not looked at the patents (obviously), but I strongly suspect you'll find the patents don't just cover recording TV to a hard disk. Instead, they probably cover things like the 30+ minute "go back" buffer when watching live TV, the fact that you can press record part way through a program and have it record from the beginning (if in the aforementioned buffer), the recommendation stuff and up/downvoting, season passes, etc.

And certainly, the fact that some clone DVRs have left out some of these features in the past may be related to patent avoidance. So, by all means continue plain video capture on your PC, but there's more to a good PVR (or Tivo) than this.

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CERN: 'New physics starts now'

Hugh McIntyre
Headmaster

Maybe a pedantic comment, but there are 3 other countries under .co.uk whose people aren't English (Wales, Scotland, N Ireland). I assume you meant British?

I do agree that abuse about "boffin" is out of place on The Reg though.

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Deduplication: a power-hungry way to streamline storage

Hugh McIntyre

Re: AUTOEXEC.BAT questions

Re: "Who wants to explain to me what happens when one of those five wants to modify their autoexec? It's no longer a duplicate, so presumably we need some copy-on-write mechanism"

Yes, you need copy on write. And this is what systems like ZFS do today (ZFS always does copy-on-write for everything so it's easy). You need copy-on-write anyway if you want to support things like snapshots in the filesystem.

@ various people worrying about data errors on one copy of data:

This is a valid concern; ZFS at least had some options to say "no dedup on these critical directories" or "keep at least N copies, then dedup after that".

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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

Hugh McIntyre

Re: simple

You make your own laptops?

Simple for a desktop, not so much for a laptop...

Plus even home-made desktops generally start with a motherboard which already contains BIOS, etc.

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Amazon to give up the fight in California

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Federal tax?

The proposal in congress is not for a federal sales tax.

Instead it's just a quid-pro-quo for the states: whether to have a state sales tax is still up to the states, but *if* at least 10 states get their act together and sign up to consistent sales tax rules (no variation in what's covered, some predictable way to map an address to sales tax rate (e.g. zip code), etc.), then in return, retailers shipping to those states have to collect the tax.

Apparently such a uniform set of rules has existed since 2002. But the assumption has been that states cannot enforce this on their own because the Constitution does not allow the states to impose duties/tariffs on interstate trade (only Congress can regulate this). A new federal law would fix this.

Presumably if this gets in place, the one man shops can sign up to an address-to-tax-rate lookup service since only the rate would vary.

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LightSquared blasts GPS naysayers in FCC letter

Hugh McIntyre

@bazza

Presumably a GPS receiver in a Lightsquared phone, if it needed to, could time-slice it's reception to only turn on the GPS receiver when the phone's radio is not transmitting and vice versa. The radios already get turned on/off for power saving, so this should be possible. This is not the case, however, for an existing GPS receiver that does not know about Lightsquared.

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Hugh McIntyre

Re: Stop trying to swim up stream....

1. Triangulation requires more than one transmitter, not just one. Probably you can make this work with reception from more than one base station, but this adds complexity and requires more than one base station in range.

2. The question is what happens to existing GPS receivers, not whether it's possible to build a different receiver in future that is immune. Specifically all of the people with SatNav in cars or phones - "buying a new receiver" is not good if it means "major car repair expense", for example.

IMHO LightSquared would be well advised to make sure they do not break existing kit, otherwise they and/or the FCC may find themselves defending their argument that they are not responsible in court. Regardless of the fact that they may legally be in the right (and I am not a fan of these type of lawsuits) this is not a good outcome. Deploying a system that breaks existing GPS receivers, if that's what happens, would be worst.

Actually I would not be surprised if this letter is Lightsquared's way of saying that they would be OK with using different spectrum to not break GPS, but they are hoping to get different spectrum and/or some money from the GPS makers and/or FCC out of any change.

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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Sad Sad Sad

Droplets are apparently a form of automation script that end users can create and save on disk. They are called Droplets because, once created, you drag file(s)/image(s) onto the droplet at which point the actions are applied to the image.

The Droplet files on disk apparently contain machine code, so Windows Droplets don't work on MacOS and vice versa. It also means various end users may have their own PPC Droplets on disk from earlier versions of Photoshop which Adobe has no control over. All the release note says is that you use the same mechanism as you would have used to convert a Windows Droplet to MacOS to convert PowerPC to x86, assuming you're running >=CS5.

It's true that older versions are out of luck, but this is not totally unusual.

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Hugh McIntyre

Re: Droplets

See http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/907/cpsid_90706.html:

"The 12.0.1 update (of CS5?) creates droplets using native code for Intel processors, and can update previously created droplets to use native code for Intel processors.

Solution 1: Update Photoshop CS5 with the latest updates. Then drag your old droplets onto the Photoshop application icon. An updated version of the droplet is created in the same folder as the old one, with (CS5).app at the end of the name."

If you have CS4 or older, you're out of luck.

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Apple kills MacBook, soups up MacBook Air

Hugh McIntyre

Re Bluetooth versus USB

USB is all very well, but sometimes you have a device with no USB port. For example (ahem) my phone. Faced with the choice of special-ordering a custom USB interface cable for $$ or pairing the device over Bluetooth, Bluetooth becomes a more attractive option.

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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Canon and/or scanners etc

Nikon are just as bad or worse for scanners. Nikon never released an Intel Mac version of "Nikon Scan", which means you can't run this in Rosetta as a plug-in under an x86 version of Photoshop. And the old standalone version in Rosetta stopped working completely in Snow Leopard to be greeted by "no plan to fix". Instead they just recommend you get Vuescan or similar 3rd party product.

I can confirm Vuescan seems to work, and has the advantage of batch scanning and auto-crop when processing batches. I have had one problem with the auto-exposure being off, but I'm not sure if this is the scanner or Vuescan...

PS: Generally the camera stores seem to be recommending the film attachment on something like the Epson V700 nowadays, for scanning film as well as it being a flatbed scanner as well.

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Apple's new Final Cut Pro X 'not actually for pros'

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Aperture

Aperture is a completely different product than Photoshop. Instead, it competes with Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom/Aperture are for managing catalogs of large numbers of photos with limited edits, but often editing multiple photos at once. Photoshop then gets relegated to only the difficult edits to single images.

Now personally I use Lightroom instead of Aperture, plus Photoshop, but even Lightroom has "export to Flickr" now. And this is a reasonable and useful feature if you like to publish photo sets on Flickr.

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Intel's Tri-Gate gamble: It's now or never

Hugh McIntyre

Re: "Another nifty Tri-Gate trick is that you can have multiple fins in the same transistor"

Actually this as much a disadvantage as an advantage.

For planar transistors you can (and people do) vary the width to get different drive currents, but for a FinFET the width (of the fin) is assumed fixed. So the only way to get the equivalent of variable width is to use multiple fins in parallel to get the equivalent of integer widths (1,2,3,...). But even here you lose the option of non-integer widths such as 2.4.

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Pre-release Windows 8 code hits PC makers

Hugh McIntyre

Re: cost to remain current vs. cost of machines?

Most of the OSX updates have been about $130. Only Snow Leopard was $30.

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New York Times tucks skirt behind stilted paywall

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Hmmm 20 free views you say?

Right now most articles require a username/password, even though they are free. You're correct that cookies are used.

So presumably in future you could get around the limit if you created multiple accounts, but not if they successfully link the accounts to something hard to fake such as a real postal address. Most people will probably not want to be bothered by creating multiple accounts though, especially heavy users.

And as for iPads, there may be an appleID or similar involved.

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Gates, Woz, and the last 2,000 years of computing

Hugh McIntyre

Re: Sinclair Research...

Maybe, maybe not.

Anyway, the exhibit has a ZX-Spectrum and ZX-80 as well if that's your preference.

Although sadly not a BBC Micro.

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