* Posts by Steve Knox

1712 posts • joined 16 Jul 2011

Video service Binge On 'broke the internet' but 99pc of users love it

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Re: Yeah, brilliant!!

If you're using a sub 10" screen to watch video... then it really doesn't matter one iota if it's served up in 480p or 1920p, because the human eyes ability to accurately distinguish between the two is severely diminished at that scale.

What matters more is the DPI than the screen res.

Neither of those two statements is true.

To take the second one first, what matters is DPA (dots per arcsecond [of vision]). That changes with the distance of the screen from the eye. This is why "jumbotron" type screens at sporting arenas and advertising venues can use individual light bulbs (as low as 0.5 DPI depending on the specific type of bulb) and still create high resolution images -- the screens are far enough away that each light bulb occupies ~50-100as of vision.

Now to the first: my 5" phone, when held about 1-1.5 feet from my eyes, occupies about the same space as my 50" televison across the room (and about 1/2 the width/height of my laptop screen 2.5 -3 feet away.) I can clearly make out the pixels on any of those screens at a 480p resolution at those distances. I can even make out the pixels at 720p. At 1080p, the pixels are hard to see, though still visible on my laptop (the largest in terms of arcseconds at the distance I keep it.)

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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How much more of this...

Until some enterprising MP comes up with a Bre-entry* strategy?

* Copyright, trademark, etc.

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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

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But is the technology getting ahead of what users actually want?

Not at all.

The technology is actually falling further and further behind what users actually want.

What users actually want is someone to help them.

Unfortunately that costs money, and that's not what shareholders and CEOs want.

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TV industry gets its own 'dieselgate' over 'leccy consumption tests

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Paris Hilton

NRDC:"We found these specific issues with specific televisions."

CTA: "Stop fighting a war or television with your lies!"

One of these two is a constructive statement.

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ICANN latest: Will the internet be owned by Ted Cruz or Vladimir Putin in October?

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Re: Just a "clerical function"

The USG is hardly perfect, but it can usually be relied upon to do bugger all when bugger all is exactly what is required.

It's the "usually" part of that which scares me. "Usually" by definition includes "sometimes not." The current volume (and volume) of technologically illiterate, theocratically tyrannical, and scientifically ignorant politicians in the US is high enough that I don't feel comfortable leaving this in the hands of my government.

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Just a "clerical function"

As I've expressed before, clerical functions are some of the most thankless chores to have.

I think you'll find it hasn't been handed to some other body because nobody else wants it.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Big Brother

Re: 8 bit sound

But would you want your AI to sound like that?

ANOTHER VISITOR

STAY A WHILE.

STAY...

FOREVER!!!

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

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Re: I'm with the dickheads on this one.

You can both rest relatively easily -- Ted Cruz isn't actually on any side; he simply picks the position whereby he can most inflate his own ego.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Puzzled

I mean, really: if smartphone batteries contained that much energy, you wouldn't have to recharge your smartphone so often.

If you were aware of all of the things your smartphone did, you'd be amazed that the batteries contain so little energy.

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Wait, wait – I got it this time, says FCC as it swings again at rip-off US TV cable boxes

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True

Cable companies warned that the plan would allow third parties to introduce their own advertisements and could cause the leak of consumer data.

They know it's true because that's how they make money.

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Hypervisor security ero-Xen: How guest VMs can hijack host servers

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Ah the joys of segmented memory

This one's for all you out there who actually remember what CS:IP stands for.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

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Re: I think, on balance,

Perhaps this stress and slight wording change will make it clear:

The study found that older men who had sex once a week or more were “much more likely to experience cardiovascular events after five years than men who were sexually inactive.”

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

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winlogon.exe is presumably signed by Microsoft so why exactly doesn't AV software respect this ?

Might have something to do with the fact that signing keys have been stolen in the past. Might have something to do with the fact that signing keys don't even have to be stolen to infect signed files:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/08/stealthy_malware_infects_digitallysigned_files_without_altering_hashes/

Basic defense-in-depth principles require that the design of each layer must assume that the other layers may have been compromised.

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Google scraps its Project Ara modular smartphone wheeze

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Paris Hilton

Re: Really?

No MicroSD?

No SIM module?

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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"He who controls the spice, controls the universe"

-- Paul Muad'dib

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Re: What if taxation is inherently unjust?

Cart before the horse.

The vast majority of tax is not investment in government for future benefit. Most of it is payment for benefits already received from government. Your taxes pay for your education already received, the roads you travel which are already built, the infrastructure you depend on every day.

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USBee stings air-gapped PCs: Wirelessly leak secrets with a file write

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Air-gapped...

and USB-enabled?

Someone doesn't know how to security.

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Our pacemakers are totally secure, says short-sold St Jude

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Re: That's not Capitalism.

That's crime.

Presumes a significant difference.

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

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Re: Typical specimen is older than America

In a more serious note, I don't think that calling USA's citizens "Americans " is correct or admissible, even if mostly everybody does it.

Well, technically, calling US citizens "Americans" is as correct as calling squares "rectangles" (i.e, the first is a specific subset of the second.)

However, using "Americans" to refer ONLY to US citizens is, yes, extremely stupid.

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Re: Dune

But if you don't read some of the sequels, you won't get the B-52s reference...

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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FAIL

"In this small victory, it was El Reg wot won it."

https://www.theregister.co.uk

...

Nope, The Register is still losing when it comes to https.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Telcos try to kill net neutrality

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Re: Que defenders

What defenders??

Oh, you mean "cue" as in "to prompt" or "call to action". You appear to have gotten that crossed with "queue" as in "to line up" and come up with a term rather foreign to your intent.

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Re: If the shoe was on the other foot.

Probably because there wouldn't be many small donors outed but only the personal information of a dozen or so billionaires and a few dozen energy, tobacco, gun maker, and defense corporations.

You'd be surprised. The greatest success* of the RNC in recent years has been to convince a large part of the poor and lower-middle class to consistently vote against their own best interests, to the point of even helping finance the bastards who regularly shaft them.

* Success as defined by the RNC's terms, that is.

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Re: Whew that was a close one

Dude's been dead for a while so will have take it up with his ancestors.

So contacting his spirit not enough of a challenge? Got to go back even further? Trying to prove your medium's actually a large?

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YouTube stars shilled for Warner Bros, screwed up, and now the FTC has written an angry letter

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Reading this article 24 hours after watching Guru Larry's history of Driv3rGate

"..given cash on condition they produce a favorable review of the game, not show any bugs or glitches, and recommend that users click a link to the title's official website.."

*sigh*

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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"People will use it cautiously at first.."

Close, but...

The current autopilot incidents, and the entire history of human interaction with technology, belies your statement. It's really the opposite: people start out using technology like this incautiously, and as they figure out that it can't do everything, the survivors gradually become more cautious.

But then of course we breed a whole new generation of people who haven't yet learned to be careful, and build a whole new suite of technologies...

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

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Not Likely

"Most will remain on for the two-year mission, and possibly beyond..."

Since the plan is to crash the probe into Jupiter at the end of the two-year mission, that's a very slight "possibly".

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Opera cries foul over Microsoft Edge power-slurping claims

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Re: Adblocker Quibble

"Tracking Protection Lists" is the native IE advert blocker and it's not available on Edge yet.

Yes. That was my point. Opera was conducting an entirely fair test as well, showing how their browser with its better feature set could outperform Edge. In their test, each browser was rendering the same useful content-- Opera simply wasn't rendering the useless ad content.

As I have said in other discussions, when it comes down to it, it's about utility vs cost. Ads increase the cost of loading a web page, whilst providing no utility to the users.

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Adblocker Quibble

"This test turned on an ad blocker, which is off by default."

Okay, let's re-run the test with Edge's native ad blocker on as well...

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Stopped buying Oracle's kit? You've literally decimated its profit

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Headmaster

"[L]iterally decimated"

Net income was $8.9bn, down 10 per cent from last year.

You win this time...

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Aquaboffins sink lost Greek city theory

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Re: Atlantis claims were obviously wrong

I'm sorry, but Scranton's future history was chronicled by Blish, not Smith:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cities_in_Flight#A_Life_for_the_Stars

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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What else was the target running?

Shurely running any other computationally intensive* software parallel with the decryption would fool this device?

* How intensive depends on many factors, and it may slow things down enough to piss off users. Hmm, maybe if you just allowed Microsoft's horrible search indexer service to run, you'd be immune to this type of attack...

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Re: That's eminently reasonable

Many classical journals ... often allow the author to have a copy on his or her website...

That seems a reasonable concession to the person who created the work in the first place.

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Big Cable uses critics' own arguments to slam set-top box shake-up

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Set-top Boxes ARE Transmission's Edge

So is this American Football rules (line is out of bounds) or Rest-of-the-world Football rules (line is in-bounds) ?

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Typo?

“The future lies in methods of authentication without passwords, which consumers clearly favour, both in terms of convenience and enhanced security,” Lack commented.

s/b

“The future lies in methods of authentication without passwords, which consumers clearly favour, both in terms of convenience and enhanced security lack", he commented.

?

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Re: It's not surprising.

Well, the reason for this part's pretty obvious:

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They've got to maintain IE4 compatibility, of course.

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Siri's maker finally unveils dev-tastic universal AI interface Viv

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Re: "an intelligent, conversational interface" to "distribute products"

I'm sure it'll be a great product, after all, it's on Apple ...

Please tell me that was sarcasm.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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"ultra low power x86"

There's the problem in a nutshell. Intel has never been able to develop satisfactory low power x86, let alone ultra low power. Their best efforts at low-power have produced exceptionally low performance as well.

This might have something to do with their penchant for trying to solve issues by increasing complexity (much like a certain software company they have close ties with, which coincidentally is also having trouble getting its software to run efficiently on smaller devices.) In the low-power world, complexity kills.

Don't get me wrong -- Intel's x86 team does some amazing engineering, but its core design philosophy is antithetical to the simple requirements of low-power systems.

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Re: I'm not quite buying the "previous security researcher" story

Without any actual evidence, we will have to accept the scripted answer.

No. Without any actual evidence, "we don't know" is a better conclusion than accepting any answer, especially one from a party with an interest in controlling perception of the incident.

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Euro watchdogs give America's data-sharing Privacy Shield an 'F'

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To be fair,

The test was just one question:

"Will you share everything you find with our spies?"

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Poll's broken

Voted no, but the selectable reason for my no wasn't listed.

Same here. But according to the poll:

I have another reason (see comments): 0

So something's broken.

My reason? It's an unnecessary intrusion which will lead to bad statistics.

They don't need to know your specific distraction to be able to determine the cause in most crashes, and damaged caused is the only logical measure of liability.

Given the way these types of data collection need to be marketed, press releases will focus on the number (not percentage) of crashes deemed "caused" by texting while driving. Little to no context will be given, leading to an inaccurate picture of the actual prevalence.

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: Where to begin?

Real-life example: USB Attached scale & Printer. The ability to have a web/thin client application be able to weigh a package and generate a shipping label WITHOUT having to install specific drivers, without having to have the user click on anything every time it prints, etc. Right now you have to install the drivers, install the stand-alone software, which then has to use a web api to exchange information with the shipping company. This moves the API level so that the software and data can be stored on web server and nothing needs to be installed on the workstation other than a standard, reusable API layer which is restricted by device and destination.

Or you could just get an independent scale/printer with its own network attachment. You can still connect your PC to it over the network, but you don't need to waste energy powering your PC to use it.

There are already PC-independent solutions; don't invent half-dependent solutions and pretend they're better.

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Ted Cruz slams DNS overseer ICANN a second time

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In an attempt to perfectly define the term 'irony'...

How about actually answering the questions, presidential candidate asks

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China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

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Re: No laughing matter

The question being whether Primus's original post title was meant to evoke that association, to deflect it, or was simply coincidental.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: 198,000

But surely the appeal of a Tesla is that its

- Exclusive New Technology

- Expensive Well-built

- Stylish

- Sold by the Steve Jobs of the electric auto industry

TFTFY

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Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide

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"Snowden seems to me to be pure as a driven snow," he said.

Said the man who apparently knows neither Snowden nor snow.

And Snowden for president!? Get half a clue. If he's the man you believe him to be, he's smart enough to not want that position, either for himself or his country.

FFS, stop trying to canonize people who happen to have done one good thing.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: precedent

Apple for the moment has lost the loose loose proposition set up for them.

1. Learn to spell "lose".

2. Learn to spell "lose".

3. Lose-lose is hyphenated.

4. The public, especially Apple's demographic, will remember that Apple stood up to the FBI, and that the FBI backed down. They're not going to remember or care that the FBI broke into the phone some other way. People who will remember that have already been skeptical of any promise of end-to-end security (from Apple or others). Apple has lost nothing here.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Re: Yes very significant.

Actually, JDX, Mage's definition of "real AI" is the same as that of about 50% of the AI communtiy.

The other half believes in "functional AI" which includes DeepDream, Watson, Google's cars, etc.

"Functional AI" -- i.e, making a specialized program which can handle a single task or class of tasks as well or better than a human -- is easier to accomplish and so gets most of the press, but that doesn't make it any better or more real than "real AI".

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Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

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Well, as it's Opera we're talking...

What Opera will do when users are able to block what they consider to be non-relevant in-app ads, at the network level using technologies like Shine, remains to be seen.

Any guesses?

The image of an amply endowed maiden waxing lyrical springs to mind...

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: Missing the point...

No you're missing the point. The barge video is not an operational priority.

It's PR/infotainment, which is less important than getting the actual functional engineering to work.

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