* Posts by Voland's right hand

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

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Hanlon's razor

We had that on our street a few years back with the added benefit of houser alarms registering a jamming attempt and activating in a 30+m radius. The culprit was traced to a duff Toyota keyfob. The owner gave the keys to his toddler to play with, the kid was teething, bit on the fob and some spit permanently shorted the ON button. Apparently there was no delay and no protection in the Toyota fob design. You short the ON and it is ON - all the time transmitting at max rate. Perfect DIY jammer.

So it is not necessarily a jammer. A mummy with a toddler driving a Toyota is equally possible.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Not really

95% of all vehicles sold are scrapped long before they reach their full mileage projection.

An autonomous self-driving vehicle should be able to clock more than 400k with ease. Compared to that a human driven vehicle will end up being scrapped < 150. It is staying in the parking lot with a layer of salt on it which kills most cars in USA and Europe, not the actual driving.

As far as maintenance - electrical drive train and autonomous driving are a marriage made in heaven (or hell if you hold GM stock). Less than 5% of the maintenance of a normal vehicle. The recharge, etc issues also become irrelevant as the vehicle proceeds to charge itself when it is unoccupied.

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US Air Force reveals what's inside its top-secret space plane, this time

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The motors for this one were sourced ages ago

The motors for each of these launches were different and sourced at a different time. So even if there is a common factor, it is not the engine itself.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Re: This sums up the problem:

wooowwwwwww easy Tiger 4mb on a 286!

Mine had 8 and ran at 25MHz - a Harris surplus military chip + VLSI motherboard with working all banks memory interleave. Add to that the fact that I got p*** off at Miscrosf ineptitude at handling 1024+ cylinders and wrote my own disk drivers for the past-1024 boundary partition which were "only" 4 times faster and well... the picture was complete. All of that with a black and white 1024x768 maskless XGA for budgetary reasons.

It ran circles around all early 386es and the only reason I upgraded to 386 at all was the first installment of Tie Fighter. That bloody thing categorically refused to run on 286.

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Close, but no cigar

An Oculus rift version? Heart attack territory.

Nope. Bundled diaper territory. As an immediate effect.

And lots and lots of "correcting" chemicals as an aftermath to fix the nightmares.

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: Context

Do not get me started on how long is an average (heavily polished for PR purposes) bug squash list in an average Adobe bug-fix. And that is only stuff they decide to publish, not what they fix and do not add to the publically visible list.

700 issues (as these include features, etc) in 4 years is _NOTHING_ in a major project. In fact it is suspiciosly low.

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LOHAN's final test flight set to honour PRATCHETT

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Re: 4 years

Unless the FAA starts reporting to Lord Vetinary - a while yet.

The El Reg team is seriously handicapped here - by not being local and/or not having a few billions in the bank. So they have no strings to pull.

IMHO they should have tested somewhere where suitable lobbying by el-reg readership would have been provided. A few Eastern European countries come to mind as suitable candidates. Australia probably would have been a better choice as well. Even Canada is a better choice (hello Amazon). USA was the wrong choice to start with. In fact, my suggestion would be to repack to the crate and ship it to somewhere not under FAA jurisdiction ASAP.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years' SOLITARY SELF-PLEASURE with GROUP SESSION

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Depends on who you are

If you are Catbert and you are in the process of selecting the next round of cullables, it will be immensely fascinating. Just take the top 10% of the leaderboard and hand them the pinkslips there and then.

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Times sure have changed

One thing about the War On Terror, it is making us terrified!

It is supposed to. Read more on Stalin's rise to power and why he got as far as he did, it provides a good explanation on the necessity to keep the population terrified of "something".

You are not the only one by the way. I had a similar incident with openwrt and a (lidless) TP3020 portable access point with the console plugged in. From there on I work only harmless stuff on planes such as virtualization, java, etc. Real work - that is for the desk back home.

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Err minor detail

He points out that there are multiple safeguards built into Boeing aircraft systems

The aircraft in question was an Airbus.

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PANIC! RSA keys are compromised!

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Missing detail

That ins one of HPA (H. Peter Anvin) keys.

For those who are unaware HPA was (and probably still is) BOFH@kernel.org. That is actually a rather interesting key to play with as there is actual real stuff signed with it.

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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Re: Very Docker-ish.

Why run Windows at all, given the supported software list?

Because there are limits to Nadella's "liberal orientation". The primary use case for this server is cloud deployments and Azure. Suggesting throwing out Windows as the base OS for Azure. Sure, me and you may agree, but try doing that one in Redmond.

What is interesting is preparation of this OS for customer release. I smell a BIG "Azure On Premises" and Hybrid Cloud push coming up.

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Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

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Re: The US will be the biggest loser in a Cyber War?

Even more importantly, it's much harder for them to bribe politicians to look away from the problems.

It kind'a made sense until I came across this sentence. At that point I stopped reading.

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Didn't buy a tablet in Q1? You're not alone

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Not surprising

Market is mature and saturated - same as PCs and laptops. It is only like for like replacement now and the reasons to replace are no longer pressing.

I have a stack of 2 semi-retired, 1 in minimal use and 2 in use in the household. The ones in use are one year old models and they still run everything fine. They are a staggering improvement on the 2 year old ones which predated them by only a year. However if you compare that to the current crop the incremental improvement is no longer staggering - it is marginal. The product has matured.

It will take 2-3 more years for the ones in use today until the batteries, charger plugs or something else gives up the ghost. Then I will consider replacement. Before that? Why should I?

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Get paid (airline) peanuts with United's new bug bounty program

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Re: airmiles....

Actually united ones are semi-useful. You can book something with them even during peak periods. I use them regularly for flights to Euirope in mid-winter when the prices go through the roof because of the skiers.

Try that with BA or Iberia - there is zero availability during time you actually need them and nearly zero availability to book more than 2 people on a flight at a time.

It is not a useful "reward" for a bug bounty though.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Can we close Faux News too?

As well as Sun, The Volkischer Beobachter and "Sunday T*ts, etc"

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Interesting

My own BD archive experiment ended up as a write off. It did not complete even one backup run so I ended up doing backups 100% to MAID as a lukewarm storage mechanism

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Heartbleed, eat your heart out: VENOM vuln poisons countless VMs

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QEMU == KVM

For a variety of historic reasons people use the term KVM where the correct name should be QEMU. KVM is just the x86 virtualization accel for QEMU. The QEMU codebase still handles most of the IO, memory management, etc.

By the way, some of the QEMU codebase is now reused in Xen too (if memory serves me right).

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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Err... Worstall missed the plot (as usual)

The aim of a company is to make profits that the shareholders can cash in and consume as beer 'n' burgers.

To do that, the money has to be taken back into the home tax jurisdiction of the company,

No it does not. 99% of the "profit" to the shareholder in USA from shares manipulation, not from dividends or other conventional Adam Smith Economics (TM) ROI.

Shares in this day and age are manipulated (grow or fall) on the basis of mere promise for return. In order for the share value to go up the money does not need to be repatriated. Apple is a textbook case. It has not repatriated any income for a decade or so, but its shares are growing proportional to that income on the mere promise that this income will be repatriated or otherwise converted into something real one day. There may be some repatriation at the end of the rainbow. Or maybe not. The shareholders are happy extracting value from the shares growth on the market instead of getting dividend and as long as this is the case no repatriation will be forthcoming. Ever.

Another example. Miscrosoft. It paid its first dividend ~ 20 years or so after the company was founded. Another example... and another... and another...

Granted, this is not the case for a lot of Eu companies - in most Eu countries there are various accounting and taxation regs which make not paying dividend quite painful. If the subject under discussion is a USA company... well... all you need is to trawl through the filings on NASDAQ and see exactly how much dividends did most of them pay in the last few years. Hint - not a lot.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Re: *ULTRA* reliable!

Also, it becomes visible instantaneously the moment it prepares to fire. All the wonderful radar signature decrease magic goes straight to hell at that point.

Serbians picked it up from 60km out during the NATO bombing campaign and nailed it for 6 at that point.

In fact, when you take into account that the time to target for a lot of AA missiles is under 30 seconds the whole idea of stealth starts to look a bit ridiculous.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Re: Lots of 'em in Spain...

Yep. It is one of the only two birds I have seen which successfully outcompetes pidgeons in urban areas. The other one (equally loud and obnoxious) is the Great Tailed Grackle in Texas.

It will be interesting who the winner will be when these two pests from hell meet. My bets are on the grackle.

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Joke

Re: "I can't at all see what the thieves can do with them."

Cruella, next time post under your own name.

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Re: Inside job? or Escape to Freedom?

If it was a tiger or snow leopard they would have been on their way to the private zoo of a mobster or a ruler of a small feudal fiefdom on the ex-USSR periphery. That I can undersand. Monkeys however... I dont geddit...

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Trans Pacific Partnership 'fast-track' bill dumped

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Re: Democratic posturing for the Left Wing

Actually we are. He has gone completely Clinton on this one. Pun intended.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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This is USA

If it is one of the corner of living room projection monsters of the olden days (some of those could only be rented, never sold), you can cram two people into that. And some ammo to defend the position too.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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Obligatory quote

Shaving your face with a mace in the dark,

I am a loser baby, why don't you kill me

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All-Russian 'Elbrus' PCs and servers go on sale

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@ Stuart Longland

Question is: will it SPARC any interest?

It does not need to. It is more than sufficient to supply with non-embargo compute the parts of their industry which are subject to a western embargo: energy sector, military, etc.

Europe already seems well ARMed with other architectures, so why take the RISC? IPR can be embargoed too.

They'll either MIPS their sales targets or just not bother If this was two years ago - I would have said the same. Today, not so sure. I would not be surprised to see a mandatory school and education use mandate. That is a few million units on its own.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Harry

@ Ilmarinen

You cannot be part of the EEA without subscribing to:

1. Free movement of labour

2. Most of EU environmental regulation and a lot of the economic ones.

What Cameron and company wants is to restrict these which means _LEAVING_ the EEA period. The Swiss which already heading down that route as a result of a botched referendum and will learn the consequences the hard way next year. One of the reasons why Eu will play hardball on that one is exactly that - Britain. We will all see exactly where happens as a result of restricting labour flow when this happens because Switherland currently has the same problems as UK and will get the same painful awakening which awaits UK in case of Brexit:

1. Their health system is run on more than 50% Eu labour. It will collapse overnight if this is withdrawn

2. Various services and non-banking parts of the economy similarly heavily use Eu labour.

It is all nice to have half of the banks in the world producing GDP (thought they usually hide it instead) when you are in an operating theater and the Romanian anaesthesiologist, German surgeon and Italian head nurse are not there to attend to you. While we can live without Bulgarian and Romanians washing our cars, that particular bit is a bit difficult to live without.

By the way - I am not being flippant here, when both of my kids were born, I did not notice any British natives at consultant level, there was on trainee doctor and some of the midwives. It was exactly the case of German surgeon, Romanian anaesthesiologist and Italian head nurse. So the observation that NHS is in the same boat (or worse) than the Swiss health service is a first hand one.

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FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum

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Re: Wait ?

That leaves the issue of shipping physical goods. These guys got caught by tracing physical goods (fake or illegal diet pills).

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Nothing was copied from the clever Japanese boy

Well, because it was copied from the clever French one.This looks like the stuff Peugeout has been packing into the recent models for a third year now.

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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

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Re: Voodoo math

Definitely voodoo math.

If the failure is once every 12.5 TB (as claimed), a nearly full 1TB RAID1 set where most sectors contain non-zero values (like the one I have on my old main house server) should fail during the weekly verify job at least once every few months. That set has been running for ~ 3 years now (it just got replaced by a new 2TB one). I need a few more coffees to recall the relevant formulae from probability theory, but it should be somewhere north of 95% for a failure during the 3 years of use.

There is definitely something wrong with the cited numbers.

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Re: Consumer RAID has been dead for a while

Agree. I did the math recently for new house RAID array and went for RAID 1 instead. The hassle, combined with failure probabilities and rebuild time for 5, 6, 50 or 60 is just not worth it. You are better off throwing in a couple of drives as a DIY MAID on a spare machine and doing nightly backups to that.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Did I miss something

Did I miss something or Apple just patented a method to breach an air-gap network at high rate.

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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Re: Really, there were no other massive photos?

And of course this picture is sexist!

Did you get possessed by a Dworkin ghost or something?

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Tinfoil Hats?

No. Water ones.

The only way to provide reasonable shielding is if the astronauts are shielded by the propellant. 1m of water goes a very long way towards shielding both nuclear propulsion and cosmic rays. 1m tank + shield around a sphere with 10m radius is ~ 400 tons. If some of this water is used as a propellant to get to Mars orbit and back you are also looking at a journey time under 30 days.

The problem is getting all that water onto the spaceship in the first place. If you are launching from Earth - not a way in hell. It is not feasible. If it has been brought into Earth orbit from the Asteroid belt., than it is a completely different ball game.

IMHO, we are planning things in the wrong order. We have to get (via automated capture ships) to the asteroid belt first and only then we can go to other places in the solar system.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Hatters Will Hate!

Bursar, did you take too many Dried Frog Pills...

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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The 7 years number is a magic number

Anything you try doing on energy efficiency of a house (except insulation) the return is seven years.

Solar ~ 7 years. Heat pump instead of central heating ~ 7 years. Condensing boiler + aux systems necessary to replace at a time) ~ 7 years.

I have done the math plenty of times and once you account for interest rates, etc you suddenly realize that your old conventional gas boiler is not that inefficient.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Re: Idiot Register

II wonder if the Chinese smartwatches (that existed before Apple Watch) have an 80% margin...

Wrong reference example. That is the margin for luxury goods - f.e. that is the Parvenue Tax on the Omega.

IMHO, Parvenue is more descriptive than Idiot for this particular occasion.

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Impressive, quite impressive

So which one of the Amazon packagings (A7 maybe?) will this "drone" deliver. Can I order a scheduled delivery of "flowers" to someone I like? Do I need a Prime account?

All right, jokes aside - very impressive. With that engine they are only a few steps away from orbital flight - it is the same thrust as the engines in the Falkon 9 (~440 or thereabouts). That is more than enough to put a payload into orbit. Or a Prime delivery on some dictator's lawn.

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

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I could

They perceive Pi as a threat in Education which they have nearly monopolized outside worldwide.

Note - unlike the Linux Pi you also need a fully blown remote Windows PC to work on it. Two windows licenses for the price of one and all in the name of Education. Hurray. Now watch it being driven top down to all schools. In the olden days there would have been salesman visits by Billigatus himself to the Bliar and the other top politicos. It is interesting what level will go Nadella to push it.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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Re: We can see the edit history and discussion.

I do not need to think here.

Let me just consider it. A "Web Marketeer". Once again, let me consider it, "A Web Marketeer". No, I do not need to even consider which one is more likely to be telling the truth and which one is not.

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Snapdragon 810 chip doesn't overheat, jilted Qualcomm sniffs at LG

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Compared to most phone case materials leather is an insulator

Compared to most phone case materials leather is a good heat insulator. So something that would have fit in the thermal envelope of another phone, may be too hot for this use case.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Re: TomTom Go Mobile

That is why I use Sygic. Same map database, same traffic sources (except some of the Eastern European countries), none of the gimmic idiocies.

And most importantly - it works.

I have clocked 20k miles around Europe and some reasonable mileage around USA with it so far. My only wishlist is that they stop being stupid about limited MIrrorLink availability. They have it now working for a fixed set of maps and a fixed config which is only available as a bundle. If you want to add it as a feature to an existing purchase it is a no go. Based on what they have done so far, my guess is that it is only a matter of time until they fix it.

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Android gaming platform Ouya is down to its last life

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It is the usual story of app delivery

If you are building a platform for which somebody else owns the app and content delivery (Google in this case) you might as well switch to digging your own 7x2x6 feet hole in the ground. Their only chance was to sell themselves day one to Google, Amazon or one of the TV players which has content aspirations and no console and that chance did not come along.

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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

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Well... color me surprised...

My guess would be that the budget allocation for Internet Security is comparable in priority to the budget allocations for Customer Care, compliance with disability law and a few others like that. That would explain it.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Re: "The US has been the first to flyby every planet of the Solar System"

Same for Mars:

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraftDisplay.do?id=1962-061A

Don't you love people rewriting history in the name of Public Relations...

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US Congress promises death to patent trolls in bipartisan law scribbling

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Re: peer review?

This will work only in "hotly contested" areas which usually have funding anyway so they do not need it that much as it is not difficult to find a sponsor to work on invalidating the patent using the existing review procedures.

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Re: Does nothing...

Just ban software and business method patents. Plain and simple.

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Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret

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Re: Jack Bauer....

Nothing - the remote cellphone trigger will probably have alarm(s) set too as a failsafe.

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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That depends on how do you define obscure app

What this will solve is the "casual" games gap. Apps gap - not so much.

While the emulation layers are generally good enough to run "Where is my Water N" for various values of N, they start falling over once GPS, Bluetooth, etc come to play. So, for example, if Torque is your "must have" "obscure" app, this move will not make you switch to windows phone any time soon.

Similarly, where running "Where is my Water" under emulation may work, Shadowgun or the Sonic equiivalent of Minion Rush will probably have issues with graphics performance. The gap to QNX is much smaller than to Windows by the way. The graphics APIs there are very different.

I agree - that is likely to kill the patient

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