* Posts by spold

14 posts • joined 8 Feb 2012

Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

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who will benefit?

Umm Huawei. Where did the battery tech come from - betting nearer to Shenzhen than South Korea... just saying, been there.

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WANdisco: IBM's our OEM

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Huawei does the rounds of the Engineering programs at Chinese universities and ships them off to Shenzhen. Many of them have a second degree. It pays them close to Western rates (on average 3 times more than Foxconn across the highway - but teens assembling mobile phones would expect to earn less right).They also get a 60% bonus as well as company shares (which no-one knows what they are worth). OK long hours are expected but you can retire at 45. Its rumoured you may get an interest free mortgage as well which given Shenzhen property prices (higher than New York) is huge - this type of golden handcuffs is not unusual.

Huawei also recently took over the relationship that BlackBerry had with Univ.o.Waterloo in Canada and set up a research centre so they likely got some IP in that department. They have numourous others around the world.

An accounting nuance is that R&D at Huawei typically also includes all product development stuff as well which others may term manufacturing.

You might think I've spent some time at the Unicomplex, I couldnt comment. Resistance in futile. I believe Cisco are (rightly) shitting themselves, Apple might wake up as well.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Umm Visual Fortran, Fortran 2008?

Let's talk Algol 60 or Cesil, or if IBM how about PL/AS or Rexx...

Paper tape anyone?

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Sanctions-slapped Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE swaps execs

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Re: reshuffles its management every three years

Well Huawei has 3 rotating CEOs (I know a bad visual) each of whom take a 6 months turn and do something else in the 12 months off. Nice work if you can get it and avoids burn-out.

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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Re: Been there, done that

I was actually manager of Immersive Virtual Reality systems at IBM around 1995. The technology was based on Virtuality plc's headset (and also v-flexor a five finger hand device) bolted to an IBM PS/2 with half a dozen RISC processors on a card. There was a anaethatist traning app, a channel tunnel driver app, an airbus plane layout app, and a bunch of games. Nothing I have seen is new - just the resolution got better. Latency was minimal and had directional stero sound.

Problems?

Engineers - always want to produce a new version before you have recouped investment on the last one.

Lawyers - little Jimmie uses VR and now needs glasses (would have needed them anyway) - class action lawsuits!

Also anything with opticals and electric field sensors is finicky - lots of service calls.

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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Thumb Up

Booze on Aeroflot - mostly for the flight crew.

IMHO - likely bonking Sarah senseless before getting on a plane to Central America. Will love the movie.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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FAIL

Re: Video conferencing?

Ah you will need the video conferencing add-on - think head band with a bent coat hanger stickiing out front and a mirror dangling off the end....

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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

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Devil

Hmmm how about the internal (to IBM) CHRISTMA EXEC (there must have been an 8 character limit somewhere) for the IBM/370? This was sent out just before Christmas in around 83 I think. It was a Rexx (/GDDM I believe) routine that would display on 3279 colour terminals. It had some nice Santa festive graphics but also had the little wheeze that it also read your PROFS/NOSS address book and sent itself to everyone in there from you. It very quickly brought the IBM SNA gateways to their knees, luckily everyone buggered off for the Christmas break and the IBM network admins were able to have a festive time flushing it out the queues while everyone else had better things to do.

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Missed the Venus solar flyby? It's only 105 years to the next one

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if you missed it ,just grab a pair of those dark viewing glasses that no-one else needs now and put a pin-sized drop of black paint on them - you can now experience the same view anytime it is sunny.

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Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

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Big Brother

Not really that new, and...

Kinda bindun ... see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EyeTap

Lawyers will love it - little Jimmy has bad eyesight - ah must be the glasses! Class action lawsuit!

Police will love it - access to video for a criminal investigation - like having millions of roving surveillance cameras.

Seems to be sitting on some possibly dodgy patents - a lot of the VR companies explored this in the 80s and 90s and could never find a market, but I bet there are some prior patents being dusted off.

As a privacy professional I'll love em too if they ever become real - keep creating the work google!

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Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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The problem is understated due to the fact that most people carry more than one card and most likely use the same PIN for each of them. So a thief has multiple opportunities to compromise the PIN (at which point all remaining cards in the wallet are compromised).

One option is to use a common root PIN (say 3 digits or 5 digits depending on your PIN length) and then base the remaining digit (lets say make it the 3rd digit) card specific - e.g, base it on the CSV value printed on the card).

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Kodak to kill off digital cameras

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Shuttered?

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Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

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The article does not make it clear that Rogers is also Canada's largest cable TV company and that Bell has a Fibre/Satellite delivered TV service as well, both coupled with their broadband services - of course they would be testing it.

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