* Posts by TheOtherHobbes

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Adult FriendFinder hack exposes MILLIONS of members

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Re: delightful

>And please don't tell me they have NOT copied that leaked database!

They probably set up AFF in the first place.

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A good effort, but a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Re: The Pi needs windows

>Pi was introduced because school CS classes became "a click on icon in Word" exercise

Pi was introduced to sell bucketloads of Broadcom SOCs. End of. It's been very good at that.

But once you peer past the hype, it's a terrible computer for schools. Set-up is a nightmare, the Linux desktop is a joke compared to a real computer (browse the web? I'll come back in an hour after that page has loaded) and the fun stuff - like Scratch - runs better online anyway.

It's true some people think Linux is "real computing", but teaching 8 year olds about file permissions and the difference between /bin and /sbin - which they have to know to do anything non-trivial - isn't any sane person's idea of fun.

The Pi could have been so much more. It could have come with a preinstalled web server and database which just worked, so ten year olds didn't have to dick around with apt-get to install Nginx and PHP and MySQL just to put up a web page.

It could have had some kind of useful IDE and dev environment built in (something better than IDLE - which wouldn't be hard).

It could have had some actual thought put into it.

Instead it was pushed out the door on some kind of weird nostalgia nerdgasm wave (see also, TV adaptor) packed full of exactly the wrong kind of Linux shovelware, capturing none of the ease of use and graded learning that made the original 8-bit micros so brilliant.

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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Re: oh £100 light bulbs with that special glow

>And at 2:14 a.m., EDT, on August 29, it gained self-awareness ...

And lo - there was toast and house music for all.

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

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>However, the rest of the pitch is, as I compared it with last time, something out of the South Sea Bubble.

Well, duh.

The point of something like this isn't to make something that works, it's to part Greater Fools of all stripes - including VCs - from their cash.

Considering the number of ASIC vendors who never deliver, and the number of BitCoin exchanges which inexplicably "lose" some of the BitCoins they're supposed to be holding, this is just a variation on the same old scams with some extra lipstick to tempt the Butchers of Sandhill Road.

It might even work. My guess is not because it's on the obvious side, even for a startup.

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Re: Gigabit home internet? Crikey!

It translates to "Internet that just works" - multiple video, music streaming, games, Skype/Facetime/Whatever, small business home hosting if you're that way inclined, all working at the same time without congestion.

And most people won't use anything close to the full speed limit, so it should stay robust for a while.

Where I live BT and the local council are only just getting around to considering the fact they don't want to upgrade the village from the current <1.5MBps "broadband" because greed and stupidity.

So if this telco-in-waiting wants to expand south and west a bit, they'll find a lot of customers.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

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Re: Music, But Not To My Ears.

>For those who want less music in their music.

Try academic electronic music - no harmony, no melody, no rhythm, no audience.

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

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Re: Human rights aren't EU

>This is sophistry.

Does Timmy ever offer anything else? This is the man who believes economists keep governments honest, because economists never say stupid things.

Anyway - as a digital trader, I'm thrilled by the idea of having to deal with a whole new set of tariffs and exclusions just to be able to sell stuff to a country less than twenty five miles away.

Of course someone like Tim who specialises in buying and selling stuff that has be handled carefully to stop it poisoning people isn't going to be too happy about all those terrible safety requirements.

But what about those of us who already sell to clients in Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, and the rest? Suddenly the shutters come down and we find that - against all reasonable expectation - the UK market on its own is a poor substitute, and the US market has miles of red tape to keep foreign nationals from setting up there. (Delaware LLC? Easy. US bank account? Ha ha ha forget it.)

And then there are the implications for roaming charges. VPNs. The extra paperwork needed to ship physical stuff. Visa problems with travel. And so on.

It's strange that someone like Tim, who's such a fan of markets (he says) would be so hostile to the benefits of a huge market on the doorstep.

Anyway, I doubt it will be happen - not just because it would be incredibly stupid and financially suicidal (never been a problem for Tory economics, that) but because a lot of Tory grandees make a ton of free cash from Common Agricultural Policy handouts, and they're going to be really unhappy about losing those.

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VOTERS! This Election: Vote #Smart, Vote #Digital

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>what I want are working email addresses for government departments

Er - why do you think they want to get email from you?

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Re: "By definition we couldn't"

>I can easily imagine a human with a brain that has been hijacked or damaged to remove certain modes of thinking or block ideas.

You don't need to imagine this - it's quite common.

>The human brain is just a machine,

Not proven. Won't be proven unless we start making machines with similar properties.

But I agree with the criticisms - Bostrom's insights are trite and not very interesting. Real AI is likely to be much more challenging than a giant paperclip bot.

For example - imagine an AI with deep insight into human psychology, and the best social and political skills in history.

There's far more power in persuasion than there is in a giant paperclip factory.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: Won't Work [on] Hipster[s]

Forget the Hipsters - will it work on black or brown people?

Because - you know - it would be just a tiny bit embarrassing if it didn't.

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Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

>The issue here is more around if Apple know / knew about this issue before his purchase

Big visible tats aren't likely to be an Apple employee thing, are they? Everyone in the ads is super-clean and oh-so-shiny, so I'll bet no one at Cupertino even considered the ink problem.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Re: "if you're worried about longevity in overpriced consumer tech, you're in the wrong market."

>I see no reason for smart watches at all.

At half the thickness, ten times the battery life, half the cost and enough processing power for good speech recognition I could see some reasons.

But this is just a dumbed down overweight iPod nano with the music removed.

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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

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With a £6.4bn loss for the year, they probably can't even afford a BT account.

Or a packet of biscuits.

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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Re: Buffalo burghers

>to 50kg of calamari.

It's a trap!

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

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Re: Don't they know anything?

>What do you mean, Star Trek isn't real?

It is real.

It's just not real yet.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

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Re: Well that was clear as mud

They're not that great at software, either. (Allegedly.)

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Next

Yep. The Maker Nerdgasm market isn't anywhere close to big enough to keep a big retail chain going.

AdaFruit and SparkFun are doing fine at mail order, and they have more technical smarts too.

How many people need an Arduino board right this second - for values that don't include "Actually next day is fine, thanks."

Electronic clubs would help, but not enough, I think. The interest among most of the population just isn't there. It's nowhere close to the levels of the 70s/80s when electronic DIY was serious bizness, and you could make real money from a store selling 555s/Z80s/74xx to spotty virgin teens/middle-aged men.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Re: He missed the main problem...

It wasn't a stupid idea. It was a badly executed idea.

AR glasses are fine. AR glasses with a camera that record you without your permission are less fine.

Glass was Google's Newton moment. The idea is maybe 10-15 years ahead of the available technology.

And unlike Newton, there are a lot of privacy issues and other legalities to consider.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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As a lot of City men keep finding the hard way, shagging gold diggers is rarely a good investment.

What's less obvious to these City men is that only a minority of women are gold diggers. But they don't have the social skills to deal with them, so they never quite work this out.

As for Apple - the blingo-watch has cheapened the brand and moved it out of the "affordable mass-market luxury" market Apple used to dominate, into the "fuck you if you're poor" fashionista narcissist market.

That's an idiot move. They're poking their mainstream customers in the eye while not making it into the luxury Veblen space the exclusive hyper-bling brands live in.

$17k is a lot, but it's still sort-of affordable-ish, in a not-really economic uncanny valley kind of a way.

The Veblen-smart move would have been to make a very limited edition blingowatch out of the most exotic and expensive materials possible, and sold it to a mere handful of slebs for seven figures.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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>Never forget that the ideal Apple computer is powered by your adoring gaze and your friends' envy.

Eventually there will be no sockets.

Then the MacBook itself will start to become transparent. Soon, only the screen will continue to levitate in space - disembodied, wireless, cloudy, a serene slab of glass and metal floating effortlessly above the turbulent surface of valley life, displaying infinite views of brightly coloured smiling people enjoying their lives so very, very much.

Soon, even that will start to disappear.

Eventually there will be just the faintest ghost of a design idea.

No case. No screen. No keyboard. No denim. No turtleneck. Just a barely audible sigh that sounds like a cross between 'Jony...', Japanese rain on apple blossoms, and a really annoying 1950s telephone.

Perfection will have been attained.

The day after that, the Borg ships will land.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: Apple Pay?

I'm guessing the phone has the NFC credentials, so the watch on its own won't do much.

But that just means you have to steal the phone, the watch, and a finger, I guess.

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>18 hours = all day

I always suspected Apple lives on another planet.

Now I know it's true - one that spins much faster than Earth does.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: In the news over the weekend...

>"We've doing this because of the overwhelming demand from the consumer..."

S'true. It's just that you're not the consumer they mean.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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>Were there any "sweeteners" on offer

At a guess, moving out of Slough would have been very close to the top of the list.

It's completely lacking the breakfast pop-ups, microbreweries, owl cafes, and hipster beard management boutiques that make Shoreditch such a creative hub.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

Don't worry - The Internet of Brains is up next.

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World’s oldest IT dining society breaks into the House of Lords

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Will !Lord #Bong be there.

I'm only going if he is.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Re: Uh-oh

>Does this mean I'm now going to be called upon for more free tech-help from friends/family when they start buying device-controlled lights?

Doubt it. Not expecting these to be strong sellers. Most people are just fine with switches and (maybe...) dimmers.

There's an obvious security application, but I'm not sure current products have worked that out yet.

I suppose eventually you'll have light that follows you around and/or responds to voice commands. But you'll need something a bit cleverer than an app with a couple of buttons and sliders for that.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Or maybe Roomba - picking up trivia, going around in circles, and always giving itself a plug.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Then why not just make the changes in Word and use Scrivener for note keeping and overview?

Honestly, it's not that hard to do a final pass like this.

I know everyone hates Wurd, because it's a pile of donkey crap with a cursor and a ribbon.

Even so. Less drama, eh?

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Re: @John Robinson

>They track changes on texts.

Not in the way Word does. Track Changes doesn't mean "find the diffs and blames", it means "show all editorial comments in a different style, show content diffs, and get rid of everything except the final raw copy when editing is done."

You could probably hack together a script to do it, but only insane people try to write a book using a code IDE.

(Actually I believe some tech publishers use a tech workflow and will accept copy in - e.g. - MD, but that won't work for most writers.)

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

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Re: Defending Subsrcriptions

>The current subscription model is the ONLY way i could afford to 'own' all these products.

You mean 'afford to rent', surely?

Adobe could just make a full CS licence and/or individual products much cheaper.

They could also fix the scanning in PS for Mac so it works properly. Currently it doesn't, and hasn't for a while.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

Let us know how it works out for you, eh?

I'm sure Mr Worsted has every confidence that HMRC will apply the same rules fairly and without bias or prejudice.

The fact that there are various revolving doors between the big accountancy firms who manage this kind of thing for the BigCorps, and the Treasury, and HMRC, is entirely coincidental, and in no way relevant to - hey, derp, look at this shiiiiiiny penny!

As is the fact that HMRC's senior team have been caught lying and red-handed by the HSBC story.

Although I'm sure we all expect that to be a one-off - of course.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: Nah, we're safe

>strut around wearing silly antennae making bepp-beep noises

Basic level.

Advanced level is inventing and running social media websites to emotionally scar the natives.

(I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to decide if that includes El Reg.)

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

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Re: I can see how would work

You can pretty much just skip to that last step.

But it's Risky Bizness. Some of those investors will have resources.

Having a few hundred million is going to help avoid those resources for a while. But it's not going to be a quiet and relaxed rest-of-life, however long it is.

On the upside it's less dangerous than making off with Swiss tax secrets. (Probably.)

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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Re: Missing the big picture.

>Keynesian flim-flam tried to hide the fact that this is a bad thing

You have no idea what you're talking about. Do you even know what Keynesianism is, or how well it worked to dig the Western economies out of the post-war slump, or how it was taken out and shot in the 1970s because banks like HSBC and their oh-so-important clients could no longer stomach paying a decent tax contribution to public schools, public universities, public hospitals, and other public infrastructure?

Do you know who sponsored that nutter Hayek or how he came to be canonised as the saviour of Western capitalism?

>In the past, the West made things

The West still makes things. Often they're made out of code and ideas.

The difference is that the West used to pay people for making things. And people who got paid had money to pay other people.

Now paying people who make things is no longer fashionable, so all the money that could be circulating in the economy and doing Useful Stuff is sitting and rotting in offshore bank accounts.

You're not going to blame Keynes for illegal money laundering and tax evasion too, are you?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Speed of electrons

Er - actually...

Vacuum Reference Cable

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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Re: Not so fast

>they just think you are paranoid or misinformed.

This simply proves that the victims aren't giving informed consent. It's not that they don't value what they're losing, it's that they don't understand the value.

That's rather different, isn't it?

Of course, to corporate cheerleaders like Worstall informed consent for the peasants is always a bad thing because it makes tacky mincemeat of his whole argument.

The reality is that transactions without informed consent are no different to robbing an old granny of her savings to pay for a new drive she doesn't need, so the builder can buy himself a BMW. She gets a new drive - hurrah for growth! - but she loses a lot more than she realises. (And the drive is probably crap anyway.)

You could argue 'as a rational economic actor she shoulda known' - but no, really you can't, because not everyone is all about the hustle.

Which is as it should be. And - frankly - sod 'markets' as an excuse for petty larceny anyway.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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Re: High street stores are irrelevant

>High street stores are irrelevant

Resistors are futile.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: Good work MS

I wonder if it's a Trojan horse to sell Office 365 subs.

Win 10 + Office 365 + Pi 2 = super-cheap office 'PC'

You won't be able to do much work with it, but it's going to appeal to manudjment types who think giving everyone a Pi-in-a-box is going to be everso cheaper than buying a few pallets of Dells.

Admin issues for that kind of 'solution' are going to be interesting. But that won't stop it being popular.

Also, undercutting Apple on price. All the punters want a MacBook Air, but when you have a choice between something that costs less than £50 and something that costs £800 to £1000, a lot of people are going to go for Option A.

I suspect Pi + MS have invented a new thing -> the Austerity Computer.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Re: Moog Modular

The 901 VCOs are more than a bit crap for tuning. The 921s are a lot better.

For a while I worked in the studio of Someone Famous who had a big Moog on one wall. The tuning would go into orbit around 5pm when everyone started putting the dinner on and the mains voltage dropped a few percent.

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Excitement in boffinry circles as GIGANTIC ALIEN RING BLOTS OUT SUN

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[wacka wacka wacka parp]

But wait - this is all based on a single light curve measured in 2007. The estimated orbital period is at least ten years, so there will be no more data until later in the decade at the very earliest.

"With simple assumptions on ring geometry and the ring plane orientation, this ring model reproduces many but not all of the nightly photometric light curves. These discrepancies imply either an error in the determined geometry of the ring plane, and/or the rings are not coplanar. Further modeling with additional degrees of freedom for the rings, such as warping and precession may lead to better fits to the photometric data."

So it's debatable if this model is actually stable. Or if maybe something else is happening to affect the light curve.

It's all very interesting.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Re: But it's Google...

>"It’s our web. Tell us everything you do".

Most people have no idea how true that is. I know for a fact that Chrome phones home hidden URLs that the main Google spiderbot can't find.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: Sequels,Prequels,Resurrections and Remakes

>I'm willing to bet there's an El Reg reader out there who could think of something original

Difficult, what with Hollywood being managed by alien space lizards and populated entirely by clones and replicants.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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Re: Linux is possibly not the only platform

Most users don't care about the OS. They care about features that work for them.

So the idea that mobile Linux is going to sell to the hordes because it's Linux is disconnected from reality in every possible way.

At best it's going to sell to a small nerd herd. No one else is going to care, unless it looks amazing or does some supercool things, which - being Linux - it won't, because Linux has never been about doing supercool things for people who don't spend their days hacking web servers.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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No one who actually knows anything about the economics of fracking can claim that it's not capital intensive. In fact it's the opposite - it requires huge and constant injections of capital, because it's very tough on machinery.

The current crash in oil prices - and I know people who were predicting the crash from at least a year back, and being laughed at by self-styled 'experts' like Worstall - is killing the fracking industry because it's flipped the switch on the profitability of so many projects.

(Also, earthquakes and poisoned ground water. But only comical hairy hippies worry about silly things like that, so we shall move on...)

So I have no idea what this piece is supposed to about. Fracking is like PCs over mainframes? Because the PC industry never needed as much capital as mainframes? (Intel and Microsoft will be surprised to learn that.)

It's just one giant hot mess of flabby counterfactual WTF.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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"We" in this case meaning "No we didn't - we were mugged after the election when that muppet Clegg stitched up everyone who voted for him and revealed he'd been a secret Tory all along."

As for encryption - the gov wants a regulated and monitored Internet. End of.

This is just another excuse along the way to making one.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: Problem we don't have for tech we don't have to be solved by open letter. Conclusion: Arseholes

AI != consciousness

The simplest AI would be a general purpose open-ended inference engine. You feed it experiences, it generalises from them and makes predictions about future data and/or creates further examples of what you've fed it already.

You could do all of this with something that's less sentient than a Roomba. Personality, drives, and motivations are orthogonal processes and have nothing to do with a smart learning/modelling machine.

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Boybanders ONE DIRECTION launch DoS attack on open-source bods

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Re: I am fed up of their evil schemes

Congratulations on having wiser DNA than most.

May your further breedings be equally successful.

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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Re: I can't wait for...

>... Ericpicklesband!

Also known as 'Satellite.'

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Let this be a lesson to all...

>Unkorked the demons of religious war.

Yeah - all those Crusades and heretic persecutions that happened in the centuries before him - totally Luther's fault.

Incidentally, in future centuries your 'economist' heroes will have the same moral stature as all those religious nutters do today, as a prime source of Stories That Make People Do Stupid Shit.

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