* Posts by richard?

20 posts • joined 30 Mar 2012

Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Re: I don't understand this at all.

I was thinking the same thing.

For confidential email, why would anyone trust their email provider and not use encrypted email?

Of course, it is virtually impossible to hide the source and destination in email, since that's needed for delivery and having a two way conversation, but even that is fixed by encrypted online form - just use it from a web cafe, and provide a unique private ID to have a secure two-way discussion.

Of course she would need to ensure the encrypted data is only opened on her own PC in her own secure environment.

The blog owner can still be subpoenaed for information but that's just normal law exactly as it should be; I'd imagine PJ would be able to handle it, and have lots of support if it happened.

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

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Trick-cyclist's claim: I have FOUND how to get GIRLS INTO TECH

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Re: Doesn't it miss the point somewhat?

But the point is also that a team of end-spectrum nerds is frequently not the most productive. Deep technical skills good, ability to apply to real world problems or timelines not so much.

Unless you're a pure technology company, having an IT person who can work with reality is pretty important, and the gender balance in many non-IT functions is equal or at least not so imbalanced.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Easy for hardware

Also increasing the frame rate vs resolution would be easy to implement in TV hardware - sets already show far more than 25/30 fps, and I happily send 60 fps over HDMI from my PC.

The biggest cost for these new formats is the increased resolution; if they forget that I'd love to get an improved experience on my perfectly adequate current HD TV.

You'd never get the telly makers to go for it, but imagine if one of the big broadcasters picked it up and sold it as an upgrade requiring no new hardware or just a new STB not a new TV.

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Boffins read memory bits with light

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You wouldn't need to illuminate individual bits, and it would be slow - one row would be fine, with the columns read off the conducting strips in parallel.

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Snappers binned, mobe-armed hacks drafted at Chicago paper

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Real photos in line with the text...

Could actually be good if the photos are taken by the reporter, at the time, and line up with what is written. How many articles have some stock photo, or the same as all the other articles, and give me a strong suspicion they were paraphrased from someone else's work...

Some of the best articles on this site have photos by the hacks, usually accompanied with something like "it's a crap photo because the light in the pub was poor and I've only an iPhone 4" but at least you know it's real :-)

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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Agree that locking you out of existing files would be an unacceptable form of ransom, but a simple and fair option would be to provide a read-only mode that allows saving to other formats once your subscription expires.

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

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Not "laptop"

... as two iPads weigh the same a better name for this would be "seesaw".

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Dutch army digs in on spare spectrum rest of Europe could use

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WTF?

So if they go over the border on a mission, they can be jammed with a keyfob? That's up there with the Met comms kit not working on the Tube.

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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

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FAIL

Resolution???

One obvious differentiator is the resolution - 758x1024 rather than 600x800 - and it isn't commented on at all !

As an owner of a 600x800 E-Ink reader (Sony, fwiw) and a retina iPad, I find it hard to go back to the reader even with the much better battery life and more appropriate size because the text is so jagged.

So reviewer - is the higher resolution any better?

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Chips in spaaaaace: old tech is in

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Actually an alpha emitter would be completely useless to mimic cosmic radiation etc. Regular alpha particles don't even pass through skin, so unless you took the lid off your chip and attached the Americium directly to the silicon it wouldn't have any effect.

I'm assuming levering the lid off a chip would cause some problems anyway, but maybe the teardown sites could give it a go :-)

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EU mobe warning system for imminent disasters won't work on iPhone

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FAIL

No better "expert" available??

Why are all the quotes from an "expert" with a clear commercial reason to trash the idea?

Surely you could have found someone to comment directly on the Dutch or US experience?

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Judge: Your boss has no right to your emails held by a third party

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Re: Is it just me?

I think the point is that anything you put on the company network / email belongs to the company as per contract and reasonable sense. This seems to be a case where they're trying to get hold of a copy from externally because they deleted their own copy.

Perhaps they could argue that the copy is theirs due to intellectual property rights, same as a photocopy would be, but in that case I'd think he could just delete the mails as it isn't his responsibility to keep them.

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Boffins foul VM sandboxes with CPU-sniffing hack

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WTF?

Doesn't work with SMP??

"none were shown to work in symmetric multi-processing (SMP) settings."

Surely cloud providers don't host VMs on single processor boxes, so making this attack unlikely to work in th real world.

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

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I don't get the Children's Panel bit - surely they just print "CONFIDENTIAL" on the outside, and then the postie doesn't deliver it elsewhere?

Same thing for tax details and other dodgy post - equivalent of putting the sticker on the delivery itself.

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Carbonite disputes ASA censure of cloud storage ads

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Re: Crashplan FTW

Bullshit implies they claimed something untrue. They claim unlimited backup, and throttling the upload speed doesn't make this untrue although you could argue it makes it less useful.

As I said originally, for most home users who have a lots of unchanging data such as video and photos, I don't think it would cause a problem or invalidate the point of their offering.

If you need to store more that 200GB and have a large amount of change then it would - take your pick.

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Re: Crashplan FTW

To be fair to Carbonite, they are offering a simple home service and they don't claim unlimited bandwidth. Once the backup is up-to-date it doesn't take much transfer to keep it that way, so the restriction is probably not an issue for the vast majority of users.

I've used it for a few years, because although I could do something more complex, faster etc, if whatever takes out my machine also takes out me then Carbonite is simple enough for my partner to understand to get our stuff back. I've also restored some fairly large video files without issue.

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Dual-screen, detachable and Windows 8 star at Computex

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Dual screen laptop

Actually the dual screen feature has possibilities for 1:1 client presentations; they see the presentation, you see the notes, in a natural facing each other setup rather than with a screen projected somewhere behind you and a noisy projecter.

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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Please, use a different colour!

I see no reason to remove the embossed numbers, but could they at least use a contrasting colour on them, not silver or gold that means you have to tilt the card backwards and forwards to read the number???

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Don't be alarmed - but 545,000 NHS patient files are going online

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Patient control

I don't understand why we can't have a system where the patient controls the access.

* Patient carries a smartcard - if they go to a hospital or are found lying in the street, smartcard gives access. Put in some sort of emergency override if necessary.

* Patient registers with doctor/provider - uses smartcard to give access either permanently to that practice, or for a period in case of private one-off things.

* Patient has access to web portal to add/remove these bits, and see who has been accessing their data.

This is kind of similar to the way lots of organisations already work with 2 factor authentication and access to service accounts. Because the data is stored centrally it's a lot more robust in case of card loss, but you could add an option to load it onto the smartcard to help with network outages.

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