* Posts by Panicnow

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

Panicnow

Bait and Switch is standard US business practice ( And it sucks!)

1. Establish a dominant market position by marketing spend and giving away a valued service.

2. Progressively add money making "features" that no one would have subscribed to if there were not already captured.

3. Put cash in off-shore havens to fund the next step 1.

Optional step 4, remove initial capability ( E.g. remove support for "old" devices)

Apple's progressive "capture of the value added market

Facebooks advert revenues

Googles trawling of your activities to sell you stuff

Microsofts shift to SAAS

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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Er, Red Shift not just velocity then?

"That's what links the supervoid to the possible acceleration of the universe's expansion: over the 1.8 billion years between ingress and egress, the universe around the photons became less dense, leaving less stuff to give the photons back their kinetic energy."

Photons loss energy as they travel it seems, i.e. they Red shift?

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Class Action needed

I fancy that features used to market a device need to be maintained for a reasonable time, e.g. the normal "life" of a TV in this case say 10years. Otherwise it is miss-selling or fraud.

If I'm wrong, then our law makers need to enact such a law!

When IoT gets going, "upgrade" could shut down your life-support!

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EU digital veep: If you like America's radical idea of net neutrality, you're in luck, Europe

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Not "radical" just status quo (and essential IMHO)

Anyone would think the author has been briefed by the foes of net neutrality

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Now we know...

Surely the whales, the petunias would not have made much of an impression

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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JUST FIX THE SERVERS!

This is a negotiation, if the servers will not except 512, then no harm done!

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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"This isn't so much a problem with the "cloud" - from the description given in the story, it's more a problem with crap phoning home and throwing a hissy fit if it's unsuccessful."

But this is precisly a cloud operation! The TV should be able to work without phoning home first

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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We Internet pioneers breathe a sigh of relief

Net neutrality was a major factor in the success of the Internet over other proprietary networks. If the broadband providers ever get the right to extort taxes for transit, then the internet will be no more, just a small number of proprietary network with ever reducing connectivity to aid tax collection.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Corporate capture

You try producing something that doesn't infringe big patent pool companies like Apple!

Watch Apple sue you to STOP you producing something

F**KIng hypocrites

Intelenctual property is THEFT!

Ip is a privilege, not a right

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

Panicnow

Everyone has to register

In order to get a farm done, everyone who works on submissions need to be cross registered. thus the farm owner, the farm manager, the accountant and the company secretary need to register.

With Gateway many just used the one account and shared the password.

Getting the owners to register is a big problems! one has to track them down in Barbados, Singapore, Beijing or wherever!

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Re: From the Whitehall Home for the Hard of Thinking

Try Norfolk...

No Broadband, no 3G

Norfolk...ing signal !!!!

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

Panicnow

Upgrade to Linux and keep using your existing PC for another 10 years.

Used Windows once, it crashed.

Never had a Linux crach in 17 years!

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Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

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Re: Am I being stupid here?

Presumably the supercells will have wave guides so that they can reuse the standard spectrum more efficiently

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Keep politics off of Register

Reporting the tech error etc fine

Cheap political side swipes belong elsewhere!

Regardless of authours position!

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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Not broke, don't fix it!

We've had de facto net neutraity from day 2 of the Internet.

Now explain why all those $billions of investment to get to where we are today didn't happen because of net neutrality!

Once again, lazy businesses want to get the government to impose a rule that lets them rip off the voter.

(E.g. The ever extending period of copyright)

Then again, while voters vote for the party with the largest corporate funded ad campaign...

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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Yet another reason to vote UKIP!

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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What else is out there?

Perhap Kaspersky Lab, F-Secure and Symantec can come clean with an indication of how many, "bits of bone" they are currently analysing.

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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

Panicnow

Bait and Switch

The oldest trick in the book

EU is totally captured by corporate interests, we need to get out NOW!

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Net neutrality, Verizon, open internet ... How can we solve this mess?

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US policyalways follows the money

US policy is governed by how many $s a lobby is prepared to spend to get the laws they want. ( Get rid of any ideas that the US is a democracy, or rational decision making, or indeed policy for the benefit of the US public!)

SO who has the deepest pockets/prepared to pay the most to the "lobby"?

The Cable companies have the cash flow, but the service providers have the share price.

My bet is the Cable companies as they have been playing the lobby game for longer and know the buttons to press.

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ICANN, ICAN'T, IWON'T: uWHAT? How the internet is actually run

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UDI

All the key gTLDs need to do is declare UDI and set up a new directorate.

They'd need to "steal" the .com and other non gTLD databases. But ICANN has "stolen" the new TLDs for itself anyway.

Personally, I think it is time for the balkanisation of DNS anyway. The whole system is corrupt and abused. From here-today-gone-tomorrow fraudulent domains, through to the ransoming of domain names and domain squatters.

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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I'd do it!

1) Having an alternate route means "they" can't switch you off.

2) Having an alternate supplier keeps the monopolist honest

i.e. nothing to do with surveillance which can be sorted through encryption easier and cheaper

BUT

I'd create an data "Freeport"t at the landing site, encouraging Sao Paulo to become an international hub.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

Panicnow

Trojan Horse

The point of Smart Meters is to enable "them" to turn off electricity on a house by house basis. So when there is a shortage, the rich can outbid the poor for what power there is

It also will enable them to turn off the electric of dissenters etc. scary!

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Making an entrance: Remote door-opening tech

Panicnow

Video ENtry phone for $50

Buy a noname android phone for $50 with a forward facing camera.

Glue to inside of window ( not double glazed )

Run 5v to phone and take the usb output to a electronic door lock.

Use Linphone to create a video voip app that just calls your own phone, switching on the camera.

Easy!

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

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IoT

ARM will be the main benefactor of this fashion. Multiply volumes by 2 year on year!

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Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence

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French shut down UK Electricity

The integrity of the national infrastructure is a matter of national security!

Might foreign companies such as EDF/Eon turn off all of the UK's generation capacity to disadvantage UK business?

Oh, they are!

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

Panicnow

Yes, but the ISPs won't co-operate

The solution is easy, default kill on selected traffic from all internet connections, then a small charge to re-establish them under suitable Ts&Cs. Most domestic users wouldn't even notice.

ISPs that didn't co-operate would find their whole net filtered. I.e the system is viral

All it needs is for one major ISP to value their customers sanity over the corporate "No one got fired for doing nothing" ( Being generous on their motivation here;)

( The authour founded PIPEX and Internet Watch, I DO KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!)

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

Panicnow

Break the cable twice

Break the cable somewhere difficult, then splice your tap in while they are fixing the cable.

As done in the Med a few years ago!

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Global Resource Observatory

The project is looking to map the worlds resources and test the system for fragility.

If you want to worry about anything, then it is POLITICS that you should care about!

It turns out that we now have a finely tuned world. Like any system close to optimum, it is sensitive to perturbations of parameters,with wild swings E.g. Low global rice or wheat yields have resulted in riots.

A major perturbation, such as a trade war between trading blocks, can make the whole thing collapse.

E.g Europe is dependent on Russian gas, China is dependent on imported protein, etc etc.

While a big earthquake or Volcano are non zero risks, the big risks are idiot politicians!

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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Who wull they target?

Not the CEOs of the Big Banks who happily shift funds to Nigeria from Joe Public accounts without any sort of escrow arrangement. Or the current scam where they allow a new account to be opened, fund transfer from a dupe and exit in a few days.

No they will target the "pub landlord" who changes money on the side because the banks charge so much to make a cash deposit!

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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1Mb Day

I remember 1Mb Day when the routing table went over the 1Mb RAM limit of Cisco's original 68000 based routers.

In those days, the "new" but limited supply of Cisco 4000's were handed around between ISPs to ensure that core routers could be upgraded first.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Coding School

I've just founded a TV school where the student make real TV in real time for broadcast on real deadline, budgets and quality. They pay for the professional mentors, we get free TV programmes

Anyone fancy setting up a dept to do the same for coders. ( and get some code written for free at the same time!)

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40 years ago I got 2Es and 2Cs, I can demonstrate I'm not stupid, nor lazy. So it is obviously the crap teachers I had!

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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FAIL

"Mega Corp" proves command and control can work!

Command and Control DOES work. BP, HSBC, Ford etc all perform over decades, and typically out perform.

It's that POLITICIANS can't run anything, what every the system they choose to operate under!

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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Thumb Down

Optimise the network, not fiddle with TCP

It is either the routing protocols, or weak links in the network.

(Trivia :- BTW the P in TCP stands for Program not Protocol, check the RFC!)

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HUMMING about standards is NOT VOTING, says IETF RFC

Panicnow

HURRAH

Dave Clark: “We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.”

I can think of a LOT of other places where this method would be transformational.

UK Parliament for one!

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Watch this: IPv4 must die! So let's beef up on IPv6

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IPv7 is a National Security Risk!

If the Internet returns to a full meshed true Internet, The ability of our security services to monitor Internet traffic will be severely compromised. They currently rely on IPv4 NAT to bottleneck traffic making monitoring much easier.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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FAIL

Read the paper, not the report

Lazy journalism is where they recycle other journalists output, without going back to the original source.

Certainly the UK running out of energy report, was about the LOCAL reserves, if International trade shutdown. E.g. The Ukraine became a east-west showdown.... The report SHOULD be a wake-up call to pollicy makers who assume business as usual has permanence!

Second, true we will never "runout" of resources. But the price and the cost of extraction can change very rapidly.

Third, one has to look at the timing supply chain adaptation. It has taken nearly a decade to restart the non-chinese rare-earth extraction supply chain. Converting refineries to changing raw materials...

Poo-pooing these reports is a dangerous game.

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Indian climate boffins: Himalayan glaciers are NOT MELTING

Panicnow

Is 0.2pc "NOT MELTING?

At 0.2% (linear) the glaciers disappear in 500 years,

Can I have 0.2% of your salary Andrew? Its nothing!

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Re: A step backwards

Gee A Journo that can't write and shoot!!

Reminds me of the KGB joke...

Why do the KGB go around in threes?

One can Read, one can write, the other is there to keep an eye on the intellectuals!

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Spooks don't want ipv6

NAT helps keep all your data going through a small number of gateways. IPv6 returns us to the Internet where all traffic is routed peer to peer, with the ability to multi-route etc.

Make private file sharing much easier too.

... Wonder why the ISP aren't deploying IPv6!

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You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

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Re: Hard to compete with "free"

Free, but not for ever!

Once you can make the pain of moving high, you can extort as much as you like. Plenty of examples from many sectors. Would iTunes exist without MP3 ripping? and MP3 ripping is still out there.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: sooo.....

You may live above the flood line, but most of the worlds food comes from sea-level +10m or less

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

Panicnow

Difference between Web and Internet?

The Web is the toilet, the Internet is the sewer!

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

Panicnow

Some points about using balloons

USE

Getting anything heavy around the third world is a nightmare. THis is where the sweet spot is IMHO i.e. getting equipment to third world minerals.

Also getting the minerals out is a nightmare too. Taking High value low wieght minerals such as Tantalum, Gemstones...

VARIABLE BOUYANCY

Steam has an attomic weight of 18 so converting water to steam would add bouyancy nicely, and its much lighter to keep it warm, rather than holding helium at pressure.

KEEP TETHERED

Why not keep the thing tethered to the ground and just use it to lower the axle weight. I love the concept of the Balloon Assisted Donkey (BAD) pulling a tonne along some mountian track. (But not on a windiy day!

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Fence will need planning consent

As a Heritage site, it is almost certainly listed, surely they can't put up a fence.!

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EC trade secrets plans: Infringing kit may be DESTROYED by order

Panicnow

When did patents protect SMEs?

Patents protect patent portfolio companies from small innovators.

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KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

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UK Cell Cos got caught misleading the minister on this years ago

I was at a meeting of children's charities and Cell Cos at the UK Telecoms ministry. The Cell CO's said to the minister they couldn't kill mobiles. I was there and pointed out that every mobile broadcasts the IMEI every time it moved cell, and that it would be a trivial task to kill mobiles on IEN.

The minister was SO angry that the senior Cell CO execs were prepared to lie when children were being mugged, that he made the Cell Cos do this is a few weeks, rather than the usual prevarication

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Facebook hitches skirt, flashes 'Cisco-slaying' open network blade

Panicnow

Sue ball approaching

So Cisco et al won't protect their numerous and essential patents Not

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

Panicnow

What happened to...

OS-9

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Snowden: 'I have data on EVERY NSA operation against China'

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Re: Stupid

There is a well funded conspiracy to topple the current US government. It is obvious that the tools of state should be used to neutralise this threat!

So Obama is now justified to spy on the Republican party!

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