* Posts by Paul J Turner

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

Paul J Turner

This looks more like it

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533331/chip-making-tools-produce-ultra-efficient-solar-cells/

Soitec, a French manufacturing company, says it has used techniques designed for making microprocessors to produce solar cells with a record-setting efficiency of 46 percent, converting more than twice as much sunlight into electricity as conventional cells.

There had better not be mirrors involved!

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Paul J Turner

Warning Words

"Focused Sunlight", "Mirror(s)". If it isn't about 400W for 1 square metre of sunlight direct from the sky, get lost.

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French space agency teams with Google for broadband balloons

Paul J Turner

1960s?

Try 1783 - http://www.space.com/16595-montgolfiers-first-balloon-flight.html

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

Paul J Turner

I wonder

What use is a re-entry heatshield in the thin atmosphere of mars, let alone the wisp around the moon.

It should make a nice crater so we can find the landing site though.

Similarly, parachutes on Mars are so useless we use rockets to land, Good luck with them on a lunar landing.

So, how do these technologies help us get to either objective?

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The gender imbalance in IT is real, ongoing and ridiculous

Paul J Turner

Obviously wrong

I work alone in my own IT company doing hardware and software.

What's to stop any female doing the same?

Hard to blame the workplace when you are the workplace.

There is plenty of absolutely free tuition and education at all levels available to all ages and genders via the web.

It must be due to their own preferences.

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

Paul J Turner

Don't hold your breath

"IBM's proposed sale of its semiconductor operations to GlobalFoundries will be scrutinized by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. because GlobalFoundries is owned by investors in the United Arab Emirates and IBM supplies chips to the Defense Department." - http://www.computerworld.com/article/2837426/ibms-chip-business-sale-gets-national-security-scrutiny.html

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Australia throws coding for kids a lifeline in industry plan

Paul J Turner

Interesting wording

'...the enhancement of an education facility in Australia...' not the creation. My bet would be IBM's initial foray into Australian education - Cherrybrook Technology High School

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

Paul J Turner

Kitkats and Jelly Beans are not desserts

I think someone has been misled by the English term 'Sweets' meaning lollies (as we Aussies say).

When I was a kid we had 'Ice Cream Sandwich' lollies where the Ice Cream between the wafers was replaced with marshmallow, so that too can be a lolly.

So I guess 'Liquorice' or 'Lolly'. If it has to be a dessert, I guess 'Lemon Meringue', because that's my favourite :-)

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Australia bins standalone school computing curriculum

Paul J Turner

Mr Callil recommends

additional_training_in (the_understanding_of (the_pedagogy_of (contemporary_learning)))

Just a fourth-hand acquaintance with contemporary_learning then.

What does he think education is? Politics?

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

Paul J Turner

Simplest explanation

The captain goes down with the ship and Whitman has decided not to let enterprise take PC and Printers down with it.

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Telstra announces another national WiFi rollout

Paul J Turner

FTTP?

I guess all those phone boxes will be currently served by copper. I'll bet that Telstra find they CAN run fibre to these tiny premises, no trouble at all. - Fibre To The Phonebox!

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India government: 'net should not be censored

Paul J Turner

'net should not be censored

And people should have the right to confidential communications on their Blackberry.

Oh, wait...

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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin

Paul J Turner

BS alternatives

G.fast, reaches high speeds on <250m loops. Not much good for those of us 5km+ from the exchange, unless you think that using this for the copper section of FTTN will somehow magically increase the pitiful provisioning to the node that seems planned.

HFC is just FTTN strung on poles, how long are the copper sections from node to house and how does that copper used to connect dwellings compare to ancient telephone pairs?

FTTH has always been the only sane solution with any prospect of satisfying today's requirements for all users (not just city dwellers), let alone tomorrows.

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

Paul J Turner

Re: 64,000

So, not true then?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factoid

"...The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact"..."

(It is not a bit of trivia)

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

Paul J Turner

The vehicle was pushed to its limits...

And then a bit more, apparently.

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Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

Paul J Turner

Replace the middleman

Amazon should start their own publishing house and offer authors 50%. Job done!

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

Paul J Turner

Hopefully

Tree Avoidance, Real-Time

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Yes, Australia's government SHOULD store comms metadata

Paul J Turner

Re: Doesn't matter who tracks and stores it

Not 'launching', 'continuing'.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

Paul J Turner

Not Complete non-news

Since when do we celebrate 45 years of/since something?

Usual periods for celebration.commemoration are 50 years and each century after the event.

With a special exception of 10 year intervals for marriage.

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

Paul J Turner

An attack within a feint

They are likely working for the Government as part of the research for how to make us believe all the bullshit that the politicians would like to tell us.

I haven't forgotten this - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/29/science_and_maths_knowledge_makes_you_sceptical/

Now the psych boys have to show that they can make us believe this bit of "It's OK" crap.

The actual outrageous deed could have been anything at all for this purpose.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

Paul J Turner

Re: Slow learners?

@Craig and AC, Did you miss this bit? - "The company has said that it plans to use Material Design to deliver A unified look and feel across ALL of its products, including phones, the Chrome browser, and even web applications like Gmail."

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Paul J Turner

Slow learners?

Can one UI ever really work well in different situations, or is Google having a 'Metro' moment?

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

Paul J Turner

Not the first group of lazy bastards...

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/frozen-head-of-animation-says-animating-women-is-really-really-difficult-89467.html

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Watch this: The .NET ASync story

Paul J Turner

Typical Youtube

Not enough attention to the audio. It's about time that Youtube imposed some kind of standards or at least ratings. Even just running a sound compression / normalisation pass over bad audio would make it at least audible if not comprehensible.

Obviously this is not a good thing to do to music, just for speech, but then music video's are *usually* not guilty of poor sound quality, barring live performance recordings.

After 5 minutes I was wondering if I could be bothered struggling with it for another 90 minutes or so.

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

Paul J Turner

Maybe more wiring-related than protocol-related

The linked article does say that baseboard management controllers provide out-of-band monitoring etc, so the problem is really people not keeping their management network separate or firewalled. Then the protocol can safely be horribly flawed, if no miscreant can access it.

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HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

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Battered Cisco weathers another stormy quarter

Paul J Turner

These will be fondly remembered as the good days...

Now that everybody knows US networking kit comes with NSA-ware, whether the manufacturer is complicit or not.

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CONFIRMED: NBN Co has NO blackspot fix plan

Paul J Turner
Joke

those without broadband must ... be the priority for NBN Co

"...that commitment seems like it has repeatedly been watered down."

It's pretty much homeopathic by now.

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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

Paul J Turner

4 Billion pages...

Let's hope that they didn't use 32-bit unsigned index values or they may find themselves more way-back than they planned!

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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

Paul J Turner

Re: @Gray -- Sorry to spoil the fun, but ...

I know that the FCC was in fact considering encryption on amateur radio, but I don't know how it panned out. Here is a Bruce Perens post on it in 2013 06 26 - FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

Strike that, I just found the answer, "No" - http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-dismisses-encryption-petition

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NBN Co must wait until mid-2015 for fast cable modems

Paul J Turner

HFC is the way to go eh?

The last time I looked, all that stuff was strung between power poles above ground. Maybe they didn't get the ITU's report on protecting ITC assets against climate change, that advised - "Place telecommunication cables underground where technically and economically feasible, ensuring that they are appropriately protected against water ingress." - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/04/30/itu_says_it_industry_must_become_resilient_in_face_of_climate_change/

Still 'economically feasible' kills it, can't go spending money on future assets.

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TELEPOCALYPSE as Australian carriers shed jobs with horrible speed

Paul J Turner

Oops!

"...Its acquisition strategy, the company said, has resulted in duplication, leading M2 to begin a consultation process to identify the roles that will get made redundant...."

Not "a process to identify roles that ARE redundant"

Accidentally told the truth there!

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

Paul J Turner

Re: Microsoft Linux

Don't forget Choherent which avoided '...IX' naming entirely. I mad several production systems for TNT using that! - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coherent_%28operating_system%29

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ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

Paul J Turner

Eh?

"...revenues up by 16 per cent in dollar terms (10 per cent in UK pounds after adjusting for exchange rates)..."

How does changing the units change the percentage increase?

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

Paul J Turner

Think bigger

My money is on This Product

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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Paul J Turner

Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Windows 8.1 Update: The Reboot

...Oh, wait...

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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

Paul J Turner

I'm hopeful

I'm hopeful that the demands of the readers for realistic saturated colour comic (graphic novel!) pages might finally get someone to throw serious money into developing decent colour e-ink displays.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

Paul J Turner

Never mind the hair

I'm impressed that they predicted that that 19 year old would be wearing a beret!

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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

Paul J Turner

Not very impressive...

for a bastardised, 2009 vintage, originally optical, interface capable of 10gbps even then in prototype (over 30 metres of plastic optical fibre) with 100gbps promised - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightpeak

Come back with the original and I'll consider it.

If Intel hadn't done a cheaper shonky copper interconnect (promptly taken up as Thunderbolt by Apple, so we know who to blame), I wonder if we would all have a single optical + power interconnect for everything by now (like the Japanese have, but less pricey)?

Losers!

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

Paul J Turner

even more exclusion?

"...could potentially lead to effective exclusion or discrimination against foreign service suppliers that are directly offering network services, or dependent on them”

Like Australians not being able to see content on Hulu or BBC web sites when they are supposedly promoting globalisation (so long as they can squeeze more cash from us). It's not like we don't buy a ton of their TV content in the first place, what's so hard about a bit of licencing?

I really think that a lot of overseas web sites don't remotely deserve being allowed to use "www.".

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Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

Paul J Turner

That was on the cards

since September 2013 - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-bridle/6/78/28b

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Scientist, Siri

Apple

September 2013 – Present (8 months)Cheltenham, UK

Working on improving Siri, Apple's automatic person assistant

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Joint Managing Director

Novauris Technologies Ltd

April 2002 – September 2013 (11 years 6 months)

CTO

Developing core speech recognition technology for voice search

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Joint Managing DIrector

Dragon Systems UK R&D Ltd

1992 – 2001 (9 years)

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

Paul J Turner
Joke

Who names these things?

Bra Swell, eh? More for the implanted than embedded market then.

I do hope they aren't making inflated claims just to keep abreast of the competition.

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FTC: Do SSL properly or we'll shove a microscope up you for decades

Paul J Turner

Make Lemonade

Re-do the validation, then change your advertising to proclaim "Security audited by the FTC". Not many of their competitors could claim that! :-)

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Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

Paul J Turner

As IBM predicted long ago...

3D packaging, LOTS of interconnects, then a lot of heat to dissipate.

Here we are finally at the 'Hairy, smoking Golf-ball'.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Paul J Turner

Code ripped from projects

"She also claimed to have experienced harassment from a male colleague whom she alleges ripped her code from projects after she turned down his romantic advances."

Maybe it wasn't that the male colleague did the wrong thing AFTER being turned down, Perhaps he allowed her sub-standard code in in hopes of favorable consideration and when it didn't eventuate, he applied the standards that he should have applied in the first place.

We don't know, but it may not be the way it is presented.

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ITU given keys to autonomous car standards process

Paul J Turner

Car Standards?

Like how all the world drives on the same side of the road and we don't need two separate builds of vehicles which allows them to charge some people more for essentially the same thing? Yeah, right.

I have lived through a couple of major currency changes and everybody managed fine despite rip-offs and con-men. I am certain that I can handle a change to the side of the road I drive on, as could everybody else while we actually standardised car manufacture.

Lots of work for signage, signals and road marking guys and doubtless a brief period of crashes and even deaths, but we could easily put this ridiculous state of affairs behind us once and for all.

The fact that there is neither the gumption or will to do so tells you a bit about what chance standards have vs real world inertia.

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Cherry-pick undermines NBN business case: Switkowski

Paul J Turner

Obviously

We wouldn't have a problem if we had stuck with FTTH Fibre To The Home, since people don't usually live in the basement.

As it is, this FTTP is simply FTTN with a basement fibre-to-copper node.

Too bad if people in apartments in the city get what people in homes out in the suburbs are having foisted on them.

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