* Posts by theOtherJT

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

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Oh just give them a blank cheque already.

Yes, that's right, lets further delay something important the world desperately needs. If everyone would stop trying to score political points off it and just concentrate on BUILDING THE DAMN THING it wouldn't be so far over budget!

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

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Re: Not going to be just the NHS.

Allow me to set a scene:

The comedy begins with some important high level managers who have macs. They love their macs and insist that any future software we buy has to run on them. Of course, they're not going to buy macs for everyone in the institution (would tarnish the halo) but they've heard the word "cloud" and think it sounds jolly exciting and so the best thing would be for everything to run there. Browser interfaces are the way the world is going dontchaknow?

So a browser interface is specified in the requirements for the next big departmental software purchase. The managers in question, who have most definitely earned their salaries by turning up to this specific meeting, now exit stage left and are never heard from again.

Meanwhile the contract has gone out to tender and the lowest bidder (Which is to say "the least competent") wins it. In this contract a "browser interface" is specified, but it doesn't say any more than that, so to get the job done as quickly as possible a whole ton of legacy code is run through some fairly perfunctory translation to active-x, a crappy java app is knocked up and bish-bash-bosh we have an interface that runs in a browser.

The fact that it's a very specific browser - IE8 and below - and only on a specific OS (hard coded 32bit calls mean it barfs even on x64 Windows) and thus completely misses the original point of "should run everywhere" is considered irrelevant since all the staff who are going to actually use the thing are using 4 or 5 year old windows desktops anyway, the Macbook toting high level managers have already lost interest and fucked off, and the IT support staff are left to clean up the mess.

This worked perfectly well as native code 7 years ago. It would have been fine as an in-browser front end to some server side processing. What we actually have is some hybrid abomination where the native code version was forced into a java virtual machine so it could be run in a browser where it performs like shit and goes wrong all the time.

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Not going to be just the NHS.

Working for a higher education institution that will remain nameless, we've been forced to keep IE pegged at 8 and java at 6 (for which we have to pay for extended support) because a shit-ton of our admin software won't work with anything newer.

That would be bad enough were this "legacy" software, but it was purchased in 2012, by which time both of these products were clearly already end of life. Bad choices have been made all round.

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And the prize for LEAST SECURE BROWSER goes to ... Chrome!

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Isn't the point of installing Firefox or Chrome to make that the primary browser instead of IE?

In our case at least it's just so that when we have to go and look at user's computers we don't have to use the ancient version of IE that our finance software mandates as a front end. Most of our users can't handle the idea of learning how to use more than one browser, so IE for one, IE for all :(

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

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Re: next up - hosted AirCons

Presumably they clock them down to trivial levels so they don't really make any heat in the summer? If they had a partner operation somewhere in the southern hemisphere this might make a bit more sense - otherwise their "cloud"* is going to be decidedly seasonal in its capacity.

*God I hate that word.

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Security implications here, surely?

Nice idea, but how do you stop the householder in question fucking with it? Security 101 again: If an attacker has physical access to your machine, it's not your machine.

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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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Surely the point of net-neutrality is that we don't want there to BE any specialized services?

The digi-veep also said he could live with some so-called zero-rated services - the practice whereby mobile operators do not charge for specified volumes of data from specific apps or used through specific services.

This is EXACTLY what net-neutrality is supposed to prevent. It leads to a situation where $TELCO can launch their own streaming video/music service at "zero-rate", but charge consumers for access to anyone else's service, damaging competition on merit between service offerings. Alternatively where $MEDIACOMPANY can throw $TELCO a massive stack of money in order to offer their service for free, and putting their competitors out in the cold.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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5 years without a TV and still not missing it...

If this is indicative of the sort of thing that's on these days, it isn't making me feel any more inclined to get a new TV licence. (or a TV to go with it) I used to like Channel 4. What the hell happened?

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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Re: Win10 still not quite there yet

It's Shift+F8 now. God knows why they changed it. It took me AGES to work that out the first time I encountered a user laptop with a boot loop.

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sing along!

Ninety nine little bugs in the code,

Ninety nine little bugs.

You take one down, patch it around.

One hundred twenty nine bugs in the the code!

...I'll get my coat.

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

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Re: I don't get it

I think we all long since accepted that the US patent office just stamps anything that it receives. The concept of "innovative" or "Non obvious" in regards to patents got abandoned quite some time ago :(

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Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

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I'm curious how it talks to the SATA disk - is there some dedicated hardware on that board, or is it just a glorified SATA->USB bridge.

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Work harder to stop online child abuse, MEPs tell EU states

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Re: A general sense of unease...

Kinda what I was getting at with that last paragraph. The police seem to get told how they may and may not use the time they have. Actual investigations that might lead to important people ending up behind bars seem to be discouraged in favour of token gestures like this.

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A general sense of unease...

Perhaps this is my personal unease with regards to all attempted censorship coming through, but it does feel a bit like they might have missed the point here... and more worryingly perhaps intentionally so.

What they're saying - as far as I can tell - is that the national police forces of member states need to work harder to combat child abuse... fine, sure, but the focus on the internet seems... misguided to say the least.

"There is child abuse on the internet" - well, yes, I imagine there is in terms of people grooming children for abuse in chat rooms and the like, or blackmailing children into performing sexual acts in front of webcams, but I'm pretty sure that's not what they actually mean here.

What they seem to mean is "There are depictions of child abuse on the internet" - that is, pictures and videos of children being abused. That's also certainly true, but it does rather feel like the wrong part of the equation to be making a fuss over.

It's classic "Treat the symptom not the cause". Surely what we want is for the police (nationally and internationally) to be investigating, finding, and arresting the people who actually took these photos/videos in the first place. We want them catching the people who are doing the grooming, or the blackmailing, or indeed the straightforward raping and videoing. That would be the _cause_ of the proliferation of this sort of thing.

Trying to remove things from the internet is just an exercise in futility and we all know it. You can spend forever playing whack-a-mole with dodgy websites and peer to peer networks (whatever it is they're pedaling) but you'll never kill them all, and if you know that's not going to work, are you not better off doing something else?

I know it sounds heartless, especially with such an emotive issue, but the fact is there are limited resources available here. I fully agree there should be more. I think we'd be better off if the police had more time to spend protecting the vulnerable - which surely is what they are actually for - but whilst this sort of pronouncement sounds very pro-active on the surface, the more I think about it the more it looks like papering over the cracks rather than repairing the foundations.

Digging into the cause, however - seriously investigating the people who create this material - that would seem to involve the police looking in places that they are discouraged from doing so.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: When is theft not theft?

It might not be the best definition, but there's still an important difference between depriving someone of a thing they have (theft) and potentially depriving someone of something they might have otherwise had, but currently don't.

If I break into your house and steal your record collection, it's gone. You can't have it and me have it both. If you're a recording artist and I break into your computer and copy your work and then release it on the internet I have done something quite different - deprived you of future earnings, presumably from people who would have paid for your work who now won't.

Now, for sure that's A crime (and I agree totally with what you said upstream about the more correct response appearing to be paying a fine) but it's not the same crime, and it's not sensible to conflate the two. You really don't want the law treating "did" the same as "might in the future do"

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Middle aged spread...

One thing you didn't mention here is how claustrophobic the cabin has become. That centre console is HUGE and really eats into the space in the front. I'm on the tiny side, and I still found it intrusive. If you're a bit more substantially built I would expect this to be really rather uncomfortable in the front. The visibility is nothing like as good as the old one too, and that wasn't exactly brilliant. The whole car is much bigger than you think it is too - although that seems to be a modern disease that most cars share. Despite being quite cramped on the inside it's actually _wider_ than a MK2 Mondeo., never mind the old focus.

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RE: Just a couple of things if you are thinking of buying a Focus.

It's a HORRIBLE engine in something the size of a focus. My mother just traded in a Mk 1 1.6 focus for the new ecoboost one, and the old one was infinitely nicer to drive.

It's fine when it's rolling, but moving off is a nightmare. Until the turbo spools up it feels like you have about 60bhp, at best, and the new focus is most definitely not a small car. Every roundabout becomes a bit of an adventure. You have to thrash the hell out of the poor thing to make it move and that just makes driving it tiring. It would probably be more economical with a bigger engine in it because you wouldn't have your foot buried in the floor all the time to make it get it's lardy arse in gear and move!

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

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SSshhhh.

Everyone keep quiet! If they keep this up the way it is, none of us will ever have to pay for our 'leccy again! We can just shift it onto next door's bill ;)

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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so...

It's a notification area/button set that you press with the thumb if you're holding the phone in your right hand...

Any particular reason why we couldn't do that without a curved screen? Or make it configurable so it can go on either side, for that matter.

I mean, maybe that's a nice ui tweak, but I don't really see why we need special hardware for it.

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He can't give it away FAST ENOUGH: Bill Gates richest man in world again

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Re: It's long been observed ..

Well, sometimes you do.

It seems mostly to be a matter of where the money is thrown. Giving money to actual poor people has a decent track record of solving poverty on a personal level - that is to say it often succeeds better in getting those individuals out of poverty and keeping them out than drip-feed type "support" programs.

What it doesn't address is the factors that caused them to end up in poverty in the first place of course, and no, throwing money at that seems to rarely help. It tends to just vanish into bureaucracy and/or corruption.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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Re: Suckerfish

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

We order abut 100 machines a year, and were about to switch to Lenovo, now we decided not to. I don't see us going there next year either.

It wouldn't take so many businesses to do the same to actually hurt them. I mean, we're a pretty small fish, but there are people out there who measure their purchases in thousands of units who might be thinking the same way.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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"Rifkind - who denies any impropriety"

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What world does this joker live in that he can do that with a straight face?

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Same as any website...

You let a "Designer" anywhere near it, they break it.

Ever since that dick Ive made such an enormous name for himself by dumbing down Macs, the mantra in design is "If I don't need it, remove it. If you need it, remove it anyway."

We had no end of things removed from our website in the last refresh in order to make it "Cleaner and more attractive" with the justification that they were rarely used anyway. Of course, no replacement was implemented for the few people who _did_ use them, no matter how rarely, because it would spoil the "look and feel" of the site.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Re: A well-timed statement of any kind from dear old W.

Presumably it is precisely because they operate under the impression that the country is a business that they fail to run it well.

When you think about it, a successful business maximizes profit whilst minimizing cost. Ok, working out how to do that with any real business is usually pretty hard, but the principle is simple enough. People will pay you for whatever it is your business does, and your job is to do that as cheaply as possible to make the difference between what you're paid and what it costs as big as possible (and in your favour, obviously.)

So, to improve profits, you either raise prices - which in business would scare off customers, so that's a bad thing - or cut operating costs.

And here comes the problem. A government has costs which remain broadly static. There's a lot of expensive shit that _has_ to be paid for, and that's an end of it. The military, the police, national infrastructure, healthcare (what of it the US has)... all these things need paying for, and whilst for sure there's a shit ton of waste in the way the US goes about that, there's not so much that operating costs can really be made much smaller. Not without utterly ruining the product that is - which of course is what we generally think is happening when we look at the state that the US is in these days and what people are getting out of their government in terms of service to the public.

So, if you can't cut costs, you have to raise the price - and Republicans are ideologically opposed to doing that because they're still thinking like the government is a business, and raising the price scares off customers.

This is of course, nonsense. The "Price", when one is buying government, is "Taxation". Republicans like cutting taxes not increasing them but with a government, unlike a business, raising taxes doesn't scare off the customer because the customer has NO CHOICE but to pay them!

Every time the Republicans refuse to close a tax loop hole they're effectively letting those people making use of it get their product for free, which if you're in an actual business would be considered insane. Every time they lower the tax rate, they're reducing the price of their product - makes perfect sense if you expect price reduction to increase sales, but YOU CAN'T INCREASE SALES OF GOVERNMENT. It's a monopoly. It has a fixed subscriber base. Short of bulk immigration - something they are ALSO OPPOSED TO - there's no way to increase your total sales when your product is "government".

If you want the profit margin up, you put the price up, not down.

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"Sure Sadam Hussain was a ruthless bastard, and a lot of his people suffered under his regime, but I'm not convinced that Iraq "post-democracy" is a better place to live with the lack of security, rise of religious power, and enormous society & infrastructure damage."

Sadly it seems that there have basically only been 2 lasting periods of stability in that region for the last hundred years.

1: Under Sadam Hussain, because he had anyone who didn't do as they were told shot.

2: Under British colonial mandate, because we had anyone who didn't do as they were told shot.

Neither says particularly good things about either the people in charge or the realities of living there.

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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I for one welcome our new Cthulean overlords...

When I read this sort of thing it's almost enough to make me wish Charles Stross wasn't writing fiction.

I mean if the Stars Are Coming Right then at least this would feel justified.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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I'd be quite annoyed if MS's drive for universal apps made for universally crap apps.

It's a danger to be sure.

What it mostly demonstrates tho is the importance of separating the UI from the underlying actions, even when writing pretty basic apps. What they really need to be doing is promoting a Windows 10 API that defines how you write an abstraction layer. You write one back end, and then as many front ends as are required for different classes of device that just call your back end code.

It should be obvious to everyone that an interface for a 5" display with touch controls and an interface for a 24" display with a mouse+keyboard just _have_ to be different. "Write once run anywhere" isn't magic. Give us good tools to make crafting the UI easy on multiple devices and as long as the back end code compiles for all device classes we should be laughing.

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Regardless of if they're actually the biggest selling of all time, 5 million units for what so many dismissed as a niche hobbyist product in 3 years is an astounding achievement.

I think we'll be finding pi's in unexpected places for decades to come - there's 4 here silently acting as serial -> network bridges for the machines that spit out the access cards for the car park!

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

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Well, I guess that answers the question of "what to do about the finance software" then. They'll totally just suck it up and pay that.

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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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Re: Which private cloud is this?

"Private cloud"... Or "Server room" as we used to call it.

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I still don't get this whole cloud thing.

Services run on servers. Servers are in racks. If the rack is here, then I can go prod it if it's doing something I don't like. If it's somewhere else, I have to rely on someone to do that for me.

Just feels like a silly word for "Outsourcing" to me.

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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So who's actually paying for this then?

The good news is that the Department of Transport has found £50 million "to ensure WiFi is available on selected services from 2017."

Really? Because I thought that would be for the train operators to fund. Why are we paying profit making entities to provide a service that apparently we're legislating into their contracts that they have to provide?

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: How to accurately measure diversity?

I've just been refusing to answer the bloody things for years. Unless I'm going in for medical treatment - where it is plausible that my ethnic background might actually make some sort of difference - it's completely irrelevant and I'm not playing.

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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Re: win2k3, win2k8, win2k12

God ain't that the truth. The number of times I've been told "We can't shut it down for an update, it's a core system!" and had to get them to give me that in writing because I'm not carrying the can for what happens if we get screwed after a CVE has been published and then we didn't respond to it.

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Re: Rockin' hard place.

"A business problem is the challenge that in many cases the current servers continue to run fine, are reliable and haven't had a problem in the last 18 months... therefore why should they be changed now? Computers are tools and one shouldn't have to replace working tools."

The problem is that is only partially true. It's like expecting to use a Model T Ford as a long distance taxi on the motorway. Now a Taxi is a tool, and a Model T could be a taxi, so yes, it's possible and you could argue that it's doing everything you require of it vis-a-vis moving a small number of people from one place to another, but it would be seriously inconsiderate to everyone you're holding up and bloody dangerous to yourself and your passengers.

The trouble we have here - and I imagine the same is true in most places - is that we have a layer of management who can't wrap their heads around the pace of change in IT. A 20 year old car probably isn't terribly different from a brand new one in most cases. A 40 year old car is still recognizable and does pretty much the same things (albeit slightly less well). Even a 60 year old car could be reasonably expected to more or less work in the ways we're still used to... There's still plenty of Austin TX4's still on the roads being taxi's today, nearly 60 years after they were first designed.

By the time you get back to the good old Model T with it's weird controls, complete lack of safety equipment and hopeless top speed it's obvious that it's no longer fit for purpose - but we had to go back nearly 100 years for that. The idea that the same thing might happen in only the 12 years since Server 2003 was released just doesn't fit in some people's heads, and until something _does_ go badly wrong, they're not going to be able to accept that it can.

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Re: Rockin' hard place.

Absolutely. This is how we got screwed, and are still getting screwed. We have some "web apps" that only work on IE6 - you know, just trivial things like payroll and HR management. We've been operating a running retreat from these things for years. First by forcing people to use an XPmode VM, then when XP ended, RDP to a 2003 terminal server.

I have no idea what we paid for them originally, but the way finance talk about it it seems to be somewhere in the region of what it cost to occupy Iraq, and no one wants to even consider what it'll take to have them (and the now hundreds of gigabytes of arcane database back-end that they're connected to) re-written to something fit for the 21st century.

It seems that the only way they're going to get changed is _after_ something terrible happens and we get sued for some truly horrific data leak. Everyone seems to acknowledge that it's a matter of "when" not "if" but it takes 5 years just to complete the consultation phase of a project to change something this size around here, and there's no sign that consultation will even start until the deadline for change is in the past.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: It is a pity I recently updated the "fleet"

Good question. I recently got a Z3 compact - not in small part because of how good the battery life is - a completely e-ink (or whatever this screen tech actually is) phone would be quite appealing, especially as a work "on call" device.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Any lawyers in?

I reckon you could. Some of the claims made here are provably false, so at the very least it's false advertising. The cable _isn't_ directional, and you could prove that at the network layer. The same bit-stream is going to be delivered at either end no matter which way around the cable is.

You might be able to get away with saying "This particular woo woo makes music sound better!" because the claim is so vague as to be impossible to prove, but if you're saying "This particular woo woo makes music sound better because it does X" you better be able to prove that it DOES do X, and any half way competent networking engineer would be able to testify in court that it absolutely bloody doesn't.

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Any lawyers in?

At what point does selling something like this become fraud?

It's an ethernet cable. It has to be an ethernet cable, or it wouldn't work. At what point does describing it as a Magical Flying Unicorn that will solve all your audio woes with the Power of Rainbows* become legally actionable misrepresentation?

*Because that makes as much sense as what they've _actually_ marketed it as doing.

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France enacts law to block terror and child sexual abuse sites

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/Sigh.

So, once again we respond to an attack on personal freedoms with an attack on personal freedoms. Always so successful.

When will people finally learn that the way to deal with the crazy isn't to pretend it doesn't exist? Stopping people saying things doesn't stop them thinking them. It's a good thing to hear people shouting about beheading infidels or whatever the particular stick they have stuck up their ass is.

Nothing is achieved by suppressing the shouting if the underlying sentiment remains. Trying to keep people from talking about it doesn't make it go away, it just simmers, until suddenly it's springing up unexpected from somewhere and the next thing you know some poor bastards are getting shot in the street.

Perhaps the ones talking about overthrowing the state have legitimate grievances (and if they don't now - start suppressing their right to speech and they soon will) Perhaps they're just nutters. To be honest I don't actually care, because the solution to the problem they present is the same either way:

Listen to them. Know who they are. Know what they want.

Then you decide if you need to either arrest them or possibly - just possibly - stop doing whatever godawful shit it is you're doing that is winding them up in the first place.

Either way, trying to keep them quiet is _never_ the answer.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Sounds like the tribunal was told what it was allowed to say to me.

"Ok, you can assert that a law was broken, as long as that doesn't mean we have to stop breaking it. Find some way to make the status quo legal, ok?"

How about, "It was only illegal as long as you didn't tell anyone?"

"Yup, I reckon that'll fly. Ok, you can release your report now."

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

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Good phones but slightly annoying software...

I'd be very happy with my Z3 compact - in fact, as a physical device I like it very much - but I loathe the way that android is going the same way as consumer PC's with 4 million crapware packages installed when you buy it.

In fact, it's _worse_ than with consumer PC's because then at least you just do a fresh Windows (or Linux - or in my case usually both) install to scrape all that shit off, but you can't do that on here because Sony has baked the DRM keys for various bits of hardware into the firmware. Unlock the boot loader and bugger up the camera :(

Come on Sony, you're really close here, but please, PLEASE stop shipping things with pre-installed apps that can't be removed. I mean you even offer a method to root the phone straight off the bat so clearly you recognize that people like me really want access to the hardware we paid for. Take the last step. You know it's for the best.

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

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I don't understand the level of hate here...

I really don't.

The Pi has become a defacto standard for an emerging form factor. All these cheap single board ARM machines - ask anyone technical enough to be aware of them the name that is going to come most easily to mind is the Raspberry Pi. It's a very cool and widely spoken name in tech right now. Microsoft wants part of that market, and why the hell wouldn't they?

For their part, the Pi guys want to sell Pi's. Many people - particularly less technical people - like the idea of an uber cheap computer, but are scared off by having to use Linux. Windows on the Pi will appeal to those people, and why wouldn't the Pi foundation want a part of _that_ market? You never know you might even convert some of them to a *nix after they wet their toes using Win10.

This feels like a rare win-win to me.

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Can't afford a BMW or Roller? Just HACK its doors open!

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Re: Was there something terribly wrong with using a key?

"Let me turn this one upside down for a moment: what do you lose when you do away with a mechanical key?

Answer: a kill switch."

I'm with you all the way. I don't like electronic parking brakes for a similar reason. I once had a brake cable snap on me and watched the pedal disappear into the floor. Scary. Fortunately engine breaking down to something sensible by sticking it in 1st and then gentle application of the hand brake got me to stop. I know things like that (hello '70s austin!) aren't supposed to happen any more, but that's not to say they absolutely _can't_

The more we "fly by wire" the less direct control you have over the oily bits that actually do the stopping, steering etc and frankly when I'm in charge of a ton plus of high speed steel I'd quite like options in the case something does go wrong.

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Re: Was there something terribly wrong with using a key?

"Laggards on an IT forum? why? you'll be complaining about multicore cpu's next!! Remember when all we needed was 640KB of RAM?"

I do and it was just better :P

In all seriousness tho, how is this an improvement on having a key? I'm really glad my car is full of computers. It means things like the ABS and ASC actually work properly, and that it starts when it's cold, and that it's vaguely possible to get miles per gallon instead of gallons per mile when driving in a "spirited" fashion... but why the hell would I want them in the LOCK?

Defeating a mechanical lock is hard and time consuming, even if you're good at it. No two are the same so it's not like you can just knock up a single use tool that's going to open every car you step up to.* Once a digital security mechanism is broken, it's broken for good and any idiot with a compatible transmitter and a mobile phone's worth of computing power can open it.

I'm all for improvement, but sometimes computerizing things doesn't make them better and this feels very much like a case in point.

*Unless that "tool" is the afore mentioned 8mm flathead screwdriver and the "car" is a ford transit... in that case the problem is more along the lines of "Why did you fit a mechanical lock that could be overwhelmed with a screwdriver and a hammer without even setting the alarm off?"

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theOtherJT
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Re: Was there something terribly wrong with using a key?

"Also recalcitrant floor traps and jammed RJ45 socket covers. Try that with a BMW fob..."

I use mine for the little twist-n-push fuse bar at the bottom of the PDUs. Turns out that a car key is an excellent alternative to an 8mm flathead screwdriver.

(Also to open the car from time to time...)

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Was there something terribly wrong with using a key?

You remember them, right? Small, funny shaped bit of metal? You keep them in your pocket and use them to open doors and start the ignition? Kinda like a physical id_rsa.pub you keep on your person?

...anyone?

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

theOtherJT
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Tis nice, but I was really hoping for a gigabit port and SATA. It was probably too much to hope for at this price point, but would have been so nice for this little NAS/Router thing I keep wanting to build.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Nope, exact same thing over here... Only difference being we can't write about public transport either any more, since they sold it all.

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Leaving aside that this is about climate change for a moment...

Don't we think that this is actually a really nasty, manipulative and on the face of it quite frightening thing to attempt?

Emotion is an integral part of our thinking ... Emotion creates the abiding commitments needed to sustain action on difficult problems, such as climate change ... appropriately framed emotional appeals can motivate action, given the right supporting conditions (in particular a sense of personal vulnerability ... and [a sense of] the support of others).

So what you're saying is that in order to make people think in the way the government wants them to think it should deliberately frighten them? I don't know, by - say - screaming about "Terrorism" all the time and responding to your own hysteria by pumping up police powers that the public were opposed to in the first palce? Never mind if there's any real chance of getting eaten folks, it's waaaay easier to move the herd when they're frightened of the dogs.

Nothing good comes of this sort of behaviour.

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