* Posts by JeffyPoooh

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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Kinda blatant...

Any browser in 'privacy' mode (sic) still shows obviously tailored ads.

"Honest Mom, I was just looking for cat videos!"

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

The Open Source threat is how you have the invoice for £50,000 reduced to £5,000. One does not pay such invoices without spanking them back with a "Not Worth The Future Risk - BANNED!!" boycott.

In any case, you then switch at least the Office Suite to something free while perhaps retaining Windows. Even my wee feisty children are now perfectly Office-agnostic (they hardly notice which one is running), but they still prefer Windows to Linux.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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AI is hard

Re: Volvo reading signs in neighbouring roads

AI is hard.

As all the self-crashing cars are about to re-discover.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: What's the reliability like?

"I've got a mk1 TT..."

Condolences.

Wheeler Dealer (UK TV show, Mike Brewer & Edd China, recommended) explained how to have your missing Audi TT pixels repaired for £100. Worth looking it up.

How is your 1st-2nd shifter fork hanging in?

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Re: I just want a dumb car

"...inherent modularity..."

Men have walked on the Moon more often than a car manufacturer has offered such retroactive technology hardware upgrades.

I'll call it as BS.

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Re: LCD everywhere

Keep your head vertical and it's not an issue.

No, sunglasses are not circular. Pls read up on how they work. Geesh.

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Lexus RC-F

I don't think it was that recent. Clarkson *just* savaged the RC-F as rubbish on one of the most recent episodes, one UK viewers might not yet have even seen.

I think it was the LFA, or whatever it's callled.

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6 Speed gearbox? Soon to be 4 Speed (3rd - 6th)?

I used to own a VW. Most expensive car I've every owned. Thrice yearly expensive repairs. My Mercedes have been practically free in comparison. Better, faster, cheaper.

The 'Wheeler Dealer' TV show had an TT. The 1st-2nd gear selector fork had fallen off deep inside the transmission. Typical VW design fault. Edd China had to disassemble half the car for the £0.50 fix. Great TV show if you like seeing the insides of cars.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Radio Shack was useful at one time (And still is)

@Dan Paul

Arduino at RS: Only about 8x the going eBay prices.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Lambs to ISlaughter

"...have 9mm pistols in every room of the house, two shotguns under the bed..."

36-to-1.

Ratio of one's own kids finding and playing with guns with tragic results vice shooting a house invader. USA. Ref. Can't remember where I saw this.

Odds may slightly shift in these circumstances. But still, manage all risks.

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: "what the world needs is a new and decent rendering engine."

How about a rendering engine that confines itself to putting pixels on the screen, and doesn't try to execute every single element that arrives in the buffer?

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Re: Ahh, the old days...

"...get on the web in the 1990s."

Noobs. All we had was a NAND gate made from twigs, and two delay lines made from old thermometers.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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"Knowing you only have 36 exposures at a time can impose discipline."

If this is a genuine ambition, then for digital equivalency...

Find an old memory card that has a capacity described in MB, not GB.

In fact, some digital cameras have a tiny memory built in.

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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The 80/20 rule, common sense vice religion

All that's required is a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. It doesn't need to hit zero.

Anyone that uses vocabulary that contains an assumption of Zero Carbon should have their forehead tattooed with the words 'Dangerous Moron'.

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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A.I. is hard

A self-driving car is real world A.I.

"A.I. is hard."

This is all going to end in tears.

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A VERY VERY bad idea

A correct approach is to slowly build hardware (e.g. Google Cars) and they slowly emerge into the wild. Then, when things go badly wrong, there's only a few.

Pushing a software update out to hundreds or thousands of cars all at once is completely bonkers.

Stay off the road that week.

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Battle for control of Earth's unconnected souls moves to SPAAAACE

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"...poor fishermen. ...technologies such as land-line are skipped..."

The PSTN twisted pair wires kept snapping when the boats pulled away from the dock each morning.

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Cubans 'get' 'free community' 'Wi-Fi'

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"...an optical phone line."

Sigh... Anyway.

Until recently, Cuba had a total bandwidth of about 2x what I have to my house.

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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SSA has a new policy to address this issue

All newly-dead people will be required to fill out a form.

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SAP admits - shock! - it sells to governments, denies that means backdoors

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NSA + SAP

Almost perfect.

All that's needed is a good dose of Symantec Norton Internet Security, and that'll be the end of that.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Won't

Won't happen.

Flying Cars are the poster child of lies and broken schedules.

In a related point, I've just ordered up a cartridge of Flying Car Paste for my 3D printer. Yep, and I went for the fusion-powered option. I can't wait until it arrives so I'll be able to 3D print my new, complete, ready to fly, fusion-powered flying car. It'll even 3D print the tires already inflated to 35 PSI, and the engine already warmed up. Because as you know, you can 3D print ANYTHING...

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

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Duh...

The right handed L-shaped 7-8-5-2. Used by about 85%.

If not that, then look at the smudges on the screen.

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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Suggestions...

To clarify, the subject here is the profit earned and taxable within a given jurisdiction. The profit where they use "creative techniques" to export and avoid paying the usual rate of income tax.

Solution 1) When companies export profits, they typically pretend to "import" something to balance the books. Often they "import" rights to use a trademark, thus the profits are bundle up as a "royalty payment" and sent off to the corporate mothership untaxed (and a deductible expense no less). So, duh, tax the imports. Slap a 20% import duty on imports of trademark rights, or whatever else they pretend to import. This could be implemented in an afternoon.

Solution 2) Slap a tax on a fixed target, and then allow deductions for income tax actually paid. Find something, anything, that can't be moved. Tax it. But if the corporation has paid any income tax, then allow that to quickly 'deduct to zero' the new tax. If they forgot to pay income tax, then they can't escape the alternate tax.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: The Law on encryption passwords in the US is well established.

How did this "don't reveal the key" process work out for Mary Queen of Scots?

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Re: Why not?

"...they can just stamp your passport 'entry denied' and send you home."

In this case, the subject was arriving back to Canada, where he lives and is a citizen.

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How about this response?

"Unlock your device please."

Sorry - No Can Do. My device contains some correspondence between myself and my lawyer and that is protected by the highest level of constitutional protection. Those rights trump everything.

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This is a trivial 'software requirements' problem

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17 - To unlock your device, enter your passcode on the lock screen.

18 - To appear to unlock your device, enter the secondary passcode (3968 or "F YOU") on the lock screen. The device will minimally unlock, allow access to a limited list of harmless data-free apps and only genuine-looking sample data. This will satisfy any legal requirement for unlocking your device while not actually unlocking your private data.

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Over to you Google and Apple.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: "...Do not reboot, update Panda."

Not in the particular quote that I quoted in quotes. Which is what I quoted.

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"...Do not reboot, update Panda."

"Worst antivirus every. Panda has today wiped files from system32 leaving rebooted computers bricked. Do not reboot, update Panda."

Update Panda? How about 'Uninstall Panda'?

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FTC to DirecTV: No more lies! Tell viewers what you really charge

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Re: Wut?

Yeah, of course.

It's so we can watch Top Gear easily and conveniently, without getting into piracy.

Oh, wait a sec...

Yeah, might be time to cancel service then...

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Wonders what planet has 18 hour days....

"...one charge lasts up to 18 hours..."

Translation of "up to" follows.

"...one charge lasts about 10 hours..."

Garbage.

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

I installed a BluRay drive into one of my laptops.

So now I can watch about half of the legally purchased BluRay movies I have. The other half don't work due to DRM, so I have to download a pirate version of the movies that I bought (which is silly).

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Factor out some primes already...

There's a plentiful supply of test numbers. Write up a qualification test program and 'Yes/No' demo the damn things already.

Or is the whole industry like Schrödinger's feline friend™?

..."We could tell you if they work or not, but then we'd have to kill you."

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Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

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China

Eight hour traffic jams with the air conditioning on?

How long is your extension cord?

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Job cuts klaxon: SAP axes 2,200 staff, denies 'cost cutting' to blame

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2200 staff?

That's just the number of SAP folks working in the Tiny Inscrutible Icons Dept.

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Re: Backup policies

PhilBuk: "...the choice of restoring a SAP system..."

Why on Earth would you do that?

If Ebola was eliminated, would you restore it?

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Cloud?

Forget the cloud. 5 or 50 GB of cloud storage doesn't work when you have 1500 GB of images.

And no, I'm not paying $12 month for the Rest Of Time for more space.

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Duh...

Just copy the directory to your portable HDD. Done.

Much easier to go in and find a lost or misplaced file. Takes two minutes, not two hours. No stupid backup software required.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Once upon a time - roaming from Canada into the USA

Roaming telephone calls were affordable at about $1 a minute. Quick phone call, maybe $3. Who cares?

Roaming data was $0.05 per kilobyte. Looking at CNN.com would cost $37. Seriously... ...$37. Horror stories of uninformed people getting home to find cell phone bills of $45,000.

Now they've got a Roam Like Home deal of $5 per day. $5 a day. Use your phone as if you were at home. Who cares?

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Meanwhile in Canada...

The mobile carriers in Canada are just-now implementing "Extended Coverage", whereby if you're outside the range of your own carrier's tower, then perhaps you can get access through the competition's tower.

Essentially a series of roaming agreements *between competitors* (gasp!) and *within* (gasp!) a given single market. It means that the residents of Canada can now have cellular coverage almost as good (use any tower) as that enjoyed by visitors to Canada.

PS: It was essentially forced by the government regulator, the CRTC.

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Australia's new broadband satellites won't be all the help Willowra needs

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LEO High-N High Bandwidth constellations coming soon

There are several major players moving towards enveloping the planet in Iridium-like constallations of broadband satellites. Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Google, perhaps that MS guy whatshisname.

Within ten years, broadband connectivity anywhere will be a totally solved problem, provided you don't mind 5 GB a month for $200.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Re: why? same reason we endure MS Word.

Yep. All these alternatives fail to provide having a practical choice of dozens of different coffee varieties in the morning. Columbian? Peru? French Roast? Bolivian? Nantucket? Hmmmm...

That's the U.S.P. of the system.

Of course one ALSO has several other coffee making systems AS WELL. Duh...

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Symantec: Corporate divorce starts on April Fool's Day

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Good. I hope it hurts...

Norton Internet Security by Symantec: Much worse than random bits.

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50 shades of grey can turn Adobe Reader into a hot mess

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I *told* you that the Harvard architecture was better...

Data .NE. Instructions

Done.

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Is light a wave or a particle? Beaming boffins prove it's BOTH

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Re: Either... Or...

Martin asked: "But how does the double-slit experiment demonstrate that light behaves like particles?"

You close one of the slits.

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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450 nautical miles up

High enough that the resultant junk will be there for quite a while.

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

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@KopyeefAndPastewivanef

Where is Figure 2? You mentioned "(Figure 2)", so where is it?

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About 4-to-1

Musk hype-claims to Musk actually-finishes.

Not an outrageous ratio, but it is a ratio.

I really don't understand the Musk fanbois. Geesh. Get a room.

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

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Re: Death to CDNs ??!!??

Please go argue with BBC News. The quote is copied verbatim from them.

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Death to CDNs ??!!??

BBC News "Internet providers cannot strike deals with content firms, known as paid prioritisation, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers"

Sounds exactly like what I predicted. Akamai is in a banned business model.

Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

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