* Posts by JeffyPoooh

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US Navy satellite EXPLODES, scattering debris

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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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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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Re: Try rendering CBC.ca without crashing for once in your pathetic life...

logistix: "Works fine for me."

Thus proving beyond a doubt that you're a Google sock puppet. ;-)

Tablet has been reset six-ways from Sunday. It's Google's fault.

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Try rendering CBC.ca without crashing for once in your pathetic life...

Google Chrome browser on a Google Nexus tablet running Google Android.

Navigate to CBC.ca and watch it crash and burn.

Infuriating. Useless P.O.S. $250 tablet that DOES NOT WORK. Google's fault, with help from the empty-headed web coders at CBC.

Google can't code their way out of a damp paper bag.

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Norton Internet Security antivirus update 'borked Internet Explorer'

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"...then reinstalled NIS..."

"Reinstall"?

Seriously? You cannot fix that type of stupid.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: Cue the ClassAction lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

"Coffee is served at around 100C in my house..."

You're doing it wrong.

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Oh great...

A $100,000 battery for my house.

Thanks.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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The A.I. is coming! The A.I. is coming!

The A.I. is coming, and it's in a 3D-Printed Fusion-Powered Too-Cheap-To-Meter Flying Car.

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Re: Wheeeeeee!!!

Tb: "...get another HDMI cable on the cheap."

It'll probably be $79.95 and 75% off, thus $20.

The ones on eBay are $4, shipped, fit better, more flexible, easier to live with, and work just as well.

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

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$848M could have been spent more effectively

That's enough money to convert gigawatts of electric power from coal to natural gas, thus saving 50% of the CO2. A whole bunch at 50% CO2 reduction is more effective than a tiny amount at even 100% CO2 reduction, which it isn't.

Next time somebody has a billion to spend on "green" energy, could somebody at least work out where in the world it could be most effectively spent? Please. If the available money isn't spent efficiently, then we might run out of money having barely kept up with growth.

Being ineffective and inefficient with green money is criminally irresponsible.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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Invention versus Description of the Bleedingly Obvious

The patents "...cover a setting up a user account with single-sign-on in a federate computing environment; a way to present applications as an interactive service; a method for presenting advertising as an interactive service; and a way to preserve state information between a client and server."

I could code-up any one of those before lunch, and I'm not even a coder drone.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed! Drinking WINE is good for your LIVER

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After Paleoanthropology...

...'Health and Dietary' (advice du jour) is the weakest of the sciences.

Random advice is literally better, as it's wrong only one-half the time.

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Sqrt (Nmax)

If you can imagine possibly dating 100 candidates, then Sqrt(100) is 10. So the first ten must be used as samples to set a maximum; reject them all outright. Then continue dating the next 90 until you exceed the high water mark set during the sampling period. Grab that one.

Ref. 'More or Less' on BBC

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Who's the auto tycoon that makes Apple employees swoon? It's ... MUSK!

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Oh great...

Tesla's battery chargers will now have prongs pulling off, left protruding from the socket and hot with line voltage. We're going to have to spend the rest of our lives turning them over to look for The Green Dot of Life.

Sigh...

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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I've always felt that the Multiverse explanations...

I've always felt that the Multiverse explanations were violating Conservation of Mass.

If a zillion Universes can be created every picosecond, then how come petrol is so expensive?

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The 'Russian Dolls' extension to Schrödinger's cat

The observer with his boxed cat is also in a slightly larger box. After he peeks at the cat, he is now in a strange quatum world of two states. We leave him there for a while. He's safe from the cat poison of course, in case you're concerned.

We weigh the box, to see if it really contains two observers. Nope.

We tap on the side, to give him a minute notice. Rip the lid open and ask him what it felt like. He'll say, "Nope, just one of me. The cat was ..."

Of course the committee itself is in an even-larger box. They'll be interviewed next. Ah, there's the tap. One minute to go and the whole world will be in two states.

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At the third beep, the Atomic Clock will be 60 ... imprecisely

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Rubidium - how it works

I have one. A rubidium atomic 'clock' (oscillator). Doesn't everyone? Relax, they're about $100+ on eBay. Not a big deal.

The block diagram and description of my rubidium brick says that the rubidium cell provides absorption of the GHz RF signal. The electronics probes the vaporized rubidium for an absorption response, and locks onto the correct frequency.

The rubidium cell does not itself emit a signal as implied in this article. Acts more like a filter really.

Your Rubidium May Vary.

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A man with a van - Project Great 2005

http://leapsecond.com/great2005/

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The third beep arrives 15s late

Precise atomic clocks accurate to the femtosecond. Connected to the 'Third Beep' machine, delivered by satellite radio about 15 seconds after the fact.

Stupid.

Of course I used other low latency time references. But it bothers me that they still broadcast the late beep.

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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Re: Note the part about *existing* fibre, not tricky stuff with FO ampliers.

They're going to haul up repeaters from the depths and replace them with six feet of fibre?

Hmmm... Maybe I suppose.

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Re: Testing

@BB "...going across the pond is old hat for some companies that use NO repeaters, I know this was being done 8+year ago, as I was on the team that tested it and help deploy it."

Don't those "no repeater" fibers actually use erbium-doped fiber amplifiers hidden in the cable?

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Re: Excellent news.

4. Will it be able to make voice calls? Or will these be the first mobile phone where the design team actually forget that legacy function?

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Intuit halts TurboTax filings after states spot mass tax fraud scheme

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Who are the victims?

"...to customers who believe they are the victims of tax fraud."

The States' losses I think. Even with my overactive imagination, I can't think of any mechanism to charge these fraudulent refunds back onto the individuals whose ID was stolen. So... "the victims of tax fraud" are the States, not the customers.

Meanwhile in Canada, the CRA used to mail out a PIN to be used for e-filing. They replaced that safety feature with magic and National Technical Means.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: Surface 2 with Win 8 RT-edition

The comments on the above edandersen.com link mention that this process doesn't work for the video ads on YouTube (which is the main point, since they take time). I've managed to suppress the video ads on other devices.

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Re: Surface 2 with Win 8 RT-edition

@all

THANK YOU very much for the pointers to adblocking on the Surface 2.

Very much appreciated!

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Surface 2 with Win 8 RT-edition

Lovely hardware.

The primary annoyance is not being able to install an ad-blocker, thus making it less than useful for consuming ad-supported content (e.g. YouTube).

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Bankrupt RadioShack to close up to 2,900 stores, share others with Sprint

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"Radio Shack....closing around half of its stores in the US and Canada."

Canada?

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'Ruskie' malware pwns iOS 7

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Re: Fitting

I think that Turing had something to say on this topic, if I understood the 'Computerphile' video in question.

Short version: hopeless.

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Tom Wheeler flings off dressing gown, dons gloves for net neutrality RUMBLE

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Re: "...no last-mile unbundling."

"Sparsely populated areas can be POORLY served by fixed wireless."

Obvious typo corrected.

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Re: Just curious...

Yep! And Akamai has to tear up their entire "Edge of the Web Servers" and burn them.

(Not really.)

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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GHz, not Ghz

"Eero will also switch between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz spectrum bands..."

GHz.

Uppercase G

Uppercase H

Lowercase z

Thank you.

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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

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Re: Slabs losing sales? Not surprising

Mini DisplayPort - "...how can that be described as non-standard?"

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many from which to choose.

I've been in the situation where I had a PC with three different video output options and I had a monitor with three different video input options, and the only common interface was VGA. Five weeks later the necessary connector-conversion adapters finally arrived to open up more connectivity options.

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Re: Slabs losing sales? Not surprising

@kev99 "...work... ...work... ...work..."

Sounds a bit tedious.

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Duh. They've been slashing the prices of many Win 8 gadgets...

I've recently bought an Asus X205 cute mini laptop, a Surface 2, an HP Stream 7 and a Win Blu Jr unlocked phone - all this for about $630 total + tax, shipped.

Enough Win 8 gadgets for a while.

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Dish, the FCC, and a sly trick to leave American taxpayers $3bn short

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Spectrum Auctions...

Such auctions should be leases, not sales.

It could be for a 20-year lease if that's the optimum period (technical, fiscal), but it should never be a 'forever' sale with perpetual property rights. Lease holder would retain renewal rights, with priority and future fees based on a score of how they've used the spectrum for the greater public good.

Score can be based on efficiency of use, efficiency of use in high population density areas, public satisfaction, investments, modest profit levels, good neighbour to adjacent spectrum, etc.

A 30-page document would lay it all out. Easy peasy.

The advantage would be that the spectrum would come with a leash, ultimately held by the public through their government.

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German 700MHz auction signals start of Euro spectrum flogoffs

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Watching TV is a "constitutional right" ?

@CC

Seriously?

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Spectrum auctions...

Such auctions should be leases, not sales.

It could be for a 20-year lease if that's the optimum period (technical, fiscal), but it should never be a 'forever' sale with perpetual property rights. Lease holder would retain renewal rights, with priority and future fees based on a score of how they've used the spectrum for the greater public good.

Score can be based on efficiency of use, efficiency of use in high population density areas, public satisfaction, investments, modest profit levels, good neighbour to adjacent spectrum, etc.

A 30-page document would lay it all out. Easy peasy.

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Bankruptcy could see RadioShack close doors for good – report

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And in Canada...

Radio Shack spun off its international operations as InterTAN, including Canada. Circuit City bought out Radio Shack Canada, but didn't get the name 'Radio Shack'. So we had 'The Source by Circuit City'. Then it got sold to Ma Bell, and turned into a boutique of mobile phone cases. Now it's dying.

As are most of the shopping malls in Canada. So the leaseholds in Canada are 80% worthless and 20% very valuable.

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Radio Shack's Market Cap of $24M and a reminder of the story of K-mart

In the dying days of K-mart, its market cap went very very low. Somebody noticed that it had gone lower than the value of the leaseholds that it held. That investor apparently made a lot of money.

So what are Radio Shack's leaseholds worth?

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

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Re: Upgrading to use https?

"...BMW ...they're usually much better."

BMW is the same company that programmed "BRUM BRUM BRUUMMM!" noises into their car radio. Very silly.

Respect(BMW) := Respect(BMW) / 2

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Who is paying the monthly fee?

Connectivity costs money. Who is explicitly* paying?

(* Not interested in the obvious and tedious, "The consumer ultimately pays, blah blah blah." Who get the monthly invoice from the cellular networks?)

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How Pivotal cracked the one-billion-dollar code

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"...trying to trade in open-source popularity for mountains of cash..."

BitCoin ?

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

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Does the Raspberry Pi 2 still power up through any port?

The original would happily power up with accidental power back-fed from the USB ports.

I had to literally hack a USB hub that also failed to control current flow.

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"The Austerity Computer"

@TheOtherNobbes - Well done.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Keep taking the derivative until you find bad news

"The iPhone 6 ...was up by 25 per cent which is less than previous years."

So Apple was shipping iPhone 6 at a rate of 9.4 Hz for the entire quarter. They made a world record quarterly profit of $18 billion. They're the most profitable company ever. Sales are up by 25%. But we've detected a downward trend in the rate of change of the rate of change of the number sold.

Larger point is still valid.

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Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain

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"...but for those it is much, much faster."

Then it should be absolutely trivial to conclusively and unambiguously prove that it's doing what it claims to be doing. Agree on the form of the problem in advance, open the envelope with the secret input number(s), type them in, go. Bang, correct answer falls out within an amazingly short time. Repeat a few times to help prove it wasn't a fluke, done.

And yet, the doubts continue... What's with that? They've not done this sort of argument-ending demo yet?

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

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"No Desktop For You!"

Microsoft folks still playing 'Hide The Desktop' ?

Nobody learn the lessons from the sudden end of the Sinofsky era?

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