* Posts by John Miles

153 posts • joined 31 Jan 2007

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

John Miles

re: I would have gotten out

Like this?

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

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Re: the same way that bricks don't.

Sounds like a comparison to a Vogon Constructor Fleet to me

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Next week's Board meeting

Can we sell our victims customers insurance for ID fraud from when we get hacked next?

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Apple chief Cook cooks up rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour

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Re: Would you trust ANY Americans in your factory?

BMW obviously do as they have a plant in Greer, South Carolina

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Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

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Translation

I think what they really mean

We thought most down-loaders would be "too stupid" to get round the ad-ware but we didn't realise just how many of the developers would be peeved and move their stuff elsewhere and now we have a dead body we'd like to sell before it stinks even more

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Silicon-happy ARM engorges its profits by a third – so its shares dip

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re- the only time it is truly accurate is when describing what has already happened

Judging by a website's the last 24 hours weather where I live they still get that wrong!

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Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

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Re: Freeparking....

I have been using them since 2000 - but only really for renewing the domains lately. Fortunately all my domains are currently pointing at other hosting companies dns servers, so the only issue I had was they lost the updated email address on their servers. Seriously thinking of migrating my domains soon.

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Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

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Joke

Could they be using TheReg's comments

would explain the a AManFromMars comments?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: The same paragraph explained that:

But XP derived from NT not Dos & Windows 95 - it was the first version of the NT family sold without NT label.

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re: Windows XP was the first PC operating system to drop the MS-DOS

So what happened to Windows 2000 Professional and Windows NT3.5/4 Workstation - which were all PC OSes (and used on PC not server)

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: Marlow Bridge

where are you getting those weights from? Parkers has a V8 Land Cruiser at 2.7 metric tonnes (or about 3 short ton

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

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Re: .ditto for going through a window

IIRC there was some speculation that thieves were smashing window, reprogramming car and leaving it so owner then it fixed, then they steal car. Hopefully a smashed window will alert people something happened - but just getting into boot might not.

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Re: not the key to enable them to actually start the car or anything

From the boot you can often get into the car or access the wiring loom thus allowing access car's security and in the last generation of keyless BMWs there was a lot of thefts because plugging a computer into the obd port allowed you to program the car to accept a new remote and at that point you could drive it away. (There is a patch but BMW didn't recall or otherwise inform owners). The thieves have since moved on to include other makes - such as Range Rovers. (BMWs also have some flaws in UK model's alarm systems/door locks which made entering them quiet)

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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reminds me of this cartoon

link

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Re: My 4G phone tethering is often a vastly superior solution.

I can see StingRay type attacks being a problem as well

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Or even just have someone have drugs in it

Judging from use of Civil forfeiture I have heard

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re: Here you have condo-fees if you live in a flat or townhouse

UK has similar - it is called Leasehold - flat I was renting in was about £1,200 a year maintenance charges and you can get with big bills - Most flats in UK are Leasehold, though there may be more protection for leaseholders in UK

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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RE: Microeconomics does pretty well with testable predictions.

But do they scale to Macroeconomics?

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: CompuServe computer magazine Forum

I don't think I visited that one - so unlikely to have got into any heated debates there

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Re: the Beeb are happy enough to continue showing the repeats on BBC3.

and the BBC World Wide are happy enough to show repeats continually on Dave - They even had something saying because of a fracas Dave was the only place to see TopGear on Sunday

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CompuServe computer magazine Forum

Was it Computer Shopper by any chance?

Discussions in forums strip out all the non-language communication (e.g. is the person being aggressive, laid back) and this information is substituted by the mind based based on clues in the writing - trouble is people are not that good at reading what is actually written and would rather read what they think is written and very quickly everything becomes very polarised.

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Re: This apt xkcd should be taught in schools

I recall what I think was a news article about an inquest in a IEE mag (but may have been a story elsewhere) where a wife had described how her husband wouldn't leave the forums because people were giving "bad advise" and he felt the need to correct them, I can't recall cause of death but she blamed his "addiction" to forums for him neglecting his health.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Faster

No - it actually dropped by something like 25% recently - I am hoping just BT moving things ready for Fibre, but it could just be ISP connecting/disconnecting upsetting the system

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‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking

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Re: Fail fast, fail often, deliver shit.

Makes a change from normal Government IT delivery approach

Fail, Be very late, deliver shit.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Top Gear won't like it!

They have already had one round their track - youtube Link

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

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RE: Meaning that income per inhabitant of a household has been rising

Or more members of the household are working for longer - so possible wages have fallen which has been offset by higher percentage of households having multiple breadwinners spending more time at work (e.g. several part time jobs)

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Re: no other option than to work on an offline PC

Just stick with the paper and pencil - with my handwriting it is liable to be secure even from me

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

John Miles

re: Majel Barrett

She was also the computer's voice in the series Wiki

and Lwaxana Troi (Deanna Troi's mother) in the TNG/DS9

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

John Miles

Don't worry not long after we'll be getting something like Douglas Adams' Electronic Monk ( http://theelectricmonk.com/ElectricMonk.html ) to read the news for us, so it'll be robots commenting you've wasted their time.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

John Miles

Re: and physically disable the mic and camera

I find just not allowing it access to the internet is enough to stop it calling home - if I find it has a built in GSM card, I can see them getting very big bills ;)

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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Re: It's all wrong anyway

Alternatively the big bang happened in a strong strong magical field -

When light encounters a strong magical field it loses all sense of urgency. It slows right down. And on the Discworld the magic was embarrassingly strong, which meant that the soft yellow light of dawn flowed over the sleeping landscape like the caress of a gentle lover or, as some would have it, like golden syrup.

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

John Miles

The Answer is simple

Make the directors of companies and organisations where if they are hacked it can impact people's lives or seriously impact nations security criminally responsible for failure to adequately protect that data/system.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

John Miles

re: “we talk too much about code, we don’t write enough code.”

Stopping some developers writing lots of code is a good thing

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: whoever it is who is currently their head of IT

I bet that won't be board or CIO level where the blame really lies

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Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes

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No spam for me at my designated plusnet address

I haven't see any to mine - it might be data breach was not directly from system but an old copy of their database.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

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Re: What happens to the grid ...

with the fire at Didcot Power Station and continued erosion spare capacity margins it is likely the lights would go out in Winter unless lots more money is spent on new power stations/sources

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

John Miles

Agent Ransack

One I find invaluable is Agent Ransack for searching local PC - http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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Re: What, along every single track road?

To start with only those where the speed vehicles need to drop navigating a bend would cause major inconvenience/tailback - which there shouldn't be that many if humans can currently drive them safely.

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Re: collision detection systems can't currently see around corners

It is easy - car slows down to a speed where it knows it can stop within half the distance it can see, unlike human drivers the computer won't get impatient and start taking risks if that is 5mph.

It could easily be allowed to see around the bend, it just needs things like sensors and cameras placed strategically along the the road transmitting data about conditions further along and other cars similarly passing data along.

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re: en route for an “inevitable” head-on collision on a mountain road

I can't help thinking by the time becomes “inevitable” it will be far too late for a computer controlling a vehicle to make significant difference to the outcome.

It is almost as if they are expecting a computer to be super efficient at judging the environment only when things start going wrong but not far enough in advance to stop things going wrong in the first place - maybe because that doesn't allow them to get involved.

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

John Miles
Joke

Must get eyes tested

Read as "So you want to introduce a BOFH"

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

John Miles

Re: Am I missing something?

This last week when I payed by a Barclays' Visa card it just come up and disappeared (but I am not sure I ever set anything up on that card), but when I used a HSBC Mastercard it came up and asked me for 3 letters of the password.

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John Miles

Re: Its not like my DOB is very secret.

Mine is if your website is called something like Facebook (I had to create facebook account but fortunately for an organization page not myself) or I don't think you need to know it at which point I take days, months, years and/or decades off my age

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Knives out for new EU rules forcing govts to reveal hacker attacks

John Miles
Facepalm

re: setting up a competent authority

This is something they expect governments achieve, despite all the evidence to the contrary ???

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: WHY WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!

Living in a large new estate with low broadband speeds and no fibre/cable despite the town having both. I am pretty certain the discussions go between BT & house builders - what is cheapest option we can do for legal requirements as house builders don't want to pay and BT want to angle for getting government paying for the fibre stuff.

Hopefully, after lots of pressure from residents, council and MP the estate I live on should get Fibre options late this year

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

John Miles

re: Blind spot is another metaphor, by the way: there is nothing functionally awry with my retinas.

There is a blind spot in the human eye - optic nerve passes through the optic disc

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

John Miles

Re: There is simply no way I'd go to the garage to replace some stupid brake light bulbs

I got the garage to change a sidelight bulb once, I couldn't workout how to do so without loosing skin off knuckles or dismantling half the front end so when it was in I asked them to do it - I figured the cost the least pain for me

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: I'm not sure why directors are so gullible when faced

Because then they can tell the world that they have saved x by going with outsourced, the cost is transferred from one set of overheads to another. This makes their company profile look better to the people who invest because it fits better their expected company model on overheads etc. so the share price rises.

But in reality no one sees the decrease in efficiency in other parts of the company who now can't get IT problems sorted out so put in old style time consuming workarounds, and no one is left to tell the Director they are being ripped off because thought it only costs peanuts per hour - those peanuts add up when it takes weeks when someone who knew the system would fix in minutes

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

John Miles

re: since it won't be the driverless car making the mistake

It might just though, see Toyota's Killer software -

http://www.edn.com/design/automotive/4423428/Toyota-s-killer-firmware--Bad-design-and-its-consequences

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