* Posts by Steve K

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UK reaches peak Bitcoin as BIN FIRM accepts cryptocurrency

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They'll only make a hash of it.....

They'll only make a hash of it.....

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Former Intel EMEAR sales director takes Chipzilla to tribunal

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Re: Self-representation?

Absolutely, but if Intel are sending in a lawyer as their representative/advocate (as the article suggests) then she might be better with experienced representation accompanying her.

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Self-representation?

Guiney confirmed she is representing herself against the legal briefs hired by Intel though she has no formal training in the profession.

Regardless of whether or not her case has merit, this would appear to be a brave/hubristic strategy on her part?

As a Sales Director at Intel - unless they withheld all of her salary/bonus since she started - it's not like she couldn't afford some legal or HR-specific tribunal representation/adviser in there with her.

With tribunals though I don't believe that she would be on the hook for Intel's representation costs at least if she were to lose the case so it's not quite like a court.

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FBI tells Jo(e) Sixpack to become an expert in IoT security

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Re: Continuous product and service improvement

Those votes are for comments, not the article to which they relate though...

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Barclays bank bod in the cooler for aiding Dridex money launderers

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Re: Amount

Jinal Pethad has...

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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You can (optionally) leave Shazam on in the background so it is always listening/ready.

If enabled, this gives a real-time excellent backchannel back to advertisers as to who is watching which advert and when (sometimes there are even explicit Shazam mentions in TV adverts - "Shazam to see special offer").

Combined with knowledge of a user's mobile number (likely to be known due to many online subscriptions) then you have precisely-targeted ad feedback mechanism for sale to the highest bidder in your ad network.

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Re: The financial world is crazy...

1) How on Earth do you make Money identifying Songs for People? More to the Point how do you make 40million doing that???

Nothing crazy - just referral fees to iTunes/Spotify etc.

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The ultimate vendor lock-in: High school opens on Oracle campus

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Re: Can't blame 'm for trying but...

I don't think many people will sign up.

They will not just have to pay for their child's desk use, but other desks in the classroom, all other classrooms in the school, all school office desks and also all desks in use in any of the other Oracle campus office buildings too, whether occupied or not.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

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Re: Has anybody actually tested this?

mix your phone with the gease

It would probably fly North for winter if you did that? That would confuse the GPS tracking until Spring.

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

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Isn't Scotland (at least currently...) a little too far from the Equator for launches to be efficient/economical/competitive?

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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

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Re: Imprisoned?

Maybe they were drug mules?

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: The Cult of Tesla

..of a car which can perform like an Audi RS4

Many people may not want to pay the related premiums for that kind of performance - it will be interesting to see what the insurance group will be!

If they dialled down the power delivery a little then they could probably reduce the insurance group considerably.

At least to start with the repair costs will be unknown by the insurers (e.g. for battery pack damage) which could lead to an inflated insurance group regardless of performance.

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Death, taxes, DXC job cuts: Three of life's sure bets

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Re: Question for DXC'ers

"..surely most of the staff TUPE across to the new contractor when a customer takes their business away?"

If moving to a Cloud IaaS/PaaS/SaaS platfom then there may be nowhere to TUPE affected staff in infra/storage/networking/support roles, hence significant redundancies would be expected as those contracts expire.

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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

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Re: Time to start developing defensive measures...

..and fabulous sequinned uniforms for the armed forces

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'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

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That might be construed as a mortar attack and lead to retaliation?

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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Re: Did Larry Need a New Yatch?

A Yatch has several slang meanings (as per UrbanDictionary at least) as well as being a mis-spelling of Yacht.

Who knows what else Larry wants on his yacht.....

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Stop your moaning, says maker of buggy Bluetooth sex toy

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Re: a virtually deserted bus late one

Or Clitheroe...?

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AWS sells local Chinese infrastructure to local partner Sinnet

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Tennis backwards

Sinnet is Tennis backwards - egatnavda nozamA ?

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

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Best Tesla Headline Ever?

May I just say "Fnar! Fnar!" and "Ooh, Matron!" at this headline. Even El Reg could not do better:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/12/tesla-will-reveal-its-semi-this-thursday-and-musk-promises-to-blow-your-mind-with-it.html

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Or your glass is twice as big as it needs to be?

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: as autumn weather turns to winter

Probably based on the Southern Hemisphere having 20% / 80% land/water ratio.

Therefore the part that is not the equator or Antarctica is even smaller.

Whilst Winter is applicable to the whole non-equatorial Southern Hemisphere, we can assume that the bulk of iPhone X users are on land (as indeed for the Northern Hemisphere), and not in Antarctica.

Therefore as far as iPhone X users go the statement is likely to be accurate.

Geographically however - what you said.

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Re: £50's

..without a very good excuse

...like "I'm a drug dealer/forger/the KLF looking for a light"?

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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Daft question here:

If the gates had to be closed to keep the sea out, then at any point they were open, it would have flooded - drunk gatekeeper or not.

If the tide had to be in for the gates being open to matter then surely he would just leave them open then to let the tide go out and everything unsubmerged, but damp.

(I am also sometimes referred to as a legend - I am getting old and no-one really believes in me any more....)

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Re: "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

Absolutely - I'm not sure whether the article is saying "Duh! Why are they testing anti-icing if the temperature is 9°C!"

A statement that "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C" tells you nothing without knowing the altitude of the drone, its airspeed (i.e. airflow over its flying surfaces and hence chill) and whether icing conditions were prevailing at that time (e.g. humidity).

Also - being pedantic - the period of the "average temperature" is important too - it could have been 9°C for 24 hours, or 0°C for 12 hours and 18°C for 12 hours or any other combination....

They may well have proved that the airframe is prone to icing, and/or the deicing does not work (twice!) but the fact that they are saying nothing implies it is more stupid than that (e.g. out of fuel, batteries ran out on drone, flew at negative altitude over the sea for too long, wings on back-to-front).

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Wrong methodology

You might be on to something - "fail fast and fail often" seems to apply here

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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Positively shocking

Positively shocking...

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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Re: This bit always confuses me....

Isn't that why €500 notes are being withdrawn from 2019 and (I believe) banks in the UK don't handle them?

£50 do look like they will remain in circulation though

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

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Yes - like it said in the article....

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Access to the Open LV dataset...

Armature I have seen worse

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

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Re: Let's see how it works...

Rumour has it that even that avenue is being closed off as only Skype Mobile 8 will work with the Skype servers at some point.

The desktop Skype remains untouched as yet on Windows (so you don't have to install the W10 Store Skype App) which matches the Mobile version.

The design motif to my mind is like the guy in the Skittles advert (milking the giraffe) has eaten too many, vomited into the bucket and then the giraffe has crapped rainbows on the resulting steaming heap.

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Let's see how it works...

The new Skype Mobile version is crap on its own (smiley option with each message - really?)

Let's see how it goes

<Typing a TXT> The June update for Skype Mobile is completely s.. (shit, shocking, stupid, snapchat wannabe, so bad I installed it)

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Oracle’s automated database is a minimum viable release - analyst

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Re: Should I surrender control...

Good point - is the autonomous cloud database actually a Mechanical Turk/Romanian/etc.?

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Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos

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Re: Asus?

Thanks

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Asus?

For my server board (Asus Z10PA-D8) this note is published on AMT.

They say "ASUS server product is not featured with Intel Active Management Technology(AMT)."

Does this mean that Asus have already disabled/blocked it in Firmware - or is their statement not strictly correct?

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: If even the Canadians can do it

Edam it, surely?

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Re: I'm unsure

I've emailed Ed Witten to find where I can get strings small enough to fit the violin needed to accompany the lament here.

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Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays

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Re: $10k for unit only?

Curses - otherwise I would buy one and strip out the flash drives ;-)

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$10k for unit only?

I presume that $10k is for the unit only and not the Flash drives?

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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The engineering perspective is that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

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Pretty please get Lewis Page to comment!!!

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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With the 120Kg max payload, anyone with the balls to get in to one of these would need a second drone to carry them....

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: Compare like with like

Ditto for Nokia X6 - it was shit but Nokia thought it was equivalent.

I drop-kicked mine and then jumped up and down on it as it was so awful.

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

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Re: will the rise of the Robots

Good point.

There may also be a level of self-regulation of robot numbers here since at some point there will not be enough people to buy whatever it is that the robots are making also - therefore fewer new robots will be needed - i.e. peak robot.

The taxation argument can be applied to other new technologies (e.g. electric vehicles) since if fuel taxes/duties diminish due to lower consumption then they have to be raised elsewhere. However we know that governments frequently "innovate" creatively on the taxation front...

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Working out what AI is thinking and why

“It should always be possible to find out why an AI made an autonomous decision,” says Winfield, referring to it as “the principle of transparency”,

I'm not sure that this is possible with some aspects of AI/ML, since the algorithm is honed by the AI/ML itself and may not be transparent/apparent to its developers at all even if logged in a black box log.

I recall reading something similar recently in relation to this - may have been to do with Machine Translation where the AI/ML was able to translate directly between 2 languages it had not been specifically trained on, via triangulation.

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

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Re: Replacements

Is Precinct 13's password OK because they used a salt on it?

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Scotiabank internet whizzkids screw up their HTTPS security certs

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It is surprising that they have not noticed for so long - wouldn't you have some kind of heartbeat monitoring set up to check that the site is alive/accessible externally?

(On a slightly pedantic note: 5-month anniversary? That's not even a thing..)

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Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

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Re: Come one, come all, to the Solaris cloud

"Learn how easy it is to move your Oracle Solaris–based workloads to … Oracle SPARC–based cloud solutions"... running Linux.

...and on top of crappy OVM.....

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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Re: Fuck a duck!

Indeed do remember - 20MB hard drive in a PC-AT supporting a group of 30 people (started work in 1990 at a Big 6 accountancy firm).

The Internet was only available in black and white then - and they switched it off at the weekends (your recollections may vary............).

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: Pressure suits?

..air breaking..

Great typo in this context!

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