* Posts by Steve K

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Wi-Fi for audiophiles: Alliance preps TimeSync certification program

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Re: Thank you for your snark-less reply

Well it shows that I am old enough to remember some of it.......

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Re: Thank you for your snark-less reply

Are you old enough to remember the (early 80's?) "Tomorrow's World" programme where Judith Hann demonstrated the miraculous properties of the (then) new-fangled and unreleased CD players.

She did this by applying marmalade to the top surface of the CD and then marvelling as the CD player coped with it without skipping a beat.

No mention was made of the fact that the laser reads from underneath, (or indeed what the effects of centrifugally-distributed marmalade on the player would do....) but I am sure that it did wonders for the CD format's marketing at that time......

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Re: This will never appeal to True Audiophiles (TM)

"special marker pens to mark the edges of your CDs "

I thought they were supposed to help with Internal Reflection?

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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Re: The chatbots are already here

Meanwhile, I notice my dad's new vacuum cleaner moves around the rooms in an erratic fashion, gets stuck, etc

Did he definitely get a robotic one.......

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Re: Whiter than white

"out of the same stable"

That will be the Augean one, I imagine....

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Tesla set to up prices by 5% in new year because of 'currency fluctuations'

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AutoPilot - that's nothing

Look where he wants to take it:

https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/autopilot

Look for where it says "Full Self-Driving Capability", and in particular the last 2 paragraphs:

All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, the car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination or just home if nothing is on the calendar. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed. When you arrive at your destination, simply step out at the entrance and your car will enter park seek mode, automatically search for a spot and park itself. A tap on your phone summons it back to you.

Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction. It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.

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'Twas Brillo but then Android Things, which watched as Google Weaved its Nest

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Re: Hyphens

They are the top of the left-over exclamation marks from the Yahoo articles, but on their sides.

The full-stops from these will be used gradually over 2017.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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HAL

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL"

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave. You must be knackered by now - how about a cup of tea instead?"

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Re: I would love it

The problem with covering costs is who decides what the "reasonable" amount is and what expenses it is aimed to cover?

For example, should a £2000/month mortgage or rent payment be covered in the same way as a £200/month one? If you make a distinction then it is no longer universal

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees £18.5bn Sky takeover deal

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Jerry Hall looks younger

That Jerry Hall looks younger these days.....

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Re: Oh dear

How did they discover a SMS then - they must have had their suspicions on someone in this gang already?

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Pluck-over-success underdog hires Olympic ski jumper as Xmas bash speaker

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Former palsterer?

I believe he is still a plasterer - he popped up on DIY SOS a while back - in his plastering capacity - and pitched in to a renovation project.

A genuinely nice chap by all accounts, with one hell of a back story!

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

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Re: If only someone....

You'd have the same issue on Cloud/SharePoint really unless you have another challenge mechanism - it's a trade-off between convenience and security.

If you want your files available seamlessly as if they were locally-attached then that's a risk you have to take. Versioning could help here, but it depends on how sneaky the payload is since if it activates over a longer period before popping up the demand then where do you start....?

One way to protect the NAS backups at least is to have the NAS backup jobs running as a dedicated backup user - with a strong password - and these backup filesystems RO to their normal user.

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Re: @MyBackDoor

Whilst I applaud the sentiment of a RO backup, optical disks - particularly the cheap ones commonly available to the average user - are prone to fading too.

You are fortunate that a 1995 CD backup is still viable as I have encountered azo dye-based CDR/DVDRs which are unreadable or showing errors after only 5-6 years.

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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But then it activate Voice Control that tries to do all sorts of stupid stuff itself..

It appears you either have to have Voice Control OR Siri on - you cannot have neither.....

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

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Re: Admissions

That might be because they do an automatic swap-out in-store and want to be able to resell the defective one once the batter is swapped back at the workshop?

If there are other defects then they will want to fix those so the phone can be sold on.

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Alibaba's lights are on in Australia, but hardly anyone is home

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Re: Pedantry

"We've got your name, La,La,La!"

"Everybody knows, we've got your name"

"We've love donkeys La,La,La!"

"Everybody knows, we've got your name"

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Eugene Kaspersky is now personally defending your feet

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Re: Virus Alert:

Wasn't Herpes Zoster the Greek Prime Minister?

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Darn it...

Now if your AV software has a hole in it you can just say "Darn it!"

Does Kaspersky now meet SOX audit criteria?

I'll stop now

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Why 18?

That explains it a bit then - Thanks

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Why 18?

Why is 18 chosen - the UK age of consent is 16.

Completely ignoring whether this is feasible/practical etc. etc., to be consistent surely this should be for under-16s OR the definition of consent needs to be changed?

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Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

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Re: Late to the party...

Sorry to reply to myself but noticed my typo.

40% off is £80 off list price, not 80% obviously....

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Re: More Microsoft Landfill.

I don't think that Office 365 or Surface can be classified as failures?

The Surface 3 or 4 are well-regarded for their build quality and features in the tech press.

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Late to the party...

I am a bit late to the party here, but as my Band1 expired recently, I also have bought a Garmin.

I liked the Band1 up to a point (paired with my iPhone 6S), but it was not that comfortable to wear and battery life was not great. The polymer used for the strap/battery covering also dissolves in sweat/suncream/air etc. and peels off after about 3 months, and then the strap attachments started to fail .

I too was waiting to see what the Band 3 brought, since a waterproof/resistant device is a priority for me. More of these have now landed from othe manufacturers.

If you are with Prudential Vitality Health you can currently get a decent discount off quite a few wearables - which can also help your premiums if you (optionally) allow it to gather data via the relevant dashboard.

I got 40% off my Garmin - a saving of 80% off list price.

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Welcome to embedded system engineering

Unfortunately it is definitely an embedded system now - in the Martian surface...

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Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

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Yes - just noticed that they have updated the reason for the failure.

Another successful test for lithobraking........:-(

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Given that almost all nuclear power stations (using such software) are reliable and have not melted down, then yes...

Schiaparelli failed most likely because of the parameters used by the software for determining when to release the rear parachute - this is not a failure of the software itself.

Additionally the other famous Mars lander issue was a units mix-up - so units entered to the program rather than a software failure.

You can use computational means to prove software, but inputs to programs can still be incorrect for the current operating conditions...

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Re: Why 60Mb?

Also raw speed is meaningless without some idea of QoS/contention.

60Mb/s with (say) 25:1 contention will usually give a worse experience than 5Mbps uncontended at peak times.

For VoD it doesn't matter if a 4K movie downloads in 60 seconds or 60 minutes - you can't watch it any faster......

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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F1 Key

I love sniffing my F1 key... don't worry though, I'm trying to get help

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Dell EMC cranks Xeon servers into ludicrous mode with Tesla GPUs

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Yeah - him as well :-)

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2007/08 I think

Even further back to GeForce 8-series in 2007/08.

NVidia definitely had the name first......

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Re: gnome dancing around the aforementioned Stonehenge

Absolutely - big thanks to Dabbsy for the link reference - it made me laugh on a Friday morning, and make a note to order the DVD as I have not seen the film in years!

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Slacker or Team playa? Microsoft's Mr Business takes on messaging's corporate raider

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Overlap...

I am an enthusiastic O365 Business user, BUT there is so much overlap that it is difficult to understand which tool MS thinks should be used for which job...

SharePoint (has all sorts of collaboration features)

Yammer

Skype for Business

OneDrive for Business (as well as SharePoint as a repository - eh?)

Teams

Planner

Exchange Groups

there are probably more....

Are they going for an evolutionary approach - as in a land-grab and then survival of the fittest....?

I am a little confused....

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Re: "hard-coded no-fly zones in drones"

Even better idea - get the wardens their own drones and have a dogfight....

Stream it on YouTube and the proceeds go to the Warden's Christmas party/tea & biscuits fund as an incentive.

(On a more serious note, I imagine that the drones come in at night in order to circumvent simple visual tracking...)

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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"Sponsor offers" partly to blame?

I wonder if "sponsor offers" are partly to blame here.

If a user's experience is that last time they patched that they got their home page redirected and yet another browser toolbar they didn't want then they may not want to repeat the experience....

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

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Re: so if the sale goes through...

..if they can pull it off

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Premature capitulation?

That might be a premature capitulation from Twitter....

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: How about what BT/VM do?

Good point....

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How about what BT/VM do?

In the UK at least, if you get a router from BT or Virgin Media then your default SSID password is set to a unique value on a sticker affixed to the device. This presumably corresponds to a value flashed into the hardware at manufacture. By default at least the SSID passwords are unique and non-guessable.

You can reset it to your own choice (subject to password complexity requirements) if you want, but a reset of the device will set it back to that unique password on the sticker.

Of course, that doesn't help if someone has physical access to the device or if there are other backdoor logins with weak/common passwords in the device that the ISP can use for remote admin...

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US docs halve screen time for tots: No more than an hour a day

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Re: I took...

You omitted Octonauts from that list!!! Sound the Octo-Alert!

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Radio glitch as Schiaparelli lander probe splits from ExoMars mothership

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No signal yet....

No signal yet.... I hope this is not a demonstrator of ESA's lithobraking technology.....

Fingers crossed

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it

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Re: Why Why are all politicians complete morons?

Well said - assuming that service availability/reliability and QoS are sorted out, the general economic case for mega speeds is (IMHO) weak.

Downloading your 8K vids in 10 seconds flat is all well and good for a consumer, but economically it only benefits the VoD supplier and the media creators (and indirectly their own suppliers), NOT the wider economy.

I realise the "640K should be enough for anybody" argument could be played here, but until physical objects can fit down the internet there has to be a "fast enough, not fastest possible" mantra for publicly-funded broadband.

No-one is asking why a particular speed is chosen for these announcements (i.e. why 100Mbps and not 20Mbps is desirable in the use-cases) and in isolation it is meaningless if contention or reliability targets or SLAs are not also specified.

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Sextortion on the internet: Our man refuses to lie down and take it

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Re: Oh no! One of Vyvyan's socks has escaped!

"Felicity, Felicity - you fill me with electricity"

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ShadowBrokers put US$6m price tag on new hoard of NSA hacks

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Password revealed

No need for 10,000 Bitcoins - I think they have already revealed the password -

" password is crowdfunding"

Steve

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

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Re: It would need a bit of work for expenses

"and all companies pay y% tax on all *sales*. It would need a bit of work for expenses"

Yes, but definition of profit (i.e. sale - expenses at a simple level) is what all this is about though....

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Re: Brexitters

Fewer of them, surely....?

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Maybe someone left their Note 7 in an item of washing?

Maybe someone left their Note 7 in an item of washing....?

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Musk seems to be losing it

I think that the 200,000 was not actually the true number according to a participant - more like 2,000 I believe.

Steve

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

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Re: The old ones are the best

I remember when this database was all fields.....;-)

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Blue Peter

Blue Peter in my case!!

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