* Posts by Mage

6563 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

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Re: Ban 'everything' - Upvoted - But:

Lenovo??? Superfish

Um, perhaps that's why it runs Linux? You can turn off stuff and it was bought with Win7 which cost extra compared to Win10 (oddly after MS stopped shipping).

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Ban MS, Apple & Google so called "Telemetry" (Not just phones but PCs, TVs, watches, IoT).

Ban 3rd party tracking JS, images, resources and 3rd party cookies on Websites.

Ban Facebook entirely.

Mine's the one with an Android phone with WiFi off, Location off and Mobile Data off (voice only). Watching TV on my Sony with nothing in Ethernet socket and no WiFi.

Linux on my Lenovo laptop.

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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Re: some sort of a climax / monoculture / outsourcing

"qualified but inexperienced PFY's will be running your businesses. "

Typo?

ruining your businesses

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some sort of a climax

Only when most stuff is "on the cloud" and it is down to 4 to 6 major vendors applying the same patches.

Think 19th potato famines in terms of danger of monoculture (not just 1842 Ireland).

Also what could possibly go wrong with everyone outsourcing everything?

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Brocade undone: Broadcom's acquisition completes

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Unrelated, really?

"In an unrelated move, Broadcom's also announced it will move its global headquarters from Singapore to the United States"

Well, that would certainly help lubricate the deal past the United States' Committee on Foreign Investment.

I wonder what activities are in or will be in the HQ?

Next up: Broadcom & Qualcomm as well as other mergers/takeovers.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Tesla semi?

In the 1940s(?) to late 1960s there were electric buses with overhead wires in the UK. Trolley buses.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: NCR

I bought carbon paper lately. It has uses other than typewriters. Tracing can be sometimes more useful than photo/scanning.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: Dark Star...

Perhaps not greatest ever, but IMO beats most so called SF.

Absolute classic, along with "Dr. Strangelove", "Silent Running" (space ark) and "Forbidden Planet".

I have a different list for Fantasy

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Re: When I was a kid.....

I remember a short story where people had to buy gadgets for everything and Hire Purchase outstanding passed on to Children.

The guy worked in a factory making washing machines? His job was to press a button?

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It always ends badly

'I Always Do What Teddy Says' by Harry Harrison.

Talking Barbie and other IoT toys.

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'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

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matter and antimatter, and they should have annihilated one another

Another great as yet unsolved mystery. Seemingly unrelated to universe expansion/Red Shift and also to the strange rotational behaviour of all the galaxies (spiral?) we have been able to measure. Andromeda is only the nearest spiral galaxy. Some other galaxies are closer than the diameter of our own galaxy, a staggering 100 ly approx. Note the "dark" bits between the visible arms have a mind boggling number of stars. The numbers are all really not comprehensible.

"Is there any basis for knowing that half the galaxies we see aren't entirely anti-matter?"

Possibly Cosmic Radiation? (Wikipedia says so)

There are other issues too with Antimatter and the birth of the universe.

"There is considerable speculation as to why the observable universe is composed almost entirely of ordinary matter, as opposed to an equal mixture of matter and antimatter."

Anyway, if the Enterprise Star Trek was real, it would be like making batteries, badly. The only way to get the Antimatter would be a scary automated Fusion powered factory at a gas giant.

Antimatter / Matter fuel pods are essentially insane batteries that make the worst made and managed Li poly batteries look really safe. I won't travel on such a vessel. Icon for likely fate of such a vessel the first time its OS crashes. It's a worse idea than a car with a fuel tank of nitroglycerine as fuel on a pot holed road with no shocks.

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Re: MOND theories so unfashionable?

Because the don't actually match observations and they are not theories, just fudged equations claiming gravity varies with distance other than Inverse Square Law. It's more likely that dark matter and dark energy exist. However there may be something else we haven't thought of.

The MOND theories do not meet an Occam's razor criteria as they are a complication with no explanation.

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Re: bazillion other laws or observations we still consider correct

Actually a good test of a theory is not just does it fit, but does it predict something we can test or observe.

Quantum Theory and Relativity did make predictions. Actually some semiconductor devices, lasers and atomic clocks used Quantum theory, otherwise we might not have invented/discovered them.

The orbit of Mercury didn't seem to match Kepler laws / Newtonian predictions, but Relativity added the solution (it's closest to sun). It also later transpired the axial revolutions were not tidally locked as the moon is to us, but a more complex resonance.

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Dark Matter

Dark Matter and Dark Energy are both fudges to make observations match what we think we know.

A solar system follows the rules. Further away stuff has a much longer orbital period. A spiral galaxy ought to be the same. Instead the outer bits rotate nearly at same rate, as if it's a giant solid disc (like how a record or floppy spins). This seems to contravene Kepler's laws (originally Newtonian stuff) as well as Einstein's stuff.

Also the rate of expansion of the observable universe seems wrong (viewing galaxies), considering mass and energy.

Dark Energy and Dark Matter make the the macro scale of the Galaxies (our own and others) and the observed universe fit the known "laws" and physics.

So one solution is finding out what Dark Energy and Dark Matter are, the other possibility is that on a Macro scale something else is happening. Adding an extra non-inverse square law term to "gravity" doesn't seem to work well and what is the theory anyway?

The observations of the expansion have been revised, due to interstellar dust and gas reducing photon/EM energy and thus making red shift seem larger than it should be. More dust and gas has been found in the galaxy, but not enough to account for the lack of difference in orbital period of outer and inner parts of spiral arms.

It's a really interesting detective story with both space observation (I look forward to James Web) and lab tests including LHC.

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Re: been on drugs since the mid-90's

That's what they want you to believe. Actually it all went pear shaped in the 1960s.

I feel I fell down the wrong trouser leg of time during the UWC strike in 1974. It "won" due to mass intimidation and no electricity. People in the Belfast Shipyard (a Loyalist hotbed) ignored it till the word went round that the cars in the car parks would be set on fire. The second one was bad too, but collapsed because the people and the government decided to oppose it.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: urban legends that Santa Claus was invented by The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company

Still, their stupid red truck visits across UK etc should be boycotted.

A really nasty company that targets poor, 3rd world and tries to make their drink addictive. Even the sugar free version may promote diabetes.

Their marketing is unethical. Ever wondered why so many fast food places, even independent, only have Coca-Cola branded soft drinks, fridge and signage? That bears an investigation by Competition Authority in UK, Ireland and other places.

A major purveyor of diabetes, tooth decay and obesity. Possibly even part of American Cultural Imperialism? The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald's, Disney, Budweiser, Google, Apple, Facebook, KFC, Starbucks, Nike, Levi are not signs of Democracy. We outside USA have enough stupidity of our own without importing it.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Faster?

STUPID

I don't have a problem with browser speed if I'm using real broadband.

I DO have a problem with stupid GUI decisions, stupid default settings, lack of built in "NoScript" and useragent changer (what is it with websites that only offer download for OS that the browser reports, idiotic design),

Also long time bugs not addressed.

Mentioned several times in the past

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/13122/

Mozilla has lost the plot.

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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Re: Sopmething pretty for the ladies?

And you STILL have a choice of

1) Windows, but now "broken" GUI, privacy and updates. Stupid IoT services added to all the default services that should be off, despite some internal improvements. Less legacy compatible, main reason to buy.

2) Chromebook, really a persistent terminal which never had and never will have privacy. Needs Google Cloud.

3) Apple MAC OS, locked in more than MS or Google. Expensive. Increasingly iTuned/walled OS, dumbed down and difficult to upgrade. Only one vendor/source.

If you want Linux you have to research or find a friend (if an ordinary person that's a refugee from Google, Microsoft or Apple).

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Oh dear

The 1950s wants their synthetic cloth and synthetic leatherette cabinet cabinet covers back.

PVC version of Rexine 1953

Porous PVC coated synthetic cloth 1958

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Softbank gets Uber A-OK for $9 BEEELLION investment cash splurge

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Just an App?

Maybe they are a Taxi "Agency" that uses an App instead of yellow/golden pages?

They have drivers and a database of past users, past trips and past drivers.

No, they are not just an App, though that's what they claim to regulators.

Is Google just a search engine?

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Mm, sacrilicious: Greggs advent calendar features sausage roll in a manger

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Re: Freya is comparable to Venus or Aphrodite.

Ah, History written by winners.

The Romans (and Julius Caesar in his writings) knew most of their gods were re-labelled Greeks. They and later scholars assumed this applied to everyone. Mainland European Celts, particularly in Julius's time.

While there are certain themes that are universal, Freya is NOT a Norse Venus/Aphrodite/Astarte/Isis.

Lugh is not Mercury/Hermes. The Dagda, Odin/Wotan etc are not Zeus.

"demi" means not exactly or half. The Norse and Celtic mythic figures have a complex relationship to the idea of Worship. Legend gradually grows the godness of them, especially Celtic. The oldest major Norse texts are quite late, maybe 12th C Icelandic, I'm not sure. Irish texts are the oldest texts not about Greek/Roman myth in Western Europe. Some echo ancient Hindi / Indus valley stories, few Irish or Norse texts are like Greek or Roman.

Neo-pagan Celtic and Norse stuff is mostly made up in the 19th C as no actual written record of any rites exist. There are ornaments presumed to be religious amulets in Norse/Scandi graves. Loads of Scandi places are named after Freya.

The connection between Danu and Ireland seems to be a quite late post Christian invention as she was river goddess of the Danube. Ancient Irish texts mention goddesses of Boyne, Shannon and other Irish rivers. The Tuath Dé Danaan (Tribe of Goddess Danu) were originally only called Tuath Dé, the Tribe or people of the God. (Asterix's By Toutatis means by the God of the Tribe).

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Re: what's wrong with being a 17th Century Puritan

I'm not interested in being one. I think you can join them in some small US towns? Not sure. I think they have given up hanging Catholics and burning witches, so I suppose as long as they keep the laws of the land it's OK if you want to be one.

I'm not interested in joining things generally. I suppose I admit to being a member of the human species. I'm suspicious of stereotypical labels as much as most organised religions.

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Tesco ad with Muslims

Not a problem per-se, as 99.99% of Christmas is secular.

Tescos mistake is that they don't offer ANY halal whole turkeys, thus it's false advertising.

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Re: keep the kosher sausages right next to the halal bacon.

Certainly fake bacon is available made from Turkey or veggie.

Tayto smoky bacon crisps are kosher and meat free.

Many sausages are not pig. Steak, Beef, Venison, Turkey and Vegan are available.

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Christmas and Religion.

Almost nothing of the Christmas activities has any connection with Christianity. It's not even the proper date for the birth, no shepherd will be having sheep out in the Bethlehem fields in December.

I don't mind people having mince pies, Christmas trees, parties, decorations, fairy lights, alcoholic drink (drunkenness is wrong as is drink driving), Christmas cakes, Yule Logs, Christmas presents and "Santa Claus", because I'm not a 17th Century Puritan. I can't exactly see why Muslims and Ultra Orthodox would ban it because it's Christian, it's not. Perhaps because it's pagan, worldly, greedy self-indulgence? That's probably why Cromwell's crowd and the US Puritans banned it all.

Lidl had a set of ladies socks for Advent and then a Cien Beauty products Advent Calendar (I think both might leave your female friend underwhelmed). Chocolate is popular.

Lego had one. I see this year MegaBloks are copying them with a set of pseudo "minifigs". Lego is better.

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Santa

Born much later and they think they recently know which formerly Byzantium Church has the tomb. He was a bloke that distributed stuff in his own locality to some poor people.

I've no idea when folk myth added flying reindeer or the necessity for a large red truck.

As Pratchett pointed out, people do love stories. Boar drawn sleigh? Sort of Nordic. Vanadis / Freya had a sleigh drawn by cats and rode a large boar. Possibly naked. Any connection between the formerly popular Norse Demi-godess and any original Vanir chieftess may be tenuous.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: Actually not much like the Shuttle at all

It does seem a lot like the X37.

More similar to X37 size?

The X37B specs from Wikipedia:

Length: 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)

Wingspan: 14 ft 11 in (4.55 m)

Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)

Max takeoff weight: 11,000 lb (4,990 kg)

Payload bay: 7 × 4 ft (2.1 × 1.2 m)

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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still not able to add page numbers without putting number to first page

It does easily.

Also you can create sections that restart page numbers, or continue them and optionally have no first page number, optionally no header optionally no footer, on first page of section or all pages.

It also does a binding offset more sensibly in a page style.

Perhaps you use direct formatting instead of styles?

What's more I can export as Office97-XP format (works all later MS-Office) or the later Office format from LibreOffice and users of MS Office get it fine (do remember to include fonts, which you need to do with most MS Office versions!).

PDF export and HTML export works far better in LibreOffice than MSOffice. Have you seen the bloated insane HTML MSOffice generates?

I've produced hundreds of 100+ plus documents in LibreOffice.

I used Wordstar, Wordperfect, DOS MSWord, Supercalc, Lotus123, Visicalc etc before using Windows MSOffice for nearly 20 years. I used to teach computer applications. So perhaps I spent half an hour figuring out the differences between MS Office and LibreOffice. Now only takes a few minutes to setup a new install properly, you have to spend as long or longer properly configuring MS Office applications at first install.

I don't install the LibreOffice "fast starter" and it's still far faster than MS Office.

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single Office application for Linux

LibreOffice.

1) Change default settings!

2) Disable Java. It doesn't need it.

3) Change Toolbars etc

The evil ribbon is available, I heard, but not by default.

I used MS Word since 2.0a, then Office since Office 4.3, then Office 95, Office XP and Office 2003. I tried a later Office and went back to 2003. Switched to LibreOffice in Jan 2016 completely on Windows, though I had used Star Office, Open Office and LibreOffice before that.

In December 2016 I switched main laptop to Linux Mint with Mate instead of Win7. I still have a Win10 tablet/Notebook (32bit) and a win10 desktop (64bit). Both just get occasional check and update. I tried Classic Shell and its Explorer patches. Win10 still a crap pile of excrement. At least Vista could have Aero turned of and settings changed to make it nearly sane till it was replaced by Win7.

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Re: @ Voland's right hand

Access is GARBAGE compared to MS SQL. Absolutely nothing should have used it since MS released a free SQL runtime service for windows, I think about 2000. MSDE was far superior to Acsess "Jet Engine". MSDE support ended in 2008, but MS I think still offers a free engine. If you need multiuser, Access is garbage and you need a full SQL. Porting to Maria DB or MySQL isn't hard.

There is no good reason to migrate BACK to MS, there may be reasons to stay with windows for now (existing Windows only applications). Some legacy business applications don't work on 64 bit windows (do work on 32 bit). The 32bit Windows 10 is only on some "toy" atom tablets (max 2G RAM by cpu design). Win10 seems worse than Vista and Win ME. The GUI is worse than Windows 3.1, reducing productivity by up to 20% (NNG study).

Everyone should have migration plans away from Access over 15 years ago and at least have secret feasibility studies to move away from Windows Server, Exchange, Sharepoint and Desktop.

Anyone adopting MS cloud is ignoring real future costs, backup, disaster recovery, security, privacy, reliability, legal aspects and more, such a lock in.

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Re: "about technology being used to influence votes"

That's not actually really technology but giant USA megacorps and the so called "social media".

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Baffling

Just when MS is treating Business users badly and promoting their Cloud.

Many people are going the other direction.

Who is deciding this, who is advising them?

I smell money.

Exchage, Outlook, MS Office, Azure and Office365 are not reasons to GO BACK to Windows on the Desktop. The ONLY reason to have a Windows server is Exchange, which is horrible.

Windows update, GUI and privacy are now junk compared to Windows XP or even Windows 7. Do these people know what sort of monster Windows has become or is it nostalgia?

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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Re: This is why I keep reading Something for the Weekend, Sir?

Though the biggest flaw, not mentioned by the Dab hand, is that often the victim doesn't have have the photo. The former lover / friend / scammer took it.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: They changed the voltage a while back to 230V

No, an illusion.

Most of UK is still 240V

Most of Ireland is still 230V

Most of Mainland Europe is 220V. Old Mainland European transformer based electronics with no voltage settings will slightly cook in UK. Set UK gear to 240,

Under UK pressure, the EU allowed the UK to set + and - limits different to mainland. The + limit in UK is now just under 220V to up to 245V instead of 250V.

Most EU countries have 220V in centre of range.

Ireland took advantage of this, so Irish range is just under 220V to about 235V.

So the typical voltage in UK and Ireland is unchanged. Only the extremes. SMPSUs don't care. Filament / halogen lamps do care. You'll have over 50% less life using a 220V high efficiency filament at 240V, Life vs voltage for tungsten filament is worse than inverse square law,

Cookers and toasters for UK market may be 240V, so perform rather slower in mainland Europe and a bit slower in Ireland. Irish retail is dominated by UK retailers, such that a gas cooker or phone has the wrong connector.

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Re: I'm waiting

Or use Firefox 52 ESR (all desktop OS I think).

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Re: Bye bye

Noscript, useragent, and Classic theme restorer. None of these should be needed, The first two should have been built in years ago and CTR only needed because they buggered GUI. It should match my desktop GUI.

Bugs / Flaws since for ages:

Third party Cookies are illegal in EU. There is NOTHING that needs them. Why are they enabled by default and setting practically hidden.

Domain guessing: Security flaw

Search from URL bar (stupid).

A few other things you have to disable in About:Config

PDF viewing by default in Browser (should be off by default).

Integrating Pocket (a security/ Privacy issue. It's not needed. Save As Webpage complete is better and will import into eBook creation, Pages can paste into MSWord, LibreOffice etc)

Print selected section prints empty pages up to that point.

Print selected often chops off bottom of last image.

Scroll bars and other GUI elements supposedly inherited from desktop only correct with some Linux themes on some linux destops. Because they are messing with GUI and doing stupid "Mobile" stuff on larger tablets, laptops, desktop PCs of all OS, with the x86 Desktop download version.

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Firefox

Mozilla is bonkers.

They broke the GUI to make it fashionable.

They are breaking functionality and not fixing bugs.

I switched to 52 ESR* after 54 and when that expires I will go to something else if Mozilla are still delusional.

[* on all my Linux gear, Win10 Tab/netbook, Win7 etc and even the XP games machine (not used for anything except ancient Windows games) ]

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Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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Jet & rocket packs

Not bad summary

I'd prefer perfect weather, a microlight glider and a reliable engine with a propeller. A giant quadcopter or other type person carrying drone doesn't sound safe if the power fails, but then I'd want to know that a helicopter degrades to and autogyro.

I'm not anxious to die like a bug or bird hitting a truck.

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Baffled

Electric drill triggers are usually just standard microswitches. Very cheap, add your own plastic hinged button.

Jet packs are real since 1919 (though that might have been rockets).

They are only practical for space (EVA), though technically those are likely rocket based.

I think a rocket carries oxidant and a jet engine uses air from the atmosphere. A jet engine need not have a turbine.

So this is not any more real than fifty years ago?

I think some people read too many comic books / watch too much cinema.

Most POPULAR SF is entertainment and lacking in any basis in physics, not prediction.

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IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

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Nokia disaster

I'm not exactly sure... Yes the internal politics started the destruction of phone division from about 2003.

Nokia managed to get MS to pay billions for something they wanted rid of, without parting with name or IP.

IBM started as a kind of IT service company / data processing in Victorian era as Hollerith.

Nokia have done paper, welly boots, set-top boxes, TVs, desktop computers. They even tried to make a portable game console and phone combined. It was a surprise when they got in to phones. Nokia still exists, took over Motorola and Siemens Mobile & Communication infrastructure companies. Still in retail via Withings. Got settlement from Apple for infringement and has licensed badge for phones.

IBM PC was an unexpected success for IBM. They sold it, thinkpads and then x86 servers to Lenovo. They are back selling IT services (which is really what they did in mainframe era).

I can't see IBM re-inventing themselves like Nokia (never versus five times?).

Interesting coincidence that both released fonts.

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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A power draw of up to 120 watts

Interesting.

Will the main advantage over Intel be the price?

What will Qualcomm's royalty/licensing ploy be? They love to charge a royalty on every chip they design and sell (does ANYONE else do this?). They like to charge a SECOND royalty based on value of product the chip is in (does ANYONE else do this?).

They buy and shutter innovative companies purely to get the IP and then add that anyway possible to a new product (Flarion 4G to LTE 4G). They lobby to get their IP part of standards (Dumbing down of 3G before first release to use CDMA which Qualcomm is major IP holder).

The chip maker equivalent of Oracle or Zombie SCO?

Yes, nice technology, shame about how you licence IP.

Icon, because I'm not sure why I'd want a 120W ARM CPU?

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Re: Anyone used Googles "image matching" ?

I have.

It has a huge number of false matches, but does most times allow me to manually find the artist of a well known cropped painting. Amazing though how often the sites higher in ranking have wrong attribution of artist or that Google offers matches that are not remotely similar.

It can be very poor on logos, which is odd.

It's rubbish if the image isn't on many web sites.

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Re: "...and women shouldn't wear ripped jeans, or walk alone after dark.

Absolutely STUPID comparison.

"There's nothing wrong with the sight of the naked human body".

However if you don't want YOUR naked body online, don't give anyone a copy and don't store it in the cloud etc. You'd not parade naked on your front lawn? Or sit in the window naked?

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Re: never take photos of yourself nude and never let your "friend" take pictures of you nude..

Can't upvote enough.

The FB solution is stupid and will leak!

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Re: Software is never finished

Many more more appropriate Dilbert strips

Barry Dingle asks about blockchain

Latest of many recent ones on the subject.

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Re: why is the 2nd person always plural in modern English?

Not in N.I. or Scotland. Perhaps not in Northumberland and Yorkshire. Maybe for youse lot in London.

We speak Queen Elizabeth's English.

I'm never sure about Wales and Cornwall.

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Re: TOld is when you remember the invention of the 8" floppy

Whippersnapper.

I remember coding forms.

Much later we had access to punched cards and only computer support staff handled the 1/2" tape reels. The 8" floppy was later, for reloading microcode on a cold boot. So were Winchesters.

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Re: This is when I know I'm getting old...

Except all cryptocurrencies are primarily anonymisation systems. They often are Ponzi schemes, speculative and aid criminal activities more than €500 notes.

They have a poor and elitist method to generate more "virtual coins".

Any connection to actual money is tenuous as they are more used as an anonymous alternative to IBAN or PayPal, or by speculators.

I'm tempted to do a Nelson impersonation. Ha! Ha!

Mines the one with a leather wallet containing EU physical tokens to replace barter and plastic cards for terminal or web based Electronic funds transfer.

The ONLY problem cryptocurrencies address is ANONYMOUS REMOTE funds transfer. The technology creates new problems (not scaleable, poor coin supply control, speculation like Tulips).

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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

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Opening up the processes that underpin algorithms

Google WOULD claim it's just like a microwave or a washing machine.

However a false analogy. Google and Facebook are an online advert duopoly.

Both gather personal activities and information they should not.

Yes people have gamed Google's Search (an almost monopoly). Yes openness MIGHT make it easier. However really they are a publisher. They need to have better models to curate the data (or more humans) and more ethical revenue generation.

It's wrong that YouTube, Google Books and other Google sources as well as Wikipedia poison search results.

It's wrong that sites using Google Ads, Google APIs, Google analytics etc get boosted.

Google search is too much like a bookmark service too. It's becoming less useful as Google can't resist gaming the results.

It's best if no-one listens to Google or their shills doing lobbying.

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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AI, Neural Nets and Machine Learning

It's all marketing. AI, Neural Nets and Machine Learning have a special essentially dishonest meaning in IT.

It's just programs designed by humans, running on machines designed by humans (which are the same principle as a computer made of relays), using big databases, with human curated data.

It's inevitable that it's fragile. A cat or small child will never confuse a cat and guacamole. Your average crow (British Rook) is better than any computer program, though isn't motivated to work as an operative in Passport Control.

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