* Posts by Mage

7372 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Irish government websites hit by widening DDoS attacks

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DDOS

Not primarily about security. ANY resource excessively accessed by miscreants will result in the normal users experiencing treacle like response. That's not testing security but capacity and performance. Which is unrelated.

Malicious morons.

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

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People are in Denial about C and C++

Yet this problem was well known in late 1970s. Languages, tools and frameworks to avoid it were ignored, especially by the PC programming community 1980s.

I hope this good idea fares better than previous ones. Problem is pressure to start producing code and belief that something so flexible it's insecure is somehow a "better" solution.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Augmented reality

If you have coverage, can afford the data plan and can read rather that recognise obvious landmarks.

AR is pants.

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Because Windows is getting so bad, and Mac so expensive and Minimalist on ports etc we can't be sure that Linux won't be the last Desktop?

Excellent Dabsy.

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IRA’s former political wing takes aim at Apple over back tax

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Re: Republicans

Ordinary republicans in normal sense that want constitutional unification by consent are "Nationalists".

Traditionally "Republican" in Capital R sense is those that LOST the Civil war and don't accept the partition of 1921, the anti-treaty people. Since the 1950s "Republican" means anyone wanting the 6 UK Counties added to the 26 by ANY means possible. Fianna Fáil also known as Fianna Fáil, The Republican Party were on the "losing" side. Technically SF is really Provisional SF, the political wing of Provisional IRA, a splinter from the Official IRA, a Northern splinter of part of the Anti-treaty of 1921 side.

Some long while ago Fianna Fáil became The republican party as they agreed to abandon the Territorial claim to the Northern six counties. Only SF is now a "true" Republican party in the bizarre Irish sense of the word. They make the Tea Party, Trump, Palin etc look logical. They are in reality run by the IRA Army Council in Northern Ireland (the bit in the UK).

The last Irish High King was nearly 1000 years ago and the coronation stone was lent to the Scots, who managed to let the English take it to Westminster. No-one in Ireland's 26 counties has been wanting a Monarch for about 900 years.

Republican thus, like USA, doesn't mean what you think. Though the Irish ones are left wing and think Stalin, Cuba, Libya, PLO etc are great.

SF stand for Election to Westminster. They do not swear the oath, nor recognise the Government of UK. Till very recently they didn't recognise the Irish Government either. I'm not sure given recent comments about Supreme Court that they really recognise the Irish State.

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thought to have a fair chance of ending up in government

Wash your mouth out!

Thought by who? The only plausible partner, Fianna Fail, has said absolutely not due to SF support of "Slab" Murphy and their attack on Ireland's Judicial system.

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

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“Customers have lost faith in TalkTalk as a trustworthy brand."

Ha Ha Ha

If honest advertising was enforced and easier to leave they not really be gaining any and losing a lot more.

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Continuum gets some Qualcomm mid-range support

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Daft

Since most phones ALREADY support USB Mouse, Keyboard and HDMI screen ... (My Ancient Sony Ericsson Z1 does) why isn't such a feature simply a HDMI + Bluetooth dock (or custom Power + USB Data + HDMI dock) with 1920 x 1080p 16" screen that works for almost any phone, no matter OS?

Even my Symbian E65 had some sort of option. Really this isn't hard and should have been in all Smart phones since Win Phone 6.0 Era.

I certainly don't want a proprietary dock that ONLY works with Win 10. I've tried my ancient Z1 Android with an HDMI screen, USB Keyboard and mouse on a hub. Main issue is some applications and lack of multiple windows.

If one had a phone with 32G byte SD card, dock with WiFi, ethernet, 4x USB 2.0 and HDMI for a screen, then many people wouldn't need a laptop. No need to sync.

You'll prize my real x86 32bit laptop out of my cold dead fingers, but really someone could have done this properly 14+ years ago (I had Nokia Communicator).

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Pentagon fastens lasers to military drones to zap missiles out of the skies

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Re: Isn't there a standard defence against lasers?

The Laser can't stay on one spot long enough. The mirror doesn't need to be perfect. The missile can even have some spin.

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Interesting: Yes. Practical: No.

Makes the power supply issue worse.

I can't see how this can work from technical viewpoint.

Also anyone with missiles needing shot down can do two things:

1) Coat missile with what ever the laser's guidance mirror uses.

2) Shoot down the drone, which is going to have to be very big and slow.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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Re: Sounds interesting

No, sounds creepy.

I can see no reason why I'd switch to this from Firefox, unless Mozilla totally mess up. As it is, I need "Classic Theme Restorer" on Linux Mint with Mate and Windows to have sensible GUI / UX interface. I had to install an addon/plug in thingy on Thunderbird too.

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Which tech stocks are suffering and – crucially – why?

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Etsy ...

eBay for pretty things of no practical use?

Amazon and eBay may eat them up...

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Geocities?

Maybe you mean Friends reunited or Bebo?

Yahoo shuttering Geocities wasn't about money, If they were losing money on it they were idiots.

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Innovation?

People want usability, stability, reliability and same or lower costs. Not 'innovation" of itself. Instead we have a version of windows that isn't what is wanted (people just want an updated XP) and stupid ill thought out Intel security.

Battery life? Well, nice, but if you really care as a user you might be taking a spare pack... Oh I forgot, to make some of these machines stupidly skinny so no optical drive can be fitted the battery is glued in.

Unless life is 10 hours with Screen lit and disks whirring, do people care if it's 3 hrs or 4hrs? On a decent size and resolution 15" to 17" screen a lot of power is the screen.

Honestly I don't see much "Innovation" on laptops giving me a much better one than I bought in 2002. I don't care for a skinny one with only USB ports and ethernet if lucky, shiny instead of matte screen, no optical drive and 17" wide to get 1080 vertical resolution instead of the 1200 vertical resolution on a 4:3 15" screen.

There are some high end "retina" resolution models, but you need 17" rather than 15" because 16:9 instead of 4:3. I only watch video on a TV. I use a laptop to create stuff.

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Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

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Oh dear.

So far I see no decent alternative to a separate password for each resource of style r2&Ha+bnjg^23 in a notebook kept in a safe place, not in the laptop bag.

You can't change biometrics if they are stolen.

A PIN isn't secure (I've opened a door lock by looking at which four buttons are more slightly worn).

Many personal details are easily found.

This is too complicated and inflexible.

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ETSI, CableLabs ask telco SDOs to help unscramble the NFV egg

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NFV & Software defined

"Instead of a system like a base station being wrapped up in a piece of hardware, it's turned into software that can run in virtual machines on generic (for example, x86) hardware."

Absolute hype and nonsense. You STILL need the real hardware and networking software everywhere. The "Software Defined" is really just a meta management layer on top to more easily manage a system of networks, edge routers, routers, firewalls, home servers, base stations etc rather than logging into a unique interface on each one separately.

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Internet of Things 'smart' devices are dumb by design

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Re: Home cloud?

It's called a router + firewall appliance. Mine runs OpenWRT or something as the cable modem is only a modem.

It doesn't solve the problem:

1) It won't make the data be encrypted if the remote server doesn't support encryption.

2) Doesn't easily tell you what is being shared. Especially if it IS encrypted!

3) I don't want ANY data sent to cloud.

4) Doesn't solve issue of bad use of WiFi (see doorbell article)

A home router ought to provide a VPN server by default. But how easily can user setup phone/tablet/laptop to then remotely access their IoT junk?

Win10 seems to be in same phone home category as the stupid photoframe?

Even a Kobo reader has to be edited by Calibre or else it tells Kobo everything. Additionally anything with Adobe ePub DRM. I don't sync my Amazon Kindle or use their cloud either. USB file transfers.

The privacy issues are worse than people imagine

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Approvals?

Well, there ought to be security approvals.

But loads of stuff already fails to meet existing standards as the Regulators fail to police after approval and in market devices don't match devices tested. Or the devices were self certified or 3rd part tested (with no direct regulator involvement), or not tested in a realistic setup, or tested in wrong category.

Or devices don't meet the minimum 2 years retail SOGA life in EU and many other countries.

So good luck ...

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Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

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SW company?

They HAVE sold keyboards and mice for a VERY long time. I've even got one MS Mouse that has an ISA card.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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Re: What about the second hand market?

It's only about new retail. Because the Second Hand phones don't use any special consumable.

People are STILL selling S/H Kodak instant cameras. Kodak had to withdraw them worldwide as they violated a REAL Polariod Instant photo patent. ... hmm better check.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_camera#Types_of_non-Polaroid_instant_cameras

After Land's instant camera invention was brought to market in 1948, a few different instant cameras were developed, some using Polaroid-compatible film such as cameras by Keystone, Konica, and Minolta. Others were incompatible with Polaroid cameras and film, the most notable of these being made by Kodak, such as the EK series and Kodamatic cameras. These cameras accepted a Kodak developed integral instant film, similar to Polaroid's SX-70 film. Kodak instant film was chemically similar to Polaroid with the exception that the negative was exposed from the rear and the dye/developers diffused to the front of the photogragh. This alleviated the need for a mirror to reverse the image before it struck the negative.

Even so, Polaroid brought a patent-infringement lawsuit against Kodak, and eventually Kodak was forced to stop manufacture of both the camera and film. [4] Kodak was also left to pay a settlement to customers who were left without a way to use their now defunct cameras. One settlement offered owners of Kodak instant cameras a credit towards a new Kodak camera. Many Kodak instant cameras still exist and can be found on auction sites. Kodak also lost the contract to manufacture Polaroid's negatives which subsequently took production in house.

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Iniquity

a) It's registered Design, not true patents.

b) None ought to have been allowed.

c) Even most of Apple's "real" patents are junk.

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Twitter goes titsup

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Increases 100%

Facebook is still up...

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Sadly

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America to ITU: Sort out your spectrum policy

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600MHz

The 600MHz is regulator greed to sell licences. It's a band that makes no sense for unicast data. The range is too great and indeterminate for cell based concept of frequency reuse.

Even the 700MHz and 800MHz actually provides no extra broadband but just lets Mobile companies build less bases (with less capacity) than for 900MHz and 1800MHz.

Data / Unicast / voice of any kind, internet or not needs to be 900MHz to 2.6GHz parts of spectrum. Parts are already poorly uses due to regulators doing weak capacity and coverage demands in licences to raise auction prices.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Move to China?

Most of the Apple Company is already outside USA and not paying much tax anywhere. Certainly not in USA.

Corporation tax is maybe too high everywhere, and specifically in USA. Tax the sales, the share dividends and corporate benefits and senior salaries and tax haven issues of corporation tax are reduced?

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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Re: It's not just AMD saying there's a problem.

The looking at CPU ID and then alternate blocks of code can be added by the compiler.

You're thinking of macros in source.

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Apple evacuates European HQ after bomb threat

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Dublin?

Well, eBay, PayPal, IBM. Facebook, Microsoft etc are in Dublin. Maybe Google too.

Intel are in Shannon and Leixlip.

Apple are in Cork, the #2 city.

Analog Devices are in Limerick and Cork

Uber (are they tech at all? or a hackney service) are in Limerick (approx #3 city, though Galway might be #3 or #4 depending how you measure)

Dell moved from Limerick to Poland for bigger grants.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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Useful science

How-to, recepies, own research, total detail etc are all banned from Wikipedia. It's only supposed to be at quiz table / coffee table level of info.

A copy would be nearly useless for the information to rebuild civilisation or how to make ANYTHING.

Some maths and science is OK. It's certainly not worthless.

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Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

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PIC

There are some quite different PICs. Some are ARM.

The 16 and 18 Series are the alternative to 8051 and AVR/Ardunio They are best programmed using JAL V2.

jal.sourceforge.net

justanotherlanguage.org

www.casadeyork.com/jalv2/

NXP do M0 ARM chips about same price as PIC and AVR. But some projects are so simple that a PIC or AVR is cheaper to develop and maintain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAL_%28compiler%29

The huge advantage is that switching PICs and setting the device options are easy. The team also have figured out most of the mistakes in datasheets. There is even a PCB that takes Ardunio shields (which are physically a daft idea!).

JAL libraries are good too, USB, FAT, SD Cards, Graphic and Text panels, Maths etc. You can swap between bit banged GPIO or dedicated I2C, Serial etc HW with JAL libraries.

An Ardunio is for people that can't solder veroboard or order cheap custom PCB from China. AVR and PIC are equally easy to use without that ecosystem.

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Who could possibly be against free internet access?

No-one. But Zuckerberg isn't offering the Internet, but a walled garden, worse than the days of WAP in many ways.

His parasitical company is the gatekeeper.

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Vendors reporting their cloud revenue with funny money

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Tears

It will end in tears. I hope not the end of civilisation.

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KeysForge will give you printable key blueprints using a photo of a lock

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The old way ...

For years, maybe over 40, you could get a strong, real key for that old stiff lock from a photo by taking a photo to a locksmith. One used the Prison Officer's uniform buttons to get the size right first time.

Most 3D printers can't print a strong enough key, but I suppose any shoe and key bar can replicate the plastic printout in a couple of minutes with the key grinding machine.

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BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

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re: Paypal

IBAN is the cheaper and better alternative to Paypal outside USA. Many German eBay sellers won't take Paypal.

But PayPal and IBAN are NOT currencies, as bitcoin is supposed to be, they are more secure and cheaper modern alternatives to horriblely expensive Wiretransfer services like Western Union.

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Blockchain isn't the problem

While an anonymous electronic currency may be laudable, bitcoin is really a speculation and/or money laundering vehicle.

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Re: Oh dear Intel are not making as much profit as they are used to

IoT and Toys?

No, that can't help Intel with their high margin power hungry chips. An ARM SoC can be be as low as 50c and run on a few AA cells all year.

Of course Intel does have great fab, great marketing, great production engineering and an ARM licence. Even after selling the StrongARM based range to Marvell, they did keep an ARM based comms controller.

It's not a matter of new markets for x86-64, those don't exist, but a matter of changing the philosophy of how they make money and from what. Ego.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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Re: @Fibbles

Probably, both, though I'm trying not to think about it. Or Dogs and human or table legs.

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Re: Natural behaviour

Bestiality in sense of cross species sex:

Yes it does exist in nature. usually males initiate it. Stallion and donkey is far more common than mare and donkey. I do know that Horses and Donkeys are not as unrelated as dogs and cats, or seals and penguins (been recorded, though the seal may eat the victim later).

Dogs are not particular either.

Is some male on male in animals a case of sex drive and lack of a female for a stronger male? It's not like as if we can ask them why they are doing it. It's dubious to read human motivations into animal actions as this story shows.

Really actually whether an animal does something, or not is irrelevant to deciding norms for human behaviour. We don't usually eat raw meat, or faeces, or piss to mark our territory. We tend to be suspicious of humans that do that. Similarly we don't expect to animals to keep the child in the nest for half its life simply because it doesn't find a mate.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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Mate

Once you change the default settings the Mate desktop is the best I've used on Linux since 1999 if you want functionality rather than eye candy and you are moving from XP customised to be like Win98/NT4.0 classic GUI.

Good for older PCs too. The default Animated slide show log in screen makes login in very painful, but easily turned off.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: Nice sum up.

Though on my Acer Aspire One 7" (plastic cut inside to fit 32G CF card and adapter instead of stock 4G flash) and Acer TravelMate 2420, the Linux Mint + Mate Desktop with animated login screen disabled is best. Adjusted GUI to be like Win98/NT4/XP classic (without rounded bits).

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Re: Moving on up!

Looked lately at how many TVs, Setboxes, routers and Servers run Linux?

How many years ago did BT swap Windows CE for Linux on their hybrid DVB/DSL boxes?

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Re: Linux vs ZX **

That old chestnut!

The majority of Sinclair users typed in listings or played commercial games. Very few of them learned to program. I did learn Z80 Assembler, 6502, 78C11, 8051, but used high level languages during learning to program (But not BASIC). I quickly progressed to Forth, Modula-2, Prolog on Z80. Various languages on PC, avoiding any serious programming in BASIC, save a test card generator for Spectrum, till VB6 and Option Explicit and writing programs only differing in syntax from C++, Modula-2, Ada or later Java.

Learning BASIC, or even Pascal or C++ language isn't learning to program either.

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Microsoft's patent tumble: A kinder, gentler IP politics? No

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Re: US patents

It's entirely about filing it at USPTO and your lawyers. Not at all about real engineering or "good" patents.

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The Elephant

Given how little new physics and genuine innovation (I can count less than 20 in electronics in last 20 years), most of these are bogus patents. Either not really innovative, obvious to anyone expert in the art, already done etc.

Also how many are not "inventive" but what in UK would be simply registered designs?

How many are existing technology dressed up in a new description?

It's an intellectual war legal battle, not innovation. The USPTO idea is that companies and individuals test validity in court. This unfairly penalises everyone except International Behemothic Moneyed, companies and similar.

I can't believe that ALL tech people together in the world can come up with 1500 real patents for Electronics (any software, GUI etc should be invalid, only novel UI devices should be possible for GUI, and in reality there have been none of them since mouse & touch screens, or pens that don't use screen image optically, the Wacom type pen is pretty old, digitisers with a puck older. Light pens, touch screen and tracker ball predate mice).

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Oh frabulous day!

Welcome back, wondrous goddess of the code.

Now I must read the article!

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

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Re: 'ere we go

All LED lamps have a horrid gap in cyan part of spectrum, broad peak at yellow, narrow peak at blue end. They get bluer with age, the PSUs use too cheap electrolytics and fail. They often have inadequate filtering and only really beat CFL for efficiency in the cold or if a narrower illumination is required. You can make the Colour Temperature OK (though rises with age). Colour rendition is poor and they suppress melatonin at night, a lower power halogen better for late night reading (or if not dead trees, then Kindle/Kobo with LED front light off).

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Re: TCO?

The equivalents on lamp packages are a lie. This has now been exposed, though known by anyone expert for years. You need about 20W + of CFL or LED to light the same area to same brightness as a 100W lamp. Or about an 85W Halogen. 75W halogen is NOT same as 100W regular lamp, they are allowed too much latitude on measurements!

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Re: Sounds expensive

And so called White LEDs are ghastly colour rendition. PSU life and interference as well as illumination angle are an issue. CFLs/Fluorescent tubes though are poor in the cold.

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One Ring to pwn them all: IoT doorbell can reveal your Wi-Fi key

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WiFi?

Why not tenth of cost lower power 433 MHz SRD with ASK/OOK and a unique address transmitted, so next door's button doesn't work your bell?

Then have an option module for bell unit (actually will work with any bell really) to add WiFi for phone addicts that must have door bell button on a mobile app.

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EU lawmaker committees call for single EU telco regulator

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Re: Less bureaucracy?!?

Ofcom and Comreg's main function is to make money from Treasury due to Spectrum Auctions to Mobile Operators.

In Ireland all the Telecom operators ALSO pay annual "fees" to Comreg to "finance" them. Hence they make a profit for Government and ignore the consumer.

Look up "Regulatory Capture"

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I hope this it what it seems

Certainly Ofcom and Comreg only exist to benefit the Mobile operators and care more about big business such as Arqiva, Sky, BT and Eir than consumers or sensible allocation and protection of spectrum.

They are not doing the job that they were created for when migrated from Ministers of Posts & Telegraphs etc.

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Qualcomm tries to figure out if Apple, Samsung made it anti-trusted

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Qualcomm

Chips and products are only an inconvenience needed so their lawyers can extract maximum royalty from their victims.

Qualcomm's requests should be thrown out by the court.

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