* Posts by Mage

7760 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Oracle brews perpetual, all-you-can-eat database licence

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Flat fee

It sounds like a perpetual subscription.

Subscription is evil

Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Win 7

Where are legitimate copies of Win7 for sale?

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thought Windows 10 in-built P2P network prevented gobbling of t'internet

After Win7 is wiped. This is running on Win7

But probably that system has bugs anyway...

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Re: One commentator here said 'it will only get worse' a few days ago

Probably me and a load of other 'tards.

Update Firefox NOW to foil FILE-STEALING vulnerability exploit, warns Mozilla

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Re: Sandboxing

Licensed Android, aka Google Spyware isn't a good example. Serious Privacy fail with it.

Browsers ought to be 100% sandboxed.

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View PDF

PDF and other NON Web content (Active X is worst) has always been stupid in a Browser. Always been better to disable such, no matter if built in or 3rd party plugin.

1) Only download.

2) Only from a sensible source and only stuff you really want

3) Check anything downloaded

4) Never click/double click/ open /run random stuff to see what it is/does.

Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Re: No surprise

buying a barebones Intel NUC

... lack of portability?

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No surprise

If you don't want a Mobile workstation, you might just get a tablet with keyboard cover.

Unless you are setting up a call centre, you don't want an all in one Desktop, which are often really poor spec non-portable laptops.

You really only want a conventional desktop (in last seven years maybe) if you have I/O card or many monitor or special disk requirements.

Low spec laptops often only 1080 or even 768 vertical resolution. A lot of work needs 1200 or more. Not a hyper shiny screen for video.

Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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A symptom of CE

The problem is the CE mark is now useless. It needs scrapped and a new mark:

1) The ! isn't good enough to indicate non-universal EU. If it isn't universal EU, no mark.

2) Must be 3rd party tested for safety, EMI, RFI, compliance with advertising claims and other regulator features, in REALISTIC and WORSE case scenarios. Actually connected and in use, not just plugged in etc.

3) Must have random sample inspection from Retail. Otherwise makers will cheat and ship cheaper different thing to what is shipped.

4) Non-compliance Fines that seriously hurt. Levelled against Maker and importer.

5) Compensation to Retail and Consumers

6) Serial number (barcode or RFID) read a time of sale. No need to have receipt or be original purchaser to claim rights for failure under SOGA, as many items are now never returned. EU database so you can return to ANY shop and Wholesale + Maker has to pay costs. It's unfairly on Retailer at present. Retailers can't test.

7) Fine and loss of Mark if the failure rate inside SOGA period is too high

Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Ah ...

So it's just a virtual thing used for speculation and money laundering?

Hasta la Victoria Siempre, GDS! This is not the end, no way

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Who is pretending to be Steve Bong?

That all made total sense.

Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

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70% of Apple's PCs are Tabs

"Lenovo was down 5.6 per cent to 15.9m machines, giving it a market share of 14.6 per cent, just leapfrogging Apple, whose unit sales declined 11.1 per cent to 15.72m, giving it a 14.4 per cent share of the spoils.

Tim Coulling, senior analyst at Canalys, told us that 70 per cent of Apple’s PC shipments are tabs and tab sales made by the company dropped 17.7 per cent – though it remains the dominant force in that particular sector"

So does that mean "real" Apple PCs are not 15.7M but 4.71M, less than 4% of the market?

(About 5% were Macs before Vista, so even with only Win7 the bright spark of Desktop since XP, 14 years, Apple STILL hasn't made much progress even though MS are annoying everyone?)

How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

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14 Million eh?

About 0.6% of PCs.

Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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not often these days that you are disappointed by a product


Almost everything now that uses batteries or Electricity is a race to the bottom in quality and crap,

Poor life, or poor ergonomics, or terrible performance or designed in spyware or beta SW etc.

HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Or Orbitron

Postcard ware.

YEARS ago put Orbitron on Scout hut wall via video projector.

Mag mount car aerial on scout hut roof.

Mobile Radio was pinched from car too.,

Sure enough the radio woke up with chatter when the edge of footprint touched our city


Amateurs world wide doing this for years. People on ISS are often also Hams.

AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Re: Magnets...

I don't think anyone really knows how a Magnet works.

But Electrosmog is pure nocebo.

All in the mind.

I think F**king Magnets would be painful.

Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Not everyone wants a flat slab of display. Hence sales of covers etc.

Sliders and flip phones make more sense.

Lots of people too, HAVE A LIFE! They have a tabet/Laptop etc for Internet / games / work. They just want a FLIPPING PHONE!

Of course it ought to have an MP3 player, Camera, Radio, calculator. That WOULD be like 1999 if you had to carry five gadgets instead of one.

Email? No, it can wait till I'm home, or I have the Netbook/Laptop with me.

GPS? I always know where I am, how to get were I'm going and how to get home. Or I study a map first.

Play Store, and other Google App? No thanks. If I want a Nintendo DS I'll buy one. If I want Google to know where I am, I'll tell them.

Web Browser.? You need a silly 5" to 6" phone and expensive data contract. No thanks.

I have big glass front Android phone. I never turn on 3G or WiFi data.

P.S. The Doro and some other phones supposedly for old people are overpriced and 2G Only. Some places only the Regulator needs 6 months notice for ending 2G and none to retail or users! It's assumed everyone has at least 3G.

Other places are keeping 2G (as it does some things better than 4G) and ditching 3G.

That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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Very many have email Address publicly available on internet and also aren't they often in the RSGB year book?

Probably do USA, Canadian, Irish ones in time.

I could spoof Globalstar satellite messages, boasts infosec bod

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Two way Internet also

Traditionally very poor security. The newer Ka Band stuff based on DOCSIS is supposed to be better security.

Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

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Alternate to Win10 laptop

If Web, basic doc typing etc is the needs?

Though I'd fancy an alternate to Android or switching off all reporting to Google.

It's laptop price.

Allow the merger, please, we'll play nice, NXP begs EU competition chief

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Big Brother

If it was Intel or any US?

If a USA company was talking over ex Philips NXP what concessions?

What concessions were there when Texas took over Nat Semi.

Freescale is Spin-off from Motorola in 2004

NXP is a shadow of Glory days too, Spun off Philips in 2006, IPO in 2010.

I'm reminded of UK blocking UK Ever Ready in 1972 from taking over Mallory (now Duracell). UK Ever ready spun of from US Eveready about 1905 (Later, NCC, Union Carbide and Energiser). By 1982 was being asset stripped by Hanson and by 1996 the Brand sold to Purina (pet food owner of Energiser). Ever Ready, Vidor (then Compton), GEC, Exide etc, all UK dry batteries are gone.

Then disgraceful Inmos asset strip. It's a wonder there is still ARM.

NXP shouldn't be forced to divest of anything. Once Philips was the last European CE bastion against Japan imports, they retreated and sold TV and Audio brand to Asians and now only light bulbs (as they were in 1926) and Health products.

There is continuing merging of semiconductor companies due to spiralling cost of state of the art fab and race to bottom in retail gadget pricing.

To survive NXP needs to be super powerful.

Where are all the other European Semiconductors now? Ferranti, GEC, Plessey, Pye (Newmarket), Intermetall, Telefunken, Siemens etc.

Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: Thank you: 20 years?

Poppycock. White LED is Violet LED using a yellow phosphor that wears as fast as coating in CFL etc. Sodium is ghastly but lasts much longer. High pressure mercury vapour? Don't know life.

W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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I fear not Skynet

But ever stupider IT and developers.

This was a stupid idea. It doesn't even really make sense.

Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

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This stinks

1) Biometrics of ANY kind is stupid for password replacement as it's easily stolen and can't easily be changed,

2) It's being done secretly, which is probably illegal.

3) Invasion of privacy, ought to be illegal if it isn't

Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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So what is the penalty for spray can graffiti?

Did they do it in French too? It's breaking an extra Canadian law if you only deface in English?

Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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Re: Hmm.

Same future as excellent Symbian widgets had when Nokia created Ovi store. Zero. If it had been a "phone" /"Internet" related company maybe a future. This will be in the cars so they are not beholding to a 3rd party for built in dashboard satnav. Makes a lot of sense for the Auto guys to have their own rather than Google's spyware.

UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Re: DAB ... now try DVB

Digital Radio is stupid anyway, but DVB-T2 actually works "better" than DAB and can be used in same size channel. Doesn't have to be 8MHz.

Not much scope for community DVB-T as Ofcom wants to sell ALL the UHF spectrum for mobile.

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Stupid and Pointless

"innovations" like DAB are killing Radio listening.

We don't need it.

The quality is garbage because no-one will pay for decent bit rate.

The ergonomics of Digital Radio, unlike Digital TV is inherently unfixable.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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3D buttons

Fine on a basic 386SX on Windows For Workgroups 3.11 in 1993.

They are going backwards on GUI. I remember Windows 286.

Aero, transparency and animations are a bit evil though.

Maybe in 2016 they will see sense and commence work on Windows Classic, based on NT3.51 with Explorer only as a shell (Explorer was available as tech preview prior to NT4.0), nothing stupid in Kernel and choice of hot fixes via Internet for vulnerabilities (free) and paid SP rollups with features for subscribers (or once off payment) on DVD, SD Card, USB stick or Download. Each later SP including all changes of earlier ones and manual or automated selection of non-critical features to add,

Boffins get the inside dope, craft white laser

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Re: need multiple colour LEDs

For efficiency or projector lamps. Not for room illumination:

Xenon, operated as a 'neon light,' consists of a collection of mostly spectral lines, missing much of the continuum radiation needed for good color rendering.

A flash tube is more incoherent and broader spectrum, closer to continuous white light. Far better than LED camera lamp.


High power Xenon Arc Lamps are not going to be used as room lighting


The spectrum of any Xenon lamp is inferior to a Halogen. It's hugely more efficient though.

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Re: need multiple colour LEDs

Yellow or Cyan can be:

a monochromatic source


a mix of monochromatic sources


a mix of broad spectrum sources.

Magentas are an illusion in sense they don't exist by splitting white light in a prism. They are a mix of colours from high frequency and low frequencies of the spectrum with the green our eye's green sensor uses depressed. Such objects will be unnatural if seen in discontinuous fake white light (e.g. Violet LED + yellow phosphor, or worse R G B LED even if colour temperature is correct).

Real life objects have broad spectrum of reflection or else they appear dim.

The R G & B of our eyes responses are very broad indeed and overlap.

Any discontinuous spectrum seriously distorts the perceived colours. Colour video is a trick. You use broad spectrum genuine white light to illuminate and then the camera sensors must NOT be narrow R G B filters, but overall have the same response as a typical eye (thus red has tiny blue response and some green, and Blue has some green and very little red). Green sensor peaks at green but has some sensitivity on the entire spectrum.

Then the display can use monochromatic R G B at the eye peaks, or for less colour range, other sources with the data matrixed. You can even add pure Yellow and/or pure Cyan too as long as the driver matrix is correct. Monochromatic Cyan stimulates Green annd Blue part of eye (and a little red) and Mono Yellow the Red and Green plus a little blue). This might be done to make whites brighter or improve pastel shades if the R G and B are not the ideal frequencies.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour_perception



Note the lens and covering of the eye blocks almost all UV. Everyone is more UV sensitive in the blue if a synthetic lens with no UV filter is fitted. Some women do appear to be slightly tetrachromatic, so they will not be so impressed by your new TV.

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need multiple colour LEDs

Worse, LEDs are nearly monochromatic. Putting R, G & B in a device lets you make a colour display with appearance of white, but rubbish for illumination due to the fact that really orange, yellow, cyan, magenta etc objects will be gray or wrong colour. Colour rendition is poor. A CFL or old style tube has a mix of phosphors to get a smoother spectrum. The better the colour rendition, the poorer the efficiency. Colour Temperature is NOT Colour Rendition.

LED lamps are poor colour rendition, but better than R G & B LEDs because the "yellow" phosphor is a broad spectrum. Often objects with reds and cyans are poor colour accuracy. As the phosphor ages, the light becomes more violet. They are ghastly compared to CFL or fluorescent tubes, which can be poor if higher efficiency types. Halogen is as good as artificial light gets, but of course the better colour temperature / higher efficiency ones are running hotter and have shorter life.

A "white" laser is only good for a projection display.

Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Sky though

Sky and other Subscription services are often parasites and poor value for the consumer. They ought on Internet to be able to constantly increase the long tail catalogue.

But in practice they behave like a video rental shop. Netflix removes stuff from catalogue.

Actually buying the actual physical discs can be better value than a mindless auto-renewed subscription that still charges the same no matter how much or how little you watch.

Almost 92% of Sky's Satellite viewing time is actually Free To Air content. That's not counting pay TV repeats of FTA content.

Get a BIG PVR and ditch the rip off subscription, Buy the disc of anything you want to watch more than once.

There is also a "digital divide" on internet based Video content that doesn't exist for disk or broadcast. Much of BBC Disk catalogue seems overpriced too. (RTE even worse.).

The reality isn't as simple as the article suggested.

Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

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Update Clash

It's only going to get worse.

MS has lost the plot on Windows.

Hawking, Musk, Woz (and others): Robots will kill us all

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Black Helicopters


Why then one wonders is the real motive of these otherwise reasonably smart people to sign such a pointless petition?

Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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Re: Xbox 360

It's a failure if they hardly make any money. Success isn't just about market share. Apple has a minority share of phone market and makes more profit.

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Re: Hmmm

They bought very little. Only temporary use of the Brand and only a licence for the IP. Some would say they only bought the Distribution as the factories shuttered and almost all the staff sacked.

But who is / was responsible for:

1) Windows CE in set Boxes: Died a death. BT even updated existing boxes to Linux.

2) Original Xbox. Subsidized for years.

3) Media Centre and it's original inability to be be used sensibly for European Terrestrial or any Satellite. Third party SW has always been better.

4) Movie maker and it's inability to make European format content.

5) Office ribbon and other GUI stupidities instead of fixing bugs.

6) half baked transition to .net with 3 different incomplete GUI APIs, no sensible migration or backward compatibility for VB6, though C# is a good development of J++

7) So many stupid variations of Desktop Windows. A Workstation and Server version is just about excusable. But three versions of server and four of XP, then the crazy Vista versions debacle.

8) Vista PCs that could never properly run Vista out of the box.

Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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Next ...

It will be used as a stabiliser for ice cream to stop it either setting like concrete or growing gravel like crystals.

Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: CAN Bus

There is no inherent security in CAN bus or Profi bus or RS485 or RS422 or USB or Token Ring, or Ethernet or any traditional industrial bus. The assumption was a separate system was used for any out of building communications. I've been pointing out the error in this since Token Ring and Ethernet and Internet arrived. With direct dialup connections we always configured that it hung up and rang back to pre-decided number for that account. That layer of security vanished with Internet.

Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

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Hmm, it's a laptop, a netbook

but without a real keyboard, or a screen. So should be cheap.

I don't like white things. That was Ives copying Braun. OK in showroom, look rubbish after a few months use.









Also some non-radio products.

John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Paris Hilton

Re: "Wildcard" indeed

It's been documented that free chocolate is enough.

Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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I said before

This tech as implemented, was designed for warehouses. It should NEVER have been mis-applied to passports, credit/debit cards, retail labels, travel and door locks.

A connector (such as on cards already) is better. Though there is a horrible flaw in Chip and Pin that need not exist.

For retail tags any info should be in a database, only a serial number for warranty return purposes in the product.

Intelsat to FCC: For the love of satellites, STOP ELON MUSK!

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Re: Is Musk going for geostationary?

FCC prior stupidity

The Lightsquared debacle. Originally approved by FCC, should never have been and then was axed.

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Intelsat is being reasonable

No satellite licences can or should be issued without knowing Orbit(s) and Frequencies. Why should Musk be exempted from the sensible requirements that EVERY other commercial operator had to meet.

No doubt Military is different, but they won't want to cause interference.

Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

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Also ...

To save money they turned off AM radio in Austria,

However if EVERYONE "listens" via Internet at same it might get as expensive as AM.

FM isn't as much coverage as AM. I don't know if Austria has dreadful DAB like UK and Germany, which has even worse coverage.

Unintended consequences. Is this really about Radio or TV? Do they seriously still collect Radio licence fees in Austria?

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Right and Wrong

online radio streaming does not actually constitute “broadcasting”,

Technically, streaming is rarely broadcasting. It's a more modern version of the stations (common still in USA in 1980s anyway) that you phone and listen to on a speaker. Actually "dialup" live programmes existed in Europe even before 1921 and dawn of Broadcasting.

So in practice it's a different way of delivering content. In Australia, originally, you got a licence for a station, but other countries you got a licence (originally for technical reasons and later merely a tax) to have Wireless equipment.

So in the sense that Streaming doesn't use Broadcast Wireless Equipment, you don't need a licence. If the licence was changed (as it is in Ireland) to be consumption of live broadcast by any alternative means (fibre, Cable, Internet) then, yes, streaming of anything other than back catalogue on demand, i.e. a "station" the same for everyone, logically ought to need a licence (a tax on consumption in reality).

Technically in Ireland using PC and internet to watch "live" BBC requires a TV licence. The Radio licence (like UK) abolished long ago.

Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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The entire DMCA is evil, anti-consumer, doesn't prevent commercial piracy and should be scrapped.

Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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A tax on the poorer people usually.

I can't see how you can trust a computer based system at all. I'd presumed this was why some use bouncing numbered balls on live TV.

Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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I knew DAB was stupid.

This vulnerability makes the Jeep look sensible!


A crafted DAB broadcast and ALL vulnerable vehicles in range are hacked, e.g. slam on brakes. You can buy a DAB transmitter to hook to PC data under £2000.

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