* Posts by Thought About IT

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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

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Re: Autopilot

I'm fully aware of what an autopilot in an aircraft does, as I fly with one. My point is that it must be constantly monitored, which is why I assumed that's the term used by Tesla's offering. It's not a driverless car, although at least one person is no longer around who assumed it was. Of course, the job of an autopilot on the ground is much more complex, which makes it even more important to monitor its behaviour.

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Autopilot

Autopilots have long been available in aircraft, but the pilot must constantly monitor what it's doing. Isn't that what Tesla are offering?

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In case you had forgotten, broadband body warns of risks Brexit poses to sector

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Here's What!

"Recommendations include keeping an alignment with European State Aid policy, offsetting a potential shortfall in funding for rural broadband networks, the possibility of state funding for a Universal Service Obligation, and a reciprocal agreement with the EU for UK consumers to continue to benefit from mobile roaming prices."

Of course, pulling out of Europe means we will no longer have a say in future changes to those policies, or the implementation of new ones. Economic survival means we'll just have to do what they say. That's what Brexiters call taking back our Democracy.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: Hillarious

Indeed, if you like fake news, it's available in abundance in Murdoch's publications and Fox News.

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Difference of opinion

"Calling a difference of opinion and policy a "delusion" is revealing."

Holocaust denial is an opinion as it runs counter to the facts. Much the same applies to anthropogenic global warming.

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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"Much of the data I've read about takes that big yellow ball we orbit out of the maths. Is it a factor or not? What drove previous climate changes? These are things we need answers to as far as climate change."

All those issues and more have been researched by scientists, before concluding that our greenhouse gas emissions are the forcing factor for climate change. The fact that you haven't read about it indicates that you are getting your information from sources specialising in alt facts. Try Berkely Earth, which was originally funded by the Koch brothers, until their expectations were crushed by the results of their research.

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Re: It's not a cut, its streamlining

Well, Bob, you've certainly convinced yourself. Now all you've got to do is convince the scientists who actually understand what they're talking about and your Nobel prize should be assured!

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Re: It's not a cut, its streamlining

Well, I suppose that as the AGW deniers in government can't dispute the evidence, the best payback for their paymasters in the fossil fuel industries is to stop collecting the evidence which is measuring the effects. I suppose those with a sociopathic personality won't be bothered by the implications of what they're doing, as long as the money keeps rolling in.

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GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh

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Re: partial denial

That's the thing about a conspiracy theorist: no amount of evidence will ever change their mind. It's alarming that the president of the USA is one.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Soooooo

If the balls-up over the NI hike is anything to go by, get the Daily Mail on side and the Treasury will instantly fold (or May will tell them to).

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Selfish reason

Hope they weren't made by Bose!

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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Re: Unimpressed

I'm still downloading it, so haven't tried it yet, but from the description, the difference is that by hovering you don't need to move the cursor position to see the scope of a block of code.

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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

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GiffGaff

I can only get a good signal from O2, and found GiffGaff while searching for a SIM-only contract. I like them because I can terminate with 1 month's notice, and I can change the contract details each month (if appropriate), based on my actual usage for the previous month. The only downside is that calls from other European countries are not inclusive.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: Climate Change Whistleblower

Indeed, under Lewis Page, El Reg was part of the AGW denial echo chamber that includes WUWT, the Mail, Telegraph and GWPF. As they have not duplicated Rose's "research" here, it seems that El Reg has sensibly decided that the consequent loss in credibility is no longer worth it.

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Sky fattens up broadband subs as it hovers above Fox's open mouth

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Re: The Mouth of Hell ?

I abandoned all hope when Trump won.

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

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Doesn't make sense

"hardly anyone upgrades Android from one major version to the next using OTA updates. This poses a mortal threat to Google"

Surely their programmers can write code capable of delivering adverts to old versions of Android?

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: Global warming is an industry not science

maxpower, I hope you don't write software, because you're hopeless with logic. The fact that the climate has changed in the past, without our help, in no way precludes it from changing in the future, due to our greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is caused by industry, not science.

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Re: "Deniers" a pejorative? I think not

"What I know is that all the major governments are actually doing is to use it as an excuse to add even more to my already ridiculous tax bill." - Dave 15

What is your evidence for that assertion?

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Re: Hmm

I couldn't make sense of that, and Google translate failed, because it couldn't guess which language to translate from. Do you code in a write-only language like Perl?

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Re: Huzzah!

Brown aptly dismisses WUWT and Delingpole, with "Breitbart and the other clowns". However, it didn't take long for a who's who of those clowns to gather to discuss how they can reward their fossil fuel paymasters, once Trump's in charge. None of them cares what state they leave the climate in for future generations, as long as they can extract maximum profit for themselves now!

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Re: Brown earned his "Moonbeam" moniker

He's right about the threat Trump poses to climate change research and action. Every one of his administrative picks so far have a history of AGW denial and funding by fossil fuel corporations.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: andy265

I've seen the same problem on a Windows 10 PC connected to a TalkTalk HG635 SuperRouter. Had to reboot both the PC and the router to get it back online.

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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

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'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said ...

If terrorism is the threat of action "designed to influence the government...", why haven't they locked up all the lobbyists, instead of gutting the unions and forcing new contracts on junior doctors?

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PayPal proffers patch for OAuth app hack hole

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No holding back PayPal when responding to security issues

One of these days they'll update their mail servers to use TLS 1.2 ...

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Re: Brave New UK

I think you'll find that the Victorians were far from innocent with respect to pornography: The Victorian era’s kinky side

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Re: I wonder...

You could probably get away with it, if you gave it rounded corners.

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Mozilla plots TLS 1.3 future for Firefox

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PCI Requirements

It's all very well rushing ahead with new protocols, but it only encourages the payment card industry to insist they are implemented while major players can drag their feet. For instance, Apple only implemented TLS1.2 in their mail client a couple of months ago, while PayPal still haven't implemented it in some of their mail servers, but it's been a requirement to pass a PCI scan for well over a year.

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Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

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Re: If they really were concerned...

After reading this article I thought that if Microsoft were really concerned, they'd have flagged up the link to climate change. However, before sounding off, I thought I'd better follow the link to Microsoft's statement and found this right at the top of it:

"The world is experiencing the very real effects of climate change, including extreme weather, droughts, air quality problems and the warming of our oceans."

So, it's The Register which doesn't want to acknowledge the connection.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Re: MS: Something new?

I think Visual Studio is Microsoft's own work, and I can't knock it as an IDE.

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Microsoft seem absolutely determined to destroy any sense of loyalty people may have for their products. Without warning, Skype stopped working on the Lumia phones which MS abandoned to Windows 8.1. If they think this will encourage users to upgrade to another Lumia phone, they don't realist that loyalty cuts both ways. They got some excellent hardware when they bought Nokia, and a very useful product when they bought Skype, but it seems to be in their nature to slash and burn their way to ultimate failure.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Unusual dog

What's a "family service dog".

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Australian geoboffin discovers 3.7 billion year old fossils after ice melts

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Alarmist scam

Far be it for me to suggest that the climate's changing, but something must have caused that ice to melt after all this time. I suppose increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is too obvious ...

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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TTIP to the rescue?

Liam Fox was hugely enthusiastic about removing restrictions on trade with the US, before he was sacked from his last cabinet role, so I expect he'll welcome TTIP with open arms and rush it through with all its nasty clauses intact. Neoliberals never like to let a crisis go without using it to ratchet up their control, as Naomi Klein observed in The Shock Doctrine.

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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This is what I call intrusive

A lot of people I know are now using WhatsApp instead of Skype, so I checked how intrusive it is:

Permissions

Use your microphone

Use devices that support Near Field Communication (NFC) services

Use your location

Use your webcam

Use your device’s voice over IP (VoIP) services

Use your maps

Use an anonymous Microsoft account

Use information about your device

Use your device network services

Use your phone

Use any of your Windows Phone sensors

Access your browser

Use your rear- or front-facing camera

Use your contacts

Use the appointments in your calendar

Use your music

Use the photos in your media library

Use the media items that are currently playing

Access your Internet connection and act as a server.

Use data stored on an external storage device

Use your video library

NSA/GCHQ, eat your heart out!

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Same old, same old from the Telegraph

The Telegraph's been waging a war against the license fee for years and this is just another tactic. They're almost acting as agents for Murdoch, who has an obvious reason to defund the BBC, but I think it's just part of this right wing ideology which demands that any successful publicly owned institution be sold off to their mates.

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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Re: What I want to know is

Probably the same guy who "fixed" the problem with the Surface 4, whereby closing the lid resulted in random shutdowns and resultant loss of work, by treating it as a hibernate, rather than sleep request, regardless of how that option is configured. You'd think they'd be able to get in house hardware working with in house software!

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US watchdog lobs balls of red tape at spy-in-the-sky drones

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The least they could do

A 55 lb drone travelling at 100 mph could do fatal damage to an aircraft, so it's vital that they are restricted to different airspace. Because they don't appear to move relative to each other, it's hard enough spotting a light aircraft on a collision course, never mind a small drone, so these regulations are the least the FAA could do. I think that eventually they will be obliged to carry transponders which broadcast their location, so that they can avoid each other, as well as alerting other aircraft. Two 55 lb drones which collided with each other could make a nasty dent in anything they hit on the ground.

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RIP ROP: Intel's cunning plot to kill stack-hopping exploits at CPU level

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Re: Thanks for the article

"Climate change is real, dude."

Not sure those running The Register agree with you.

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Re: Thanks for the article

Indeed. It's the sort of article The Register should stick to, rather than those pushing its climate change agenda.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Oh dear. (Meanwhile ...)

With inteligence comes the realisation that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing:

More Carbon Dioxide is not necessarily good for plants

Meanwhile ...

Fundamental changes in seawater chemistry are occurring throughout the world's oceans as they absorb the excess CO2 which we are emitting, leading to a process known as acidification. This is not a good thing!

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Re: Oh dear. (Meanwhile ...)

"The authors of the report are annoyed at the sensational headlines it has cause."

Citation, please.

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New work, published in Nature Climate Change, considers the impact of emitting 5tn tonnes of carbon emissions. This is the lower-end estimate of burning all fossil fuels currently known about, though not including future finds or those made available by new extraction technologies.

"These models simulate, in response to 5 EgC of CO2 emissions, global mean warming of 6.4–9.5 °C, mean Arctic warming of 14.7–19.5 °C, and mean regional precipitation increases by more than a factor of four. These results indicate that the unregulated exploitation of the fossil fuel resource could ultimately result in considerably more profound climate changes than previously suggested."

Still happy about continuing to burn fossil fuels?

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Meanwhile ...

The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

"Coral bleaches when the water it’s in is too warm for too long. The coral polyps gets stressed and spit out the algae that live in inside them. Without the colourful algae, the coral flesh becomes transparent, revealing the stark white skeleton beneath."

"When the coral dies, the entire ecosystem around it transforms. Fish that feed on the coral, use it as shelter, or nibble on the algae that grows among it die or move away. The bigger fish that feed on those fish disappear too. But the cascading effects don’t stop there. Birds that eat fish lose their energy source, and island plants that thrive on bird droppings can be depleted. And, of course, people who rely on reefs for food, income or shelter from waves – some half a billion people worldwide – lose their vital resource."

When will the penny drop that we simply can't keep burning fossil fuels, whatever the inconvenience to us or the implications for ExxonMobil et al?

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Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025

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Re: Political deals...but if they do

You omitted "just like fossil fuels" from your list of subsidised power sources, but for some reason tax breaks and not paying for the pollution they cause doesn't count.

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

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Re: Woe, woe and thrice woe!

Adding the Wail's sidebar of shame to Yahoo News would be one way of increasing its page hits, but a sad reflection on human nature.

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Who's paying the piper?

In an area of France which I regularly visit, the sodium street lamps in towns and villages have been replaced with LEDs, and this in a country where most electricity is generated by nuclear power stations. Contrast that with the UK, where all subsidies for energy saving have been cut, while fracking is heavily promoted. It's hard not to make the obvious connection.

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Israeli biz fingered as the FBI's iPhone cracker

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Big Brother

At last, some good news about Windows phones

Unless I missed it, Windows Phones didn't appear in the lists of crackable phones on that Cellebrite video. Too good to be true?

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: Entirely predictable...

Indeed, Edward Snowden said weeks ago that the NSA didn't need any help from Apple.

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Look out, Windows Phone 8 users – yes, both of you – here's ... Windows 10 Mobile

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Phew!

It's the complete opposite of cold comfort that my 925 is not on the list.

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Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

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The keyboard is pretty hopeless for editing text, with the Home/End/Page Up/Down keys sharing function keys F8 - F11, so you're frequently having to toggle or combine with the Fn key, and there's only one Ctrl key.

The clever hinge doesn't allow the screen to be pushed back far enough, so when it's sitting on your lap, the top of the screen is much closer than the bottom, which doesn't help those with presbyopia.

The Edge's scroll bar is very thin, on its high definition display, and contantly disappearing, so drag scrolling is a challenge.

The Surface mouse "scroll wheel" makes an electronic click whenever you touch it, which gets very irritating, and it's all too easy to touch it accidentally, causing whatever you were looking at to scroll out of view.

It's fast and the screen is high quality but, on reflection, I wish I'd bought another ThinkPad.

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

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Re: Write to your MP!

I got what read as a handout from the Ministry of Truth from my MP.

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