* Posts by Charlie Clark

5381 posts • joined 16 Apr 2007

Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

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Yes, but it's not discretionary so Congress can't stop it.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: This article proves its own point

They don't seem to have as many terrorist incidents as western countries.

Well, when it's the state doing the terrorising, how do you do the counting?

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Nice article

Reminder me to buy you one of these if our paths should ever cross. That's if Mother Theresa and Donny Boy haven't locked us up beforehand!

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Re: You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

.. Please do not say "less red tape"

It was more money for the hostiples, innit. Plus that Mr Farage looks like a good bloke.

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Re: Internet to blame in 1970s and 1980s bombing campaigns?

Until the IRA started bombing on the mainland it was seen as sufficient to send troops to Ireland for extra training. As long as only people in Belfast and Enniskillen were being blown up it wasn't really considered to be a problem. Same with Afghanistan except that there the US also supplied a lot of the weapons. As it is doing again in Yemen…

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Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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And add to the list the RAF (the German lot), Italy's Red Brigade and ETA.

The RAF definitely were keen on indiscriminate murder because they felt the whole society was evil, definite parallels with the current lot of extremists, and ETA and the IRA also had their moments. Manchester in 1996 very nearly was a bloodbath, in the end "only" 200 people were injured.

Ideological conflicts often have multiple causes: the Israeli/Palestinian mess is certainly one but the various "regime changes" for oil haven't helped. And, of course, the Americans created their very one by setting up madrasas in Pakistan and supplying guns to the Mujaheddin. But you also get nutters like Breivik who need no reason for reaping havoc.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: Whatever the technical merits/flaws

@Ledswinger I was referring more specifically to the intercity rail network, which after a dreadful start, is now being reasonably managed. Otherwise, sure, China is full of infrastructure white elephants. But which country doesn't have its fair share of those? Robin Hood or Kassel-Kalden airports perchance?

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Re: It's all well and good...

I cant see the airlocks being an issue at all...

You might be a in minority there. There's a world of difference between maintaining a vacuum in a school lab, lab conditions, and doing the same on an industrial scale in the real world. Look at some of the problems they have to deal with at CERN and that's a tiny installation in comparison.

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Re: Whatever the technical merits/flaws

What can you say of their actual use and the return on the investment?

Pretty good and improving all the time since they got the hang of large-scale infrastructure management.

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Tectonically and teutonically stable ?

Afraid not, like most of Northern Europe it is pretty stable but it does also have fault lines and even volcanoes.

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

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Re: A trick that 1984 didn't foresee

The Qataris have been proposing a less hardline against Iran. Arab unity? Yeah, heard about it but yet to see it.

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Re: Liberals - read, try to understand.

hey, dickshit: the last one to claim there was electoral fraud was your locker-room buddy, Donald who claimed "millions" of votes were fraudulent.

The investigations into collusion are, as always, about money and influence: Trump's mate Flynn was on the payroll of the Russians and the Turks and broke the Logan Law.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Just one question

The answer is probably "yes" but prepare for new bugs. Apple has an unfortunate history of using major OS releases to fix bugs they introduced in a previous minor release as a way of forcing users to update. I can't remember a single recent release where this wasn't the case.

Anyway, be thankful you've just got problems with WiFi that have a chance of being resolved. Apple's record on Bluetooth is frankly awful.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Looking forward to the BOFH's take on this

Should be able to get a whole series of articles out of management fucking this up from start to finish and blaming everything from the cleaning staff to Cthulu!

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Re: Not as bad as it appears

I'm inclined to agree with you that this was mainly a carefully orchestrated media circus to please the base and deflect attention from the investigations about collusion with Russia for a couple of days. The decision is easily reversible at some point in the the future. The Trump chumps will cheer for a bit until they realise that they're jobs aren't coming back: shale gas has done more to destroy the coal industry than renewables ever could, and in the sunbelt solar is pretty much unbeatable. And US companies will continue to develop for the Californian market (because it's so big) and compete in the global one.

But there is collateral damage: Trump's rudeness to the EU did not go down well at all and means that the US will have less influence on trade going forward. Inevitably this will also lead to less business investment in cleaner energy in the US than would have otherwise been the case and the export market may well become choosier: if the US thinks that polluting as much as China is a good thing then we might as well buy Chinese if it's cheaper.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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Re: A very narrow-minded bureaucratic point of view

Isn't New Zealand also a part of Australasia?

Yes, but that is made up name to make it easier to refer to Australia and New Zealand and Micronesia and Polynesia and …

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Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

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One good thing

It seems that the media circus around the attack has at last convinced people to dump IE 9, which has dropped from around 1% to less than 0.4%. Why should you care? Well, while IE 9 isn't too bad a browser (MS did do a lot work for >= 9), it doesn't do Flexbox the way other browsers do, which makes it harder to write nice semantic HTML and let CSS do the arranging.

This ahead of Sharwood's mainly useless OS breakdown…

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Re: Hope of what ... ?

Well, you know the saying. There are two types of computers: those that have been hacked, and those that you don't know have been hacked.

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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Re: Privacy? What nonsense.

It just goes to show you are not familiar with the relevant German law.

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: Backhaul?

Backhaul for a municipal network shouldn't be a problem and any decent rollout will include throttling and limit the ports available. Though anything that doesn't allow SSH should be avoided.

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Public wifi should come with a health warning

German TV news trumpeted this last night with the obligatory chart highlighting how little public wifi there is. As expected it skirted the security risks both to operators and users of public wifi if they're not done safely and securely. Most public wifis now are little more than honeypots and should not be used without a VPN. The convenience of not having to login is tempered by the risk of exposing your device to a potentially malicious network.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Re: EFFECTED ?????

"Education, education, education!"

Yes, it's considered too expensive. Gruel is already coming back, the workhouses won't be long.

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Re: Regardless of anything else ...

I think you mean gerundive. Though it could also be a straight participle. I guess it depends on the amount of blithering going on.

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Re: Where was the "power surge"

There are always people ready to put 2 and 2 together to make 22.

Have an extra upvote for that.

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Re: Even if it is sourced locally

He personally is grossly incompetent.

And presumably already negotiating his exit so that blame doesn't spread up to the IAG board.

So, he'll leave early on a fat settlement and the cuts will continue, presumably after a round of pink slips for those who just happened to be in the building.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Power

My guess is that "power supply" was the term agreed with the insurers (and possibly the Home Office given the scale) for a SNAFU that can be presented as a freak one-off event with no hint of incompetence or possibly even compromise.

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

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Bluetooth goes up to 25Mbps.

Actually, Bluetooth 5 will go up to 50 Mb/s with increased range (it effectively manages an ah-hoc wifi setup to do this but includes the control channel that wifi has sadly always lacked). Apparently the S8 already supports Bluetooth 5.

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Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

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Re: Alternatively

nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here in my 1950s / 1970s cave of denial I can't hear you!

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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Re: Usuually when you hear about hardware standards you expect a bunch of mfgs signed up

USB 2 is good enough for most peripherals but USB 3 allows for more power which means it can also drive machines. Of course, this just means that Apple can save money by reducing the number of ports they provide…

To really break through the new port has to be adopted by the phone makers. If I were Intel I'd have dropped draught recommendation by the European Commission to allow charges to be either micro-USB or USB 3…

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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

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Biometrics are fundamentally flawed

But there's a big business in making them seem okay: governments love them because they add to the security theatre while allowing them to fire expensive meatware, which is easier to trick but harder to deceive.

As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade…

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Patterns are pretty good for basic security and passphrased-based mnemonics can be used in a keychain for authorisations. But not using your phone for financial stuff is advisable anyway.

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Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

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Re: Group Policy

Should do.

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.Science and .study: Domains of the bookish? More like domains of the JERKS!

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Re: .science is perhaps understandable

You seem unreasonably optimistic if these domains are being used for scamming then anything under a couple of thousand makes them cheap.

ICANN should simply evaluate this vanity project and refuse to renew the majority of these stupid TLDs when they come up for it. Apart from tourism: .berlin, .bayern, .quebec, etc. the only one that looked useful was .club, though even that makes more sense wrapped by a country's TLD.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: Mmmm a piece of crap is a bit harsh

Just as an aside why did you feel the need to *exactly* detail the model of your iPhone?

Big phone, small …? ;-)

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Re: Missing the point

Apple works very hard to maintain the impression of a technological leader and never fails to make such points at product launches. But it works even harder to create the impression of hiding all that wonderful but complicated technology from us frightened users. But to stay successful it must continue to invest in technology.

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Re: Mmmm a piece of crap is a bit harsh

In my experience of MacOS, Apple deliberately sabotages the Bluetooth stack because it prefers proprietary formats for which it can charge a licence. ITunes will always crap out on Bluetooth after a couple of hours whereas my S5 will happily stream all day and all night.

FWIW I've been using Bluetooth devices since my Ericsson r520

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Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

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Re: Dear BBC,

I don't live on the Isle of Wight.

Acronyms 101

IOW — In other words

IoW — Isle of Wight

But you maybe right: does the BBC have a sinister plot for denizens of that fair isle?

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Re: Dear BBC,

Dear Disgusted,

you may have noticed a few changes to our website. While we will indeed soon be getting rid of Flash, we will also be introducing some creepy web-DRM and forcing you to log on. We will also be sharing your data with the TV licensing authority and selected partners…

IOW: be careful what you wish for.

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Google leak-hunting team put under unwelcome spotlight

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Re: Irony?

Not really. All employment contracts have confidentiality clauses and if your business is mainly around IP then you need your employees to understand that careless talk costs jobs as the recent Waymo vs. Uber case highlights. And then there are possible effects of the share price of a publicly traded company to worry about: leak stuff about success or failure of a product division and the company can be open to lawsuits from shareholders. Conversely, the board has a duty, cf. VW, to inform shareholders of potential risks.

Of course, there's a significant difference between putting the company's repository online and passing on water cooler gossip.

If Fadell wasn't technically an employee then it can be assumed he had extra clauses in his contract to go along with the fat paycheck or stock options he was given. Guess the courts will get to decide.

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Google offers devs fat bribes, hopes to lure them to its Home

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This isn't the race you're looking for

Eager to catch up to Amazon and its Echo interactive speaker

Not really, Amazon has sold a couple of million of these, Google Assistant is already on far more phones and growing faster. Also Echo is very much a one-trick Pony, Google has already mapped out added value (to users) services to Assistant whereas Amazon is still working on speech recognition. But the main difference is that Amazon is in the game of selling stuff, Google is much more focused on improving its AI services: if speech/image/demand recognition works well for consumers then companies will be desperate to signup for the AI engine that provides the services.

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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The Android shipped on any phone is necessarily customised by the device maker to include the necessary hardware drivers. MS got lucky in the way PC market opened up through ISA so that the OS was as likely to be installed by the user as by a vendor.

However, recent noises from MS about not providing updates of Windows 7 for newer chips and some of the device signing foreshadow future changes. And as for Windows 10 updates: how well are they working for you? Reversing your default settings re. preferred applications and telemetry?

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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Re: Deathly silence

Actually, it's a salutary reminder to all of us that even sophisticated developers can be fooled into installing dangerous software.

Kudos to Panic for admitting to the mistake and its provenance.

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Like a celeb going bonkers with botox, Google injects 'AI' into anything it can

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Re: So in summary

Machine Learning is going to be used to automate all kinds of tasks and Google provides some excellent libraries and services for it. It's more than a little naive to dismiss this out of hand.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Then don't buy one, no one's forcing you or even asking you to.

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Re: £800

Rephrase your question to be about cars. I still won't be able to give you a good answer apart from "that's how markets work".

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Re: Buyer's remorse

I think Samsung's peak phone (for the time) was the S3…

I think sales numbers would disagree with you on that. In my view Samsung has continued to improve its phones with every generation even if they also make mistakes and introduce crap. The S6 Edge was clearly an outstanding piece of screen design that was very popular despite the non-removable battery (meh for most people, I suspect) and no SD support (annoying for a lot more). The Note 7 was even more popular but burned (sic) by the battery problems.

But Samsung also understands that buying the latest and greatest isn't for everyone and so sensibly offers various versions of its hardware. And, for people like me, the devices are easy to root and install a different version of Android on.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Loaded question

Why should public services get special treatment?

The question should be: should the exemption from strict liability be lifted from software?

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Windows for Workgroup was sold "with lifetime support".

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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Obviously just another "so-called" judge!

Mines the one with the red baseball cap in the pocket.

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Hi, my name is Vordrord Quordledroop from Extravangaza Capital and I'd love to talk to you about your idea!

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