* Posts by Snowy

239 posts • joined 29 May 2009

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Snowy
Boffin

Hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen as a fuel is very poor when you consider the energy it takes to make it.

A couple of papers about it, a little old but physics has not changed in 10 years

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a926/4199381/

https://phys.org/news/2006-12-hydrogen-economy-doesnt.html

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

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Go

Re: What's the TBW?

Just what I was thinking, have an upvote/

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

Snowy

Shame adblock seems to block less ads with no easy way to report ones getting past the blocker.

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Do not insert coin: Uni of Utah to dish out scholarships to ace video game players

Snowy
Flame

All fun and games until

I do wonder if these Esports scholarships will be as poor for the students as sports scholarships are now. The Uni's make lots and the students get a second rate education. No time to study but loads of pressure to train and perform or you are out.

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Huawei faces UK sales ban if it doesn't cough up 4G patent tithes

Snowy
WTF?

Something fishy

I wonder what they were paying before Ericsson sold the patents. Seems wrong to have possibly massively raised the license fee after someone built stuff with the properly licensed patents.

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

Snowy
WTF?

Call the IP lawyer.

If designing a GPU from scratch is so easy why it intel's so poor.

Even if you do design your own GPU you're going to still need to use a lot of other companies patents.

Looks more like they saw how badly the company depended on them. Then decided to drive the price down and pick it up for a song.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

Snowy
Facepalm

Maybe just a bad teacher

If they train experts system (AI) using reading taken from people driving in the beat the lights manner then it will try to beat the light because that is how it has been teached it should drive. Using expert systems (AI) is all well and good but you have to remember to teach it using good driving habits rather than bad driving habits.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

Snowy
Joke

Simple

Just have all devices not connect to anything until the "filter" is removed. Smut being everywhere and if you can not connect to anything your safe all the time!

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

Snowy

Try not entering the password for a few week then remember it?

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Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

Snowy

The device runs Android 6.01 Marshmallow, out of date already.

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'First ever' SHA-1 hash collision calculated. All it took were five clever brains... and 6,610 years of processor time

Snowy
FAIL

What would have been truly clever if the documents had differed by more than 0.0147%, all that work and to make it work they change next to nothing.

Edit beaten to it by Preston Munchensonton, better said than me have an upvote.

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Android's February fix-fest flings 58 patches

Snowy

Re: "Nexus owners are sweet."

Aye should be "Newer Nexus owners are Sweet", two years then you're on the scrap heap as software updates is concerned.

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Saved from ransomware thugs... by rival ransomware thug

Snowy

Re: Ah, the ultimate irony

I think the image you're referring to is from First Edition of Dungeon Master Guild.

http://www.paperspencils.com/2012/05/07/page-by-page-gary-gygaxs-dmg-part-1/dmg_there_is_no_honor_among_thieves/

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Samsung is on fire, overtakes Apple as world's #1 chip-shifter

Snowy

Re: Million$?

Or it is the number of chips sold rather than the value of them and the $ sign is the mistake?

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

Snowy
Coat

Is that why the murder rate in America is so high, too much corn syrup in the diet?

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Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

Snowy

A time when

Turning it off and on again was a bad idea, quick fixes sometimes are not quick and do not fix it!

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Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'

Snowy
WTF?

Re: This doesn't seem to be as damning as it might appear

Went to do this, dislike how they do not label the on/off switch. Is the button to the left or right off?

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

Snowy
Mushroom

Just a google bash?

From the Blog post:

<quote>In the U.S., Google.org is supporting classrooms in need by funding projects that have requested Chromebooks and other technology via the educational giving platform DonorsChoose.org.</quote>

No misleading they are straight out saying what they are doing, no where do they say any different.

The real issue here is DonorsChoose taking such a so much of a cut and Schools needing to beg for essentials like paper, colored pencils, etc.

Now a way to "game" it ask for lots of high price tech, sell some and buy the essentials.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

Snowy

No one had British inventor Roger Shawyer did not make a secret of the design?

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Uber's self-driving cars get kicked out of SF, seek refuge in Arizona

Snowy
Holmes

Or more likely

<quote>The DMV's decision to revoke vehicle registrations rather than seeking an injunction in court suggests lack of confidence in its legal position. Perhaps there's some merit to Uber's argument that the way state law defines autonomous vehicles is vague.</quote>

It makes little sense to waste time and cost of the courts when you have your own powers remove the vehicles from the road.

On Ubers side if Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) wanted to combat driver fatigue then start time, end time and miles driven each trip would makes more sense than where the trip started and where it ended.

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Pluck-over-success underdog hires Olympic ski jumper as Xmas bash speaker

Snowy

Re: Eddie the Eagle

Indeed then they changed the rules to stop it happening again :(

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Standing out from the crowd with an Android phone? You and 90 per cent of the market

Snowy

Re: Numbers of handsets is not everything @Donn Bly

Yes but if you want profits it is best to follow the money part of the market not the cheaper end.

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

Snowy

I like the idea but...

The price as was with the Motorola Atrix is far to high for the "Laptop" dock. From what I can see it is just a screen, a keyboard and some speakers, Anything else that is in it just just a duplicate of what is already in the phone. If they can not use the resources of the phone then it is just badly designed.

For £430 you can get a way better laptop than this laptop dock is going to be, this is going to crash and burn.

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

Snowy

Re: Looked Inevitable?

Did apple lose?

Apple is not the low margin end of the market they are all about the high profit margin end of the market. So while they are not leading with market share they have a good amount of the profits.

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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

Snowy
Facepalm

Re: £75m tent for sale, includes cookers, vacant possession

@I Like Heckling

I believe it is a three year deal costing £25 million a year, which makes?, I'll let you do the maths...

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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

Snowy
FAIL

<sighs>

[quote]An Airbus advisory software patch to the A330's Air Data and Inertial Reference System (ADIRS), designed, amongst other things, to reject manually-input position data if it disagreed with the aircraft's own GPS, had not been applied to the aircraft in the incident.[/quote]

Makes me wonder what other patches have no been applied.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

Snowy
Thumb Up

Re: Unless you are Really Big Biz this...

Indeed 100% correct have an upvote (was about to post the same thing)

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A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

Snowy
Joke

My answer is...

We prefer not to provide further details at this point.

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Reports: Autopilot will go on strike if you're not paying attention

Snowy
Flame

Should also...

Rename it it is not a autopilot it is drive assist.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

Snowy
Flame

@AMBxx

Transfer pricing most likely, where they buy the goods and the right to the name from the part of the company in a tax haven. The price being such that there is no profit when it is sold, so no tax to paty either.

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Snowy
Holmes

Was "taxed" just not any of them places

Some tax haven where the tax rate is 0% is where they paid the tax.

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Muddying the waters of infosec: Cyber upstart, investors short medical biz – then reveal bugs

Snowy
Facepalm

Smells of...

insider trading to me.

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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

Snowy

Re: Change management 101

PHBs!

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

Snowy

Re: Cheapie?

Indeed once you change to pounds and add VAT your talking £366 or so. Which given prices like to end in 49 or 99 will make it £399 not what I would call a cheap phone high-spec or otherwise.

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Two-speed Android update risk: Mobes face months-long wait

Snowy
Holmes

If you want your older Android to updated pick a third party ROM for it.

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

Snowy
Mushroom

Targeted ads can just go fourth and die.

The ads should be relevant to site I am visiting not what I did in the past, so would not need to track me or even run a script to display. As other have said if I search for something the chances are I purchased it. Which means advertising it for the next 6 months is very pointless and a waste of your time.

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IT delays helped derail UK's historic child sexual abuse inquiry

Snowy

Delaying it how saves them having to lose it later, like they did with the other report.

Then after the next election they can quietly drop it.

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Cox stiffed for $25m after letting subscribers pirate music online

Snowy

Re: Fucking Insane

I agree have an upvote

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US military's fake chips battle

Snowy

Who vets the supplier's supplier?

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Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

Snowy

Re: Patching speed is probably the issue @Planty

Nexus phones only get updated for two years, or is that considered the life of a phone now?

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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

Snowy

Re: Inquiring mind want to know...

I found 4 of the 9 optional updates where to do with Windows 10 upgrade

kb2952664 Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7

kb3035583 Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1

kb3123862 Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

kb3173040 Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification

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Larry Ellison, Oracle and litigation: A business that's not a business

Snowy
Joke

If the Second Amendment was itself amended to "in order that shakedowns shall be well regulated, the right of CEOs to arm wrestle other CEO's shall not be infringed", it might be an better improvement.

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Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal

Snowy

Re: FFS calling Farnell a Raspberry Pi distribution firm is like

Aye just what I was going to say, have an upvote!

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Snowy
Mushroom

So the tax Fruit juice too.

Calories in 100 grams of Orange Juice (45) Vs 100 gm of cola (38). Going by that the orange juice should be taxed too and at a higher rate!

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Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

Snowy
Joke

Or...

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Amendments Act of 2015, which would have brought in some privacy safeguards for Americans, was cut down in the from a bullet in the form of a blatant attempt to grant the FBI warrantless access to people's browser histories.

Fix it for you :D

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

Snowy

Re: Apple have other priorities than R&D

I think most of Apple's income sits in an offshore account waiting for a tax break so they can bring in back without it being heavily taxed. All that cash pile and they still need to issus bonds "Apple Set to Raise Up to $4 Billion in Asia-Pacific From Bond Sales"

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

Snowy

One point

[Quote]By the way, people fleeing from war are commonly referred to as ‘refugees’. Migrant is an economic term. That’s something your media should learn as well. But I’m digressing.[/quote]

I thought that you had to apply for asylum in the first country you got to not "flee" half way around the world looking for a place you like, at what point do they stop being refugees and become migrants when they travel so far across safe counties?

Quite a lot of the immigration problem can be put at Angela Merkel's door with her come to German speech she did a couple of years ago. The question is why did she do such a dumb thing as think only a few would come, a bit like having an open house party (parents away) and inviting everyone on Facebook then expecting the house to not to get wrecked!

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

Snowy
Pint

Re: It wasn't me, unfortunately

Would be nice to think this was done due to them being close to the 10 year cut off and HR was playing fair.

HR1: Poor Bob only 1 month short of 10 years.

HR2: Well we need someone to give that training course in 2 months, lets give that to Bob and make him reduntant after

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

Snowy

Between banks, the UK government and GCHQ.

What as it got to do with GCHQ?

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Virgin has FTT for farmers' P

Snowy

Hmmm...

and the communities to receive its ultrafast broadband service of 300 Mbps, part of its £3bn fibre-to-the-premises investment are?

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