* Posts by Tom 13

7608 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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Re: The UK has no defence vision nor strategy, either.

I wish it were otherwise. Granted it might make things a bit more complicated on this side of the pond, but were mostly in the mess we are because everyone depends on the US to police the world and hating us when we do it.

Unfortunately, I don't think you'll ever get it back. The progressive/socialist/communist segment has so overtaken you I don't see a way back. Sadly, we're not far behind you. And I rather expect that this brief respite from the ravages of absolute tyrannies will return. From 1215 AD to 20xx just seems too short a run for liberty.

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

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Re: Nothing new here

I've been hearing that same line since Intel put out the 386. Like my fusion powered air car, it's still in the future.

The technical reasons for this seem to change every few years, but the fact remains that Intel is always the big name in computers and servers. I'd like to see it change, but that doesn't mean it will. And hope is not a plan.

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Re: ARM in the data centre is a certainty unless Intel can find a way to kill it.

Sort of. The problem there is that Intel has such depth of cash, facilities, and technical knowledge that they can ALWAYS undercut on cost.

I was one of the people rooting for AMD when they went head to head with Intel on x86 CPUs. In the time I've worked with tech (and I cut my teeth on a TRS-80 model III), AMD are the only company that has ever really caught Intel with their pants down. At the time I had gone to a conference where their VP of Tech pooh-poohed the fast AMD chips because they wouldn't be able to dump the heat. He was correct up to a point, but AMD just put bigger coolers on the chips. Intel didn't really have anything ready to go, but within a year we were back to a horse race. Ever since then Intel has had at least two functional chip designs still with their developers so that if they need to, they can pull one fresh out of the oven. It'll cause some wiggles in their planned cash flow, but it won't seriously disrupt their market position and they will remain profitable.

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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Re: The only change after 9/11

No, that was not the only change.

Up until 9/11 the primary difference between a terrorist and a mafia hit job was the terrorist wanted the news cameras around so he could make a political statement. The number of dead was always low usually in the single digits although sometimes in the teens. Injured for bombing incidents would be a magnitude or order larger. On 9/11 both numbers jumped two orders of magnitude. They moved from "horrendous crime that we abhor but tolerate" to "all out act of war."

Yes, like Yamamoto it also woke the sleeping dragon.

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ATM hacker Barnaby Jack's death blamed on accidental drug overdose

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Let me get this straight...

We have heroin, cocaine, Benadryl, Xanax, beer, and champagne but their calling it accidental?

Strikes me as more like walking into a hacker convention with completely unpatched Windows XP laptop that turned on and using the unsecured wireless the venue has helpfully provided.

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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Re: All AV software eats pretty much all available CPU + 10%

Not all of it. Back in the day I used and recommend software called E-Safe. It had a very light foot print and never let any of the bad stuff in. It was so paranoid it wouldn't even install it's own signature updates without your explicit approval after the file was downloaded. People tended not to like it because you had to spend a fair chunk of time teaching it how to handle things. At some point I had issues trying to get a license for it and switched to something else, so I can't speak to how well it works these days. Back when I was using it I think they were based in Israel, these days they run out of Seattle, Washington.

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@ Darryl

That's nothing! I could do that with Vista and no AV software.

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Re: That's just ostentatious and self-gratifying

I suppose if you assume "worst software on the planet" infers it is still being sold. I think the worst software ever on the planet was Bob. It was so bad, even Microsoft hasn't re-branded it and they re-brand ALL their failed products.

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Has Intel side-stepped NGOs on conflict minerals in its chips?

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Re: "No politician (nor NGO) is ever going to admit to error now, are they?"

The problem with that is the law they passed won't simply fade away. They need to explicitly take it off the books or update it to the method that works.

We might be able to get them to do a side-by side where you can use either method, but I expect that's the best we can hope for. I can see the argument that particularly in East Congo we need to be encouraging legitimate miners instead of the bad ones. The expensive cert root seems more likely to work for that edge case. And this argument gives the idiots a fig leaf to do the right thing on the other cert.

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How to kill trolls and influence Apple people: A patent solution

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Re: The problem with patents

I like that suggestion!

It may be the most sensible idea I've heard in any discussion about the problems besetting our IP rights issues.

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Re: We're a lot further to the right on that graph than shown.

Software is protected more by copyright than patent. Frankly, in most cases I think it should be patent not copyright, both for the shorter time and the ability to challenge the protection. There are few instances in which I can see software requiring more than 15 years of protection, in fact I think 7 should be the mean. I'd be willing to flex and make it more like trademark: you can keep it so long as you are supporting it.

But that sort of change will never make it through Congress.

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Re: being first to market is an advantage.

There is a story told here in The States to remind our manufacturers that they no longer rule the world. One of our wire manufacturing companies created a new thinner wire that required significant advances in tooling technology. They proceeded to send samples around the world to show everybody what they had done. Before they had their manufacturing line tooled and running the sample from Japan came back. It had been threaded with a smaller wire.

Being first to market is also clearly not beneficial in places like pharmaceuticals. The cost is all in the research and testing. Once you've got a sample it's fairly easy to break down and synthesize the drug. With no research and testing costs to recover, you can undercut the originator's price a hundred fold.

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Re: recipes themselves ... are not copyrightable

I've got shelves of books of copyrighted recipes at home. There is no descriptive or artistic expression in them beyond the list of ingredients and the order in which to mix them and prepare them. Recipes are copyrightable. But rather like tape traders back in the day, most personal infringement isn't caught and prosecuted.

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Re: Proof by assertion

Actually, both chefs and designers have a fair bit of protection for stealing ideas, at least in the relevant period of time. In the US both the Secret Service and the IRS are likely to get involved if you sell knockoffs from a major designer with a company and logo. Same thing for chefs and their recipes.

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@ Don Dumb

While an improvement, even those don't work. I've only seen one example of the government getting this sort of thing correct, and it doesn't translate well to patents or copyrights.

In the US, for agricultural products testing (fertilizers, pesticides etc.) the government authorizes groups to set standards by which products are tested and independent certified labs perform the tests. Both the standards setting groups and the labs run fair tests because there are competing parties who would stop using the services if the tests became too biased either way. But there typically aren't two competing parties for patent applications.

Although maybe there is potential in the government authorizing private entities to issue patents and copyrights without granting them legal immunity for damages if they improperly issue a patent. Government sets out the rules just like they do now, and courts try them. But either party could include the issuing agency in the lawsuit, so there would be incentive for them to get it right. Or maybe they'd be just as prone to side with the PAE to protect themselves.

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solution is to make the PAE liable for the costs of fighting for licensing fees

Except that won't work in worlds where cars aren't powered by unicorn farts.

It's based on the erroneous assumption that the PAEs will lose most or even a decent percentage of their suites. But they won't. They already target small companies without the resources to fight them. That won't change. What will change is that the PAEs will shake down the small companies for their lawyers fees in addition to the patent damages.

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

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Re: assumes the password is unique for each individual router sold.

No such assumption is made, in fact quite the reverse. The assumption is the default password is the same on all of them, but it forces you to set one the first time you use it. Sort of like the old days when the standard default password on a new enterprise account was "password" and you reset it as soon as you logged in the first time.

But the earlier poster is correct that most of the major ISPs in the US have converted to using the serial number or some such as the default password on a consumer router. First thing you should do is change it.

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Re: Not likely

I'd notice as soon as neither my laptop or tablet would connect. Not sure about the roomie's iPad and Mac which are also on the wireless. They might auto-find and open network. But I very much doubt that after you've done a factory reset you'll be able to reset the original WPA2 key I set.

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Re: risk of elevated charges.

YMMV, but in these parts so long as you didn't cop to wanting his password it would probably be lesser charges, at least in terms of actual time served.

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Re: factory reset would also nuke

For the listed exploit yes, but there might be other exploits that aren't so In Your Face. Which is why neither chip vendors nor device manufacturers should ignore a thorough security review of their products.

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US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

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Re: is to develop it all in-house

I don't know that there are any Western powers or even Western friendly powers that could do that. China maybe, but even that I'm not sure about.

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Re: Anything the Brits know the Yanks know.

I hope not. We leak like a sieve over here. And I'd like to know there's at least one adult making decisions about international events. Yes I'd prefer it was us, but since I know right now it isn't, my second preference is a Brit.

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@ Don Jefe

But what if the oil on which you are sitting and your known good cooperation with said State in the War on Terror already gets you those things?

I concur this isn't the way these things are normally handled. But it is possible somebody got miffed enough to cut off the nose to spite the face.

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Re: Russians have fewer skills

It's one thing to regard a Ruskie with undying suspicion, but never underestimate their skills.

Some of the best programming ever done for HP was done by a Russian. HP couldn't afford/wouldn't pay for the source code. Long after they'd lost track of where he was they wanted the source code but couldn't locate him again. So they just kept producing the ROMs for their integrators not being able to reproduce the algorithms on their PCs. IIRC it was the 3396. I worked for a company that wanted to write some software that pulled data out of it. The data packing algorithm was even better than encrypting the data. They couldn't move forward with it until they signed NDAs and cross-licensing agreements with HP. HP got a decent program from mine, but mine got the better deal. We'd never have written a program as good as the one we did without their guidance and assistance.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

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@ Gil Grissum

If BB have a valid patent on the keyboard, simply moving it from the handset to and external device doesn't avoid their patent. Typo would still need to pay royalties for that.

If moving it to an external device generates a valid patent, BB would then have to license that implementation if they wished to sell it, even though they have the keyboard patent. Of course, in that case they'd more likely settle for cross-licensing rights.

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Re: Typo?

I'm surprised anyone was willing to invest in a company called typo. The whole thing smell of the plot line from The Producers.

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@ David W.

I've never much cared for the BB keyboard, but then I've never cared much for any of the smart phone keyboards. They're all too damn small for me.

But I generally concur with your remarks. They do seem to have put some R&D into it and deserve at least a preliminary hearing before being dismissed. I do however wish they referenced the specific patents in question so we were better able to evaluate their argument. They do seem to have gone to the trouble to put some legalese on the website to protect from some sort of shareholder lawsuits.

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest ever recorded, global warming is not eroding it'

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Re: Climate stuff

a school kid in the '60s when it was not called climate change

Bollox! If you were a kid in school in the 60s you would have been reading about the coming Ice Age, not Global Warming. I know because it was a regular feature in the environmentally sensitive Ranger Rick magazine my parents thought it would be good for me to read as a kid. Right along side the river pollution articles and saving the Condor. And you'd remember it as clearly as I do because it is such a glaring example of a self-serving about face in the so-called "scientific" community.

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Re: What matters is that the holier-than-thou attitude

Pot? Meet Kettle.

Resolve that and then we can have a civil discussion. Until that time, if you insist on burning me if effigy, expect me to one up you in reply.

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Re: Lest we forget

Yep. Ice during the melting months of summer where there was none 100 years or so ago.

And irony of ironies, they went down for the specific purpose of proving the ice was retreating like Napoleon after invading Russia.

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@ gazthejourno: No, no. I've got this one.*

Mahatma Coat you do know that:

1. A single season weather does not make climate.

2. That's only Australia. You need the average over the entire surface of the globe, not just a little region of it. I mean, your continent is barely 7% the size of Europe and Warmists write off the entire Little Ice Age as a "regional" event.

*Your point is valid and obvious, but I want to the chance to play by Alinsky's rules. It's so much more fun to be using them than being abused by them.

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Re: . Your correspondent personally has never received a penny...

If things are bad Lewis, all you have to do is put up a tip jar.

Honest.

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Microsoft shops ditch XP for New Year as Windows market share expands

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Re: IME...

If you're still programming in Delphi 2.0, that's the filter that obscures your world view. I'm not a programmer, just the guy who puts together their systems. Last time I installed Delphi 2.0 on a system was over 6 years ago. If you were programming in something else you'd see a lot more Win7. I doubt you'd see much 8/8.1 on the corporate side. I think that's mostly been consumers who can't figure out how to upgrade from 8/8.1 to 7 (or Linux).

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@ TonyJ

You're right, you're going to collect a lot of downvotes.

Given that you have self-identified that this is a niche use and added the caveats about traditional desktop/laptop devices, I figured you've earned an upvote from someone who despises the direction MS is trying to force on the market.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Re: You missed my point

I think he quite got your point, it's in his first line. You are in the minority of people who are willing to pay upfront for the game. If there were a bunch more like you, maybe the market would change.

Unfortunately, while he was bemoaning the current market, the length of the rest of his post obscures that.

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Re: by just 25 per cent year on year

But, but, but, they HAVE crashed!

Last year those were triple digit numbers. And all the tech polls told me real programs are dead and the only way to make money in the future will be with Apps. And those Apps installs will keep up their insane installation numbers.

/end sarc

Where's the "whiny voice" icon?

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Facebook bots grope our 'privates', and every wronged user should get $10,000 – lawsuit claims

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And you Brits complain about crazy Texas lawsuits?

I gotta tell you, when it comes to bat shit insane, Texas has nothing on Cali.

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Re: But there isn't a dislike button ;-)

You know, there might be a monetization angle there....

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Re: Say "comprised of" oine more time and I'll scream!

OK.

This entire thread is mostly comprised of people ranting about things have no meaning in the large scheme of things. Yes, that includes this one too.

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Re: It is not a national institution, to be defended.

Yes, it is.

But beyond that, I detest screeds along the lines of "Jews are rats so its okay to kill them" regardless of what the topic is.

If you want to talk about the industries that have truly lead to the American obesity epidemic, you and I are working in one of them. People use to get out and exercise. These days they sit around watching the telly or playing on their PCs/Tablets/smart phones.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

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Re: Or I have missed something obvious...

Yeah, you did.

Most importantly: The diesel still puts CO2 in the air, which is what this is really all about. And any CO2 in the air doesn't meet the pure Ikarran definition.

On the business end you have issues with retooling, gathering new vendors, and updating all of your existing lines of vehicles. It might be possible for a start-up to try that route, but a start-up won't have the distribution channel. So it becomes a chicken and egg problem.

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Re: This car may not be for you

Please! I live in the US. The UK objections being raised are quite valid for at least 80% of the people living in the US. Living in one of the few areas where this might be marginally useful has obviously baked your brain the same way that car will get baked in the sun.

Mnay US residents, like many UK residents, live in heavily urbanized areas. In these areas most people can't street park their cars even assuming they've got sufficient sunlight vis-a-vie the weather. If you're not in an urbanized area the 21 mile range kills it. What you've got is a market for maybe 100,000 people all across the US, including greenies with too much money on their hands.

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Re: "concept vehicle"

Significant?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

This vehicle deserves four out of five yawns on the Yawner scale.

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Sub head is a flat out lie

not enough to fully recharge the vehicle's 7.6kWh lithium ion battery in one day

Until that changes, it certainly remains an experimental outback oddity.

Really, you need to lay off the green weed, it kills too many brain cells as is evidenced by your failure to compare and contrast those two bits.

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You're spending WHAT on iPhone 6? Wells Fargo downgrades Apple stock

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Re: aim for a broad market share

Apple have NEVER aimed for a broad market share. They've always aimed at a profitable niche. They got lucky (unlucky?) with the iPod and iPhone. Holding their market share will be a real challenge.

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Re: They haven't since about 2007

Most Reg commentards do read the post and respond to specific items in the post. It's only the Fanbois who cause problems.

In particular, you'll note the strawman shift; changing what was written to something which is obviously false. I expect now that he's done showing here in the forums, he'll pop on over to a gambling site "IQ" test.

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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Re: Ummm

I'd like to see the raw data for the study. I'm betting once I've got it I can prove Apple users are the dumbest in the group because of they were the ones. I'd say the smartest ones are the ones who DIDN'T take the test and I'd bet Apple had the highest percentage of responders.

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Private space truck ready for ISS trip as soon as NEXT WEEK

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Re: Oribtal will either have to seriously under bid SpaceX

Actually I'd expect both contracts to be renewed, possibly at the same relative rates. The government really doesn't like single source contracts. NASA probably saved more than the difference between the contracts on the administrative costs sole source would have involved. And that's before you get into the problems of Congress Critter Mo demanding information about why the competitor in his state/county/city was denied a contract.

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IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

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Re: CV Writing...

I re-read the article just to be sure. They don't mention it being upgraded right before the big sales season. More likely the switch was made during an expected slow time this year and has been functioning fine ever since. They implemented some sort of automated expansion function and ran the standard tests which it passed. And since everything has been smooth nobody was expecting problems during the actual stress of holiday buying. Except the standard tests didn't actually tickle the flaw in the setup while the real traffic flow did. And if they implemented this back in February of 2013, everyone involved is probably scratching their heads trying to remember WTF they were thinking when they mapped out the plan.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: You're also missing the non-tooth applications:

Same thought here. They pitch the tooth application because that's the sexy, tactical thing the congress critters will fund, but the real intention is better logistics which is what the professionals know wins wars.

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