* Posts by Ivan 4

1480 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Interesting

The problem is that trucking companies need to get a good return on their investment which can, and very often does, mean two drivers and the truck running all day.

The problem then becomes how do they charge the batteries in the time it would normally take to fill the diesel tanks?

Electric delivery vans might be OK, after all we had them in the 60s delivering milk but I just don't see how electric long haul trucks can be economically viable.

8
3

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Way back

Way back in the 60s there was a system proposed called NIT (Negative Income Tax).

The idea was that everyone would get the absolute minimum necessary to live but they could earn more by working with the NIT reducing by a percentage of their earnings.

The only real problem with that was the fact that all the welfare departments and organisations would be replaced by the income tax department - you filled in your tax forms and they worked everything out.

If I remember correctly it got talked about in the UK House of Lords and some actual tests of the system were carried out in the US (a few selected cities).

I think the main reason it wasn't adopted was that it would put too many peoples noses out of joint because they saw it as something for nothing ignoring the fact it mainly replaced the welfare and/or unemployment benefits that were available.

8
1

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

Ivan 4
Silver badge

brauner Umschlag?

6
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Politics is nothing to do with it.

Politics has everything to do with it.

The French Gendarmerie switched to Linux in 2008 and haven't looked back since. There are several other French government department also using Linux.

If government departments can do it successfully a local city council should be able to do it as well IF they keep politics out of it.

32
4

Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

Ivan 4
Silver badge

I don't know why the greens have such a down on CO2, it is a harmless plant food and so necessary for life on this planet.

They talk about it being a greenhouse gas - indeed it is used in many commercial greenhouses to increase crop yields, but there are other gases that are much more potent as a heat trapping blanket around the earth, the main one being water vapour.

The also talk about an 'ideal' average air temperature but ignore the fact the air temperature of the earth has changed from the ice ages to much hotter than the medieval warm period which was much warmer than now.

The fact that the atmosphere is a chaotic system implies that they, the climate scientists, will never totally understand it or make meaningful computer models of it.

The globe has cooled and warmed many times and by now man should be able to use technology to keep himself alive byt unfortunately the greens do want us to use technology, they want us back in some bohemian utopia which has never existed.

9
16

UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Amber Rudd's Brain

Something that is thicker than three short planks where all other politicians are only as thick as two short planks.

5
0

Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: So basically an idiot light.

Believe it or not, this guy has a Doctorate

In stupidity?

5
0

Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Still not sure how Google is at fault.

Don't forget that in the past Microsoft were backing foundem as a way of getting at Google

0
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Not really

I have yet to find a use for price comparison sites. In my experience they never have any real details that allow for any realistic comparison of the abilities of the goods and sites they are touting for - price is not the only item, availability and delivery are very important as well.

5
0

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Oh dear, by moving to France I've missed all that. My ADSL + phone* charge has been the same since 2003 so I have no complaints.

* Phone includes free calls to land line phones in most countries and reduced rates to mobiles in selected countries (EU, US, Canada, Australia etc.).

1
0

Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Brexit?

That is just Kieren showing his political views - Brexit has nothing to do with it at all.

6
1

Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Windows or Android?

due to lack of serious software

This is the big problem with tablets. They are fine for reading e-mails, the odd web browsing and other odd things - serious work requires something bigger and better with much more omph.

8
1

US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

Ivan 4
Silver badge

They have to find some Russians to blame because of the wild accusations that have been tossed about, otherwise they will lose face over it.

14
17

Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Or was it the central government computer used to keep track of everyone?

I would think the hackers would have the same type of success in the US if they hacked the main NSA database.

0
0

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Why they need a mobile signal for monitoring energy usage is any one's guess.

It's not for monitoring your usage but to allow them to switch you off remotely if the unreliables are not producing enough electricity or if you are behind in paying your bill which is too high because of the green taxes used to prop up the unreliables.

6
0

A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

Ivan 4
Silver badge

safeguard American elections from hacking by miscreants or manipulation by Russian or other foreign agents.

I see they forgot to mention the NSA as a likely source of manipulation of results to enable then to get what they want next time round.

8
0

French senator demands public inquiry into Microsoft military deal

Ivan 4
Silver badge

They should also look into how this fits into the EU data security.

All your data belong to NSA.

8
0

Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

Ivan 4
Silver badge

All part of the move to unify the Microsoft offering so they have you by the short and curlies when they change to the monthly rental system - pay up or the e-mail gets it.

14
2

Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Ahem

That is typical of all politicians anywhere in the world - it goes with the position. Then you add he is a lawyer to the mix and chaos is rampant.

32
1

UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: "All observers in the know"

We should wonder just how much Microsoft paid for that support to their aim to get everyone using win 10.

3
4

Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Appropriate

The cars or the politicians?

11
0

Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have

Ivan 4
Silver badge

How many people/companies will this nudge in the direction of looking for something else?

Maybe this is also a softening up process for monthly win 10 renting and pointing companies to the cloud.

12
3

Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Dear Microsoft

You forgot:

Fix the UI (we don't need or want a phone UI on a desktop).

38
3

Legacy kit, no antivirus, weak crypto. Yep. They're talking critical industrial networks

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Endemic to the sector

Been there, seen that and rewired to place. In doing so we removed the factory and all its associated parts from the internet and the office complex making sure the office wallahs can't get at anything that makes the money (they get the reports delivered to them via CDs - USB ports araldited up).

4
0

What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Thinking about it you are right.

3
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

optimize its people and overheads to make itself relevant again.

First thing, get rid of 99% of the MBAs, bean counters and marketing wonks on the board and replace them with engineers,

Second, cut the salaries of the the upper 60% of management by at least 80% after all most of them never earn what they are getting.

Third, fire Meg and replace her with someone with engineering knowledge.

Doing the above might pull the company back from the brink of destruction, the present policy won't.

21
1

US energy, nuke and aviation sectors under sustained attack

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Maybe it is time to start using text only e-mail clients - no clikey links or other stupidity and the admins can setup good spam rules in the firewall, or even setup a fast Bayesian spam filter to cull the garbage.

7
0

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

Ivan 4
Silver badge

We don't know why... but we must act

Interesting statement that. I have to ask, is it another way of asking for more money?

Maybe it would help if they considered the effect of the increase of bird mincers subsidy farmers wind farms on the environment.

5
0

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Why do people go for such deals - is it because they must have the latest shiny shiny or what?

I have always bought the phone outright and then shopped around for the best sim only deal. With my dual sim phone I have two providers, one in France and a Tesco pay as you go for the UK. My French account costs me about 190 per YEAR and Tesco about half that which makes me a happy camper.

Ohm by the way my phone cost less than 100.

2
0

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: encryption

emptied it by giving it all to charity,

The police benevolent fund I assume.

22
0

BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Really?

Maybe it's a feature?

All ready for the three letter agencies to use with impunity.

3
0

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Ivan 4
Silver badge

@James, I would add to your list.

Can we completely replace the flat featureless interface with something that allows you to see what you are doing?

14
1

IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!

Ivan 4
Silver badge

This is what always happens when a technology company gets a preponderance of MBAs, bean counters and marketing wonks on the board.

15
0

Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Can't help wondering how fast the Brown retirement fund is growing because this looks as if the cities a buying the best advantage to their points of view.

2
3

Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Since we don't have anything remotely approaching a real AI this sounds more like a call for 'jobs for the boys' at taxpayers expense.

2
1

SendGrid services are DOWN and OUT of action

Ivan 4
Silver badge

cloud-based email marketing service

Is that the reason my spam filter has had a light load today? If so, long may they stay down.

5
0

Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Tesla is not typical

Until electric cars can get charged in roughly the amount of time it takes to fuel a gasoline car

I would add to that - and get the same distance as a full tank of fuel (petrol, diesel) in a normal car electric cars will be nothing than 'go to the local shop' transport and that assumes they are in a city or town.

4
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

@Peter2

I spy a design flaw, and power cuts waiting to happen.

That is why the big push to have 'smart meters' installed. Rolling blackouts when there isn't enough electricity generated due to there being no wind and no reliable source of base load power.

10
0

Calm down, Elon. Deep learning won't make AI generally intelligent

Ivan 4
Silver badge

The thing we know as 'intelligence' is a vast chaotic system and since chaotic systems have so far defeated mathematical modelling we are a very long way from creating any intelligent machines - no matter what the marketing wonks, Musk and others say.

8
3

Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Translation: please, please stop using Windows 7 and 8.

Or in other words, move to win 10 so we can slurp your data and sell it on and then, when you can't back out, we can charge you a fee to rent the OS.

56
2

Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Can't help wondering how much the Greek court was paid to give that decision.

7
0

Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: "the movies that showed us what's to come"

That would have to be 'Idiocracy', just look round if you want proof.

For those that haven't seen the film read the book, 'The Marching Morons' by C M Kornbluth.

13
1

AMD comes out swinging, says: We're the Buster Douglas of the tech industry!

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Hear. Hear.

2
0

Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: 1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual.

Neither was the film 'Idiocracy' (based on 'The Marching Morons' by C M Kornbluth) meant to be prophetic but it has every indication of being so.

4
0

Amazon told to repay €250m in 'unfair state aid' from Luxembourg

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Rule of Law

I think the problem is the commission is running out of money and needs to get more from what may, at a superficial glance, be on the surface legal.

5
1

Microsoft shows off Windows 10 Second Li, er, Mixed Reality

Ivan 4
Silver badge

I think the development team are running a contest to see how long they can continue fooling the users that win x UI is anything more than a game for 2 year olds.

I had the misfortune to have to use a win x machine a few days ago. Everything took 3 times longer than it should because of the crappy UI -first find the white on white scroll bars. They should concentrate on getting an easy, clear, workable UI - something like the ones used on win 7 or XP rather than trying crapp bells and whistles VR.

6
6

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Now they know...

Yes, that bit did but the server shutdown part didn't, nor apparently did the failover to the mirror site.

15
1

Introducing EE4J – Java EE's fling with the Eclipse Foundation

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Focus on key strengths...

Why the emphasis on webdesign? We use a large number of Java programs that have nothing to do with the web. Their redeeming strength is that they will run on any OS that has a JRE.

2
1

Nobel Prize for boffins who figured out why you feel like crap after long-haul flights

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: The warnings are stark for...

Stay up all night for a long time - years - then daytime is all wrong.

I generally work all night and get very disorientated when I have to get up during the day. There are quite a lot of us night owls in the world.

9
0

EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

Ivan 4
Silver badge

I assume the non documented reason for this is to allow the commish to block all adverse comments about what it is doing and the habits of the individual commissioners. They can't stand criticism because they are 'always right and good'.

2
8

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017