* Posts by Ivan 4

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Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

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I often use the company’s mobile app and it’s updated frequently,

That leads to the question 'what is wrong with it?' that it needs to be updated frequently.

One can only assume that said app is either so bug ridden to be almost unusable and/or unfinished and should never have been allowed to the wide world.

The only other possible reason is that the developers are so insecure that they have to 'fiddle' with it to make it 'better'. If it works as intended it doesn't need 'fiddling' with except to fix bugs.

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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

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Re: Seems to be pointless to me

+100

It appears that this is just something to flog the latest Intel silicon and win 10 and not doing a very good job of it.

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Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

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Re: I did this once to recover lost data

Done the same thing and I have often wondered why the drive manufacturers didn't offer replacement controller boards as an item.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Obsession with web pages...

"[CS 106J] covers the same material as CS 106A but does so using JavaScript, the most common language for implementing interactive web pages, instead of Java," the university website explains.

I think that tells us all we need to know. This is not designed to start real developers on the road to producing useful workable as bug free as possible useful programs.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Cat among the pigions but...

From the point of view of an end user does systemd or sys V init make any difference or is it just something for those totally unhelpful twits on the forums to argue about. Most end users are not interested in compiling anything, in fact many get upset with the process of installing a program and its dependencies, they just want to use what is before them.

Linux will never be the universal OS as long as these arguments continue and it is difficult for the average user to install and manage what they want to use. It will be seen as the OS of those that want to be superior to everyone, the fact it is used on servers and in the data centre only reinforces that view.

Before you hack me to pieces, I am just an engineer sitting on the sideline trying to make sense of these exotic arguments, also I use OS/2 as my main OS.

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, FireEye's director

So it is a PR exercise for FireEye then. The government isn't listening to them or something.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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as it invariably leads to learning lessons

The old standby, but the problem always remains that those lessons are very seldom applied and when it all happens again they have to be relearned.

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Re: How the mighty have fallen

Instead they cut the research, abandoned products and tried to shift to services,

It is always the same when the marketing wonks and accountants take over in the board room. For them the service is everything because it doesn't need people that cost money.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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If the government is worried about the budget deficit they should stop pandering to the global warming and renewable energy band wagons - that would save several billions a year.

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Embarrassing! FreeNAS downgrades latest release to 'tech preview'

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Re: Using your customers as testing and QA

Just taking out a leaf of the Microsoft play book.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

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Interesting, when I clicked on the link (https://extensions.inrialpes.fr/ ) all I get is firefox telling me that the server was reset and try again.

I don't know what they are doing but it appears that they can't see me.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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@tfewster,

The fact the Australian troll is suing people using an American court (Texas) and then trying to hide under Australian law when they are shown up to be a troll rather dumps cold water on your statement.

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Deeming Facebook a 'publisher' of users' posts won't tackle paedo or terrorist content

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Re: Which country's legal jurisdiction to use?

@John H Woods,

You may be correct but that doesn't stop the professionally offended SJWs being offended and creating so much fuss that any comment could end you up in court charged wit a hate crime.

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Far out: Dark matter bridges millions of light-years long spotted between galaxies

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For those of us that like science fiction what they are seeing could well be the results of commercial FTL travel in the empire.

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Intelligent robots can walk the walk – but if they can't talk the talk, we can't get along

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The AI hype has triggered a moral panic

And that is what it is hype. We are no nearer true AI than we were 50 years ago.

Yes, we have expert systems but they are not much more than advanced logic controllers - if this, do that or nothing.

What is being touted as AI is nothing more than marketing hype to try and get a commercial advantage, or in the case of universities, funding.

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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Re: "Assad is a doctor"

who really doubts that the USA had good intel on aircraft movements that matched the attack?

I am sure they did but that does not point to the aircraft using chemical weapons. What if one of the bombs hit the ISIS chemical weapons plant and so caused a leak? Or the whole thing was a setup by ISIS - to them life is cheap and killing a few kids to gain a world wide PR coup would be considered well worth it.

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Re: "wake of a chemical weapons attack on civilians"

This was too stage managed to be anything more than an ISIS PR exercise. They have done it before and will assuredly do it again if they think they can pull the wool over the eyes of the west.

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Utility company picks NB-IoT, actively spurns rival techs' USPs

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Re: Security?

In the IoT manufacturing and deployment community it is, especially from what we of their not implementation of it.

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Germany gives social networks 24 hours to delete criminal content

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Re: Greetings from Germany

Fun fact: The person who is complaining is to be informed, but the one who is deleted does not even know the reason and has no court or something to complain about the deletion.

Deutschland über alles. I think we have heard that before!

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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A long way to go to catch up with Siemens

Interesting that also today Siemens has announced a record breaking event with their electric aircraft.

http://newatlas.com/siemens-airbus-electric-plane-world-record-glider/48806/

And for those that are interested in the power plant (electric motor)

https://www.siemens.com/innovation/en/home/pictures-of-the-future/mobility-and-motors/electromobility-electrically-powered-flight.html

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Re: Pleas for extra

You must remember that the 'charity' has to keep the top managers in the way they have come to expect, very high salaries etc. And then there is the building upkeep, those high-rise buildings aren't cheep you know.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Things will have to change a lot ...

Perhaps the issue will vanish by itself when the Obertwitterführer finally notices that these policies will hurt his own business.

You do realise that it takes years for any changes to work their way through the system - these things don't change overnight or even in a few months.

Most of these issues are a holdover from the previous administration and were built up on those from the one before that it is rather unfair to blame this administration.

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Re: going to KiwiLand?

But seriously, who really wants to go to the USA with 'him' in charge?

Seriously, who wanted to go with the previous twit in charge? It as Obama that started almost all of this crap!

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'No deal better than bad deal' approach to Brexit 'unsubstantiated'

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Re: Unforseen consequences of Brexit, number 93

The Spanish don't have a leg to stand on considering their autonomous outposts of Ceuta and Melilla on the north coast of Morocco - they are part of the EU, being Spanish, but the Moroccans want them back.

The other thing it would be local area Spanish economy that would take a beating if the border was closed because of the number of people from there that work on the rock.

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Kremlin hackers suspected in assault on athletics governing body

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with the Russian hacking group blamed for the infamous US Democratic National Committee break-in among the main suspects.

Or, in other words, the CIA strikes again.

It is just too simple to accuse the Russians especially when NATO wants to strengthen itself and we still have a large number of people to keep docile with threats of 'reds under the beds'.

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Snakes and bats cause more blackouts than criminal haxors

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Ever since South Australia's 2016 megastorm,

And what 'megastorm' would that be? The one that the BoM hyped up to try and appear worse than many in earlier years or what.

As for 'the wind not blowing' being a cause, that will most probably change now that the Hazelwood coal fired power station has closed down considering that during most days it supplied more power than all the wind generators in Australia combined.

Also, the writers of this report should consult with those that produced the AEMO report on the SA blackout.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Re: I'd equate Trump to Hitler but...

1) Destroy the Republican Party

2) Destroy the Democratic Party

That should be undertaken simultaneously, that way neither of them get final control. If you did it in the order you outline you would never get to your option 3) and the country would end up like Russia in the 60s only on steroids.

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Apple Store in Pennsylvania hit with discrimination complaint

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I note that he does not say what the group of black teens were doing when the management told security to remove them.

This is a rather significant omission and seems to be there only to try and help his shakedown of the company. I wonder if management has done the same with white teens, but mentioning that wouldn't help his case at all.

He appears to be a person that thinks he is 'entitled' but to exactly what it is uncertain.

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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Ah, that article explains, in part, why our spam filter is dumping almost all the incoming mail - it's set to reject full html mails because there is nothing worth reading in 99% of them.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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Re: Age Discrimination?

That robs big blue from earning through the customers mistakes misunderstanding the deliberately misleding information presented by a fresh eager to impress highly certified but no experience youngster.

So that is why the Australian government contracts went TITSUP.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: Amazing

I'll see competition when big aero starts putting fly-back airbreathers into the first-stage phase of launch.

Prelude to Space - Arthur C. Clarke

To those people that say you can't use them on other planets (Mars) I don't think anyone was saying that you had to. The thing is that such a fly-back craft would be the best way of getting material and manpower up into space to build the craft that would go to the other planets.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Re: What can they find out?

And an EU Commissioner has to keep dealing with the idiots to be sure of having the necessary hashtags at the end of the process

And it is very difficult when said EU Commissioner is likewise an idiot for entertaining such an idea.

We all know that the first requirement to be a politician is complete ignorance of anything technical. All they have to know is how to screw the people.

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Clearing the mines with livestock (that's you by the way)

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Re: I must be getting old

I had the misfortune yesterday to have a friend bring in their win 10 laptop because they wanted to use a mouse rather than the trackpad.

Yuck! What a mess.

Scroll bars that don't even if you can find them. Program windows that merge into the background and are glaring white all over. No easy way to get at hardware settings.

Thank all the deities that I don't use windows everyday.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Re: Am I the only one...

No!

For many things in industry it makes perfect sense, especially when nothing goes out of the building.

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Is there some law that requires all those aspiring to be politicians to not have any idea about technical things of any sort?

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Re: The key word is 'Ever'

From what we have seen in the UK, EU and, yes even the US, in the last 12 months I don't think the terrorists are 'mythical'.

Yes, many of them are home grown but you have to look at where they got their ideas and training. It is the latter that this vetting is aimed at.

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Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

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The planned licensing change comes with the endorsement of Intel and Oracle,

Obviously so they can do an insignificant change and then charge the earth for its use, and don't forget the patent lawyers.

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Maybe they should have talked with the engineers and those people that work with fluids. The grove to prevent flow back has been known for years and has been used on window sills to prevent water running back and down the walls for evah .

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Has anyone considered that the computer models might just be wrong - especially when applied to planets other than earth with different star conditions.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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Go for C: but add instant dismissal and fine.

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Wang, bang, thank you, mang: Acer exec off to sell PCs for Lenovo

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6) Hardware that has drivers available for other operating systems.

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

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Re: NASA back to space

@imanidiot

If they had put the money wasted on climate change projects (CAGW is not in their remit) into the R&D required to have better ways of 1, getting into space, and 2, getting about when there, we would most probably have had people living on the moon and working the asteroid belt for resources by now.

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

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Re: Europe is looking better..

Everyone always complains about the exchange rate unless it is totally to their advantage.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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@a_yank_lurker, Maybe they could even go back and re look at the old aether theory which appears to fit the facts they are observing.

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Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won't protect teens

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I often wonder why parents have children if they are not prepared to put the necessary work in to raising to live in the world with all its problems.

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Re: hmm

You forgot the /sark tag.

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Cybercriminals getting as good as nation state spies – report

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Presumably the targeting of the energy sector is to find out just how much power a company can expect in the future and how reliable that power will be.

The targeting of the energy distribution network is to see if, when push comes to shove, they can keep power to at least some part of industry.

The reasons for this is the over reliance on renewable energy to the detriment of base load supplies.

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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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@AC, Agree with you up to your last sentence which has nothing to do with the case and is just political virtue signalling.

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Tax payers won't be slugged.

A labour government with a budget surplus, have we moved to a different planet? Maybe that is code for 'we will raise taxes to cover this'.

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Re: Farmers think different

Well, the water could be pumped up into a tower by day.

Using what form of energy? Solar won't cut it unless there are several hectares of panels which removes that amount of ground from crop production.

If the cost of buying energy exceeds the cost of diesel fuel then the sensible thing is to use diesel generators for your energy needs.

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