* Posts by James 51

3258 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

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Not one mention of the ping times, I'm bad enough on line but to be killed waiting for packets to load would be infuriating.

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OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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You can get a dual sim S9 sim free from amazon for £470 for £27 a month with no upfront fee from car phone warehouse. It isn't as good value as it appears to be.

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US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Re: The Chinese Century

Bob, a lot of what you say there is correct but how you say it makes it painful to hear. Turn the volume down, take a more measured tone and you might find some people agreeing with you and being surprised when they check the handle of the poster.

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Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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I don't know if they police were being creative. He used someone else's login to cover his tracks, the unauthorised access part of the law clearly applies.

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France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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Re: The Likelihood of Macron's Macro Meanderings becoming a Reality for CyberSpace Flight Crew

That's twice in two days. Stock up on canned goods.

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Chinese teen braniacs are being trained to build new AI weapons

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Re: @James 51 - A scary combination

Ask Tibetans and muslims living in the west of China about that.

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Re: A scary combination

It's the draconian regime that views people who totally submit as a resource to be exploited and any resistance, even if it is ideologically consistent with the values they are suppose to embody as diseased fiends to be stamped out with religious fervour combined with the imperialist aggression as displayed with the invasion and annexation of other countries territory in the south china sea part that worries me. AI weaponry will only embolden that behaviour.

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Re: On the Western Front ... Rampant Discontent Generates Momentum and Discovers Alternate Direction

Out of the mouth from amanfromMars 1... Short, concise, coherent, intelligent and insightful. It's times like this I start checking the dregs of my tea for any residue.

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GDPR USA? 'A year ago, hell no ... More people are open to it now' – House Rep says EU-like law may be mulled

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Anyone else read the subheading as Mega-hacks nude Congress to consider privacy standard...Anyone got any strong mind bleach handy?

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Desktop/wall space. When they aren't in use, fold them away to protect the screen or if you need to work with actual paper. Would be easier to transport too.

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Not phones but foldable tablets or laptops, even desktop monitors would seem like a more sensible use of the technology.

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Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: RE: onefang

@Tigra 07 There was a lady at my former place of employment who had nails that were several centimetres long. I don't know if they were real or not but virtually the keys on her keyboard had the letters scratched off.

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Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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What happens if you have botox? Or neuropathy?

Anyone who 'invents' this kind of technology should have to read what Cory Doctorow had to say about a superfu detector.

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Meh

It has the same number and type of ports as a Gemini. Higher res screen but then you can stick linux on the Gemini and it has a micro sd slot and there's a 4G model. Probably a fraction of the price.

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Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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Joke

Should have used a blockchain.

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Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

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So, how long before 3D printing makes trade wars moot?

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AMD's shares get in a plane, take off and soar to 12,000 ft – then throw open the door, and fall into the cool rushing air

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I bought a 2400G at the start of the year, a massive increase from my A6-5400k but I bought that cause I couldn't get a 560 4gb at a sane price (would have paired with a 1600). That's likely to be me though for the forseeable future (6+ years at least). There's probably a lot more casual gamers who were in the same boat and did what I did.

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Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

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@Onefang - Boris, is that you what what!

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Surely the obvious application is to censor conversations in real time?

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Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

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I took a look on the ifixit site and there wasn't a huge range of Moto's phone kits being advertised. Hopefully the future phones are easier to fix than the current ones.

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Sysadmin running a Mac fleet? IBM has just thrown you a lifeline

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The idea is to let users self-provisionpay for their own equipment as far as possible

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AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor

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I wasn't talking about how much it would cost to develop or the price hardware it would run on. Just what the company who sells it would charge for it.

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Go

More power to you then and good luck. Just remember to vet the marketing and sales pitches.

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The use of computer decision support systems to better guide treatments and improve outcomes is a much needed approach

The unspoken bias and assumptions that go into statements like these make me laugh. If the AI can determine an optimal course, why not write a paper on that (after clinical trials) and let everyone know. Then you don't need the AI for the improved outcome, just someone who is already an expert and keeping up to date with advancements in their field to keep doing just that.

As for the bit at the end that even a slight improvement would save a lot of lives worldwide, there's a lot of people who would not be able to afford what would undoubtably be a very expensive tool so the potential impact is vastly over stated. That is of course assuming that it ever gets to the point were it is actually useful.

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Perhaps it's just a sign of the times but my first thought is that they are recovering from an attack rather than human error. Could be both of course.

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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I've had problems getting 17.10 and 18.04 to work on my 2400G. Hoping thisnew release will resolve the issue.

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Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

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Any chance they could ship a few of the repair teams to Puerto Rico? There's a lot of work for fibre repair and installation teams there.

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Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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Sounds like a great companion device for a Gemini 4G. Could move the main sim into it and use this to take calls without a bluetooth headset. Bit expensive though and I’d want the battery to be removable.

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Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

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I think the clamshell design suits the Gemini well.

Any chance The Register could talk with Onyx about the torrent of ereaders coming our way? Would like to know the price and ETA for the Boox Nova Plus.

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Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Meh

Does that mean getting batteries replaced while you wait at a reasonable price? I'd prefer a user replaceable battery but I'll take second best if I have to.

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300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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What's good for the goose...

You can bet of CPI was higher than RPI and the pensioners decided BT should use CPI, BT would just point to the contract and say no. They could alter the terms for new members but they've got an almighty fight on their hands if they try to do that for existing members.

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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The next celeb nude scandal is going to be from airport scanners and tech like this. Pretty soon it won't just be hats that are lined with tin foil.

I know images aren't suppose to be saved and operators see the screen at the queue and it's a stick outline but it stretches my credulity past breaking point to think these images are not saved. If someone manages to smuggle something past a scanner and brings down a plane, those images will be needed for the investigation and determine what the vulnerability was that let the contraband through. Now imagine that capability in the hands of paparazzi who could target you from meters away and through your clothes. Or nasty ex-partners for that matter.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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There is a 4G version of the Gemini, quite nice it is too. The Agenda app is better than Google's calendar, looking forward to the data app. Fingers crossed they release an email reading client too.

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Re: Every one spies

It's bread and circuses. Now that they're running out of bread, time for a bigger circus.

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Brit outfit IT Lab snaps up Office 365 and SharePoint pro Content and Code

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I always wondered about the sensibility of companies who negotiate contracts with their customers publishing gross income/net profit. It must be tempting for customers to say to freeze prices (or reduce them) and you’ll still be quids in or we can go elsewhere.

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Civil rights group Liberty walks out on British cops' database consultation

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Re: Good news, bad news

They don't need a database to tell them that, only what of.

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The ink's not dry on California'a new net neutrality law and the US govt is already suing

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Re: States' rights!

You beat me to it on this one.

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Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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How many holes does Adobe software ship with? If they know it's this buggy, what are they doing about it prerelease?

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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Making data this easy to access is a violation of the requirement to protect identifying data and given the extreme ease with which anyone who had access to the app could do all of this, I struggle to describe what was happening as hacking in any sense of the term. You might be able to get a conviction under computer misuse but GDPR covers a lot of the same ground feels like the more relevant legislation. Particularly as only people who had the app and had a right to use it, were using it and ‘I use just exploring the functionality available to me yer honour. It didn’t say anywhere that I couldn’t.’

I think under a more general point, every company needs to up their securty game and going over the few people who changed the data should take a backseat to getting the parties (both business and political) to take their responsibilities seriously.

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Paris Hilton

Let's not forget the necessary #tags.

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IT Angle

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19009344

If you take on overly literal reading of the law then you might have a case but I am not sure any conviction would stand up to an appeal.

BTW the data misuse act is no longer law:

https://ascentant.co.uk/gdpr-replace-data-protection-act-1998-prepared/

GDPR would be a far better way to clobber the company responsible (and probably the Tory party too as they would be data controllers in this instance). You could go for deframation too but that could end up making the Tory party look very silly indeed.

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I doubt it, as long as he had paid for the app. You could argue terms and conditions but I've never heard of a case (other than reselling licenses) going to court. The software house would cease to exist long before the case came to trial.

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Actually I'm quite happy with my Gemini. Roll on Sailfish 3 on the primary boot...

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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I do have a n900 too but that never had what you could call an app eco-system although there were a lot of good programs in the repositories for it (including OS updates created by users after Nokia stopped developing for it) so considered it too niche to be relevant to this topic. Although aren't Tizen and Sailfish decendants of Maemo?

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I bought Symbian and BB10 phones. If they were still a going concern I'd be using them now. Android is the default because I won't pay to be condescended to by apple.

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The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting

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Looks like I'm still going to have to save my pennies for a Librem.

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Oracle pours a mug o' Java 11 for its addicts, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink

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Still wrapping my head around Java 8 *sigh*

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DWP CIO and chief digi officer Mayank Prakash quits

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Re: The handcuffs haven't yet been made ..

I'd happily do it for £150,000 plus expenses.

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All those civil service bigwigs are cashing in their chips now, I wonder what they see on the horizon that has prompted them to do that.

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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No means no.

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