* Posts by James 51

2448 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Typing this on my Q10. If BB did rip off their employees in the way described I hope the courts put the boot in. No business large or small should be allowed to do something like this.

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Na, the 1200 (for AGA).

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Psion 5mx with a modern wifi module and DOCX or ODT compatibility. I'd snap one up. Anything else would be a bonus.

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MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

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Re: Thank *deity* we're leaving

You forgot the joke icon.

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Oracle teases 'easy-to-absorb' platform updates, wants 'all' your infrastructure biz

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I once had the misfortune of having to call Oracle about a small program they sold. Immediately the sales droid wanted to know what OS we were running, office suite, network software, the works basically and completely ignored my questions about the one thing my work was interested in. They wanted to come out and give a demo on something completely irrelevant. Ended up having to hang up without a single question being answered about the software I was actually interested in. When they called back handed them off to a manager to spent thirty minutes politely tell them they were wasting their time and in the end he had to hang up too. It doesn't matter what Oracle is selling, who is going to be stupid enough to buy it?

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Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

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And it is still a nightmare to get vendors and managers to take security seriously and fund it properly.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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The pen and the screen.

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If you could stick ubuntu or even windows it might be worth a look.

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Re: Prisoner Peston?

Then it's China time when information, even if it is accurate and complete will earn you some porridge if the party doesn't like what you're saying.

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When countries like China, Russia and Turkey behave like this we wag our finger at their political, legal and moral failings. Soon it will be pot and kettle time. No wonder May wants out of the ECJ and ECHR. They would stand up for British citizens in a way the British goverment never will.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

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Because if the WTO said that the subsides amounted to illegal state aid then other countries would be free to give UK trade a swift kicking on a number of fronts, not just said industry. Unless you're talking about coming out of the WTO entirely and I haven't heard even the most rabidly rabid brexiteer indulge that notion.

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Re: Why do you think reducing the amount of trade agreements

@Len with the bonfire of regulations and worker/consumer rights I am sure there will be plenty of fat cats ready to pounce.

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The temptation might be to make a lot of money in the short term and when the soil has been robbed and wildlife eradicated it will take a long time to repair the ecosystem.

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Senator wants a piece of Pai: FCC boss blasted for ripping up schools, libraries internet report

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As Trump himself might tweet, 'Education Bad! Obedience Good!'

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Shirley a small hand of government/fascial conservative like Trump who wants to drain the swamp will immediately cancel (via tweet) this as soon as he learns about the huyge waste of tax payers money (probably via tweet again)?

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Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

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Re: Bloat v Usability

I have a pebble steel. Looks good, performs well. Only compaint is after 18 months the battery is down to three days but looking to get that replaced. Am tempted by a pebble time steel. Red and gold looks good although perhaps a little gaudy.

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I understand why they went for it but the fitness stuff was a distraction for pebble.

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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Holmes

Good, bad or indifferent; if the system costs more to run than it rakes in in fines it will be scrapped.

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Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

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Re: STAY OFF POLITICS

My thinking was seperate accounts to prevent being tracked like that. Could always be Big John Jr.

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Angel

Re: STAY OFF POLITICS

Is that you Big John with a slightly different handle?

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Trump's new telecoms chief bins broadband subsidies for the poor

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

Name another animal that dominates the planet the way humans do. Civilisation is the tool which has allowed us to do that.

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

I think you are confusing socialism with corporatism.

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Re: Prevent an informed electorate

You forgot the joke icon.

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Re: Bold and sudden

I might have to borrow that description.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Sorry in advacne but it had to be done.

Adontbe.

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Hard numbers: The mathematical architectures of Artificial Intelligence

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Re: "AI cannot emerge from the same processes as biological life"

I regret I have but one upvote to give this post.

How long till they go computer senile? And would you like some toast?

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Alien

I do have to admit when it comes to stuff like this, I just have to be myself for a minute and I usually get hung up on. Not rude or anything, I just start asking questions (like how did you get this number? Can you prove you're not in violation of the data protection act etc etc) and provide accurate if awkwardly phrased answers and pretty soon I am talking to myself again.

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AMD's had a horrible 2016: Never mind, it lost slightly less than half a billion this time

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Those 'simple' iX belie a host of complexity. How do you easily tell which generation a chip is? Mobile and desktop variant? Unlocked multiplier?

The numbers are bound to be a little suppressed in the run up to a new chip launch. I’ve been holding off for about a year waiting for Zen.

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'Mafia' of ageing scientists, academics and politicos suck at picking tech 'winners'

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FAIL

This stuff is always about what makes for good PR and scratching people's backs, not about actually helping the country or industry as a whole.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: I like it

Yes.

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Re: How Long...

With gerrymandering, voter suppression laws and deigning entry to people who are unlikely to vote for a particular party, it won’t be long until America is effectively an 'elected' dictatorship.

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Re: What else do you expect from a glorified hotel manager?

Hotel Calaforina, but in reverse.

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remind me, what happened the last time a US president announced mission acomploshed with a big fanfair?

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King Battistelli tries again to break Euro Patent Office union

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What will it take to get rid of this guy? Surprised no mention was made of the incident with the brakes on his bike.

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Fitbit plans layoffs – report

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Childcatcher

Possibly the opposite, 'You spent more time away from your desk than anyone else, you're fired.'

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I wonder how many of those people are from pebble or duplicate positions HR, accounts etc etc. Still, doubt I'll be buying a fitbit unless they bring out what is effectively a new pebble and I can turn off the fitness stuff.

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VPN on Android means 'Voyeuristic Peeper Network' in many cases

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Re: Another log on the fire.

That's a paid for service. I just checked and it works with no permisilsions enabled.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

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I like what fairphone is doing in terms of modular design. pushing that angle so phones can be upgraded or repaired the same way as desktop computers would help to reduce waste. Secondary eink screens to enhance battery life. Reintroducing replaceable batteries and memory. There's also stuff like foldable phones which probably aren't that practical but do look cool. Then there's wacky stuff like bone conductirs for the sound. Could go on but you get the idea.

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It is isn't happening now it is going to happen sooner or later. Here's hoping the phone and IT industry in general can focus on genuine innovation now rather than 'ohh it's 0.1mm thinner than last year with even roundier corners!'.

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H0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics'

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If something changes over time can it really be called a constant?

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It's that time of the year again: Texas school district blabs staff tax documents to phishers

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Sounds about right for the US police. BTW it's SWAT, not SAWT.

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Cisco: We know what you all want – a $10,000 70in whiteboard with a $190/mo cloud sub

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The ultimate test would be to give these to news outlets and big customers for a few days and host the launch over Sp(o)rk.

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Gimme some skin: Boffins perfect 3D bioprinter that emits slabs of human flesh

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I imagine there will be a wide range of uses. The medical and drug testing (and cosmetics too) are obvious. I wonder how long before it will be used to print a new face for the ultimate face lift?

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Re: Simple solution

There is already a physical version of the encryption backdoor. The TSA theft facilitation locks on all luggage. They have zero legal responsibility for all theft and damaged caused by them or facilitated by them. I doubt the pro-stupidity laws will be any different.

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: Encrypted Morse code transmitted via sound

Unless you're operating in an environment were RF signals are banned. I am guess that infra and ultrasonic devices would work as well albeit with their own limitations.

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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

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Epson ecotanks. That's the approach all manufactures should be taking.

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Oracle lied: Database giant is axing hundreds of staff – at least 450 in its hardware div

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It will be interesting to see if/how Trump responds to this. Will he attack US companies that are losing money for layoffs? Would the story be different if they said the labour costs were the killer and it would make money in India but not here and either way the jobs in the US were gone?

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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What happens when a market like China puts it foot down and says you can't export the minerals those products are made from, you have to do the refinement and manufacturing here? I know alternative sources could be found or alternative technologies developed but in that gap whoever has the minerals and the factories making the stuff (with a lax attitude to IP) has the opportunity to be the only seller.

Of course on the other shoe is that thanks to automation only a fraction of the jobs promised are actually available.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 will be a no-show at MWC, exec says

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Here's hoping that part of the lesson they have learned is to use a removable battery.

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Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

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Apologies if this appears twice but my previous appears to have been eaten by gremlins (before midnight).

Freedom is slavery.

Trade is protectionism?

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