* Posts by James 51

3207 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh

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Re: Ha Ha!

It's getting the home office to sign on the dotted line that would be the greatest hurdle.

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Re: Ha Ha!

It's more difficult legally and ethically to do these experiments in humans. Looking at animal analogues can tell us alot about them and ourselves.

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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If it costs a fortune to get material into orbit, not grab it and move it higher up to be recycled? I am guessing the answer is because it could cost more than it saves but it would be a cool project.

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Why waste away in a cubicle when you could be a goddamn infosec neuromancer on £50k*?

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Re: neurodiverse ?

Nice to know I'm making you miserable then.

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

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So his pitch is basically do this so I can make lots of money?

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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There's a difference between criticising and attack. Trump doesn't criticise the press, he attacks it. The last thing he wants is for someone people who trust and pay attention to, to point out he has no clothes and lives in a swamp. Classic disinformation campaign (not solely used by the Russians but they do it so well). Flood information channels with as many false narratives as you can, degrade noise to signal ratio and thrive in the dysfunctionality of the chaos you’ve created.

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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I know the answer is probably the PHB but if there was no tech support, who was spending the IT budget?

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Re: So, the Andorra Scenario then

GiffGaff have a scam running at the moment were your data connection is 'always available' but if you use more than a few Gb, gets throttled. There's a difference between always available and always useable.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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By workhorse I mean something like a plough horse, not a racing thoroughbred.

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Accaptable screen, workhorse cpu, replaceable RAM/HDD/Battery. Robust chasis. Good keyboard. No bloatware. Why is that so hard?

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It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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I'm waiting for Sailfish 3.0 before sticking it on.

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I was waiting for the N950 but that never made it to the shops.

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Still have my N900. Had to pull it out of retirement for a few days while I was waiting for a new phone. In some ways it is still miles ahead of every other phone I've used (with the possible exception of my Gemini). I know it serves a niche but it did it so well.

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Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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Screen coverage % of the front of the phone is why the notch was designed in. I could be useful for system notification battery level, unread text etc etc but it's an ugly design imposed for a stupid reason.

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Re: Self-inflicted?

It's not either/or. You can be worried about both.

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Enterprise smartphone buyers still pretty dopey about updates

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Re: Blackberries

Pots, then you can shift them around. Raspberries too.

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Have you considered Blackberries? I know the priv got EOL'd pretty soon but hopefully they've got the support side worked out with their suppliers now.

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Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon

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Gimp

As long as my Q10 can keep pulling emails off their servers it won't affect me.

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Re: Huawei has scared Samsung

Given that I was able to get an S9 for less than sim free price on contract, I'd say it's a good time to get a bargin.

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I remember looking at Acatel some years ago for a phone. One model had a good screen and CPU. The other had the expandable memory, dual sim and removable battery. Both were the same price (can't remember exactly but about £120 if memory serves). They didn't do one model with all those features together though. Pity, they would have been on to a winner if they had.

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Re: Why US only?

The likes of Wonga show it isn't although it should be.

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Google goes bilingual, Facebook fleshes out translation and TensorFlow is dope

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It might understand English and French, but does it understand Franglish?

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Clumsy Executive Officer

I've always found my Blackberrys to be quite robust, that must have taken some effort.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: Tide, stop coming in!

The point of going out to stop the tide was to show his court that while he was king, there were limits to Canute's powers. Lesson not learned.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Cheaper QWERTY, but not for what's inside

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If I hadn't got a Gemini for my birthday the key two would be top of my list. As it is, not the same need now.

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HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Gets out key spec list needed for me to upgrade...

The Gemini comes close to meeting your requirements, its second sim is an eSim.

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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

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Re: eSim? Still struggling with Paper-Sims

Those multi sims are designed so they don't need a specfic version for the older phones that take a full sized sim, or less older phones that take the mid sized sim or the ones that have the micro-floss edging around them now. You're suppose to be able to pop out the one you want, in theory anyway.

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Childcatcher

I wish the UK goverment had this capibility.

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Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

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Meh

I can see the law being an immovable object but ICANN is not an irrestable force.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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hmmm sounds like business case for some massive e-ink screens (low power consumption so if need be could run for a while on batteries) hooked up to a mesh wi-fi network (or maybe GSM). Without the mesh could still go war driving on those little golf cart things and updated them from a laptop.

Need a daydream icon.

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Re: 4G

Would cost more and it's tempting to think that redunacy is just costs that should never be needed.

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Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

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Light does bounce off stuff but am guessing that diffuse light will have a lower bandwidth. I wonder if a really high speed camera from across a river or another nearby tall building would be able to 'read' the messages too.

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Small footprint OS

If yuou're going to go to QNX, why not just bring back BB10?

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Goodereader has an editoral saying ereader manufactures should be using Android Go for readers.

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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You can only turn all that stuff off if you create a profile. If you buy a phone, don't have a profile and so can't turn it off, that's what could really do for them.

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: Amazon's Fire tablets

@Mage The kids verson of the tablets are expensive but with a robust case, curated software/books/videos and two years no questions asked insurance, it can be worth it.

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I would argue about the new tablet from Microsoft being aggressively priced (unless you mean they're charging as much as they dare rather than operating on low margins). I regard it being too expensive for what it is, particularly for the 8Gb model with a keyboard and a pen.

I wonder why exclude e-ink devices though. I have had my ereader for ten years so perhaps they don't want to try to figure out that kind of market.

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Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

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True but Trump is pretending to be a tough guy by clamping down on trade with China and if he tries to take a step back, there will be those on both sides of the asile who will try to force his hand.

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So, how long before they're banned in the US, any product which uses them is banned in the US and anyone doing business with them is banned in the US?

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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@SLmon, sounds like a breach of GDPR there.

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What happens if you don't put a Google account on the phone? I imagine that they create an anon account until they figure out who you are and combine the data sets.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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Samsung did a demo were they chained about forty galaxy devices together as a crypto minder (can't remember which model it was) and claimed it an economial use of old hardware.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Sounds like responsibilty laundering. It wasn't me what put that innocent person in jail, it was the software what did it. No, we won't be fixing it, that's the software comapanies job. And they just went into flat pack bankrupancy and were bought by a nice Chiense firm with a line in soical scoring.

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Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

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I'd be more excited if doctors were using genetic profiling now both of the tumour(s) and the patient's healthy tissue so we could compare like with like.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Hmm had assumed that the camera software would have been part of the build for that specific phone. Might have to settle for plugging as many privacy holes as I can if that's the case.

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Re: "Because speaking a trivial command out loud is still too intrusive"

A subvocal mic might work, or a glove you could use gestures with. Power and reliablity (plus training users to be able use them effectively) would be an issue.

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FAIL

If I bought a new Samsung I'd stick lineageOS on it just to get rid of Bixby (and the spyware from google). Neither want or need it and it isn't a failure of imagination on my part, it's just I don't want to be the victim of shovelware.

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Re: Change

You forgot the joke/big brother/think of the children icon.

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Make Sammy Great Again: Surprise – Samsung chucks cash at manufacturing

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The S9 is cheaper than the S8 in their deals atm.

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e2save is offering a S9 on vodafone with 4gb of data £100 up front and £23 per month for two years. That's less than the sim free price of a S9. Guess they are taking the hit hoping people will take the bait. Do have to admit, I am tempted.

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