* Posts by James 51

3297 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines

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It would be interesting to know how it compares as an e-reader and note taking device to the likebook muses and onyx nova pro.

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away

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Re: Can't help but be reminded the Soviet Science sucess of increase wheat yields.

Epigenetics isn't quite the same thing. The DNA isn't being altered by the efforts of the parent (or grandparent (see the evidence of grandchildren of famine survivors apparently having genes to better survive famine being active)), it's different parts of the existing genome being activated or deativated by stimuli.

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Big Brother

Can't help but be reminded the Soviet Science sucess of increase wheat yields.

Danger mouse! Potent rodents 'see' infrared after eyeballs injected with nanoparticles

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Alien

Won't there be problems if the wavelength the IR is showing up as is also present? How could you tell the difference between IR and green light? Might be obvious once it's tried in humans but then everyone could end up looking like an Orion.

Vodafone exec dons tartan tam-o'-shanter, clutches bottle of Irn-Bru, in snap shared with firm... just before Glasgow staff told of redundo dates

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Wouldn't be drawn on a time scale when I asked.

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I currently can't receive calls on my Vodafone SIM because they're testing 5G in my area (at least that is what I was told when I called to get it sorted). They had no clue when I would be able to get calls again.

Demand for HP printer supplies in free-fall – and Intel CPU shortages aren't helping either

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That's why you don't see more printers like the eco-tank. Ink is less than 1/10th the price of my previous printer.

Nokia 9: HMD Global hauls PureView™ out of brand limbo

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I wish this had a user changeable battery. Would be enough to tempt me with my current samsung dies.

There's no 'My' in Office, Microsoft insists with new productivity hub

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Re: Meh, who needs this?

Actaully my Sony PRS-T2 (which is over ten years old at this point) makes a pretty decent pdf reader (as long as the files aren't huge). There are more modern ereaders with better screens, more ram and a more powerful cpu.

Europe-style 5G standards testing? Consistent definitions? Who the fsck wants that, asks US mobe industry

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I assume then that if the EU pours funds into Nokia and Ericsson to have a source of 5G network technology independant of China (in the name of international security of course and not illegal state subsidies), they'll be happy to get on board?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Wasn't old enough to have money/buy software then but I do remember having Scribble and being impressed.

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Gimp

Going to fire up my Amiga 600 and see if Scribble is all that I remember it to be.

Iceland starts planning for new undersea internet cable to Europe

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Joke

Re: Mainland Europe

Hey, if you live south of the wall then you're a southerner.

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress

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FAIL

Re: Karma

It's bad no matter who is doing it.

Fujitsu says UK Foreign Office can't count in lawsuit over loss of £350m comms contract

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Pirate

I wonder if the Japanese prime minister sill bring this up during the next set of trade talks.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

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Re: So, have I got this straight?

Various studies have shown that there is more genetic diversity in Africa than the rest of the world combined but it is better stirred in the rest of the world. Would post links but my phone browser doesn't like multiple tabs.

Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans

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Black Helicopters

Re: So does this also invalidate all facial recognition installed everywhere?

The law hasn't been in effect long enough for rinse and repeat but if you look at the history of seven day detention in northern Ireland, or what happened with the Birmingham six or even Hillsborough or the undercover investigation into Stephen Lawrence’s family, that’s one hell of a power for the police to have. The best way to approach such things is power will always be abused. The person in the post today might be good and honourable but there’s sooner or later, there is going to be someone untrustworthy in that position.

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Re: So does this also invalidate all facial recognition installed everywhere?

Let's not forget the rinse and repeat aspect of this 'crime'. If after four years and six months you're asked to unlock it again and can't/won't, that's another five years. In the future it wont' be the mysterious appearance of bags full of powder that get people locked up/justify police actions. It will be a usb key with encrypted files.

Y'know how you might look at someone and can't help but wonder if they have a genetic disorder? We've taught AI to do the same

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Only if the dignosis rate among those people is 100% accurate.

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The AI is only cheaper if it works. With such a small training set no one else can see, I temain to be convinced.

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If these conditions are the results of genetics, surely a test that looks for the genes which cause the condition would be a better diagnostic tool?

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Big Brother

Any option in this Brave New World to not have companies like Google acquire health records 'without any legal basis to do so' or taking over companies and stripping any any pretense of data protection?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/15/google_our_deepmind_health_slurp_is_kosher/

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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It would be a perfect compaion device for my Gemini, paricularly with the one number concept but it costs the same as the TCL Blavkberry phones. It costs too much. Will prpbably need to be bundled with a Gemini or tablet.

A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day

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We're actively looking at ways to preserve jobs where it makes business sense to do so

You would certianly hope so. Of course a sentance with the same meaning is we'll swing the axe hard where it makes business sense to do so. This is basically a plea from someone on the top of the pile to keep the company viable long enough for them to get paid and offering nothing in return.

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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And importantly, "[credit] is profitable in its own right".

I still remember one analyist saying that Ford was a loan company that happened to have a car businesss attached to it. There is certainly more profit in the 'service' side than in the hardware.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Boffin

Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Bob, remember Poe's law, You need a simlely face or too in there (the get a job hippy comment isn't enough). A troll icon, joke alert or I'll get me coat would have done too.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: Trying reasonableness?

I can't remember the name of it off hand but there's another internet law about satire being mistaken for a serious position. Need something like the joke icon to prevent the misunderstanding.

HP's Neon Dion says if anything goes wrong, it's totally Intel's fault: CPU shortage may hit PC maker's financials

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Pirate

Is this the part of HP that's hoping to claw back billions over its bungling of the Autonomy takeover? If so, once they convince a US court that US accounting standards should be followed by companies operating in a different country with different laws and pratices, that will pad out those numbers nicely.

Er, we have 670 staff to feed now: UK's ICO fines 100 firms that failed to pay data protection fee

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Joke

Re: Mafiosa

@EINumbre Mafiosa, is that a spell from the new Harry Potter movie?

It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday

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Childcatcher

Re: English..

@Valeyard I can only assume that you are too young to recognise the reference to the chart success of the baka mallet wielding children’s entertainer.

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away

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Joke

Re: "Welcome to Capitalism"

Maybe we should get Blair back to talk about his third way.

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Pirate

Re: Welcome to capitalism

Not just capitalism, it's a particular type of capitalism. If China wasn't such a repressive and aggressive imperial power I think a lot of people would be less worried about how it is poised to take advantage of socities that can't or won't stand up for themselves.

Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz's anti-crypto push, again

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Childcatcher

The reality is that they won't support the current bill”

Fixed that thought for them.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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@Korev I got an unlocked S9 for less than sim free price on a 24 month contract. I was effectively getting the minutes and data for free. Contracts are not always bad value.

Net neutrality is heading to the courts (again): So will the current rules stand or be overturned (again)?

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Re: Don't you just love

'Free markets' always tend towards abusive monopolies. That is why you need regulators.

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Childcatcher

Re: The other option

The big networks are hobbling small communities that are trying to organise and setup their own infrastructure. They have the resources to capture the lawmakers and regulators and when needs be drive the price of their product down long enough to drive the local competition out of business and then put the prices back up.

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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Re: State vs. Fed legality

Lets not forget security too and if you're running a profitable business, those numbers are only going to get higher.

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Re: Blarg skunk

@Michael Habel, I have read your comment three times and I have no clue what it is you are attempting to convey (other than a general contempt for the accepted norms and conventions of written English).

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Childcatcher

Re: Blarg skunk

While the evidence in terms of studies is thin, it does suggest the stronger strains can have a negative effect on your mental health.

https://www.rethink.org/media-centre/2015/02/new-study-about-skunk-induced-psychosis-rethink-mental-illness-response

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/16/skunk-cannabis-triples-risk-psychotic-episodes-study

The theory I have heard is that there is more THC and less of a compond that helps to protect from potential negative effects in the stronger strains.

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.

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.

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Paris Hilton

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.

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.

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

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Terminator

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.

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.

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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Big Brother

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

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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