* Posts by Steve Davies 3

4317 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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RE: Most what?

How about non USN Aircraft Carriers for starters? There aren't that many.

Black Choppers coz that is about all that can fly from this thing. F-35's are so much pie in the sky.

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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

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Re: Voice mail? Are we still in the 20th Centrury?

So there you are driving along and your mobile rings. For some reason the hands free does not work and ... you lose the call. So with you that's it.. With Voicemail, at least the caller has a chance to leave you a message without reverting to all those other mediums you mention for which they might not have your details.

What is it to be eh? Lose the call and all possibility of a big order/contract or let it go to VM so that at least you can call them back and explain that you were driving and that it wasn't safe to take the call?

Please tell me now why VM is not needed?

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Re: SELinux is not the answer.

There is FAR, FAR, FAR more to SELINUX security than just running it. Doh!

Once running it is how it is configured and how your system is configured that matters.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Do Apple have to compete with Netflix etc?

Their ATV seems to be a not too expensive platform for bringing together lots of different media sources. As it is not tied to a particular broadcaster (eg Sky or Virgin) then it could occupy the middle ground quite easily IF....

IF Apple put the effort into it that is... Like their excellent Airport/Airport Extreme devices, they really don't know what to do with the ATV. It works, no fuss and the U/I is far better than LG, Samsung etc provide for their TV's.

Perhaps one day, Tim Cook might wake up and say, hey, we really have neglected a lot of really good products. Why don't we put a little effort and we can make a lot more money from them. Granted, not the sort of profits the iPhone makes or even the Mac Line (several $B a quarter is not to be sneezed at) but it makes people realise that Apple are not a one trick pony outfit.

But will they be half arsed/bovvered to do this?

Probably not.

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Apple : doomed to fail?

Te-he. How many times has this been said in the past only to be totally wrong eh?

Actually you might be right this time.

However, there is space for the right service at (importantly) the right price.

With Amazon, Hulu, Netflix etc all having a monthly fee which is on top of your Broadband/Mobile fee, I see a space for apple to become a one stop stop where instead of three, four or more $9.99/month fees, you can see the shows you want without the monthly subsctiption. A sort of pay-as-you-view. Then you can mix and match content from a range of services and only get one bill that would be less than the individual subscrtiptions.

That obviously needs the likes of Netflix etc to play ball. Do they want more viewers of their top content at a reasonable price (and probably less pirating) or are they only after more subsctiptions?

We don't know as yet.

Apple will fail as a competitor to NetFlix etc because the studios don't want to deal with Apple. They know only too well that Apple could take over Hollywood if they wanted to and do it with Cash. They'd rather bargain with services that need their output and won't (unless it is Amazon) be able or willing to take them over. Job (and the casting couch) preservation means a lot to Hollywood as they fight to keep their loss making (according to their accounting rules) empire going.

Lots of food for thought.

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Re: Not good news for the new iMac...

The Screen is a whole lot better as is the GPU than the 2009 version but you don't seem to care.

And the problem is probably temporary so won't affect many people (who buys iMac's these days eh?).

but you seem to really not like Apple so carry on hating them even though this problem does not lie with apple but Intel.

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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

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Re: MS - Getting more like the inept

Keystone Cops every day.

A great laugh but honestly, they need to grow up and face the facts that their software testing is crap and they should stop releasing anything until they get that sorted out.

More like 'release and be dammed' than 'softly softly'.

Thr World of MS is full of danger. You have been warned.

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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Re: AES was not cracked, cut the click bait

How many WiFi systems can you see from your home? You really don't need to be up close but given a bit of time (like when you are out at work, pub, mistress etc) your bit of kit can be hooveing up enough information to get the crack.

Now, just rent an office close to a competitor, setup the kit and walk away. In a few days, I'm sure that you will be able to see all those lovely emails in nice plain text.

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Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

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Re: Why not Samsung?

Filing suit against Apple and Google is a great way to:-

1) Get your company a shed load of free publicity

2) Embiggen your Stock Price - CEO End of year bonus based upon Stock price?.... Goody.

3) Say, look at me, aren't we great and oh, shhhh don't tell anyone, we are willing to listen to buyout proposals as we are running out of cash.

Choose any one, two or three plus any others you can think of and there you have it.

Cynical? Well, how many of this sort of suit do we see in a year? How many actually result in the ginoumous pay day that the lawyers filing suit hope for? How many get dismissed? and finally,

How many end up with the 'patents of the obvious' end up with the patents becoming invalid?

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

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Re: Help me understand

Apple did pay Imagination for their IP. If they hadn't the case would have been in the courts well before now.

Perhaps the financial loss that Imagination had was down to the BOD agreeing to work on 'stuff' that didn't work out? Remember that they also owned MIPS at the time.

There is a dispute between IM and Apple but that seems to be going through the process that was agreed in the contract.

If IM's only real customer was Apple then the business was always going to be at risk of either a downturn in the Apple iPhone business and/or Apple giving notice to end the contract (as probably allowed for in the contract).

Perhaps the IM BOD wanted to keep the Apple gravy train going and didn't plan for a future without Apple as a major customer?

There are a number of scenarios that can lead you to where IM is today and not all of them involve/blame Apple even though that is SOP around here. (eg DRAM shortage? Blame Apple).

It will all play out over the coming months.

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Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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Re: "Smart Meter Bill"

At the moment, AFAIK, none of the smart meters being fitted can safely handle a home with a PV system sending electrons the wrong way.

I've had the installer come to my place three times in the past 6 months only to scratch their heads and go away again. It is not as if the Leccy Company don't know about the PV system as they send me cheques for my FIT payment every quarter.

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Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

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Boffin

Did it disqualify all the usual suspects...?

Like BT, Capita and the rest? You know those that have frankly piss poor records of delivering Government IT Contracts?

But more importantly, is the contract going to stop the inevitable feature creep that (un)civil servants have a habit of piling onto a contract...? You know the ones that totally bugger up any hope of the original project of ever delivering more than "Hello World" to the end user?

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: '34 years of development - Windows 10 is the result'

The beancounters see huge reductions in CapEx by going to MS Cloud/Orifice 365.

No more justification is needed.

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Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

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QC's last throw of the dice maybe?

I see lots of storm clouds heading QC's way and not only with respect of lawsuits.

For years there really was no other option but to bend over and take QC's [redacted] of you, smile and pay up. QC were the only game in town especially for a lot of players who could not design their SOC. Even the likes of Apple had to use their Modems and pay heavily for it because they were the best by a long way.

Now, things are different. With Intel coming along and providing pretty decent (but not quite as good as QC yet) modems to Apple, Samsung and Google designing thier own SOC's, the writing does seem to be on the wall for QC.

Now that they aren't the only game in town and add to that, that it seems that QC won't reduce the size of the you know what that they are using to shaft device makers, the device makers have decided that enough is enough and are going for QC's jugular with a vengance.

If Apple win here it will affect not only Apple but pretty well every mobile device maker around. I suspect that they are secretly on Apple's side here which is odd to say the least.

Interesting times. Can QC survive this onslaught?

If they lose who will step in and buy them? Google perhaps? They seem to have the most pressing need of SOC designers.

We shall have to wait and see.

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Microsoft throws its weight behind Parisian AI startup factory

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Well, if you spread the $$$$ around wide enough

something is bound to stick and pay dividends (eventually you hope)

But it does see, that MS is trying everything to get their next cash cow (or three).

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Tesco Online IT meltdown: Fails to deliver THOUSANDS of grocery orders

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Re: Glasto?

Cheapo Fosters and similat gnats piss. That's why they use Tesco.

Oh, and don't forget the Clubcard points and paying for all the hooch on daddy's credit card.

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

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Re: three problems

This is not a new thing.

many years ago I wanted a sample device from a Silly Valley maker. We would pay a decent price for a sample but all they wanted was an order for 1000 minimum.

IT didn't matter that if the sample was succesful we'd order around 50K a year. Nope, 1000 or nothing.

We went elsewhere. About 6 months later we got a call from the new CEO of the business wondering if we'd like a quote for a 100 devices. Doh!

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Re: Screwfix

Isn't it just B&Q with the prices jacked up a bit. Well, at least that's how is seems here and the two are less than 400yds apart in Farnborough.

I agree about axminster though. Enough serious kits to make a tool fetishist go weak at the knees but searching for "40tpi taps" seems to return only saws.

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: forcing people .... cloud

As long as there is a way of getting the data off a device either via a port or via WiFi it does not have to be backed up to the Cloud even with Apple.

Time Machine works very well with a Linux NAS, sorry my private Cloud.

If you are really paranoid about backups and data then the 'rotating tower of hanoi' pattern would be a good one to implement. I get by with four different 2TB HDD's and Time Machine. These are rotated. I do a full backup + 4 incrementals each week.

I will never put my data in the public cloud. Clouds are here today, gone tomorrow.

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: Does this mean

And get one hell of a parking fine. Those Double Yellows apply to ship as well you know.

At least you could not put a Denver Boot on it.

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But.... Does it actually work?

There I was under the impression that everything on the F-35 was a complete F**k up?

But why would existing RN GPS systems not be adequate or don't they work either?

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Re: That said ..

A 2 or 3 in to the Mile map gives the user a better perspective of an area. Something that a small handheld screen can never do very well. Only the Tesla with its huge screen could get close.

As for OS maps... There is a huge amount of detail on them that most Satnavs completel ignore. Got sent down one road and came to a Ford. Not even identified by the SatNav yet clearly marked on the OS map.

I use not together even when I'm on my Motorcycle.

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Burying its head in the NAND: Samsung boosts 64-layer 3D flash chip production

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Re: Hopefully ramping up PCIe more than SATA

2TB SATA still cost an arm and a leg. I shudder to think what a PCI-E version would cost.

Then OTOH, I can get some spinning rust 4TB for a little over £130.00. I have 4 in my Drobo. Great for backups.

As much as I'd like to get rid of all HDD's the cost for SSD's make it impossible.

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Component makers have their server chums by the short and curlies

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Server prices rising

yet the market volume is declining (rapidly)

DRAM in short supply?

Why is DRAM in such short supply if the volumes are less?

Don't tell me that Apple has bought it all? Like all the trees in Silly Valley to landscape their flying saucer...

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

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Alert

Replace Y2K with PTSD

Post Trump Systems Disaster

Groan.

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Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk

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Re: I think we need to know...

And tomorrow, it will be for incontinency pads.

I've seen the same sort of thing.

Any time I use a Bank etc then it is done from a Linux VM that is restored once I'm done with it.

One UK Financial Institution (scumbags) leaves 60+ cookies and other nasties behind for each visit. If the returns on my investment over the past three years had not been so good, I would have stopped using them a long time ago.

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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add CDG and FRA and ATL to the list

Even an 8 hour transfer time was not enough at CDG last year.

Getting to your destination with your bags is stll a matter of luck, the gods and a fair wind.

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Operators and vendors agree that Europe is falling behind in 5G

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Re: It will have little effect on handset or modem sales.

Just you wait...

The Samsung Galaxy S8 already contains a modem capable of doing 1GB/sec transfers.

As far as we know at the moment, the iPhone 8 won't get more than 450MB/sec.

Guess who will plaster adverts extolling the higher speed all over the TV, Busses and media in general even though there are no networks outside of South Korea capable of using those speeds and won't be for at least 2-3 years.

People will buy into the S8/S9 because of the higher data rates but will be disappointed when they can't even get a decent 3G rate but Samsung(or whoever) won't care, they'll have the punters/suckers money.

Shiny-shiny-bling, my thing is bigger and better than your thing...

Naturally, no one here would fall into that trap now would they?....

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Re: 5G?

If the kit is available then it is down to the Networks to buy the stuff and put it out in the field.

As the seem to be somewhat/very/not this side of 2030 reluctant to deploy said kit then there is SFA that is mere mortals can do about it even if the respective Governments free up the spectum, the networks will have to pay off the national debt to get hold of it and TBH, that ain't gonna happen.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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Re: it does not compute

Don't forget the [cough-cough] generous campaign contributions (tax deductable) to the key people on Capital Hill/Penn Ave.

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Buggy devices and lazy operators make VoLTE a security nightmare

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Not Ka-ching

But hey Quallcomm, here's another lawsuit for you to munch on.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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Re: Continuous reorg

Or Musical Chairs (apart from the 'C' level execs and their corner offices)

We know that ends don't we?

Better start preparing that Chapter 11 paperwork now and hope that you get a nice judge to oversee the case.

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Jailed fraudster admits running same cold-caller con from behind bars

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But... How much dosh was recovered?

and given back to the victims.

People like this need to rot in jail until they have paid their dues.

Instead he'll get out after 5years and flee to Pakistan and live in luxury for the rest of his life.

Who said that crime does not pay eh?

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Google's news algorithm serves up penis pills

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Re: Problem is, who sees ads anymore,

Problem is, who uses Google without an anonymizer anymore,

There fixed it for you.

Using Google directly just feeds the dragon.

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Mac ransomware author is giving away malicious code to script kiddies

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Lazy?

Nah. More like, "If 30% is good enough for Apple then it is good enough for me"

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Re: Reproduce any sounds

Or just ask Alexa.... Well, that's what all the TV adverts seem to be saying.

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DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step

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Re: Not getting this....

Perhaps... Where they are now, their cubicle is 100sq ft and their new one is 50sq ft?

Companies are well known for using an office move to squeeze in more bodies into a smaller space.

It might even be that they are supposed to 'hot-desk' and that there are not enough desks to go around?

That is a good way to 1) get people into the office earlier and thus get free work out of them and 2) make people leave without any redundancy.

Whichever it is, the beancounters love it.

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Ta-ta, security: Bungling Tata devs leaked banks' code on public GitHub repo, says IT bloke

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Outsource it all To India

What can go wrong (will go wrong)

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: "don't panic"

Exactly my thoughts and the Mice will win in the end once we realise that it is all about No 42 Acaia Avenue Surbiton.

Everything else is a mere sideshow

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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Get used to it people

With more any more numpties flying drones 'coz it is so cool' things like this are an inevitability.

Sooner or later someone will get killed as a result on this so called 'fun' thing.

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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Relying on "deep learning"

Wonderful. Have these people never heard of GIGO?

Send it enough 'fake data' and you will soon see the consequences and the insurance bills.

All this stuff seems to rely on always being connected to some form of mothership which apart from the tracking issues, would be a fantastic target.

Remember how (in)secure IOT stuff is...

There is a really long way to go before I trust this stuff. People get wierd when the get behind the wheel of a tin box. Catering for variances in that wierdness in a data model is just not going to happen.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: "Ploughs ahead with BREXIT..."

Well, that's what the electorate decided upon last year. There might very well be a revolution if she didn't plough ahead with it.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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Re: Nadella's efforts to undermine any credibility left going on well...

Their problem is people already have abandoned or ignored Windows Phone.

The problem is that inside Redmond there are a lot of people who have nailed their colours (viz balls) to the Windows 10 Mobile mast. They are in positions if influence so until:- 1) They die, 2) they leave or 3) Satnad is replaced and the new emperor gets new clothes, sod all is going to change.

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Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

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Re: Priming the pump, feeding the beast

ditto for Google.

"We noticed that you like Aston Martins, perhaps you would like this slightly used DB5. Only £300,000. Buy?"

Sorry, thanks but no thanks to using any cloud storage for anything but Cat Videos and since I don't shoot them or watch them, that rather moot.

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

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Facepalm

Trump had told him repeatedly he was doing a great job.

followed by

"Your'e Fired!"

Seems to be typical Trump.

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Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

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Doing more and more evil

The new Alphabet/Google motto.

How they have changed.

Look out Apple your crown as the most hated/evil company could be under threat.

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The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog

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Improves with age?

Apple is well known for getting a lot of oomph out of their iDevice CPU's. They seem to be able to get stuff done using less cores than Android devices so it is not beyond the possibility (IMHO) that future iDevices will use an optimised core for AR plus their own GPU which may well also be optimised for AR operations.

They may well be seen to have (Despite being late to market) gone about this the right way.

Apple as ever do things according to their timetable and not the markets. Sometimes this does not pan out and they quite rightly get a slagging off in the press and internet. Others, set new benchmarks that the competition have to reach just to stay in the game.

IMHO, going to AR and not VR is the right way forward at the moment.

In the past, Occulus have been critical of Apple's GPU's (rightly so). I've not seen their reaction to this move yet.

Interesting times ahead even though VR/AR are not really my sort of thing they will have implications outside of those fields.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Next it will be ...

Everyone will work on HP time... i..e. West Coast USA time. Then all those so important decisions can be made with everyone present.

Perhaps it should be Indian time as (like IBM) all the development is done there. 13.5hours from the west coast.

She's just making sure that her exit package goals are met so that she'll get paid in Platinum. Then she'll run for office... {please no}

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Apple appears to relax ban on apps fetching, running extra code – remains aloof as always

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WWDC is a great place

for these answers. Taking place at the moment.

Oh wait, Apple don't speak to the press unless it is the ones they like. El Reg is not on their 'like' list.

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EU, China may demand concessions for Qualcomm's $39bn Dutch chip plant slurp

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Higher license fees?

Is the Pope a catholic. QC have to fund their legal disputes somehow.

I happen to think that this purchase is a bit risky given the recent judgements against QC, UNLESS... NXP has some key IP that they can throw back in the face of Apple etc.

If they do that then there will be even more lawsuits flying around but it may satisfy Wall St.

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