* Posts by JetSetJim

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Ex-Huawei man claims Chinese giant is suing his startup to 'surpass' US tech dominance

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Re: Employee poaching?

> Some companies regard the knowledge and experience you gain whilst working for that company as the property of that company. Say you know nothing about radio physics and a company hires you and trains you to develop radio devices, everything you learn about radio physics is that companies property and you cannot use it at any other company in the future.

Hmm - learning laws of nature and other public pieces of information? Probably not, although you should not be able to take course materials with you when you leave.

Learning proprietary methods/designs/algorithms developed for your employers products - well, they might be in your head, but it's protected information that you shouldn't have a right to disseminate.

After that, it's a tricky minefield. You may be asked to develop a competing product, in which case you may make design decisions that are influenced by the design work you did at a previous employer - perhaps without doing the work that justifies that decision (e.g. here are 2 ways of doing something, but I know from previous work that the first one is not very accurate, or costs a boat load). That seems like a murky area.

Saying that, the case as it stands should be simple to resolve by examining the legality of the clauses in the contract, and the dates on the patent filings.

But Huawei have lots of form for nicking IPR (not that that gives a free pass for nicking their IPR)

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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> FWIW, similar problems with morning go-slows at Vulture Central are often solved by pouring coffee down writers' throats.

Heh - I'd have thought it would be hair o' the dog, not coffee, to get the morning go-slows going

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: local streaming / pay TV services are prohibitively expensive

> how much do you earn a month for it to be "prohibitively expensive"? Clearly, if it were "prohibitely" expensive, it would prohibit enough "consumers" to stop consuming and this pricing wouldn't be sustainable? And you really NEED three streaming services to live a happy life?

It *is* prohibitively expensive for a lot of people - the price point the offerings are at clearly need to be more reasonable, as the expectation for digital media is that it is inherently not that valuable - perhaps in part because it's trivially easy to copy and distribute, but also perhaps in part because it's a new-ish distribution medium where in yester-year everything was broadcast for free.

In terms of "how many streaming services do you need", well, in a family household, there will typically be 3-5 people, each with their own interest. Let's go with stereotypes (YMMV): dad will want some sports channel plus The Walking Dead, mum might want lifestyle channels, a young kid will want the cartoon channels, an older kid might want Dr Who / Twilight / whatever's trendy right now. It's unusual that a single streaming package will offer all of them - add to that the ankle-biters clamours for either/both of Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch movies and other TV series. How many services of any type do you need to cover all the bases? In the UK at least you can get Dr Who for free via Autnie Beeb, but sports coverage is laughable without shilling to Mr Murdoch (although perhaps alternative providers may be available). And all this is on top of the ISP costs and TV license fee (which I am in favour of, btw). It all adds up.

The cheapest Sky package is £20/mo (no sports tho, that's £40/mo). Amazon Prime is £80/yr, and Netflix is £6/mo for 1xSD, but more likely to want at least the £8/mo package for HD. Add to that ISP charges of around £20/mo minimum (assuming you can find one with unlimited data without the *), plus the costs of phone contracts for all in the house. You can easily get up to around £150/month on telecoms bills

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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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Re: But will it safeguard patient privacy ?

Hear hear - I'd be delighted if a govmt organisation could come up with a secure and connected syetem that allowed medical professionals to get the relevant information for you when they needed it. Unfortunately, a prerequisite for that is the govmt minister & associated flunkies having a scooby as to what they were dealing with - otherwise we're back in the hole dug for the previous incarnation of an NHS IT system.

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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>That Google tax is either going to eat into manufacturers' profits, or added onto products' price tags

Strokes chin - I wonder which it will be...

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You can hear a PIN drop... All quiet on the mobile broadband speed front, says network watcher OpenSignal

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Second OpenSignal press release in as many weeks...

Would be good if they could break down why/how VF and 3 have bumped their speeds up. Presumably it's new devices supporting better carrier aggregation modes as it's not as if new spectrum has been deployed

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Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Re: Does nobody ever read Larry Niven?

> Just head there with your personal fusion drive and tickle the surface for a few seconds.

Requires managing fuel carefully. Just have the host spacecraft drop a small nuke from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

It's fricking 15000 light years away and they're measuring particles for fucks sake, and the beam isn't even pointing our way. Cut them some slack, LHC had the luxury of being able to put the detectors right next to the beams.

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Microsoft open-sources Infer.NET AI code just in time for the weekend

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Re: Dante

Are there seven levels of abstraction?

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Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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25m subscribers all rebooting at the same time, hammering the HLR and potentially requiring the calculation of new sets of authentication keys is probably not the best solution. They're highly available platforms, but unlikely to cope with that sort of load.

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UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

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Re: Reaction to Gigaclear/ City Fibre

Gigaclear is doing a good job fibring up villages. Loads have been done in the Cotswolds.

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Re: Trenching

We got trenching in our village as presumably BT wouldn't let them run overheads on their poles - they're mostly in verges, so probably cheap to install. Ironically I have a BT pole at the edge of my boundary, but OpenReach couldn't pull enough thumbs out of their collective arses to run a cable with over 3 months notice. Fortunately the amount of trenching required for fibre was within scope of the standard installation cost.

I seem to recall reading that OR had an overhead "cable" that had a fibre core that they could use on new deployments to make it easier to swap folks across - but I don't have any BT/OR stuff in my house.

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With OpenReach saying it's "available" in Coventry, does that mean fibre runs past each home with a breakout pot? Or just that the exchange has a bank of fibre terminators (presumably with a juicy backhaul fibre link) and that they would then start trenching on receipt of an order? And what is the cost to install it from Openreach considering it's not yet considered part of the mandatory provision requirements for a house?

The smaller players like Gigaclear charge a similar amount to BT for a new connection, possibly a bit more for trenching the fibre to the house from the roadside (unless you DIY), and the cost of a decent fibre service with Gigaclear is a bit more than your BT DSL service (admitedly at a much higher line rate).

It still looks like Openreach are dragging their heels...

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Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: Camel One

I give you Camel One

I was in Oak House for a bit, next door to you :) I heard of Band on the Wall, but not your other haunts - but hey, lots of bars in Manc

Icon for Camel One's signature chilli sauce

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Re: 0161 = block

> Bunch of chancers, us Mancs, the lot of us! ;-)

I lived there for 7 years as a student, couldn't agree more.

Although the 'babs from Camel One in Rusholme were supreme

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Re: 0161 = block

For the half-a-million folks living in Manchester (and presumably also the folks in the nearby areas) I'm not entirely sure this is a good policy to take :)

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Re: Good! I hope my bl**dy insurance company's reading this

Are you sure it wasn't one of those "I'm ringing about your recent accident you were innocent of" spammers? They're the worst of the worst.

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Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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Re: How should patents work?

His employment contract would definitely assign all rights to Apple, but yes if he has any meaningful contribution to the patent his name should be on it, and he would have received a one-off bonus payment as compensation (typically done as a small payment for the idea, another (larger) payment for the filing, and then finally one for the grant). I can't see it getting invalidated, though, as all his IPR rights were assigned to Apple.

Seems like they were documenting ideas in that bug tracking tool - different companies have different methods. One I've worked at had a dedicated tool that would track the progress of an idea through comittee, drafting & filing. Another just used a few spreadsheets. The one I'm at has a very informal process, so I take care to keep records of stuff.

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Re: He shouldn't also forget that Steve said....

> That only works if the other side is paying a lawyer and will run out of cash to pay the lawyer with eventually. He's representing himself, so it shouldn't happen.

Well, until he runs out of cash to pay for food, then. Although if there is a modicum of truth in his allegations then I'd like to see him win.

Either way, he may be on to a loser. Depends on what he documented in the ticket he made, and what's written in the patent applications. If the methods used are different enough to what he documented then he won't get his name on them.

As to "unlawful termination of employment" and associated gubbins, US employment law seems to be more on the employers side mostly - not sure at what point on the spectrum California sits, but I'd say it doesn't bode all that well for him.

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'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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> Here in the UK, I'm seeing a big rise in speculative calls - made to keep a human operator busy but dropped when he gets another answer.

In the UK you can register with the TPS and then complain to the ICO (who have been known to actually do something about it)

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Re: The FCC isn't going to do anything that isn't easy

That prompted me to look through my settings to find it. Ta.

Seems like it uses Hiya for inbound caller id lookup

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IT bosses worried about network security reckon AI Jesus can save them, says Oracle survey

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Lots of publications around on AI for network security analysis - although I suspect that at the end of the day it all boils down to lists of parameterised patterns of acceptable traffic flows.

I wonder if the new buzz phrase will end up being "SecOps"

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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It would be nice if there was a browser which allowed you to easily whitelist particular site cookies so that a general cookie clearout doesn't have you reaching for the numerous post-it's dotted around with site logins that you need.

Suggestions?

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Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Classified and commercially sensitive documents?

> I kind of expect organisations that are sensitive about this sort of thing start are going to start mandating in contracts that their data only be processed on PCs without Microsoft Office installed.

I suspect they're just going to get sold SharePoint, too, for a lot of cases (or OneDrive). Even if it's a "Special" SharePoint on locally sourced servers, not replicated back to Redmond.

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WTF do we need AI in a word processor, or spreadsheet, or slide deck?

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Turns out download speed isn't everything when streaming video on your smartphone

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> Maybe the article could get some more details?

OpenSignal don't publish much more in the way of detail. They collect "stats" from their app that is installed on myriad devices around the world. The app presumably collects RF and performance metrics much like other network performance monitoring apps (e.g. Root Metrics), perhaps even running their own in-app performance tests to test network speed, jitter and whatnot while collecting GPS. These are then rolled up into the metrics they publish.

Knowing a little about programming for Android, and that iOS is more restrictive, it seems unlikely that they are collecting information about YouTube & iPlayer performance, but are instead spoofing a video stream from a server to their app, collecting packet timings if at all possible. OpenSignal then infer some sort of score based on how much jitter there is and how the bandwidth varies during the test, possibly assuming a minimum required bitrate to support a video stream, perhaps adding in some magic to cover application buffering.

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The UK has gone past 85% smartphone penetration into the population, suspect it's similar elsewhere in the study

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Not forgetting a metric without defined units beyond a percentage and a wishy-washy phrase about video quality & buffering.

At the end of the day, if the network can offer more than sufficient speed to serve a video, the buffering shouldn't be an issue as the s/w should be able to work far enough ahead. At the application layer, there's usually some rate adaptation stuff built into the s/w to optimise what the user sees based on the end-to-end connection characteristics.

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Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure

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Re: I Don't Get It

I bet it's actually because they don't know Win10 has been released yet.

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Re: No...

Hoping to skip Win10 on all machines in my demesnes (although I shudder to think what might be next in MS's plan - might migrate to Linux if the technophobes in the house can be conviced). Seems to be a complete cluster-fuck all round

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: stdin?

>Nothing much in the story adds up. Seems more like a yarn dreamt up down the pub by Reg journos to make some copy rather than a real event to me.

You've cottoned on to The Register's entire business model

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: This counts as _not_ going to the Moon

>This is basically a re-enactment of the Apollo 8 mission.

As long as it's not a re-enactment of the Apollo 13 mission

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?

I suspect they're fighting to form the beach-head in the domestic "software helper" market. Whether you need an AI to do it though, hmm...

I could see a market for something that does the following:

a) user does meal plan, software produces shopping list from it's defined recipes (whether user defined, or server defined + user tweaks is moot) and the known remaining items in storage

b) s/w brokers deal with supermarkets/other grocery vendors, arranging deliveries and shelf-life expectations for the items being delivered - ordering from multiple stores if necessary/desired.

c) meat-sack receives delivery and does the manual labour of putting it on shelves/into cold storage. Probably need some mechanism to update s/w with shelf lives - e.g. embed use by date in an RFID/barcode that is easy to scan as you unload

d) s/w can then (re-)organise what you're cooking on a daily basis to minimise what you throw away, as well as perhaps suggest additional recipes based on what's in your cupboards if you're running out of inspiration (perhaps where the AI comes in)

e) when cooking, app can then send simple commands to devices such as the oven to set the temperature correctly, and do the timing

Barriers to entry:

a lot of this is simple to do in your head, or on a piece of paper - personally I might find it useful for something to warn me that stuff is going off in the fridge, as I don't remember the dates very well, but the market for this might be small

Scanning stuff in so that the s/w knows everything you have is not going to be easy as it probably requires food suppliers to create and adhere to a single standard of labelling that is easy for the consumer to use. RFID seems the best option here as you can read it from a phone, but some items such as fruit/veg don't have any packaging, so a solution to this would be needed. Barcodes can already be done (e.g. various apps that monitor your food intake by scanning the barcodes), but I think that's far too clunky a solution at the moment.

Overall, it can probably be achieved. Not sure it needs to be integrated into your fridge/cooker though - it should be a standalone app that can interrogate/control *all* the different brands.

I'm sure someone will try and do it with Blockchain Technology (TM) next...

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: How did they find it?

Oddly there's no detail on the various space sites that I can find, although there's an earlier article on RELL that is an external scanner that has been used to isolate leak locations before.

Also, there's this article on using sound to find leaks.

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Re: How did they find it?

My guess:

Step 1: seal each compartment, monitor each compartment for pressure. This identifies the compartment the leak is in.

Step 2: Option 1: Float something really light and non-damaging to anything in the compartment around the walls of the target compartment. A leak should induce a slight current towards the hole. Follow this to the hole. I vaguely remember some S-F story that had balloons filled with gunk deployed in the event of a breach - they'd get sucked to the hole and then burst over it - the balloon material providing some of the seal, the gunk being the glue. Good enough for a temporary fix and to identify the area in need of attention.

Step 2: Option 2: If some sort of remote camera is present outside, look for the air venting out. Manual inspection to then find it on the inside.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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> So either the magic money tree really does exist, or our government is hiding away in its shelter

Perhaps the tree does exist, and at a later point in time we'll be told of the massive amounts of money printed by the Bank of England to get us through the "initial rough patch*" that is the Brexit fallout.

(*) - May last several decades...

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That's the way the cookies crumble: Consent banners up 16% since GDPR

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>It gets more difficult when they list all 7000 third party cookie providers for you to select each and everyone, one a time.

I usually browse to the Dilbert website for a daily dose of corporate vs engineering irony and clicked on their "configure" to be prompted with a similar set of options, all with one-by-one selection. Additionally, the list seems to change between visits, naturally with all the new one's being set to "on" by default.

Can't tell if it's Scott Adams being more satirical of the situation or not, but I now have mixed feelings about browsing.

If only the "do not track" option in the headers was legally binding

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Re: Preferred Option

> It's called Yakety Sax

And this is how you dance to it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pQAWOCofXo

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Re: New owner must be able to disconnect seller immediately from the vehicle

> Enabling the current person in the car to disable this kind of defeats the purpose.

Push and hold button for ten seconds, car connects to server. If not registered, follow existing procedure. If registered, fire emails/phonecalls to current registered owner to get confirmation of account deletion. No response, do nothing. Repeat attempts generates intervention from a meat sack to work out what's going on (e.g. if previous owner has died, and other edge cases)

When you buy a 2nd hand car, just keep pressing the button every day until it registers. If I just had to 'click here to login and confirm', it would be easier than remembering where I put the booklet with the URL in (probably the glove box anyway).

Sure, there's still the case where a thief nicks your phone and keys, but I'm sure the existing tracking can cope with that.

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Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October

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Re: Dates?

We'll all be on 6G by that time, so expect 10Gbps to the handset by then, rendering fibre truly redundant except for the exceedingly fat pipes needed to every base station, of which there will be about two dozen per 100 yards of street.

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Surprised no mention made of this "ArtIst" Aiva

It's in the classical domain, but the example at the end of the article seems a rather pleasant auditory treat. It's also apparently officially recognised as a proper composer, somehow.

I also seem to recall reading that the most prodigious composer of music is a chap who has a computer do it for him - he now holds somewhere in the region 100k-200k musical copyrights from the computer generated music, but can't find his name this late in the day and can't attest to their quality..

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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> And sometimes, "redundant" routing isn't

much more common than that. Fancy fibre network with redundant links between two nodes. Unfortunately they were laid in the same ducting, so links not redundant when someone else trenches the street without checking what's in the ground...

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At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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Re: Sir, the odds of successfully negotiating a football field are a million to one

> "So you mean there's a chance?"

Million to one chances crop up nine times out of ten. 's true, I heard it on the clacks

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?

>I can see where Wayland is coming from with that comment, but it doesn't cover vehicle use on private land - you don't need a licence for that, so driving *isn't* illegal without a licence.

Perhaps he is about to mount a legal challenge to the Under 17 Car Club and other such organisations

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Re: So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?

The SIM used is highly likely to be filtered onto a special APN, either via a custom MNC, or by IMSI filtering. That APN *should* be configured to only allow access to specific car manufacturer/insurer servers (depending on who supplied it), and so the SIM should be useless for other purposes.

When a manufacturer sticks these in the cars, they've normally negotiated a "zero-cost APN" with the operator, and so for the expected lifetime of the car (or perhaps just the warranty period) all usage of that SIM by the car will not cost a penny/cent.

Now, in the case of a car manufacturer doing this, I'm sure permission for data capture is buried in the T&Cs of whatever "service" you've bought that requires this embedded SIM (e.g. proper traffic updates rather than the useless ones embedded in FM transmissions).

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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Pfft, £300 seems a better reward, although you'd have to pay a £30 filing fee to make the attempt

Icon: a more suitable punishment, and possibly the only way

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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

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Re: more for a mobile package that has either more data volume or higher speed

It's possible to do it even on 3G by restricting the RAB combinations available to a user via policy (limits could be 64, 144, 384kbps, IIRC). Early UMTS did this at least until it became ubiquitous

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

I fail to understand why it even needs an app - it's just a view into the web pages. The only thing FB won't let work in the mobile web page is messenger, which is no great loss to me, but equally I bet could still be done in a mobile web page. The only reason for the app is to slurp your data, so I didn't bother installing it.

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We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding

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Re: Bet it won't ID me correctly

I can't wait for it to inevitably mis-identify people in an hilarious way (perhaps now is a good time for the visitors to the area to invest in print-outs of celebrity heads to crowd-source this), cos obviously I'll be watching the coverage avidly and not enjoying the (currently forecast) nice weather.

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: NAVIC

And the Indians are brown, Daily Mail readers will be up in arms

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