* Posts by Adrian 4

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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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Re: I've never understood...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxpZkKKbDgA

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National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

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Oops

Was I supposed to keep my email address a secret ? I've been giving it out to all sorts of people. Some of them even work at dodgy places like Hanslope Park.

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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So how do we know this isn't NSA trickery to get their backdoor updated ?

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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: Missed the Point

No one else thinks that's scary?

Yes, but not news.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Re: More to the point - how much has it saved?

I'm sure we can beat that. If we ever get the new benefit system going it will probably save less than 1% of the rollout costs.

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Re: medieval terror-bastards - thumbs up on that one!

So, an english acronym. I thought they were against that sort of thing.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: I went for the mobile version

Perfect. Long may they be banished.

I hate it when everything on the screen has hotspots that you have to carefully avoid to stop something unwanted happening.

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Re: Everything's gone. Everything.

It immediately found adblock+, which is the only extra I use heavily.

Does seem a little faster than pale moon. I haven't used the previous version of firefox for a while so unsure how it compares with that.

The edgeless menus are annoying. I like to be able to tell which window is which. Fortunately most sites use a mildly coloured background but I would imagine some trendy minimalist site will look weird.

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Computing in schools improved, but still needs major patching – report

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Re: Same old same old

@Dr Syntax

Your syntax may be good but your acronyms need work. It's GPIB (IEEE-488).

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Great idea !

Home Office rubbing their hands .. once that's working then they could save money on judges and all that tat, and just imprison people automatically for the crime they're about to commit !

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Immovable window

So how many of you have tried to move the monitor's on-screen-display with a mouse ?

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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It's only got 2 thou resolution. So maybe 10 thou accuracy.

It's more a replacement for casting than machining.

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Evil pixels: Researcher demos data-theft over screen-share protocols

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Bizarre security

so .. you'#re saying RDP has a feature to block file transfer outwards yet still allows remote execution ?

Why not just ftp it ?

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Watermarking

Maybe You could get a barcode printed on your skin. Then FB could just reject anything with that barcode.

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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

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Re: Been there, done that...

Was that the Transformer ? I bought the similar Windows version on the strength of it having USB3, but it hasn't worn out because I barely use it. Poor technical information has left it well behind in Linux compatibility, and I have little use for a version of Windows that can't cope with the screen resolution and leaves everything too small to read. This ought to be an ideal target for Windows 8/10 (touch screen, optional keyboard etc) but it's unusable. The first thing it needs is phone-like display zoom, which it lacks. You did well to choose the Android version.

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Hardware has never been better, but it isn't a licence for code bloat

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code bloat is not necessarily slow

Code can get bigger as it gets faster : the size doesn't necessarily slow it down. If it's handling a lot of alternatives, having separate code for each might be a lot faster than having a small, highly parameterised pice of code that does everything.

What causes bloat is the use of libraries and frameworks to speed development. Yes, they do speed it - providing they do what you want and you know how to use them. But very often, you're only using a small part of their functionality yet you get a large part of the baggage.

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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FFS

So the MoD can spend £20 million on drones and be unable to tell why they crashed.

And we're happy to let the police fly drones over populated areas, unlike amateur users, because what ? They're better trained ? Have better drones ?

When one crashes, as is inevitable, will they be able to determine why ?

Do we even have a report on the manned aircraft crash on that glasgow club ? Last I looked, they still hadn't come to any useful conclusions.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: I thought my opinion of MPs could go no lower

I don't often want to upvote ledswinger, but today's different.

TV presenters don't know a thing.

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Re: Try a sensible design?

Perhaps the idea of changing speed limits on the fly is just stupid ?

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Pixel was impressive - Pixel 2 is an abortion

"What is it about phone design that forces you to remove the expandable SD card slot? Fucking nothing. Other than an Apple-style price gouge for more capacious models."

Microsoft FAT32 tax ?

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Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

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Re: Socialism

0.2bps ? Dang, that's slower than wet string. I sympathises, even BT aren't that bad.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Re: Reminds me

I wish to upvote this system more than once.

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Re: From my .sig collection

"Now, aiming... that's the challenge..."

What do you think tape-changing robots were invented for ?

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Re: "their entire system can be defeated by either covering the drone with aluminium foil"

It can be defeated even more easily by not buying your drone from DJI

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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

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Re: WTF

They aren't THAT stupid. But they may be THAT cunning.

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AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch

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Tell the website authors

I keep hearing about how Captchas are broken. But still they keep using the wretched things.

If the site gets so many visitors they can't evaluate a new user (clue: it's only necessary to moderate the first few posts), can't they afford a few more staff ?

And the street scenes .,, they're crap, too. Who evaluates them to find the correct answer ? A bot, I guess. Well, duh.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: We need an alternative to the jungle monopoly

Or Conrad. They're Maplin equivalent in Germany, and own Rapid here.

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Re: We need an alternative to the jungle monopoly

"Sainsbury's hope to add the range of Argos to all of their stores, whilst shutting down as many as possible of the Argos locations. its a huge gamble"

They experimented with having an Argos pickup in Homebase, then shut them down again within a year. Not sure what that was about - they didn't close the multiple local Argos branches so unlikely to save any money.

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Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

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Why does it matter ?

Surely, if you're using gmail, you don't have any expectations of privacy ?

Not that I don't use it myself. I just assume some{one,thing} else reads it.

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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If he could count to more than 10, he wouldn't still be a Windows admin, would he ?

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ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

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Re: Marvellous

Partially-Ordered Event-Triggered Systems

And a friday afternoon's worth for Andrew Brown.

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

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Re: SIoTAFU

Is this an IoT device ?

Seems more like a mobile. When is a device IoT, or does any device on the internet qualify ?

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Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices

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How much computing power is available to botnets ?

Your own video player might be calculating your private keys at this moment.

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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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Re: Hmm

_We_ do.

Keep that in mind when they want your votes again, and vote for the ones you trust, not the least-worst option. If that leaves you with nobody to vote for, question why you're voting.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: 3D

I wonder if they've thought of putting out content that's actually worth watching.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re: This is a bit embarassing

What makes you think it would be so important to know who these people are that you'd suffer even a second of Mail Online to find out ?

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

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End-to-end would be an issue for your choice of client rather than server or protocol, wouldn't it ?

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: Francis Walsingham

But he didn't monitor ALL communication. Only that to/from a specific person. Something easily permitted with a warrant.

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The US mail isn't impervious to snooping. But is it illegal to send encrypted messages through it ?

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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

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Coding is merely writing a specification for how a machine responds to its environment.

The form in which the code is written may vary, but if you don't have a specification, how can you get what you want ?

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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Ministry of Truth

The DoJ appears to be the Department of anything but.

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Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

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Thermal expansion isn't an issue - HDDs haven't used absolute positioning for years. They examine the signal to seek to the track centre and identify which track they're on from the data stream.

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How many times can Microsoft kill Mobile?

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That's a good idea. In fact, it's such a good idea that they've already done it. Extensively.

Apparently, it only works well enough to get a phone off the 'completely useless' list. It doesn't actually make it attractive.

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Re: Missing poll answer

For a long while, gmail moaned about palemoon being an old version of firefox but appeared to work OK. However, it's now started to fail : it seems to miss some sort of timeout or callback such that it doesn't save changes back to the email server, and then complains that unsaved data exists. Sometimes you can get around this by refreshing the page and sometimes you just have to start again.

Slack also refuses to work with palemoon. But that's easily fixed by not using Slack.

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Thought reading ?

"This feels a bit like thought-reading. No other browser can do that."

But it's not thought-reading, is it ? If it were, I might use it.

Actually it's an extension of a shopping site's 'other people who bought this item looked at these', and we all know how hopelessly useless those are. I'm not 'other people'. I want the search engine and browser to search for what I asked, not guess something else. Or constantly present me with a flashing, moving heap of text to distract me.

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@quxinot : The way Firefox took over from Mozilla, you mean ? Shame they didn't learn that lesson and just started stuffing Firefox with unnecessary features instead.

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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

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Re: Raking it in?

Refunding for a service they didn't provide ? Appropriate.

A fine of $252,000 : less than 8 hours income for cutting off an emergency service for 3 days ? Not so appropriate.

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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Re: Surely microwaves?

@Robin Bradshaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIU8WZR9DNA

Fabulous ! And the effect on the small lithium phone batteries shows a weakness of drones ..

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Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

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Re: Hmmmm...

Unless they've got it right. In which case Zuckerborg will buy them.

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