* Posts by kyndair

71 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009

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Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps

kyndair

voltage

EU standard is 230v plus or minus 20v, with mainland Europe being 220 plus or minus 10v and the UK sitting at 240 plus or minus 10v. The EU standard is written so that it just gives the range used in such a way that any electronics kit sold to an EU customer should be safe anywhere in Europe

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Mushroom

Re: Feeding children properly is generally

there is no sanctuary

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Unhappy

Re: Justice versus reality

and on top of al that the fun thing this dna fingerprinting is very far from perfect. Your 'fingerprint' will match lots of other people in the country so if you were once picked by an overzealous plod and had dna taken but nothing ever proceeded because his sergeant told him to grow-up and stop wasting time then some Muppet commits murder/rape/terror elsewhere and they match you well tough luck for you as our system now operates on guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent.

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Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

kyndair

cool, just cool

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: I wonder.....

well, I'm sure the FBI will let plod know as they host about have of the kiddy fiddling sites out there, the met and city of london probably only have about a third poor souls.

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Terminator

Re: Are you from the future?

I wouldn't try plugging it into a toaster, the bloody thing will just frak you up if you try.

As far minimum spec goes 'all of this has happened before, and will happen again' but chaos theory suggests at least once by accident they will get it right.

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Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy

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Re: As I once heard....

DEFRA thinking always seems to follow logical fallacies such as:

All rats are rodents therefore all rodents are rats.

This also explains why they couldn't sort out a simple farm payments system like every other country but had to go for the most complex bureaucratic system with a failed IT solution behind it.

In short they couldn't organise a piss up at a free bar.

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Re: Whilst I don't disagree with the thrust of the article...

re: Voland's right hand

Also profits need to be kept up and when those profits are declared in a currency other GBP to keep them up prices need to be raised, after the city was given promises and ceo bonuses are at stake.

re: Dan 55

Law and Ethics have very little to do with each other especially tax law, people spend a lot on money on clever people who then help the tax authorities write the law to make sure it looks solid at first glance by everyone else and that they can legally move

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Boffins turn phone into tracker by abusing pairing with – that's right – IoT kit

kyndair

IoT kit is kinda insecure - just like lava is kinda warm

The sooner we get some minimum security standards for the IoT (e.g. new username and password required on first bootup) the sooner we can get back to enjoying robots doing all the work for us

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Survey finds 75% of security execs believe they are INVINCIBLE

kyndair

does anyone have these peoples names and numbers as I have a bridge in London and a lot of scrap metal in Paris for sale.

But seriously the first step in getting owned on the net is assuming you could never be hacked, that somehow you are a miracle worker how can defend against all exploits even those not yet publicly released. Layered defences help but even then you can't assume you've covered all the gaps, there will be a blind spot some clever/lucky (part of luck is looking) bastard has found as is selling on to others for a high price.

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Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system

kyndair

serious question - Have they ever delivered a system on time and on or under budget?

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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Re: sudo apt-get update

true as long as you the repsotories you can update loads of stuff but microsft have seen the closed world of phone app stores and they would like to head that way for desktop, that's appears to be part of the thinking in windows 8+ and why some design decisions went the way they did, got to turn the heat up slow enough the frogs don't jump out before they're cooked.

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kyndair

Re: sudo apt-get update

Such things are great in the linux world (for arch it's pacman -Syyu), where distributions compile, test and package the applications for you and as long as maintainer can be found pretty much any software will be included (choice is a good thing), but do you really want Microsoft having that sort of control over the windows application ecosystem. I know that's what they want but it would make many people nervous at best.

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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

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britain - open for business

if you include the fact it appears to be the closing down sale, everything must go

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Re: downgrade rights != license

correct downgrade rights are not a license for the older version but they are providing the older version with license pre-installed using the downgrade rights to do so

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Re: Where to start...

In the main yes but if you look at world population graphs with the dates blanked out you would be very hard pushed to spot the wars, they really don't make that much different (not to say the next big won't) things like spanish flu had vastly larger impact but even that was soon made up for (human fecundity is a problem that we need to actively manage after all)

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Re: I'm not paid a lot

The problem is with general purpose robots on the way even a lot of the low paid jobs will be gotten rid of, then on top of that there's the ai issue that will take over a lot of the clerical and skilled workers and even creative workers, this will include code monkeys and helldesk fodder the last employed person could well be the final programmer that sets the final ai going

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kyndair

Re: Simple

even if that job opened up it would be a fraction of the previous workforce and soon taken over by autonomous recovery vehicles

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kyndair

Re: Make robots pay tax

modern money is nothing less than universal rationing vouchers, society agrees that is has worth in that you don't have to barter goods/time directly. But if most people become unemployable as the general purpose robot/ai takes over the work then money itself could start to become worth less.

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kyndair

Re: Errrm

>>but it would be incorrect to assume that every product we make is at the cost of one of our competitors.

In general if you are growing faster than your industry then you are getting business from someone else, that means they need less work to be done so someone is feeling the hurt.

Yes it can occasionally be that one business gets all/most of the growth and the other business stagnate or get little growth but that often leads to the point where other business are then not able to invest in upgrades to push themselves back into growth/relevance so they end up becoming niche or exiting a market so in the end someone gets the short end of the shit stick.

>> But there are many more cars

Yes but that is the past/current economy, one without general purpose robots and ai's to do the work far more cheaply than humans. If you have no job and no pay how many tv's and cars can you buy in the future?

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kyndair

Re: Errrm

Yes but car manufacturing was putting the horse tack manufactures out of business it was people that were being employed, when agriculture was being mechanised many people were required for work in the factories producing the machines (even then there was massive upheaval and shockwaves through society), with this next wave it is ai's that will be doing the work and humans need not apply https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU

All in all it's a big difference to many previous changes and will have consequences that people need try and predict and make plans for.

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kyndair

Re: Errrm

Yes while no-one in your firm has been laid off another firm would have to scale back or go out of business as your firm took their business, while economics isn't a zero sum game it's not an infinite game either. Their is only so much growth and so much elasticity that economic players can take advantage of before someone has to lose.

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kyndair

automation has always been difficult

Automation has always caused societal problems, in response society has evolved (not always without riots etc.). The big problem coming is the types of jobs that will be automated, that is finance, legal and numerous white collar jobs as well as driving etc.. While some people may be able to get other similarly paid work a lot won't and will be left looking at low paid manual work that society deems important enough to be done but expensive to automate and not important in a 'value add' way so there won't be enough to go around.

When lots of jobs go and there is not enough to go around society will have decide how to progress, it is helpful to have looked at possible choices ahead of time and discussed how they could be implemented rather than sticking your head in the sand and saying that the current capitalist system is perfect and nothing will change is at best a waste of time at worst a distraction.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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Re: Some numbers...

It's only plausible if the drone can also match the speed of the plane long enough to move from below to above and be visible at the same time which given the size of even the biggest consumer units. One of the planes was doing 200 knots which for grounds people is about 103 m/s.

If we take the 6 m/s ascent speed as realistic for the drone to climb 80 m while moving in front of the plane, that's 13 s of flat out climbing (and that ignores that it was also supposed to have moved left to right as viewed from the plane which would significantly slow the ascent) all of which means the pilot had to have spotted the drone at least 1.3km (more likely 2+km). As even the best pilots only the eyeball mk1 the resolution means that something like the phantom 4 would only be a single dot at 1km it makes it unlikely that the report is accurate.

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kyndair

Re: C'mon

Ah you forget, THEY are the law so whatever they do is correct and lawful, so it was obviously your fault for being in control of a motorglider and not paying due attention to the whims of a cop

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kyndair

I want whatever drone that can do 200+ kts while performing acrobatics. Or just maybe it wasn't a drone but as that's what UFOs get identified as now maybe I'll have to wait a while longer.

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Sweet, vulnerable IoT devices compromised 6 min after going online

kyndair

so the new IOT economics goes

1. take a small processor add it to x

2. get a script kiddie not even considering security to programme it

3. sell x

4. organised crime profits

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

kyndair
Trollface

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. That the statutory bodies would break statutes and the executive would hide and abuse the sovereign will of parliament.

Well at least when we've got rid of all that EU nonsense we can put new laws in place to make it legal to tap anyone's communication without oversight.

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More than half of Androids susceptible to ancient malware

kyndair

Re: FTFY

More like as soon as it's left development they abandon it to start the new pretty pretty. Most phones never see an update, some get a single update, very few get 18 months and you can count the companies that do more on one hand

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Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy

kyndair

Re: Navy obsoletes itself, not many medal wearers dead. Film at 11

Apart from those mini nuclear reactors used in satellites and probes. Admittedly they don't generate a large amount of power but I wouldn't put past someone to stick one as the long term power source for a torpedo to keep it on station.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

kyndair

Re: Is Apple to Blame? Conspiracy Theoriests Unite!

yes and no, with fixed batteries some manufacturers are saving a few cents by doing it on the phone side rather than battery side (i.e. fabbing it into their bespoke soc rather than separate fail-safe control in the battery), this could be the case here with someone having messed up the calculations and phone pushing or pulling to much on the battery (or both)

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

kyndair

Re: Autism.

but not even the best lawyers and judges know all the laws even in one country let alone all countries covered by reciprocal extradition treaties. This is one of the problems facing the modern world that politicians avoid talking about and then make worse with more and more badly (and broadly) worded laws.

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Re: A historian writes...

Although back at the height of empire Britain could mean anything from the large island to a large chunk of the world depending on context, sometimes it sounds like certain politicos and their rabid supporters want to make option 2 viable again

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kyndair

and little britain is nowadays called brittany

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

kyndair

Only in certain limited areas, otherwise it takes from iso or make up is own stuff having various technical committee's looking at all sorts of things including food, toys and cosmetics. Other countries even use the EU work instead of doing it themselves to save money.

While it's possible the UK may do this it will still mean an increase in the civil service to manage everything and had been noted elsewhere or civil service always does things in the most onerous way possible.

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kyndair

Re: It may be better; or even worse.

If you are paying to download the directives and regulations then you need to go direct to the EUR-LEX website and get them for free. For hte complex technical regulations/directives they also do consolidated versions that include all updates to date over the original.

If you meant you pay for the updates for standards then yes that can get expensive, the cheapest option is when the standard is adopted from ISO in which case buying from ISO is the cheapest way by far. If it is a EN standard then shop around as the difference is price between BS EN or DIN EN etc, can be enormous.

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R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco

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The Jawas will have field day nicking them and selling them to unsuspecting shops

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Sheep shall safely graze

1. CEO's blame everything and everyone all the time then get their mates on the remuneration committee to give them a big rise and bonus while denying the staffs.

2. Again not unique to government it happens in both public and private organisations.

3. Ministers don't write detailed specs for outsourcing that's civil servants, ministers might interfere (got to look after that future income) but it's the service that do the leg work filling in the detail or as mostly happens completely missing the detail so that any little thing can be charged as an expensive extra.

4. Unfortunately yes we do

5. Anytime I've worked directly for government (Whitehall and local) furniture has all been good and the hourly rate for the work I saw getting done was OK, most places I saw people spend 2/3 of the time moaning they had to much work which then only took the other 1/3 to do. Not saying it was the majority of people but it was enough that it was noticeable and with no one managing the situation.

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Ten-year-old Windows Media Player hack is the new black, again

kyndair

Re: The culprit is WMV and it never went away

Yeah, nice in theory but if people were that sensible scammers would all be penniless street bums. The simple thing is for the media player not to download and run any old code, something MS could have done years ago.

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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

kyndair

Re: Hacking a simulated power station

You've never met management types have you...

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Mr Chow plates up sticky ransomware

kyndair

anyone being let out on to the internet without a script blocker up and running is asking for trouble, added bonus that the most spammy ads get blocked while simple text/picture get let through supporting responsible advertising over bad

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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carl urban

Carl would be a great choice to take bond on and develop it further. He's shown good range from dark menacing Dredd to lighter wisecracking McCoy

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Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

kyndair

Re: OVerlapping may be good, if you can afford it

The supermarket own brand products are in the main are not made by them (some do own factories where they see the advantage e.g. time to market etc.) but they aren't getting them made by the major 'brands' which are owned by P&G, unilver, etc. either. The major brands occasionally use the third parties that supply the supermarkets but that's only during peak times and mostly as packers rather than manufacturers.

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Post Brexit tech spending to rise like a lead balloon

kyndair
Holmes

Re: A little help please

because it provides a convenient excuse to kick people out the door

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Pressure mounts against Rule 41 – the FBI's power to hack Tor, VPN users on sight

kyndair

Re: Possible option?

to be fair unless you live in the middle of nowhere with no neighbours at all most places are so full of wi-fi signals plod is unlikely to be able to determine that one of them is your secret wi-fi nas

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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'you mean I won't even need to go out to have sex'

'affirmative, with just the down payment of £6.99 I can project anyone you desire totally naked [whisper] plus £749.99 per month if you want it to be anyone but your mum[/whisper]'

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Mushroom

in other news

we're all going to die, enjoy yourself a bit on the way or it was all worthless

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R&D money for science – from your taxes?

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Coat

Re: pointless arguments...

the dinosaurs may not have had a space program but they did have a flight program, for which I am very thankful as a lot of the dinosaurs are damn tasty.

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