* Posts by JDX

6129 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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re:You cannot be sued for having an opinion that someone disagrees with.

You can if you use your prominent position to spread that opinion and it leads to provable damages, can't you?

Having an opinion and sharing an opinion are very different. If you believe that the Holocaust is not real, that's very different to saying "The Holocaust didn't happen"

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Apple helped Pear out on that second logo

The square-pear logo is just horrible.

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If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

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Re: Been reading Sci-Fi?

A neural lace style device is not necessarily AI. Many SciFi implementations have it just as a regular computer/internet connection with a direct brain interface. In that case, the problem is much smaller though by no means small.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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32/128Gb only

It seems an odd choice to drop 64... or why not drop 32 and have 64/128 only?

I thoguht you could get 256Gb iPhone/iPad or is that only on the iPad Pro range? I'm out of date with iPads, still running an iPad2 and an iPad Retina (3) but a reduction in price is welcome and takes them out of the luxury range, which the iPad Pro now fills nicely.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: Testing

Yeah but testers are good at testing, they know to think outside the box not blindly follow a test script written by a non-tester. Good ones anyway... and this isn't some random bit of code but a really important thing which must surely have to get through all kinds of government red tape and certification - tests reviewed and ending up hundreds of pages long so you want to kill yourself.

This is akin to a car with power steering where the steering sometimes doesn't work... the level of testing should be immense.

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Testing

All other cynicism about smart meters aside... how the F do such issues not get picked up? he level of testing must be crazy on such things, how do they not have them running side-by-side with conventional meters and other measuring techniques for years before launching them?

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Presumably it's impractical now

Pushing that hard was presumably somewhat akin to F1 cars... fuel consumption very high per mile/passenger? These days, environmental issues mean new planes have to focus on fuel efficiency (whether legally, financially or for PR I don't know).

Does modern tech mean a plane could go that fast without drinking fuel or is a fundamental restriction of physics that supersonic flight is fundamentally expensive?

And of course the internet means some of the "I need to be in NY for a meeting" cases are removed.

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Re: El Reg missed the headline...

We have loads of money for the NHS. More than you can easily imagine. Don't be duped by Guardian posts shared on FB!

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Interesting one

While I think Google are using their search dominance to push their maps - which is rather the definition of monopoly foul play - the fact is that integrating their mapping product into search results is really bloody useful for the typical end user.

Now I suppose if they were forced to provide a setting "choose my maps provider" that would be good for all sides but forcing them to do the development work is a little unfair. Tricky.

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Don't be silly. OSM may be better (though I think it's quite subjective) but GM are clearly quite good by objective standards for most use-cases.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Re: Absolutley Brilliant

Actually single-episode spin-offs is a wonderful idea. Probably best doing it as a separate thing not trying to force it into the story arc though... unless he somehow gets some affliction which means he has Uncontrollable Regeneration Syndrome

Seeing different actors would be great although it does take some time to feel out the role I suppose.

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: Whisky vs Whiskey

>>in the UK Whisky is made from grain (barley wheat, rye or maize) and is 3 years in an oak barrel or more. Whiskey is any old shit.

3 year old whisky IS "any old shit".

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Scottish architecture is suddenly so different from English? What silliness.

As a whisky fan and a Dartmoor fan, I could see it being a great place to have a go.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

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Re: Not LaLa Land?

Anyone who leaves a movie after the first ten minutes is pretty silly. Most people say it's wonderful but then only a fool would go to watch a musical if they don't like musicals.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: Political Imprisonment?

Especially for someone who works in IT. We'll have to turn off all the PCs as well as the lights and heating as there'll be no electricity and no oil/gas for heating allowed.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Why don't they just license their content to Netflix et al?

I don't really understand the motivation here. Surely the aim is to get people consuming BBC content, and to generate revenue from that, not just to get people using their own app?

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Alternative OS? Tried the Live USB of Fedora 25

Nobody is interested in hearing you talk about Linux. We all know Linux exists.

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Go read a review of the 3, since the 3T just tweaks the specs a bit.

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Bad data

Come on we need complaints per 1000 customers, not raw data. BT must be one of the largest providers after all.

I thought Plusnet were supposed to be great... has that deteriorated? I'd have expected BT and TalkTalk to be the worst of the main ones!

By contrast SSE and Virgin have really bad reviews online but only relatively few customers.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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re: for the UK government to subsidise PV at the ridiculous rates ... was madness

I don't think you understand. New technology is more expensive so it requires backing to get people to bother - companies will invest seeing the long-term profits but individual people don't have that resource.

The government uses taxes and subsidies as a kind of crude steering because ultimately the market responds to what makes money. Tax things you don't like, subsidise things you do.

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Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK

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Recursion

I want to order a drone.

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Re: No, it's still bloody stupid

It's easy to come up with reasons why something will never happen. Like personal car ownership. And driverless cars. And a PC in every home. And people replacing their PC with a tablet/phone.

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Huawei Nova: A pleasant surprise in a 5-inch phone

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You probably already know what an iPhone looks like

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: Actually just plain evil and creepy.

Oh bless, you live in such a cosy cossetted world that you believe a microphone is 'evil'. Yep, Amazon Echo and FaceBook will in future history be listed alongside Hitler, Stalin and Trump.

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Re: ...and it supports eight languages...

It isn't worth teaching it Yorkshire for the same reason as Russian... neither want to spend money on software.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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WTF do you mean "EVEN 5 a day"?!

5 energy drinks a day is a hell of a lot, surely nobody thinks that's a normal amount to drink even those who drink them?! 5 cans of coke a day is a lot, 5 packs of crisps a day is a lot, 5 MArs bars a day is a lot, 5 pints a day is a lot...

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Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

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Re: Slack shouldn't worry

Except their products are the standard for word processing, spreadsheets, and Windows software development. Other than those minor edge cases...

I wish I could screw things up so badly I increase my multi-billion profits each year.

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Re: Thank goodness for that!

The number of of people who can be arsed to muck about changing ISPs is relatively low.

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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1.13x slower compared to native doesn't leave much room for checking

Doesn't .NET allow you to completely block things like file IO and out-of-address memory stuff on a per-app basis, while still achieving the same speed.

If you have to provide the source - or some OBJ style compiled blob - it can be inspected pre-runtime if raw system access can only be performed via library calls, no?

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So. What's North Korea really like?

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Re: re. The Party Monument

It's clearly a willy

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Re: What is 'Smart'?

Unless the the item is approaching laptop prices I doubt there is much in the way of either hardware or programming that could be honestly described as smart or intelligent

You mean like a Raspberry Pi? Or a £50 smart-phone? The whole driving force behind IoT is that fairly powerful computers are now dirt cheap to the extent you can put them in stuff at little extra cost.

These things could work great - your smoke alarm raises your house lights (maybe leaving the kids' rooms out for you to alert them).

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Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3

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Re: Unbelievable

Worth buying a band 2 cheap then? Is lack of support a big deal if the features are already good?

I have a v1 and liked it other than the dire battery life when cycling with GPS, I thought the v2 looked great.

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Re: another brown bag on it's way for Nadella

So other than all the leading feature-rich wearables - Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, 'most' people associate wearables with phone OS?

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Microsoft chatbots: Sweet XiaoIce vs foul-mouthed Tay

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Re: Microsoft did not expect ...

When a human grows up amidst people with racist views and so on, they often adopt them thinking this is normal.

So in this way the bot seems quite lifelike!

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Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

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Re: Kids wandering into unsuitable places, particularly roads. Without looking

Kids have always loved getting into places they shouldn't be, even before the days of smartphones. I don't think placing an onus on kids to act like mature adults is realistic or indeed desirable. How many times did we have adventures which looking back, were a hair's breadth away from being very dangerous?

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I think this was supposed to be tagged as Bootnotes but it got through as a serious piece. It's almost like reading the Daily Mail.

A slightly higher standard of journalism might be hoped for... sure make the joke but do you really need to hammer it so crassly? And I don't even like Pokemon!

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Zuckerberg to spend $3bn+ to rid world of all disease by 2100 (Starting with Facebook, right?)

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Re: surely the enviromentalist dont want all disease cured

It's a valid argument, though one that's hard to have since it requires billions to die, but generally isn't high birth rate a sign of a nation with poor healthcare and life expectancy? As countries become developed, birth rates naturally seem to drop to closer to 1 in 1 out?

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Re: Try paying some fucking taxes...

Age old argument - is money more efficient through private, uncontrolled enterprise, or government which has more bureaucracy but is not at one person's whim?

Also you do all realise MArk's taxes and Facebook's taxes are entirely separate. He's not spending FB money on this, as I understand, but his own personal fortune.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Is there a practical application?

For MS to be involved I assumed there was some application of this, but the article doesn't seem to mention anything beyond the abstract.

Is it pure research or are there known theoretical uses of this?

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Apple launches HomeKit app – but where are the products?

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Re: IOT does not play nice and is a security threat

Computers are a security threat, period.

Generally speaking people will be interested in vulnerabilities they can make money off, so while senseless vandalism attacks will doubtless happen - cue a BBC news story about a rash of such attacks by teenage hackers - I don't see that aspect being the big worry.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: What do I replace my Lumia 1020 with?

The PureView would be worse than the 1020 for a usable phone experience though.

As for "A basic phone, hotspot, small laptop or tablet, and a micro four-thirds or bridge model camera." yeah you really get the concept of a mobile phone...

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What do I replace my Lumia 1020 with?

I liked WP - I had a cheap 610 as my first smartphone on 7.0 -> 7.5 and then plumped for a 1020 running 8.1 which I bought outright for £240 - a bargain for a top-end phone.

As I understand it, there STILL isn't anything which topples the PureView/1020 camera which is a real shame since that was my reason for getting such a large phone!

Anyone got any suggestions what to replace it with - mine is dying and I don't want to go WP10?

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Space exploration: Are Musk and Bezos about to eclipse Gagarin and Armstrong?

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Re: Location, location

Maybe it's held somewhere with excellent travel links to the rest of the country, where half the nation's population are within an hour's travel?

Nah, they're just out to get you. They should hold it in Cornwall, home of the future space port.

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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It's a hugely popular platform and has genuinely changed the way humans communicate (whether for good or for bad) so is very powerful. However just because something is valuable doesn't automatically make it profitable.

We were expecting Facebook to flop commercially but they seem to have turned it around after some wobbles. It does seem Twitter is struggling and it is rather confusing this is the case considering just how big a deal it is.

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Re: They should allow more text

140 is quite a lot if you actually get 140 for the text. If you find you need substantially more it might just be that Twitter isn't the best platform.

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Microsoft bods tell El Reg: We've re-pivoted open-source .NET Core

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Wasn't there some talk of converging?

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

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Sorry but you can't say you are taxed >50% on all you earn because you spend some of your earnings on things that include tax. You are taxed the amount you pay in tax on your earnings. You can include NI (in the UK, presumably similar elsewhere), to claim otherwise is misleading for dramatic effect.

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Why is Woz paying >50% on all he earns?

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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

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Re: Ain't it amazing

The whole point is people LIKE using an IDE. That is actually a fact.

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Re: I can't imagine why anyone developing for Linux isn't doing it on a Linux box

Well there are lots of cross-platform projects for one thing.

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