* Posts by MrXavia

1387 posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

MrXavia
Devil

Re: Whatever next?

Considering the number of times i've seen a GP look something up on google I would not be surprised if someone used AWS Machine Learning and Alexa to provide an interface for DR's to look up medical information fast and assist diagnostics...

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

MrXavia

"[...] they cannot be fried, boiled or microwaved. "

I dissagree, I serve fried sprouts, chop them (finely or quartered, add some bacon and chestnuts, a bit of salt & crushed garlic, and you have a lovely winter veg dish!

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

MrXavia

Simply don't share anything you don't mind the world seeing....

It shouldn't be that way, people should know not to share intimate photos someone sends you, no matter what the age

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UK.gov puts Suffolk 7-year-old's submarine design into production

MrXavia

Yup, My kids grew up with Octonauts and now my kids love The Deep

The Deep is great, its made me want to learn to scuba dive and crew a boat!

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

MrXavia

This might deter a few idiots from flying a cheapo drone near airports and accidentally hitting a plane, but luckily these are mainly plastics and will cause negligible damage..

Hobbyists and professionals with expansive heavy drones will follow the rules, because they do already and don't want their precious toy being broken..

Those who want to fly something heavy into an aeroplane will do so anyway registration or not, no amount of legislation will prevent that, so active security measures are needed.

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

MrXavia

Re: That probably explains..

Make it easier to replace the batteries and then have a message saying battery has problems, please replace it as soon as possible and the phone will run slow until you have done this..

Not hard to do....

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

MrXavia

Re: I'd happily own a phone

"Unless you video call or take selfies"

I regularly video chat with friends afar, and when in a group, selfies are a way to ensure you are all in the photo.. SO both functions seem needed.. Then again I don't own an iPhone, I have a sony, with a bezel at the bottom and top to hold onto while taking a selfie or video chatting without accidentally touching the screen....

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

MrXavia

Re: Follow that star (trek)

I think sprouts are best sliced and fried with bacon and chestnuts!

Delicious

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Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

MrXavia

Re: OK... really stupid idea, but here goes...

The chinook could possibly lift it...

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

MrXavia

"Nah - Simon Pegg as the baddy would be a way better call..."

that would be brilliant, Scottie goes rogue!

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UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

MrXavia

I expect not, because to continue working with European data, we will have to tick their boxes on data protection, I expect this will be part of the negotiated deal..

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

MrXavia

" they could, you know, just stop maintaining the roads."

I thought they already had?

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

MrXavia

Wouldn't it be better to sit a few small probes at a the Legrange points with ion drives ready for missions like this?

If they were designed right, they could give plenty of science bonus while in place and then be re-purposed for intercept missions such as this?

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

MrXavia

Re: Feral Blundiering

I think you meant

"to error is human but it takes government to really screw things up"

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Jet packs are real – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

MrXavia

Looks like a Very basic suit! (but still brilliant)

Just jets strapped to the back and arms with manual throttles...

Can you imagine what you could achieve with some more engineering and the same engines, maybe ducting on the fans while attaching them to the backpack rather than the arms, with computer automaton to balance the flight, some kind of thumb joystick in the hand to control the flight parameters maybe?

I could see a foldable wing, or wing suit being added to enable better fuel economy.

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Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

MrXavia

Re: Which country?

can you get netflix on a Kodi box?

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

MrXavia

Re: New toys are always more exciting than repaired ones

Starts to make sopwith camels look attractive!

In all seriousness, by the time the F35 is ready for active deployment drones will be taking over the skies!

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

MrXavia

Re: ah the costs of buying abroad

"As for airframes, it's still going to be cheaper buying Apache's from Boeing than Westlands even with the exchange rate change."

Except they never take into account the additional tax income, the reduction in unemployment benefits and general benefits of building in your own country vs importing.

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Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

MrXavia

I would argue no, as you would not be crossing the road, you would be standing in the middle of the road not crossing ;-)

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

MrXavia

Surely the problem is the devices connecting, if you have BYOD policy in place, how can you be certain that the devices are updated?

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

MrXavia

Indeed, 22 minutes each way, meaning 44+ minutes flight time, you don't want to be wasting bandwidth with such high latency.

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

MrXavia

Re: @tim99 - Unions

I don't like the idea of unmanned passenger trains, in an emergency a conductor can ensure everyone is evacuated safely, a conductor is a visible deterrent for bad behaviour.

But I don't see a problem with automated driverless trains, they make sense, automated systems can be much more reliable and have more sensors than a human driver.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

MrXavia

Re: I'm not buying any of this

it's two stage to orbit.... perfectly feasible, even SSTO is feasible with rockets, just not practical (low payload capacity)...

Also the falcon 9 is two stage to orbit, except they dump the 2nd stage once in orbit, the new one doesn't, they sacrifice payload capacity for re-usability.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

MrXavia

Re: Solve this at the source

@James Hughes "No you don't need to own a car that can do 200miles. You get an electric car, then hire something else for the long journeys."

Bugger that, have you driven a hire car? they are awful!!

If you want something half decent, then you spend £300+ a day, add in the hastle of going to fetch it....

For most people its more cost effective to just buy a petrol/diesel car.

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

MrXavia

So, dictatorship by the back door... wonderful

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

MrXavia

A scary thought.

This uses a projected IR dot pattern for the 3d, in theory I could see that very dark black skin may absorb enough of the IR so that it isn't able to sense the depth, the same way that some IR sensor hand dryers/faucets wont work for black skin..

You have to hope Apple have tested this with many different skin types and makeup.

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

MrXavia

Re: Enough Already!

Name one thing that is at an acceptable level?

I cannot think of anything that couldn't do with an improvement!

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

MrXavia

"Do NOT attempt to force Python into a 'C' shaped hole"

Completely agree

I think Python is a great language, but C/C++ for the performance elements.

Python as the Glue to hold together the compiled C libraries is a great analogy, I like it!

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

MrXavia

Re: Screw 16:10

"Because 80% of the screen is wasted when writing a document or reading on the web?"

I have 3 wide screen monitors, right now the reg is split onto a single half of one of the screens... no wasted space at all

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

MrXavia

Smart intercoms/bells are a good idea, that are usually badly implemented

Current intercoms are expensive and are clunky or wired.

Current smart intercoms are crappy and expensive, most don't even have the basic physical security of having the main guts on the inside and the speaker on the outside that the normal intercoms do, AND they require internet to work, so they are useless for anywhere with a poor internet conection..

Now if your like me, and have large garden (i.e. an old house in the UK, not a new build) then you need an intercom to be able to get back to the house when a delivery comes... So it makes sense to have a network connected intercom, and having video is a bonus as you can see who is at your door/gate and not even have to answer it if your not sure who it is.

I am making my own at the moment, because no one actually makes anything good in this market right now and I need one.

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

MrXavia

Re: It is worth it, you just have to try it...

my worry is nothing to do with privacy, its legacy...

what happens when they decide to pull the service? when they are brought up by another company that competes with nest and decides to retire the service?

anything that NEEDS the cloud to work is in my crazy, especially as for under £10 they can have a chip powerful enough to run a web server and provide the same service... Have 3 nest, design it to work as a cluster... have 10 smart devices, have them all work as a cluster, have any app work over the lan, THEN only need cloud for access outside the home

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

MrXavia

Re: How about this -

iPhones are not that large, I am sure employees could be creative to find a way to remove them if they wanted to without needing a bag

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hiQ prevails / LinkedIn must allow scraping / Of your page info

MrXavia

Re: Okay... this is just plain stupid...

I see it more along the lines of, if the information is published so a human can read it, there is no reason an automated tool shouldn't be able to do the same.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

MrXavia

Re: No to licensing!

I agree, flying over private gardens is pretty stupid, you can easily hit the building if your not in LOS

My son has a drone, its fairly big, but mostly plastic so light, I make him keep it in the garden.. my drone is bigger, but still I keep it over my property, and not too high, I am scared of it hitting my roof (or head) if I fly high and it falls!

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MrXavia

Re: I'm sure

Criminals will just not register, or they will build their own...

How hard is it to order the parts from multiple suppliers and put one together?

If your a criminal, having one built for you won't be that hard...

Also will this cover only drones, or helis & planes too? what about blimps?

I understand the reasoning, but that won't stop idiots flying drones near airports or using them to spy on people...

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

MrXavia

The UK is moving towards this, at least China has reasons for its policies, to preserve the country, a revolution would be so devastating that the whole world would feel it for decades.

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

MrXavia

If I was in charge of cyber security, I would run mostly Linux but ensure that it looked like XP, especially when journos are visiting....

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

MrXavia

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

@Shadmeister

I guess that is what happens when I don't proof read!

But my instinctive no 3 is limited legacy windows application support.

@DropBear I think I didn't have enough coffee today!

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MrXavia

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

I see 3 main Linux isn't gaining in the desktop market

1) No supported major applications (yes I know there are alternatives but they are not the same)

2) Poor game support

Most of the other issues can be solved fairly easily by the open source community

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

MrXavia
Alien

Photos? Fingerprints? easily foolable!

What we need a probulator for ID

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

MrXavia

"Fly from Manchester, Birmingham, or Edinburgh to a professionally run airport like Frankfurt or Amsterdam and connect to a professionally run airline like Lufthansa, KLM, or other international alliance.

In most cases it's cheaper and it's always less stressful."

So you suggest adding in another 2 hour drive, atleast 2 hours layover, plus extra time in the air and the larger risk of missing bags vs flying direct from heathrow is a good idea?

Plus you have the horrid tiny planes when flying to Europe, last time I flew via a European airline because it was cheaper, the long haul part was fine, the layover and short haul was hell....

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MrXavia

Not much choice for many long haul destinations, especially if you want to fly with a half decent airline, not BA though

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

MrXavia

I admit I can see the need on occasion to scan and then print a replacement part for something that broke, but usually the times that would have been handy is because I can't order a replacement part.

3D printing is changing the world, but counterfitting shouldn't be a worry unless the counterfit is better than the original! who would buy a counterfit engine part? and who wants a counterfit toy?

that is why piracy is rife with media, pirated copies are now better than official digital copies, they don't have DRM, they don't have limitations where you can play them, and the quality matches that of streaming/DRM downloads..

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

MrXavia
Mushroom

Well that is BA on my no fly list!

UK Call centers for UK airlines is critical to keeping customers..

BA is crashing and burning as a business... next they will outsource their maintenance to crapita.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

MrXavia

Maybe with a few Tory rebels, and the opposition parties, we might be able to keep the worst of the spying laws away

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

MrXavia

Re: You say that now

"People expect their profiles to be private, that should extend to after death "

Why can't they give us death options?

Make it law that there must be multiple choices for what happens after your death.

In life I am extremely private, when I am dead, well.. I am dead so privacy for me is no longer an issue, you can trawl through my photos, read all my messages, and I don't care!

give people the choice, and the default should be that the heir has full access to the account contents, although I agree with a memorial mode for social accounts like facebook the private contents should be available to the heir unless the person chose to not share it, and then only if that person was over 16.

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

MrXavia

Cloudy again... why do companies keep thinking that adding cloud to something is a good idea?

Will this work if the servers go down or is it another paperweight?

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

MrXavia

"the airlines state, that devices with Lithium batteries should never be checked"

I know I don't want to be on an aircraft full of lithium batteires in the hold...

The average case would probably have a laptop, a camera, some alcohol (who doesn't buy spirits abroard?)

All you need is a short, you get a small fire, the alcohol is the perfect accelerant, causing a bigger fire, spreads to the other cases, causing a bigger fire....

yep...

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

MrXavia

Re: thoughts on future regulation of encryption

It won't work, simply because if the government can do it, so can a hacker..

Online banking, online shopping, chat programs, everything we have online needs strong encryption.

If they outlaw encryption, I will seriously have to consider moving to another country, I doubt I would be able to continue my work without strong encryption,

I expect the whole IT sector would collapse without strong encryption, and everything that depends on IT will also collapse...

So ban encryption = destroy the economy

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