* Posts by MrXavia

1477 posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'


Bribery is not something confined to the Tories

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Re: Yah, Yah, Yah.

"All you Android fans. There wouldn't be Android if Apple hadn't invented the smartphone."

The first iPhone was not the first smart phone, the LG Prada was out before it, and without Android there would be something else, either Symbian or a Linux based OS not from Google

"Apple are one of the few companied who do ALL the research and Development. Hardware and Software."

They brought the touchscreen technology for the iPhone, they buy their screens... it's not all in house

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt


Re: Wow, it's almost...

"UK born is irrelevant. If you're based outside the UK then why on earth should you have a say in a country where you do not live?"

Conversely why not give those who lived here but are not British/Irish citizens the right to vote?

You can't have it both ways and be fair

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

Big Brother

Re: Loopy passengers

I always have to go to the manual gates, I'm not even going to try and use the automated gates again.

Thought it was my passport, but my new one also has this issue for me, so there must be something about my face that their system doesn't like. Maybe i'm immune to AI facial recognition!

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter


Re: Remember

While I would agree most science is best done with probes, we can get more science for the money

But I think there are reasons to land on the moon again, we need to prove the technology so we can keep doing it safely.

We currently send crews to the north/south poles to do science, when we could only use automated probes, the arguments for doing that are the same as for sending crews to other planets, which is better science, shorter delays between the operators of probes/science equipment.

But also we need to become a multi-planet species if we are to survive, our planet has a finite life, which means we must be able to survive in space, construct large space craft, and eventually travel interstellar distances (be that generation ships, stasis, relativistic ships or something more exotic and unlikely such as warp drive/jump gates/wormholes)

And finally the tech we develop could save the planet, what if a planet killer asteroid was detected? could we stop it? right now, I doubt it.

So your down votes are because we think its a necessary expense and not a wasteful luxury.

The fact it is very very cool is a bonus!

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Re: And so it starts

"UK doesn't need back doors. They just take the keys they need to open any doors and windows available."

Which is the way it should be, police should be able to get a warrant and then force you to open the door..


A canary..

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box


Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

"It was the designer who allowed a single faulty sensor to put the software into a dangerous state."

Surely should have the inputs & processing in triplicate for something like this?

And there should be an easy way to override it, I mean something clear like a big red covered flip switch that can be turned off!

Single sensors are fine for toys, but not for a plane carrying passengers!

Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder


Re: Pretty obvious

We need open standards, so we can choose our voice assistant separately to the hardware we run.

Find these, er, appealing? UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK


Re: But not the European Court of Human Rights.

"But not the European Court of Human Right"

Hopefully we will never leave that.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally


Re: return

I agree, the project is not that far fetched, its a fairly simple usage of technology, the trick is keeping the mirror in a stable orbit. large mirror = drag, so careful calculations will be need or lots of fuel

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works


This is why I always ask the question will this still work without internet, and usually the answer is No and I don't buy!

A Security system that fails to work without the Internet is no security system

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms


Re: RE: Mooseman

"When you move out of a flat, does the landlord refund you all the money you gave to pay the rent?"

Bad analogy, its more like getting a divorce and your wife/husband keeping everything, even though you both paid into the mortgage.

China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

Big Brother

Re: Facebook will position itself as a provider of government digital services

Who would you trust more to provide a mobile OS,

Apple, Google, the PRC or Facebook?

Which one will use the mined data for the least evil purpose?

It is a tough call I think...

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one


Re: 2000 AU in context

This makes Proxima Centauri sound close to me.... only 125 times the distance!

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again


Re: It just make me sad...

I remember being an 11 year old kid, watching the moon landing on my schools library power mac from a CD encyclopedia (the kind that used to be in a case!)..

I used to head to the library and watch that almost every week, at the time I thought the world would be on the moon or mars by now.


Re: Flat earthers

People have known the world was round long before even the ancient Greeks.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

"She dropped her keys as she got into the car"

How did the car start if the key was outside the car?

I have no idea how, but my car detects if the key is inside the car or not, if any key is inside, the car will not lock, if you try to drive off and the key is not in the car after starting it, my car alerts you to the fact your key is not in the car...

So implementation matters.

Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband


Re: Openreach

| "but do we need 1Gbps to every home?"

"640K ought to be enough for anybody"...

I'd be happy for faster pings... it isn't always the amount data but the latency that matters!

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

Re:Master / Minion !


Boss / Minion

NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

Big Brother

Nope, because cloud storage is default and there are no good local backup options being pushed.

Paris Hilton

C) stop caring if someone sees you naked, we all get naked, we all (hopefully) enjoy sex.

there are way worse things to happen than sex pictures/videos being posted.

Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot


Re: There's noticeable value ... upgrading from a $200 or $300 smartphone

Honor V10 for me, £450 and as good as any £1k phone I'd wager!

Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend


Re: At University at Durham (and Newcastle)..

My Secondary school (mid 90's) was very insecure with passwords...

The head of IT at the time decided that we students kept loosing our passwords too often so they were assigned to us and we were blocked from changing them, I objected and convinced him to let me enter my own password, but not before I worked out how they assigned the passwords, which meant I had access to everyone's account if I wanted it... I even saw the admins password, he was so slow typing it!

Lucky for them I never misused my knowledge.. I just helped the odd friend log in when they forgot their password...

Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early


Re: I learned something

"Steam also takes 30%."

So the moral of the story is to try and buy software not on these stores... they limit you too much and they take hefty cuts

London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'


Re: @Mr Xavia

"I would like to repeat point that I have always made about biometrics. If the ID theft bad guys get your password, you can change that. If the same bad guys get your fingerprints and iris scan--you're screwed for life."

Completely agree with you here, bio-metrics are only useful for identification, they should never be used for passwords, personally I use 2FA where possible. That is why I have no problem with my biometrics being taken by a government (not that I had a choice anyway)

Big Brother

The problem is probably your passport photo, I had the same issue recently returning to the UK and I am sure its my poor quality photo and less so the tech... The old IRIS system was so much better, never had an issue with that not recognising me..

But I do think we should be grabbing bio-metrics of everyone entering the country and for every passport, last time I arrived in China I had my bio-metrics taken, fingerprints, face, possibly iris (not sure if the camera was good enough for that) and I can't actually think of a reason to deny that data, its only really useful for identification of a living person, and its data we leave lying around the place everywhere we go... (CCTV captures our face, fingerprints on surfaces we touch)

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?


Re: TBH I'd thought they solved this problem decades ago.

"It's a different issue. This isn't VR's issues of tracking headset motion, this is AR with issues of tracking physical objects. Yeah, they'll be some tricks and techniques learnt from developing VR, but AR presents its own challenges."

The MS Mixed Reality (that for now seems to be pure VR not mixed) works pretty damn well with its optical tracking so it is possible to do well.

Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3


While I am not sure if it was this hack, this month I had my card defrauded, I was told by my card supplier, it was most likely a hack at a retailer I used.

So either its these guys, or keep an eye out for another big leak soon....

What we need is auto-generated card numbers, so we can have a different card number to us to use at different online retailers, surely it wouldn't be that hard to do?

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons


Re: Meaningless.

Surely target identification is a good use of AI? as long as it is not the only method used to identify a target before attacking, it can help ensure no innocents are harmed.


He really needs anger management classes, or to employ someone to pre-approve his tweets.....

Building the mini-sub was a good idea, even if it was never used, he liaised with the dive team, had feedback and adapted the design with them, so it is understandable why he got pissed off with the other guys comments, he was only trying to help, but the way he reacted was wrong.

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach


And clearly no backups or change history or rollback plan!

Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it


Re: Is it likely

"How about a good device that's actually useful?"

Impossible Dream

Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware


Re: Happens all the time

Minecraft is a bit different, mods is the term for non-official add-ons, and they are usually ok.. Although I hate the new windows 10 way of charging for mods that you could get for free in the java edition...

No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told


Re: Killing the patient

We are talking about data that is not needed for a school to teach the child....

So why ask it?

Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link


Re: Your creepy Fakir will be with you shortly.

"I would never let an unaccompanied lady get into an Uber cab. It would be considered neglect of a duty of care."

That is a sad situation to be in, there should never be a situation where a pre-booked car (or black cab) is a threat to anyone.

what could be the solution to this?

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon


Surely Rolls Royce could come up with a replacement power-plant if things got really bad?

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying


Re: If only I could pay

I'm happy for adverts,

targeted to the content is perfect and appreciated as I'm probably looking for it


No tracking

No personalised adverts

And no google analytics...

I only block the tracking.. but that seems to block every advert aswell..

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather


Re: New better technology?

"the cost of retrofitting was about the same as building another carrier!!"

Some serious mistakes were made in the planning for that to be the case....

But I don't get why traps would have been hard to install?


Re: Carriers??

"With the HMS Queen Elizabeth currently sitting in Portsmouth wouldn't it make sense to just treat the delivery as an extended sea trial to a friendly port?"

My thoughts exactly!

Even the shakedown crew should be able to handle landing one fighter....

Doctor finds physical changes to astronaut's eyes after ISS stint


Re: Gerry Anderson - UFO

"Doesn't explain the purple wigs worn by the female staff on Moonbase."

They looked cool?

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go


Re: dont be a panicky idiot

I think the make up of the crew should be one man and 5 women for faster re-population...

Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die


Re: The more I listen to the EU...

"Punished? Really? ...... Hey guys, I want to leave the golf club I've been a member of all these years. But i still want to come back and play golf; and decide how the club is run; and use the bar; and maybe keep my seat at the club table; and parking space. But this golf club isn't for me. FRO."

No, its more like "I want to leave this business I am a shareholder in and have paid a lot of money into every year, I would like to keep doing business with you but if you want me to follow your rules, i'd like a say in them"

It is all about perspective... Now I don't agree with Brexit, but I also think the EU is corrupt and wasteful.. And it was obvious we would be punished for leaving, and our government is too focused on cutting net migration to actually see the bigger picture...

Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter


Re: Wot Smart TV?

So you don't watch Netflix/Amazon Prime/iPlayer/YouTube?

Although I agree with the idea of a dumb TV and an external smart device... Shame the TV companies don't get that idea...

Now if someone can tell me of a decent dongle that has all the major streaming services AND a way to watch UltraViolet shows, I would be very grateful!

UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year


Re: Visas and skills gaps

You are basically suggesting exploiting visa applicants

did you forget that they are still humans(well most of them)?


"One wonders how many visa applicants are qualified for Ms. Main's position?"

They probably all are more qualified....

Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash


Re: BOFH Trainee?

No need to sabotage, just make them 'sugar free with Maltitol' since this is a laxative....

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


The UK charges are not fabricated, he is wanted for skipping bail.

The others, well that is for the courts to decide, and I am not sure he can ever have a fair trial, not that I think trials are generally ran fairly.

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet


Re: Well done that Captain...

A Tsing-Tao?

I expect he needs a bottle of Maotai after that!!

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