* Posts by MrXavia

1367 posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

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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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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

MrXavia

Yep Agreed

Nudity should not be a taboo!

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

MrXavia

I think that would be a bloody brilliant idea!

Its easier to hold a phone portrait to take video, and you focus on your main subject, but recording extra 'sides' would be great!, even better would be if the video format captured it all by default, but on playback the player could alter the ratio ;-)

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MrXavia

Re: It's what it's connected to that matters

Then don't use Android Pay!

use an actual card!

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

MrXavia

Yup,

New Drones, helicopters and a STOL Eurofighter is what is needed for our carriers!

Not a buggy, multi-role STOVL that costs a fortune...

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BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

MrXavia

Re: Bah!

"Except that the Goreans aren't just fantasising or role-playing. They believe, or claim to believe, that all women are by nature submissive."

By that logic you can include many religions into the same bucket, yet you cannot fire someone for their religion....

And religions certainly don't keep their beliefs private..

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

MrXavia

Re: I'm a bit like Withnail

Observational studies can be very informative, but you are right, it is hard to be sure the cause and effect.. more data is clearly needed to eliminate other possible causes

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

MrXavia

Netflix once said they would never offer downloads, now they do..

Who knows, maybe at one point, Netflix will offer DRM Free downloads, atleast of their own content?

Since their entire business model seems to be based on regular new content to keep subscribers, and the fact that their content is already ripped as soon as its released, allowing DRM free downloads would not be detrimental to their business and would not increase piracy..

They just need to limit the downloads to the top tier, I would hapilly upgrade for the convenience this would add!

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

MrXavia

Re: So now large, fragile batteries must go in the hold

When I travel out of Shanghai airport, my bag is screened as I am checking in, the run it through a scanner at the back and IF they see something suspicious they call you over to unlock your bag, if everything is Ok then nothing happens...

Brilliant system, I've been stopped because a small handheld camera tripod looked like a cluster of 3 batteries, and another time because I left a single small li-ion camera battery in the case!

No batteries are allowed in the hold!

So to me this ban make no sense!

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

MrXavia

Toilet Paper in chinese toilets?

When did they introduce this revolutionary idea?

Last time I was there, it was standard practice to carry your own toilet paper, personally I found carrying wipes was a more compact and clean solution (since they double to clean your hands if there was no wash basin)

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

MrXavia

Re: math is hard

How many women have you met working in IT?

Without a sample size, we can't judge if that is a low or high ratio...

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

MrXavia

Of course they would, they already do pay plenty... I am sure if Netflix allowed downloads without DRM, they would have just as many subscribers...

I would probably download everything they had I liked, but I'd continue to pay because of new content!

Now I am sure there would still be piracy, but if you tagged the downloads somehow, you can sue the up-loader easier....

But really if you can get DRM-free content for a small fee/month, why would you bother with torrenting, where your probably paying for a VPN for that anyway?

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MrXavia

DRM just harms the legitimate users, not those who want to violate copyrights and release content to the world...

If they would just provide the content without DRM, they would probably pull in a lot of torrent users into their fold...

Simply put, remove the reasons for using pirate sources and you stop the piracy.... increase the reasons for piracy, and you increase piracy....

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

MrXavia

Hopefully a wake up call for connected device makers, don't make your tools reliant on the internet!

Even if you rely on the cloud, make sure they can run by talking directly to a local app!

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Two million recordings of families imperiled by cloud-connected toys' crappy MongoDB

MrXavia

What is the database doing exposed on the internet anyway? surely the only exposed bits of your entire system should be the required customer facing API's/web servers, and then only the required ports...

Everything else should be locked down tight...

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

MrXavia

Re: We are living through the end of private motoring ...

"Why have your own car?"

Same could be said about the fact you can hire a car dropped at your door or call a taxi....

But hire cars smell, they are usually cheap nasty cars at bottom specs, and they are not as convenient.

same can be said for taxis with the addition they cost a lot...

I doubt driver-less cars will solve these problems.

If you want to drive in something that is nice, you have to own it, or pay a small fortune to hire it.....

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

MrXavia

I'll be happy to join you, now is your shed big enough for an intergalactic ARK?

Yes don't forget the wife, Dr Strangelove had a good idea about repopulation of the species....

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

MrXavia

It all comes down to applications... No matter how cloudy you go, there will always be something you need to run locally that only works in Windows... You will rarely find something that works on Linux that doesn't have a windows binary available

I would love Linux to take over from Windows, but it won't happen until games and applications port themselves over to Linux... Which won't happen until Linux is more popular...

It is a catch 22... Even Mac's only survive because of pretty hardware.... most people I know who use macs also run a Windows VM....

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Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

MrXavia

Re: CCTV is fine

Agreed, IMHO as long as you point your cameras where you have permission to record, then your fine...

So for me that is only my property and a tiny bit of the road visible through my drive entrance.

I try to keep footage for a month, as I know others who have been asked by police for their recordings when a neighbour was robbed...

Point a camera so it can record in someone else's private property without permission, then that is off!

(although Surely asking them to adjust the camera is the first step? often it would be done without malice)

EDIT:

I've always thought public CCTV is a great way to reduce crime, as long as its only used for that purpose, needs extreme controls to ensure privacy as well as prevent crime.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

MrXavia

Re: What do we want...

In addition to more room, I would love faster security

To me that means more automation, everyone going through a T-Ray scanner, and enough security people on hand to process everyone without queuing!..

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

MrXavia

Re: Military-industrial 101

"Some of us Europeans still build out own fighter aircraft too (Sweden and France)"

Dont forget the Eurofighter, the worlds most advanced combat aircraft, BAE systems has a big chunk of that! (so Us brits still build fighters!)

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