* Posts by MrXavia

1472 posts • joined 28 Sep 2010

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

MrXavia

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..

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MrXavia

A canary..

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

MrXavia

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!

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

MrXavia

Re: Pretty obvious

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

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

MrXavia

Re: But not the European Court of Human Rights.

"But not the European Court of Human Right"

Hopefully we will never leave that.

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

MrXavia

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

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

MrXavia

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

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

MrXavia

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.

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

MrXavia
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...

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

MrXavia

Re: 2000 AU in context

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

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

MrXavia

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.

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MrXavia

Re: Flat earthers

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

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

MrXavia

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.

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

MrXavia

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!

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

MrXavia
Happy

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

Re:Master / Minion !

no..

Boss / Minion

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

MrXavia
Big Brother

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

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MrXavia
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.

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

MrXavia

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!

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

MrXavia
Facepalm

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...

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

MrXavia

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

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

MrXavia

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)

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MrXavia
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)

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

MrXavia

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.

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

MrXavia

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?

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

MrXavia

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.

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MrXavia

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.

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

MrXavia
Mushroom

And clearly no backups or change history or rollback plan!

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

MrXavia

Re: Is it likely

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

Impossible Dream

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

MrXavia

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...

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

MrXavia

Re: Killing the patient

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

So why ask it?

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

MrXavia

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?

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

MrXavia

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

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

MrXavia

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

BUT

No tracking

No personalised adverts

And no google analytics...

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

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

MrXavia

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?

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MrXavia

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....

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

MrXavia

Re: Gerry Anderson - UFO

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

They looked cool?

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

MrXavia

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...

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

MrXavia

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...

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

MrXavia

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!

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

MrXavia

Re: Visas and skills gaps

You are basically suggesting exploiting visa applicants

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

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MrXavia

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

They probably all are more qualified....

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

MrXavia

Re: BOFH Trainee?

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

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

MrXavia

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.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

MrXavia

Re: Well done that Captain...

A Tsing-Tao?

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

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

MrXavia

Re: Oh this will be fun....

I suggest an amendment that states that updates must only apply while the car is not in use and must not prevent the car from being used during the update and in the event of an update causing the car to be unusable the manufacturer must be liable for costs incurred.

Can you imagine parking in a car park but overstaying because your car is updating the software, or you are about to leave home to catch a train/plane and you have to wait for the update to finish so you miss it?

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

MrXavia

Re: I think..it's the air getting hot during pressurisation by Concorde driving into it,"

"Concorde was surprisingly like the SR72. Both grew and both leaked fuel on the ground. However I don't think the Concorde designers needed to use it as hydraulic fluid as well."

Are you sure the Concorde leaked fuel? I can't find a reference to that, and it seems unlikely that a commercial aircraft would have been permitted if it leaked....

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

MrXavia

Re: Where there's muck there's.....

I remember watching a program on while in China about something like this, it used the animal waste to create enough gas to burn to cook on every day. I can't remember the details, but it was impressive that they could generate that much methane gas daily just from a single households waste!

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MrXavia

"_£70_ on Amazon!"

it does seem very expensive for what it is, and for the people who need it..

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

MrXavia
Stop

Re: "But what's wrong with using a browser to point to"

"Because suddenly you upgrade the browser and the old pages work no longer, because something changed in JavaScript or HTML support"

Would be some seriously badly written HTML with JS to stop working on any browser, we are talking Help pages, which should be simple HTML with a bit of CSS, and still work if the CSS is missing.

Even if the new standards are implemented and features were removed, these should still work in any browser.

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