* Posts by druck

1516 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Health and safety warning: risk of scurvy on long sea voyages

Exploration Cancelled

The new world not discovered

NASA not created

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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

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Oh, they'll be wanting us to continue paying for this after we've left, as part of the €100bn extortion divorce demand, but not give us the shiny WiFi hotspot. And can anyone work out how on earth you can come up with a 3 year running cost of €20,000 per hotspot, even if you were using the most expensive 4G contract a back-haul? I guess I'm just not able to imagine the levels of corruption involved when such EU funding is up for grabs.

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Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

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Bing Bots

I'll make a wager that Bing will be groaning under the strain of millions of Bing Bots reaping reward points by next week. No doubt Microsoft will call that a success, regardless of the cost.

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Spacecraft spots possible signs of frozen water on the Moon

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Soil?

“We found that the coldest places near the Moon’s south pole are also the brightest places – brighter than we would expect from soil alone"

There is no soil on the moon, as it lacks any (known) organic material. The correct word would be 'regolith'.

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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Re: You say that now

People expect their profiles to be private

Can you actually hear yourself? It's Facebook - sign up as an advertiser with a sufficiently large budget, and they'll sell you every aspect of the persons profile, alive or dead.

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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People wont be happy with Windows 10 until...

...Microsoft kills it off, and starts forcing people towards an even worse Windows 11.

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FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

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Class Action?

How is submitting automated comments using names and addresses of people who haven't consented, in any way legal? Surely they would be will within their rights to launch a class action suit against the culprit?

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GPU-flingers' bash: Forget the Matrix, Neo needs his tensors

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Cores?

With 5,120+2,560+640=8,320 cores of various types, the V100 is an 8 kilo-core chip.
But those aren't independent, each FP64 core consists of two FP32 cores.

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Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

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If you can't innovate...

...exfiltrate.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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Re: Freak 'em out !

Or how about setting up a throwaway VM with some nice FBI wallpaper to give them the shits? Or maybe they be even less likely to mess with one that has an ISIS flag adorning the backdrop.

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

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Where have the real holograms gone?

When I was at secondary school back in the 80s we went to a trip to a hologram exhibition in Bristol. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen, there were behind the glass holograms so realistic you had to go around the side to make sure you weren't looking at something in a glass box. There was one of a woman's bottom hung from the ceiling, and of course everyone ran around to see her from the front, but it was the same from both sides! Even more incredible were the in front of glass ones, the best being one of the Milky Way, you could walk into the stars and look down in to a virtual hole to see map of the solar system, it blew me away.

These were all proper laser illuminated holograms costing many thousands of pounds, and the only thing you could buy at the time was a rainbow hologram not even as detailed as you get on credit cards these days. But I'm really disappointed that in the 30+ years since that proper holograms haven't become more mainstream, and I've never seen another exhibition like it.

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Three home security systems found to be vulnerable – if hackers were hiding in bushes

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Don't leave the back door open

Even if a wireless system could hacked, as long as it can remind you that you've left the back door unlocked, or an accessible window open, before you leave the house or go to bed, it is useful. Most burglars are opportunistic, they would rather find an unlocked door than to physically break in.

So make sure you have good door and window locks and that something that ensures you are actually using them. Then supplement this measures to make opportunists try elsewhere instead, such as an obvious alarm box or well placed CCTV cameras, even fake ones can be effective.

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HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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Ultrasound

The bundled digital USB-C "USonic" headphones contain a built-in DAC, and also have active noise cancellation. They also have one additional feature, beaming ultrasound into your ear on first use, to tune an equaliser profile most suited to your age and earplugs.
Anything above 8KHz is ultrasound to me now.

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Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

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Re: Android. What can possible go wrong.

Well at least they aren't putting Windows 10 on it.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Backup

According to at least one hospital official interviewed tonight; there is no electronic backup, there is no paper backup, more than likely patient data will not be recovered.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Saw it flying over Cardington from St Neots train station (~11.5 miles) yesterday.

They don't call it Flatfordshire around here for nothing.

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

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The dull bit around Cambridge is where people who work in the city can afford to live.

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Better not fly past my window

Using drones in this way is still illegal in the UK, which includes CB1.

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TalkTalk full-year profits rise but shares slump after raid on dividends

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@Kaltern

Jeeezus, perhaps you need to wonder a little further than the first "free broadband" provider that comes up on google. There is a vast difference between good and bad providers, and the fact that they may use Openreach infrastructure has nothing to do with the quality and security of their offering.

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European Patent Office dragged to human rights court – by its own staff

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Re: They're doing it al wrong!

It looks like the only serious attempt to remove him from the EPO that had any chance of succeeding, was the tampering with the brakes on his bike.

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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Who are they trying to fool

Why are they using adverts in newspapers about how to recognise fake news? Those who think there is news on Facebook don't use traditional media. The only reason to is to try to convince non Facebook users and politicians that they are trying to tackle the issue.

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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Re: @albaleo

There is no legal obligation to answer the questions of some junior paper pusher waving an I work in a police station badge in your face. If they can't show you a warrant card, they can fcuk right off.

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Not even 1 cow

Not even one cow was killed for the tallow, it's a by-product from animals slaughtered for meat.

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Poor old Intel. No flash profits for you

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The Emperor's New Clothes...

...also known as 3D XPoint won't help them in to the black, not for this generation at least.

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Imagination puts two-thirds of itself up for sale as Apple IP fight rumbles on

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Cash4Lawyers

Well the sales of the units will generate cash, to piss away on lawyers to fight apple. A pissing content they won't win, no matter what the merits of the case are.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: "The difference with ChromeOS is that they didn't take an existing OS"

No ChromeOS wasn't written from scratch, but it's also not leaching off the Linux name.

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Another AI assistant... It's getting crowded in here, isn't it, Siri?

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Re: Still, I find too creepy a listening device always on sending data to some megacorp...

Plus having one in your car too - playing a hefty cellular data subscription for the privilege of letting it send everything you say off to a remote server.

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Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

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Nagware

I don't want the browser nagging me when I check the temperatures at home on my Raspberry Pi's web server. I'm not going to set it up for https, its only accessible locally or via a VPN.

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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

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Re: Maybe I'm missing something

Optane is a massive disappointment, look back at the early hype from Intel, it was supposed to do to flash what flash has done rust. Now we are staring to see products, they are nothing near what was promised.

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Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

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Re: Another Thing

Intel could quite easily make the best ARM chips money can buy, but ARM customers wont pay the obscene x86 mark up for them, when there are plenty of other manufacturers close to the same performance point selling for a fraction of the price.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Oh you optimist

Even if the manufacturer never issues another firmware update, I’m probably good into the future, because it runs apps which will be updated.
Riiight, but in the real world...

My Humax box has just told me it's going to delete the YouTube app because YouTube is switching to https and they can't be arsed to update the app.

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British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

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Then get a decent device which switches automatically.

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Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

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Apple & Google

Disk-makers didn't rush to help Google – in public at least – but Apple had no trouble getting what it wanted
Google wanted something which would have reduced the drive makers profits, where as Apple wanted something which would increase them.

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Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'

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Re: Next car I buy

Well good luck with that, alternatively choose something old without an ECU. If enough people did, the place would end up looking like Havana.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Flying nightmare

Uber will of course claim they have no need to take heed of any aviation regulations such as licences, flight plans, or safety.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Any bank offering this will become very quickly my ex-bank !!!

I had to phone HSBC when my old phone died in order to re-enable the security app on my new phone. At the end of the call they suggested I might want to try voice recognition for phone banking, despite the fact they'd spent the last 10 minutes struggling to understand me because I'd almost lost my voice completely with tonsillitis.

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Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

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As it says, 250 flights of an hour each. You aren't going to do all that without being near a computer at some point.

Or as it actually says; 250 flights of less than 15 minutes, equating to 60 hours.

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Worried - No

Do we really need to be worrying retaining the sort of tech firms that inhabit around Silicon Roundabout? Hipsters sucking up funding catapults to write apps with no viable business model, except hoping they might get bought out by Google or Facebook.

The real UK tech industry is based all around the UK, and intends to stay here.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Fingerprints...

...the password you leave on everything you touch.

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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

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Waste

Half a billion to work it out it's mainly hype, only suitable for a very small subset of problems, and can be gamed.

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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

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Pay per mention?

How many times did you have to mention 3D Xpoint?

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Not the solution

"In addition, we are developing and bringing to market emerging technologies such as blockchain and quantum,..."

Hype and bullshit isn't going to save the day this time.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Chrome/Chromium

Although there is no fix such as turning off punycode in Chrome/Chromium, if you are running ScriptSafe it will show you the real URL - and hopefully will have blocked anything nasty the fake site is trying to do.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Lets find something to be offended about

It seems that the claim behind this story is that AI systems have been trained on datasets which reflect the majority culture in the countries which are developing them. Then this has been jumped on by those eager to take offence and mislabelled as racist. According to them every dataset has be to ethnically/gender/sexually balanced, or even adjusted to be positively discriminatory to certain groups they feel deserve special attention.

tl;dr It's crap.

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Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners

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Reboot

Lets hope they've let go the person that decided that requiring a reboot after upgrades every other day was a good idea. Other distros don't do this.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Nothing changes

Back then saying Vista was a work in progress was an admission of failure, with Windows 10 its a strategy.

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

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Faster

Two times = twice

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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Re: Attempting to pigeonhole people has a major issue.

Plastic is NOT biodegradable

You try telling that to the confetti which was a Tesco carrier bag that has been at the back of a cupboard for a few weeks.

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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Brands aren't even consistent any more. Some of the better named white good manufacturers don't make their lower end models, but farm them out to cheaper companies. It might allow them to cover more market segments, but if those models don't have the same quality and reliability, it's going to bring down the entire brand. See exploding tumble dryers for example.

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Huawei mystery memo (and phone strategy) confirmed

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Re: Last two paragraphs lost in translation?

Well our au-pair had her brand new P10's screen cracked by airport security at Stanstead, so we'll try and argue it didn't stand up to reasonable wear and tear by MAG's hairless apes.

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