* Posts by druck

1578 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Behavior

What isn't being taken in to account the change of behaviour of other road users when automated cars are in the majority on the roads. Most pedestrians realise that stepping out in front of a car could mean death, even if it isn't speeding because you have to take a gamble that the driver is paying attention. When they think a driverless car will always see them and stop in time, then no more waiting for pedestrian crossings, they will just step out in to the road at anytime, and traffic will just stop.

So if you are in a driverless car get used to hanging off the seat belt every few seconds as a pedestrian or car with a driver decides you'll be the one to stop. I was going say pedestrians, cyclists or cars, but around Cambridge parts, cyclists already do that.

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Don't touch that mail! London uni fears '0-day' used to cram network with ransomware

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Oh dear...

...I had expected better from my alma mater.

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Apeiron demos 'rocket ship' Intel Optane array tech

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Hello

Any journalists present, or do the press releases just get published here automatically now?

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: Commuter belt

Unless you've not noticed, London house prices follow anywhere where people who can commute to London live.

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Commuter belt

Do we really want to extend the London commuter belt to pretty much the whole of the UK? There would be nowhere left with remotely affordable housing for those of us not on an overinflated London salary.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Re: There's something fundamentally important they're missing.

The risks are anything software designers couldn't think of at the time. Take the old classic of the perfectly Airbus that ran off the end of a runway in Poland.

First when the aircraft touched down, ice on the runway meant the wheels didn't start turning.

A computer controlled safety feature meant that because the wheels weren't turning, the spoilers didn't deploy.

Because the spoilers didn't deploy, and produce drag and down force, the weight on wheels switches didn't trigger.

A computer controlled safety feature meant that because the weight on wheels switch wasn't active, the thrust reverser's wouldn't activate.

So you are on an icy runway, brakes don't work, spoilers don't deploy, and thrust reverser's don't active, so welcome to the snow bank past the end of the runway.

All the computer controlled safety features were reasonable in isolation to prevent past proven causes of pilot error, but the software designers had not expected that combination of events.

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Re: There's something fundamentally important they're missing.

I'd rather trust a live pilot with 1/10th of the skill of Sully on the oldest ricketiest plane still allowed in the air, over the latest modern aircraft with no pilot on board, speaking as both a passenger and a private pilot.

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Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

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ISP Provided Crap

While ISP-provided routers like this are generally subject to more security testing than a typical off-the-shelf home router

Really? ISP provided routers are normally the cheapest nastiest piece of crap they can lay their hands on.

On services where you can use your own equipment such as ADSL/VDSL use their router to check the services is up, then put it back in the box and use your own choice of router. I'd say bin it, but if you are unlucky enough to have a line fault, you may need to reconnect it just to get past some hell desk check list entry.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Wrong Direction

I thought for a moment he picture of the file type associations was moving from horrid metro look back to a usable control panel window, but oh horror the caption says the new way is on the left.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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Anywhere? Really?

As previously stated, this issue was triggered by a rare set of circumstances within the ATO’s system that has never been seen anywhere else in the world.

Anyone know different?

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

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Re: That picture

The star is supposed to be spinning very rapidly, so would appear as a flattened ellipsoid. You would expect the planet to be orbiting in the celestial plane, so the star would be rotated 90 degrees to that shown, with the budge at the equator.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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@joeldillion

May hasn't even been elected, yet, anyway.

Shame that complete ignorance of the British electoral system is no bar to voting.

She was elected to parliament just as every MP is, and was elected leader of the party by the parties MPs as every leader has been. If that party is in government, the leader becomes the Prime Minister.

We do not directly elect the Prime Minister in the UK, perhaps you are getting confused with the US presidential system.

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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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