* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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Re: Crippled C++

I have no clue why Java

Google made the (IMHO fatal) mistake to attach an automated defibrillator to it. It is called Android and (in the process of making Android serviceable) Guava, GSON and the rest of the support train.

As long as Android and its support train lives so will Java. If it was not for that, it would have been a niche language on the dusty shelf next to Pascal by now.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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Yes, oh Yes

Can we have a follow-up UK wide please.

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If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure?

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Let the market decide. If you want an internet-connected toiled holder, fine.

Lovely idea... Reporting diarrhea live on twitter. Oh, I forgot, that is just twitter's business as usual.

So nothing to see here, move along.

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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Buy Koss

Dabbsy, buy a Koss. Most comfortable pair of headphones we have ever had in the house.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005I497X4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I bought a pair for the daughter at LHR (so that she stops annoying the whole plane playing Leo's Fortune), which ended up with the ladies in the family fighting for them. I caught the SWMBO "privatizing" them 3 times, so I had to buy another pair for her. After that I discovered junior trying to pinch them all the time so he will probably get a pair too. One day. If he deserves them (until then he will suffer from an el-cheapo Phillips).

The sound is not tinny either - they are on par with my old studio headphones and the high end Panasonic I am using myself (unfortunately not sold in the UK - I bought it on an off-chance in Vancouver many years ago). It is definitely better than most Sennheisers in terms of both sound quality and comfort. It does not brutally vandalize sound like Beats. It also folds down to a very reasonable size for a pair of cups.

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Re: Impressive!

Scharre noted that the case illustrated some of the problems with deploying semi-autonomous systems in comparison to manned military units.

It is a drone repeat of this incident: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Belgian_MiG-23_crash

Thankfully, with a happier ending.

So the fact that a pilot is onboard is not a guarantee that an aircraft will not fly in an unexpected direction until it runs out of fuel (we were lucky in 1989, if that happened let's say 5 years earlier we could have had WW3).

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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There are two sides to this coin

I fought a long war of attrition with our CEO in one of my jobs that I am NOT going to restrict gaming _AFTER_ hours provided that they have done their job by then. Not now, not ever.

Leaving them to play helped me debug quite a few firewall issues, ensure that the network monitoring is up to scratch, QoS and bandwidth slicing and dicing on the firewall works "as advertised" and the whole system functions the way it should be.

We had that recurring conversation every week along the same lines: "Q: When are you going to forbid games on the company network. A: I will not, I have a free test and performance team, you either hire an equivalent and pay for equivalent tools (here is a quote for 20k for you to consider) or let them continue doing their job for free".

That, however, was the development team (not the IT). They also delivered everything they were supposed to deliver by 6 at which point they downed tools and the shootout began.

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Finally, and most importantly for some purposes, the batteries won't catch fire.

Sodium is sodium. It does catch fire in contact with water. So it depends just how whet is the environment when you whack it.

Granted, it may be much more difficult for it to catch fire, but there will be circumstances when it will.

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: This would make more sense...

instead of just reading scripts off Google

You wish. I suspect they have contracted some moron (whatever the USA closest equivalent of Crapita is) to write them for the purpose.

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Yeah... My first reaction when I saw that was.

OK, I am going to write this one in simula-2 just to take the piss. Now, tell me if it is correct or not.

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: Ethical dilemma

What's the worst that could happen?

Conviction for malicious damage.

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Blighty floods with techies' tears as Capita boss Parker quits

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It's tears

Ever heard the phrase: "Tears of joy"?

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: TV

less likely to whip out a camera when confronted on the doorstop (at which point the crapita droid will RUN, _not_ walk away in an effort to not be identified)

Interesting - that is an extra use case for CCTV covering the doorstep (which I already have).

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Skype-on-Linux graduates from Alpha to Beta status

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Skype for Linux (bottom) merely says it does

Nothing new here. Same as WebEx - the menus are there, but only "Share Desktop" works correctly on Linux.

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Re: Ambulance

I think prisons have fixed lines, just a guess.

Prisons have fixed lines and the price per minute is in the pounds range (in addition to them being spied upon even if you decide to call your lawyer or MP).

So this is as less about control (so that the mafia boss cannot run his family out of jail) and more about revenue assurance. End of the day - for each mafia boss in jail there are 2000+ petty criminals which should pay their fair share to whoever HMP has a revenue sharing agreement with.

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CloudPets' woes worsen: Webpages can turn kids' stuffed toys into creepy audio bugs

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Re: As I mentioned in another thread...

You can skip to point 6 in that. Straight away.

My kids know how Google, Facebook and other similar outfits make their money from a very early age.

It is the same education our parents gave us regarding what to do about a strange man giving out sweets to children in the park. Just for the digital age - using Google and Facebook as prime examples.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: Please DO GIVE THEM THE TEST

There are many tech companies in Germany whose official company language is English.

Correct. That is however limited to only some workplaces. You exit the building and go onto the street and you enter a nearly 100% Germanic world. The taxi driver, the waiter, the shop assistant all speak German regardless where they are from. There is no ifs, no buts, no coconuts.

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Please DO GIVE THEM THE TEST

One of the reasons Germans have much less issues than us with integration is exactly that. You go there to work, well, then the question of "Sprechen sie Deutsch" has a choice of answers of "Ja" and "Ja". It is funny at times - you know the person across is Polish, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, you talk to him or her their own language, they answer you in German, English if you do not know German and switch to their own language (which you are fluent in) only failing the first two.

So DO GIVE THEM THE TEST. Things like common language are what makes a country work. You either need everyone to be fluent in it or you need to have more than one official language (with once again everyone being fluent in at least one of them). The more pressure to get there, the merrier.

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Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

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Will not help in this case

1. It was not a full blackout - it was a brownout. You cannot emulate this by shutting down a datacenter

2. The effects on customers are a "Cloudified" (ughh... language vandalism) version of an outage for a centralized SAN/NAS design. You put all of your eggs into one basket you get the expected result. Is the basket called Amazon, EMC, Pure, Tintry or "FairyDust Storage" does not matter. The results are all the same. You cannot fully counter this by having a redundant storage, you have to be redundant by design - something you will never be if you go for a centralized single storage design (there is just way too many ways to nuke that). The question is different - is it worth it for what you are doing to have a centralized storage - you do a cost/benefit analysis vs distributed and if that shows that you can survive commercially an occasional outage you leave the users to scream and shout.

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Re: unpopular comment with daytime tv fans

unpopular comment with daytime tv fans

I do not recall a lot of daytime TV being available at 7 am when dealing with Indians and Aussies and at 9pm when dealing with West Coast USAisians which cannot be arsed to get into the office before 9 am their time.

I can sort-a tolerate doing either when working from my home office as my commute prior to the meeting and after the meeting is ~ 15 seconds walking up or down stairs.

If you are asking me to do that from an office the only answer you are going to get start with F*** and finishes with OFF.

If you are asking me to do take BOTH of these from home and also work from the office, I will on first instance have no qualms as far as nuking you with an employment lawyer and a tribunal too. In second instance after you have been nuked I may ask to explain how taking 2 hours of time overlap between the timezones due to commuting improves productivity. Nuking comes first though as any idiot requesting it deserves it.

By the way - my last 10 years of work have always involved dealing with at least one of the TZ overlaps/offsets if not both and I expect the future 10 to be no different. This is why any ideas to be permanently colocated in a HUB will also be met with a "sure, now make the Californians come to work at 6 am" answer.

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The most l33t phone of MWC: DarkMatter's Katim

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Re the customised microSD card - unless physical differences have been built in to the microSD card during manufacture,

Not necessarily. Some already have various crypto-locking infrastructure in place. Remember the early MSFT phone debacle? You put a card in it from some of the manufacturers, that card was gone - no longer usable in any other phone.

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Cisco Jasper IoT bod: Smart home? Nah. Farm pest control – that's a cool use case

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He has a point

While I can get away with room thermostats, smart valves, etc without the need for a central controller in the house, it is difficult to get even something as trivial as automated watering (when you are away from home) done without a proper controller.

That will be my next IoT project - automated watering of the garden at both my main and my summer home based on actual soil moisture content measurement.

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Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

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Re: Fashion Victims

Just the opposite, the ones which do not participate willingly in the pervasive surveillance are lining up for the victim role.

I suggest you have a closer look at Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" towards the end - what does the police state do if it cannot get its victim du jour. Whose identity gets uploaded into the "dog's targeting computer"

Now I suggest you shut up and go buy some more Melania's sh*t. It is good for your "profile".

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Re: Porsche

Green Wing season 1 episode 1 comes to mind.

Which of these [ cars | laptops | watches ] will make me look as I am in possession of a bigger [ d*ck| brain | personality ].

None - they are just laptops, cars, watches - you still look like a tw*t.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Two options

My old CS professor in high school had two ways of describing this*. They nicely summarize the answer at a "political" level of thinking as manifested by Mr Mazieres and his French counterpart.

For the ladies: "My dear, there is no such thing as a little bit pregnant"

For the gentlemen: "You cannot have your dick in both hands and your soul in paradise".

In any case - they already share all criminal info via the Shengen database, I do not see WTF do they need to share on top of that.

(*) You were pretty much guaranteed to hear one of these when a student failed to find the correct solution to some perverse variety of a "traveling salesman" via sorting, so he/she tried to do a mix of sorting and enumeration of all combinations

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Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

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Re: Meanwhile...

But they are not going to "shut the door" on those people until we've trained our own doctors and fruit pickers.

You are missing the point. The door is open both ways.

Based on a recent opinion poll amidst NHS staff from Europe, 40% of them intend to leave.

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Re: If only..

Shall I quote you the favorite prime minister Mein Kampf quote or you already know it?

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Re: Meanwhile...

Well, this is what the people voted for, this is what MUST be delivered. I, personally, am against the madness in the first place. I voted remain.

The current screams by various "interested parties" about "this will fail without the Eastern European slaves" are disingenuous. As my CS professor in high school in the days before political correctness used to say - you cannot have your penis in both hands and your soul in paradise at the same time.

If Leave means Leave, that is what it means. The ones who remain in this country (isn't this a wonderful word play), will have to contend with it.

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Gov wants to make the UK the 'safest place in the world to go online'

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Re: Two words spring to mind...

You sure? I am pretty sure you got a few letters wrong.

I thought you meant Nazi State.

All hail our future great chancellor(ess) Adam Sutt... Sorry Theresa May. All that not hail, Lark hill awaits you - so we make the environment safe, you understand...

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Re: this is an old paul daniels trick...

No magic here. It is the same as with crackdown during the Blair government.

Big guns pay bribes the standard British way - over the table and fully legitimate. It is called DONATIONS. Your average freelance IT contractor bod does not.

This is how corruption works in nowdays UK. If you are not familiar with the methodology, I suggest you familiarize yourself.

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Finally proof that Apple copies Samsung: iPhone 7 Plus halts, catches fire like a Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Water damage

Please tell me where you can find women's jeans with pockets big enough to take an iPhone.

That depends on the woman size... If you think that only Kardassians carry a battlecruiser sized protrusion in their lower back, think again. If thinking does not help, take a walk (especially in the more run-down parts) around most of the USA.

End of the day, USA food and drink is what brought to us the obesity pandemic in the first place, so having jeans back pockets capable of accommodating a 7 inch tablet will not surprise me.

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Re: Water damage

If it was 6 or earlier, I would have agreed with you. Apple up to 6 was a few years behind let's say Sony or Panasonic in terms of water resistance.

7 is the first Apple phone to proudly go where err... Sony was 3+ years ago. It is IP67 so it should have taken more than half an hour of sitting in that sink for water damage to be the reason.

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Google's Project Zero reveals another Microsoft flaw

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Re: Capable of Learning?

The day when it will have real effect on the day-to-day bottom line which the tech press does not.

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Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

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Did the bees learn to fake injuries too

There is a lot left for the bees to learn:

Earn 10 liters of sugar syrup a day just by sitting on the bench, lay on your back clutching a leg pretending another bee hit you, kick other bees in the shins while the scientists are not watching, get paid 100 more liters of syrup for moving from one bench to another...

Otherwise, as far as the brain size is concerned that is spot on.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Re: Makes you wonder

I would not buy a 3310. Now a redesigned E71 or E72 running a reasonably up-to-date version of Android properly customized for a qwerty keyboard... I will be tempted.

The hardware was bombproof, the usability of the original was phenomenal. I used it for several years including two 5000km summer road trips using Nokia maps. It just worked. Sure, the UI and software was hideous, but it just worked.

So, actually, the last great Symbian phone was not the N95, it was the E71. The 95 was not bad either - it survived a few years of SWMBO usage and then a year of use by junior until he dropped it on the school lawn and the contractor's lawnmower terminated it. It was not nearly as good as the E71 though.

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Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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I missed this reading the original collision notification

I actually missed the part that the attack produced by Google needs to meddle with both sides - "good" and "bad" of the collision. If this is the case, this drastically decreases the attack surface as it is an attack that cannot be applied to an arbitrary SHA1 out there. Sure, an attack that is applicable only to a limited set of SHA1 scenarios today may be modified to hit arbitrary ones in the future. The key word is "future".

As far as any source code control system is concerned it has multiple layers of verification:

1. SCCM integrity (git fsck in this case).

2. Build

3. Code style check

4. Integration test check

If a SCCM uses hashes for addressing, creating a hash collision may get you past 1. You still need to get past 2 - your code should build, past 3 - anything you have inserted must pass style checks and past the test suite. That as a whole is actually a fairly high order. This is also very different from "black boxes" like document formats where you can ship megabytes of non-visible content which nobody will notice. It is also different from digital certificates where you either trust the signature or your do not.

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Don't worry about Privacy Shield, it's fine. Really. I promise, says US trade watchdog head

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Fake news. SAD!

Of course, there will be massive pressure not to tear up a new agreement

There is similarly massive pressure to do so. There is money to be made either way.

Realistically, the lifetime of the new agreement is until there is a court case (especially without the UK to throw spanners in the works to anyone trying to repeal it). Its lifetime after facing the judges will be measured in minutes (not even hours or days).

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Brit cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

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The giggle you hear in the Red Square is coming from the wall

If you are wondering why there is a manic giggle audible across the Red Square, it is coming from the cemetery next to the wall. Brezhnev, Suslov and Chernenko are laughing their asses off so loud that you can hear them on the other side of the (rather large) pavement.

I am not going to quote what Suslov said about the Helsinki declaration of human rights. It is on file - look it up (it is proving to be 100% true).

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: @Ellier ... This will impact others as well

rm -rf *

If you have been a sysadmin as long as I have you would have done it at least once. Failing that you would have done the even more unpleasant chown -R X:X / or chmod -R 0xxx /. Either that or doing chown or chmod recursively on . being in the wrong directory.

Of course I know it will cause harm. You still sometimes do it even after 20 years of experience (I re-read my command lines at least 3 times if I use the -r (or -R) flags).

Start there and you'll find his actions to be criminal Even if we do so, it is criminal damage which funnily enough in USA (and many other jurisdictions) attracts an order of magnitude smaller penalty than unauthorized computer access.

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This should be covered by a different clause in the contract

While he was authorized to carry any one of the actions separately, most contracts also include one or more clauses of general character which prohibit the employee from doing anything intentionally to the detriment of the company.

In his specific case it may be possible that he has no such clauses. Employee No 2 in most companies ends up not having 2 miles of boilerplate legalese. It is quite possible that he had his duties spelled out, but the usual intent clauses where not there.

If that is the case:

1. His ex-employee is out of luck. There is no grounds for the usual unauthorized access charge.

2. This does not change a thing. The contract for 99.999% of people out there covers this case within the first 2-3 clauses so even if the court decides in his favor it will not result in any significant contractual changes for the rest of us.

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Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty

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Re: The RN can send an attack submarine to shadow the Dutch...

In the meantime Dutch frigates (which really should be destroyers if you look at their spec) are all combat ready and operational: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HNLMS_De_Zeven_Provinci%C3%ABn_%28F802%29

It also has anti-ship armament (something Royal Navy no longer has).

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Re: percentages

This might mean that 22% of UK users know about them and know how to use them and that group is now saturated.

Yep. That is pretty much the gist of it.

I would rather not browse a site and find its content elsewhere (way too many #retwatters nowdays).

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Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

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What murder?

Pebble committed suicide the moment it got onto the "new product" + VC money bandwagon.

They should have realized that there is a reason why they never got money from the VCs initially and were able to take off only based on crowdsourcing. The moment they tried to run it like a regular company which has to show "growth per year", "new products at this consumer show" and have the scumbags which are associated with this process on the board was the moment they stuck the wakizashi in their abdomen. FitBit's assistance with the katana was the "assistant saving grace", completing the process of sepuku, not the actual act of ritual suicide.

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Intel scales Atom to 16 cores, updates Xeon SoCs

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Intel scales Atom to 16 cores

Curious minds want to know - with or without a working oscillator :)

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

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Re: Tides and stuff

Not necessarily - in a system that crowded you may have one or more with large enough satellites to prevent it from being tidal locked to the star.

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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

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At reader level yes

This is the difference between a fingerprint digitization used by a lame fingerprint scanner and fingerprint as such.

The collision rate of fingerprints, if memory serves me right, 1:10^9. So it is for all practical purposes unique. The collision rate after it has been digitized by a scanner in the class used by Apple and on PCs is probably many orders of magnitude higher. How much - no idea.

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Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

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Re: 500 states

Does the amount it represent and/or the way it react change over time.

Most AI and brain simulation designers are missing a major "plot" which occurs in a living nerve tissue. It attenuates.

If you continue to fire a synapse at a rate which is above a certain threshold the nerve cell starts "taking measures" to ensure you do not "burn the circuit". The amount of receptors on the synapse interface decreases and the threshold to trigger the synapse increases. Similarly, there are various changes which happen to pathways which are not used for a prolonged amount of time.

We, presently model none of that (neither in computing, nor in hardware). We build a neural net, we feed it some data to train it, we run the algo to train it and that is it. That at best creates an idiot-savant. It can never create a true AI - for that you need to start modeling long term attenuation of pathways.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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Not just that

Even Jupiter has not cleared its debris - there is plenty of it (some of it km in size) sitting at both Lagrange points ahead and behind Jupiter revolving around the sun using the same orbit.

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Re: "will skedaddle to the next corporate hideaway"

No, because they have actually no other place to go inside EU with lower tax rates than Bulgaria or Hungary

Hungary has 27% percent VAT, strange taxation which varies every year as Orban looks to fix the balance and it has a long standing issue with being at war with the Eurozone banks after the government mandated haircut on the Euro-valuated mortgages. While companies will invest there, nobody will move shop there, because the various other financial factors add up to an overall worse deal than the Irish 12.5%.

Bulgaria is actually not as unfeasible as it seems. Economy and taxation are relatively stable. I do not think the rates quoted on Wikipedia are correct though. If memory serves me right, the income tax is 25%, not 10%.

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Re: @ wolfetone

They could kill the golden goose in one swift move

No they will not. The golden goose is wearing a 1 foot thick flack vest in the form of the lowest BASE tax rate in the Eu. So as long as the commission even-handedly enforces the collection of the BASE rate Apple has nowhere to go. It has to declare all Eu revenue somewhere and Ireland WILL remain that place.

In fact, it has already started to declare that revenue at BASE rate for the last year (resulting in Irish GDP suffering from a noticeable jump which was not in the forecast).

Irish politicos are suffering from a first degree idiocy here. They do not need to resist, they need to take that ruling accept it with glee and then start a discovery tour around Europe looking for other sweet deals to make sure they are still the lowest corp tax rate by far.

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Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

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Re: Why?

There is a Russian saying: Деньги не пахнут. Money has no smell.

End of the day, it is just a job (yes, I know, the guards at Dachau and Auschwitz said the same).

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