* Posts by DJO

509 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011

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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

DJO

Politics 101:

All statements from Republicans proclaiming how beneficial their changes to legislation will be are diametrical opposed to reality.

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To fix Intel's firmware fiasco, wait for Christmas Eve or 2018

DJO

Re: Can't you zap the offending management with a cattleprod?

sipping a pina colada on the Caiman islands

I suspect you meant Cayman Islands, a Caimen is an alligatorid crocodilian and an island made of them would not be a happy place.

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Peers told to push for cut-price access to med tech developed with NHS data

DJO

Government should fund the NHS instead by clamping down on questionable tax schemes by global corporations and the super-rich / elite.

No way since the right wing parties moved from just being unpleasant to being actively evil.

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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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Re: I've never understood...

At some point the number of electric vehicles on the road will significantly impact the fuel duty revenue.

Be prepared for a mileage tax, it (or something similar) will happen.

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

DJO

I got an email a few weeks ago telling me to update WhatsApp along with a (very suspect) URL.

I don't now, have never in the past and have no future intention of ever using WhatsApp so I binned the mail. I wonder if that mail pointed to this item?

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

DJO

Re: In the words of a well known sportsman

Close but no cigar. The words I think you are thinking of were:

"You cannot be serious!"

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We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

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I've been misled

Tron for electronic.

I always thought it was from the command "Trace On" shortened to Tron.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

DJO

Re: Wankers.

A bit unimaginative.

May I suggest you use the first line of Plaistow Patricia by Ian Dury.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

DJO

Insurance

Well obviously the insurance company will pay out for an accident but who will pay the initial premium and the higher premium following an accident which was not the fault of the car owner who might have been sitting in the "drivers" seat.

If the accident is due to an inadequacy of the software then it would be logical and fair for the software provider to foot the increase in the insurance bill. Like that's going to happen!

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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

DJO

Re: The hysteria about encryption seems to be mainly

Pretty much anything can be decrypted given enough time and resources.

The trick is to use encryption appropriate to the value of the data so it always costs more to decrypt than the data is worth.

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Keep your voice down in the data centre, the HDDs have ears! I SAID, KEEP...

DJO

Re: Faster hard drives???

I suspect you'll find the reaction times of a noise cancelling system is longer than the reaction time of the hard drives so this avenue is probably a dead end

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Beware the GDPR 'no win, no fee ambulance chasers' – experts

DJO

I predict a whole load of tax evasion (and worse) very hard to prosecute because the data/evidence was destroyed "because of the GPDR".

That would be blatant fraud and would be prosecuted as such (unless a director was a Tory MP).

The GDPR expressly exempts data necessary for a business and for tax purposes. In a game of Top Trumps, Tax always beats GDPR.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

DJO

Re: Brave New World

Surely a long term installation would include its own meter. How else will HMG be able to charge the higher VAT rate and fuel duty?

Too easy to circumvent either by charging slowly over the normal mains supply or by charging at work or a street charger or for the agricultural types, a generator running on red diesel.

My bet is the introduction of a mileage tax once electric cars are firmly ensconced. Much easier to collect as electric cars are all full of electronics and keep a records of pretty much everything and are all connected to the Internet (passengers will insist on WiFi) so like it or not the car will rat on you reporting your daily mileage to the nice man at the tax office.

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Brit bank fined £75k over 1.5 MEEELLION text and email spamhammer

DJO

Re: Pathetic

Agreed, the level of fine is low enough for them to have the campaign, pay the fine and it's still cheaper than a mailshot.

The fine should be a MINIMUM of the cost of a 2nd class stamp per mail sent.

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BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

DJO

Re: USP

The Gemini people are at GITEX too.

They just published this video

It looks like they are moving towards production but with the first production run scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd week in December I doubt if it will be in many peoples hands before Christmas.

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

DJO

Re: Love the honestly listed 'features'

It's hard to beat...

The all time best error message has to be the DOS masterpiece:

"Keyboard Failure. Press F1 to continue"

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Foiled again! Brit military minds splash cash on killing satellites with... food wrapping?

DJO

Re: Bah!

Do you know of any substance that retains its foam properties at near absolute zero?

Not a problem, the vacuum of space would have burst the foam long before it got that cold.

Aerogels have been deployed in space to collect dust particles but it has low structural integrity and needs a metal frame for just a small chunk, a large piece if it survived the launch would probably fall apart upon deployment, also it's ridiculously expensive to make.

You can't put something huge like that into orbit, there's not just junk up there but also a myriad of operating satellites you really don't want to mess with. Any deorbiting has to be accurately targetted.

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DJO

The problem with Ascension (or St. Helena for that matter) is the time & cost of transporting all the equipment and other resources.

I've said it before, we should go full super-villain and hollow out the Rock of Gibraltar and launch from there. It's near the equator and has good transport links and being near the sea it's easy to keep the shark tanks full. Another advantage is it would really piss the Spanish off.

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

DJO

Severe kinetic landing?

Yes, normally followed by an unscheduled rapid disassembly.

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UK lotto players quids in: Website knocked offline by DDoS attack

DJO

Re: Oh well

Ignore the top prize, you'll never win that and even if you do it's just a statistical anomaly but the odds of winning any prize are about 20:1 which while bad is not very bad.

Another view is that according to the many worlds interpretation of quantum physics every ticket you buy will win the jackpot, the problem is being in the right universe. It could be argued that when you buy a ticket a version of you will become rich, let's hope it's the version here.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

DJO

Re: Really?

In the UK you can be licensed to drive, but there's no such thing as a 'driving license'.

Then what is the piece of pink plastic in my wallet with "UK Driving Licence" in capital letters across the top?

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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

DJO

Re: *Boatload*

"Boatload" is a derivation of "shipload" which is a bowdlerised version of "shitload" so as boats are smaller than ships I'd propose 10 boatloads = 1 shitload/shipload.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

DJO

Take the approach that crowdfunding is a form of investment and that the exit strategy is the item you're funding.

I'd say a gamble rather than an investment, if you win you get a shiny toy at ~40% off retail, if you lose, you lose - you might get a proportion of your money returned, or not as the case may be.

This is the first time I've been even remotely interested in a crowdfunding project, in fact more than remotely especially as the UD$/Sterling rate isn't as bad as expected given Trump & Brexit ($400 = £300) so I'll hopefully have a nice new shiny for Christmas, or be an even more miserable git than usual.

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DJO

Re: Sony Vaio P

The Sony Vaio P was a decent mini machine

I rather miss the Toshiba Libretto, perhaps in 1996 the hardware wasn't mature enough for the form factor (486 processor, 1260x600 display, Windows 98, 8M Ram, 270M HD) but now this shows what's possible - I might have to start saving pennies.

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

DJO

Normal right wing rhetoric, the Tories always say "We will not increase VAT".

Translation: "We will increase VAT at the first opportunity".

VAT is a regressive tax as it disproportionately affects people on lower incomes which is why the right wing like it.

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

DJO

Re: Alien SETI project

Really wouldn't worry about radio signals. There are a number of reasons, firstly there are hundreds of transmitters around the world all using the same frequencies, not a problem here we just get the closest one but in space they are all pretty much at the same distance so it's a mush that's almost impossible to sort out, secondly radio propagation follows the inverse square law so after a few dozen light years the signal is almost non-existent, thirdly apart from satellite uplinks most radio bounces around the atmosphere with little leakage into space.

We are on the cusp of being able to get the spectrograph of the atmospheres of exoplanets, if an alien got a spectrograph of our atmosphere the pollutants would be a dead giveaway.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

DJO

Wrong application

For high consumption industrial and commercial users smart meters combined with half-hourly reading condensed into a daily or weekly analysis is immensely useful and can save an absolute fortune in energy costs.

This does not translate to a low consumption domestic setting. Smart meters are excellent in the right application, under my stairs is not the right application.

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

DJO

Re: 400 Gb on your little fingernail....

5mb? Tha were lucky!

Luxury.

First computer I used was a Varian V70 which used paper tape. That had enough core (and I mean "core" as in ferrite ring memory) for each of the 8 users (each sat at an ASR33 teletype) nearly 4k of storage - happy days.

The next one was an IBM 360 which used punched cards, well it would if they weren't all nicked to use as roaches.

First real hard drive was a ST157a - 57M unformatted, about 44M formatted.

Now these however could be fun, 9 in RAID 5 to make a smaller than matchbox sized 3TB array with redundancies. about 100 of those could be crammed into a 1U rack, that's a lot of storage in a small space, probably glowing red-hot due to heat dissipation problems but that's part of the fun.

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How does Apple chief Tim Cook's package look now? Like $89m

DJO

The continuing myth of trickle down

This shows the absurd distribution of monies in large companies.

Tim gets so much money he eventually plans to give it all away (if the will isn't contested) but until then it sits in a bank doing nothing and actually removes money from circulation so it provides no positive stimulus to the economy

Now if $100million had been spread over 1 million people, they each would have $100 to spend which most would causing the money to keep moving and provide a stimulus to the economy, hell some would spend the money on Apple products which would help them.

Trickle down doesn't work, has never worked and will never work. Trickle up however has a long history of working and always does work but it means giving money to the less well off members of society and that'll never pass muster in American boardrooms.

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Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers

DJO

Re: What happened to the Lion?

He'd also need a prequel and a sequel to fully tell the story, then another set of films from Dogs perspective. Oh and the "Making Of" documentaries (to be sold separately) - In total about 10 films (excluding "Directors Cuts"), should keep him busy for the next decade or so

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

DJO

Re: Brilliant!

vapors and can ignite with a spark.

½ correct ½ wrong

Vapours can ignite with a spark in the presence of Oxygen

Now engage your remaining brain cell and consider if the manufacturers might have thought about purging the tanks with nitrogen (or some other gas, CO2 would do the job I suppose)?

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DJO

Re: I Am Not An Aeronautical Engineer

For the archetypical Carnot heat engine lowering the temperature differential between the fuel and the engine body does lower the engine efficiency but modern jet engines are slightly more complex beasts than a simple heat engine.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

DJO

Re: Who - "invisible" objects

I see bicycle riders and pedestrians crossing in all black clothes at night in the rain I'm asking myself if they are intentionally suicidal or simply do not care to live.

Imagine if you will a curving narrow road with huge trees and bushes on either side making the road effectively a green tunnel with mottled sunlight.

Now imagine you are employed to cut the hedge.

What to wear while standing in the road? Nice reflective high-visibility jacket? Well in that exact circumstances I came across a trendy moron who thought that a camouflage jacket and matching trousers were the ideal outfit, if his hedge trimmer hadn't been bright red I would never have seen him and I would definitely have squished him.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

DJO

Re: Not surprised...

Well yes but in reality the movement is in the opposite direction, it's just a matter of time until SSDs are no longer a separate item but are an integral part of the motherboard, at least for lappies and tabbies where space is a premium.

Not endorsing this, much the opposite but I am making a firm prediction.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

DJO

Dumb will as dumb does

Don't they realize forcing ads is counter-productive, I seldom notice adverts but when I do it's just to remind myself never to buy anything from that company, if the advert is forced against an ad blocker then that goes doubly.

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TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

DJO

And double the maximum fine for every subsequent offence.

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

DJO

Re: Giant Space Ducks!

Oort to be careful then

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Don't mind if I do, says Nokia, taking a €1.7bn chomp out of Apple

DJO

Re: Definition of a troll

Just because they no longer sell consumer goods does not mean they don't sell or make anything. Nokia make lots of high-end network kit for ISPs and Telcos.

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Astroboffins discover that half of the Milky Way's matter comes from other galaxies

DJO

Re: It's one of those "I'm surprised this has not been tried sooner"

Obviously people have known that if the only way to make higher elements was fusion then we are all the remnants of supernovae explosions.

You only need supernovae for elements heavier than Iron and the elements heavier than Iron are only found in the human body in parts per trillion. The elements between Helium and Iron are from ordinary boring novae and other unremarkable stellar deaths, only really big mothers go supernova.

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NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

DJO

"Won't 8 million pounds of thrust also knock Earth out of it's current orbit and crash us into the moon?"

There will be a minuscule effect on the Earth, every force having an equal and opposite reaction and all that stuff but the Earth is very big and very very heavy when compared to a rocket so I really wouldn't worry about it.

Anyway the Moon is receding so any change to the Earth's orbit won't be enough to catch the Moon. also as the Moon orbits the Earth if the Earth's orbit was disturbed the Moon would just tag along for the ride staying in much the same orbit as now.

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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

DJO

1,000,000 mails and a fine of £80,000 which works out to 8p per message.

Significantly cheaper than normal mail campaign so a win for the company. Fines need to be at least an order of magnitude higher to be any deterrent.

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

DJO

Re: It can go on

Constant Acceleration at 1G is impossible for more than a few months.

From stationary in 353 days 19 hours 45 minutes 23.004 seconds at a constant 1G you'd attain c which is not allowed.

If you had an engine capable of producing a constant 1G which would also provide the illusion of gravity which would be nice for the crew, the trick would be to keep turning the ship around so you oscillate between (say) 0.75c and 0.9c so you'd still be prety fast but the time dilation would not be excessive and you'd have gravity (except when turning the ship) for the entire journey so no bone or muscle wasting.

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

DJO

User input should be a unmaskable interrupt,

And before USB with dedicated mouse and keyboard ports it was but it's tricky for the USB controller to issue a maximum priority interrupt securely in a way that cannot be abused.

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

DJO

Re: Ahmed the Terrifying Terrorist

mangled to squelch any steganography you may have put into the image.

With a bit of imagination that is a surprisingly easy problem to circumvent especially if you know it's going to happen, it will lower the amount of data that can be encoded per picture but they only need to send a few code words not an annotated copy of War and Peace.

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DJO

Foot, gun, take aim, fire!

So messaging moves off the normal internet and you lose all the lovely metadata which any intelligence expert will tell you (in confidence) is where the bulk of their information comes from.

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

DJO

Re: graphite?

I can supply a precision made cylinder of pure natural graphite enrobed in a hexagonal wooden substrate with a sun-yellow gloss finish, a snip at £999.99 each (bulk discount negotiable).

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NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

DJO

Re: Autonomous exploration of Alpha Centauri

A chain of weedy transmitters does not make a viable repeater chain

Reading comprehension failure #1

I said the sensor craft would have weak transmitters, the repeaters by definition would only be carrying a receiver & transmitter without the science package so they would not be weedy in the slightest.

While a RTG is one way and would be needed if there was constant comms traffic, but there wont be, it'll be a few bursts so a simpler energy supply would suffice and a Gigabit connection is not required, make it slow but reliable.

The science craft can work on solar power from Alpha C & P as can the repeaters near that end of the chain.

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DJO

Re: Autonomous exploration of Alpha Centauri

how will it be possible to ensure that the probe's signal will be distinguishable from Alpha Centauri's output ?

Now this is where you get clever, rather than a single craft you have a swam of micro-probes propelled by a laser at this end, these craft have a broad selection of sensors and pretty weedy transmitters. After the sensor craft you regularly launch a handful of repeater craft which you don't accelerate to quite the same speed so you end up with a chain of repeaters between here and Alpha Centauri which can handle the data with ease.

This scheme allows a further refinement, if you have a second set of sensor probes about 10 to 15 years behind the first set they can be directed and programmed to look at any interesting things the first ones spotted but were going to fast to investigate thoroughly.

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Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down

DJO

Re: I think Uber might have a vacancy.

fix a toxic company without destroying it.

But if the company has toxicity built into it's business model, there's no chance. If Uber didn't just ignore inconvenient local legislation their business model of "Destroy & Monopolise" wouldn't stand a chance, and to be honest doesn't deserve to stand a chance.

Lobby to change rules but ignore them and expect to be prosecuted - Uber has no future with it's current operating model, it's amazing they haven't been sued to oblivion already.

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

DJO

Re: Nope, the truth is not relative

Whilst the "truth" is not relative it does rely on context.

An unrelated uncontentious example:

Water contains 66.6% hydrogen

Water contains 11.8% hydrogen

Both statements are completely true.

1st by number of atoms, 2nd by mass.

In the political arena the problem is the same, statistics without a baseline are worthless.

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