* Posts by DJO

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Gemini is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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WINE would be nice but will probably be quite tricky with the processor in the Gemini, perhaps in a year or so when everything is settled down.

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Re: I can't help feeling...

Perhaps a touchscreen (I assume it hasn't got one)

Assumption is the mother of all cock-ups.

Of course it has a touch screen.

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Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

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Re: As far as I am concerned

Do they share the same identical fingerprints?

No, fingerprints are not genetic but are formed in the womb and as twins will be in different positions the print development will differ.

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Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

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Re: Webcam Shield?

Hammer & cold chisel

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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

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Even better, rather than you send them a postcard get them to send you one. You can't fake a postmark.

Probably not unless you are a government operative then you probably can.

But it's far easier for them to send the postcard in an envelope to a third party in the country they wish to influence who can then post it from there so it has a legitimate postmark.

Realistically it's almost impossible to verify somebodies location if they really want to hide it and have deep pockets.

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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You need Dr Flimflams Miracle Cream.

http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dr.FlimFlamMiracleCreamBack.jpg

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Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

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Now that could provide an interesting way to limit these calls.

As the telcos record the metadata for all calls through their network it would be relatively simple to identify bulk calling and just switch it off. Legitimate bulk callers (if any exist) would have to register with their telco.

Simple penalty, money raised from each call is credited to the call recipients phone bill.

Make the telcos pay and they'll find ways to stop it overnight.

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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Re: Numbers of seats or total uptime

I'm just yet to meet anyone in person who doesn't suffer from random "this bit won't work today" issues.

No everything works perfectly here k'l; ';jksdfk#V BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB DFDLKSHDHDJ...../////////////////////////////////ZZZZZZqwqwqwqwqwqwqwqw.o.

Damn it.

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UK data watchdog whacks £300k fine on biz that made 9 million nuisance calls

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Re: Another one bites the dust....

Even easier solution, make fines exempt from limited liability so penalties can not be evaded by voluntary bankruptcy.

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Re: And the amount they will actually pay?

Yep, I make it 3.33p a call.

You malign our hard working ICO.

It was a mighty 3.41p/call, a massive £0.0008 over 3.33p for every single call.

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Re: original devs

Writing a user manual is another activity that can make the original dev consider their work from a new angle

Devs are generally the worst people to write manuals, you end up with Microsoft style documentation which goes into extreme detail telling you everything except the things you actually need to know. This might one of the reasons that hardly anybody looks at them.

Get a proper technical author and have the dev provide copious notes, of course that note creation can have the same serendipitous benefit for the devs you suggested.

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Re: Software testing?

I'd rather spend $100 on a good (if minimal) socket set, than $19.95 on a "197 piece chromed vanadium tool set with fitted case

Actually for socket sets buying the cheapest crappiest one makes sense if when a socket you actually use gets knackered you replace that part with a really good quality one so after a while you have a socket set where the ones you need are of high quality and the ones you never use are crap.

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Not always the student

Last time I was "between jobs" I was sent on a compulsory computer course and spent the whole time correcting the coursework.

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Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Re: Does Google really not get it?

Even from comments here it's obvious I am far from being the only one who simply ignores adverts

So much so that if a site I visit has the information I'm looking for in a banner that superficially looks like an advert I just don't see it.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Because she was completely incompetent as Home Sec they thought any other position would be an improvement. Wrong.

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Supermicro is, like, totally harnessing green energy sources to churn out servers, dude

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Re: Without combustion?

Make your mind up, is it "loaded with all manner of impurities" or "cleaned of the impurities first"?

I think we're at cross-purposes here, in a conventional combustion plant the impurities are burnt along with the fuel, the N & S oxides may be scrubbed or vented, for fuel cells they must be removed before "combustion" .

I was comparing the full fuel cycle for both sorts of generation and a fuel cell of the type they are probably using will generate slightly more CO2 per kWH, admittedly not a hugely significant amount but it's there none the less.

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Re: Without combustion?

But natural gas is not pure CH4 it's loaded with all manner of impurities and other fossil feedstuffs such as coal or oil are even more so. CHP while being overall a more efficient process tends to generate less power per unit of fuel so the amount of CO2 per KwH will be slightly (almost insignificantly) higher.

For combustion in a fuel cell the natural gas needs to be cleaned of the impurities first if you don't want to trash the catalysts in record time.

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Re: Without cumbustion?

And pumping out more CO2 than simple burning as the Oxygen that would have gone to easily filtered out Sulphurous and Nitrogenous oxides is instead added to the Carbon.

But CHP (combined heat and power, not California Highway Patrol) is definitely a better choice than using grid power so on that front it is a more efficient use of energy.

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

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Odd how these misogynistic idiots go on and on and on and on about 30,000 emails but never ever mention the 2 million emails the Republicans deleted from their even more illegal servers, I wonder why?

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Nice, I like the subtle misspelling of "to", just like real spam, don't know why but they always seem to have one or two mistakes.

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Re: "B****" --

Clinton lost the POTUS race because she is part of a criminal family

That is actually a libellous statement, they have never been convicted of a single offence, unlike Trump who has thousands of court judgments against him and his companies.

What probably poisoned the Clinton brand was 30 years of relentless lies about her from the Republicans and the Republican supporting press. Clinton aware of the Streisand Effect chose not to defend herself, probably a mistake.

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Cyber-coin crackdown continues: Commission charges couple crypto-currency company chiefs concerning 'conned' customers

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"Alliterations are absolutely awful, always, and all attempts at amusing alliterations are assuredly abysmal."

Aaron Aardvark.

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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

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and another £1bn for the pension fund isn't enough anyway.

Of course not but it's not one years payout that's the issue but an ongoing problem. If they paid out dividends at 75% of what they had paid for the last 20, 25 years the pension pot could now be full.

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Re: Possible error?

If you press button "B" do you get you 6d back?

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With 9,921.83 million shares and a total annual dividend of around 15p per share they are paying out over £1 billion per year in dividends.

When there is a liability shortfall be it pensions or creditors then no dividends (or greatly reduced ones) should be paid until the shortfall is cleared, anything else is just robbing the pension fund by stealth.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Guilty as charged...

`USB leads! Amateur hour indeed - You should see my collection of SCSI leads at least one for almost every iteration of SCSI from the original vanilla up to ultra wide.

Oh I dumped my last piece of SCSI kit years ago.

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Sprouts while being the vegetable from the devils own backside do have one redeeming quality, sprouts and mash make far better bubble & squeak than cabbage and mash.

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Re: This one, every time

I get error reports consisting of a full screen grab, (2 x 16:9 1080 screens side by side) pasted into a email. Outlook trying to be helpful resizes the image to fit so the tiny error dialogue is an illegible blur.

Really helpful. I try to tell them to use Alt+Prnt Scrn but that seems a bit too complicated for some users.

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UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers

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Fine less than fee?

Quite ridiculous "penalty",more like a predictable business expense.

When the fine is so low the company can still turn a profit from spamming where's the deterrent?

The fine should be at least the cost of a 2nd class stamp per call, for the first offence.

It should double for each subsequent offence.

The company should be liable for 50% of the fine, the board of directors should be personally liable for the other 50%.

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple's password protection in macOS can be thwarted

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NOT a bug, IMHO.

Maybe but it is indicative of very lax testing. I have done software testing and we check every dialogue every button, every menu, every bloody thing and then somebody else rechecks in the regression testing phase.

For something as dumb as this to get into the released version suggests their testing is limited to gross functional tests and then releasing it to beta testers who unless you get some really anally retentive types are not going to spend hours systematically pressing buttons.

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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The bottom huge chunk of the population, will have negative wealth.

Possibly but you are not including assets, while the poorest citizens may be in debt most of them will own assets (cars, white goods, phones etc) that exceed their liabilities so they have a positive nett wealth.

By your reckoning the mortgaged middle class are even poorer as they will have much bigger debts.

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

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Oh yes, "lessons have be learnt" and that lesson is that paying the fine is cheaper than securing their data.

Fines should be realistic and punitive, a minimum of £1 per user who has information compromised, doubling for any subsequent offences. After 3 such offences prison time should be an available penalty.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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Re: Not usually one for pedantry

Presumably the higher surface area to volume ratio will allow the thermite to burn a lot faster than normal lumpy thermite.

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Re: Rust?

There are an awful lot of different iron oxides.

Common rust is Fe2O3: iron(III) oxide

Iron II also forms oxides such as FeO: iron(II) oxide or FeO2: iron dioxide

The fun starts with oxides containing mixtures of Iron II and Iron III such as magnetite (Fe3O4)

Here's a few more

Fe4O5

Fe5O6

Fe5O7

Fe25O32

Fe13O19

Some of these can also by hydrated such as ferrihydrite 5Fe2O3 ⋅ 9H2O.

There's a lot more to "Iron Oxide" than rust.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Missing the point

OK so a drone strike won't end in fiery death for everybody. But it will result in the airframe being taken out of service for a though check which will cost possibly millions of pound for the work and provision of a replacement aircraft.

Somebody will have to pay for that and I doubt the airlines insurers will be overjoyed with the prospect.

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Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

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Re: Follow the money

Too easy to circumvent by using lot's of pre-paid cards.

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I suppose making it illegal to sell tickets for more than 25% over the printed price would be too easy. Also banning "handling" charges would be necessary.

Ticket reselling is a parasitic business model that is grossly unfair and should have no place in modern business.

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Promoters culpable?

It would be ridiculously easy to stop bots from buying tickets from a web site, a simple captcha would probably suffice. I wonder why they don't bother

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Rear-facing camera or go home

OK, so now I've had a chance......

More than Android, runs Linux too

Rear camera is an optional extra ($49)

Lights in fold can be programmed to show caller or whatever, not perfect but better then nothing.

Mic and earpiece are already on the back, button on side for answering so you don't need to open it to use it as a phone.

The USP is that it's a fully functioning Linux computer with a decent keyboard and a phone too.

By the way a separate keyboard for a phone in this style wouldn't work because the centre of gravity would cause it to topple backwards and a keyboard pointing upwards is not a lot of use, this device has the battery in the base so it doesn't fall over. An external keyboard with an extra battery might work but I'm not sure if people would want another heavy item in their pockets.

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Re: Right to Left language use? Not according to the Welcome Screen

As that's in software I would think they want to get it working properly L to R before working on R to L.

The bulk of the interest has come from UK, USA & Japan which are all L to R. The first batch is going to backers and if there are no R to Ls in that selection there's no point in wasting too much effort to get it into the first batch however I'd be very surprised if that wasn't sorted by the time it goes retail.

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$s tend to translate into £s when such devices cross the Pond

Depends which side of the pond it starts from.

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Re: delivery and customs to the UK?

I've been to Bromley and would support barriers between it and the rest of the UK (but with no export tariff for telecommunication devices).

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Re: Stupid ****ing IndieGoGo code

I have a postcode where both numbers are single digits and had no problems on their site. Perhaps the problem is at the other end?

Even still it is often possible to add leading zeros if necessary.

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Re: Ordered

Backlight is a bit tricky:

Stick a LED under each key and the battery life is dramatically cut. - Unacceptable

Using a diffuser plate under the keys depends on the keyboard design and would add at least an extra mm to the thickness - Unacceptable

Run a fibre to each key from a single light source , too fiddly and fragile and would be prohibitively expensive to make - Unacceptable.

Add an alpha emitter and some phosphor to the ink on the keys, cover with a clear lacquer - This would probably work and not be too expensive but would never get regulatory approval.

What would probably work is to stick an UV LED in the top 2 corners of the display pointing to the keyboard and add some phosphor to the ink.

In reality the keyboard is so close to the screen unless you have a really dark screen it will bleed enough light onto the keyboard to render a backlight largely unnecessary.

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Re: Needs a camera as standard.

It has a face facing camera as standard, the optional one is higher resolution a rear mounted job.

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Oh well

I have absolutely no pressing need for one of these and certainly cannot afford to spaz $400.

I ordered one in September.

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NAO probing Capita's sickly £700m GP support gig

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Is there a list of successful Capita projects

Silly boy, of course there is, and here is is:

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.Oh, there don't appear to be any, not one, bugger all, zilch, nada.

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Comms-slurping public bodies in UK need crash course in copy 'n' paste

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It is an impossibility to link IP addresses to individual devices.

But it must be possible, how else could Microsoft phone me up to tell me about the virus on my (non-Windows) PC?

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Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

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Re: What's the point?

Having said that: I never understood why hard drives don't "stripe" across all heads.

Hard drive are not as infallible as you might think. They all have a overhead of capacity which can be brought into use if any sectors start to look a bit iffy, this is long before the SMART stuff kick in.

If you striped across all platters a duff sector on one platter would effectively mean a duff sector on all platters which would eat the capacity too quickly.

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Which distant Mars-alikes could we live on? Ask these Red Planet data-sifters

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Re: "a colony sited at the bottom of a canyon would be sheltered from 90% "

Yes it would, only rays perpendicular to the ground would reach the bottom, the rest would be absorbed by the canyon walls.

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