* Posts by fishman

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

fishman

Bull

I guess Christian Wolmar has never driven a car in an urban environment. Pedestrians dart out into the road. Even if the driver isn't too busy on their smartphone, or listening to the radio, or talking to the passengers, it still takes 3/4 of a second at best to go from recognizing a danger to pressing the brake pedal. At 25mph that's almost 30 feet. An autonomous system would be able to respond much faster.

We've spent 100 years getting the roads to work for human drivers, and that is leveraging centuries of knowledge of horse drawn vehicle traffic. Just like we have signage for humans, roads will need signage for autonomous vehicles.

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Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

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Re: Down in Arkasas they'll call it "Sweetmouth Broadband"

I live 1000 miles away from *Arkansas*, and even I know that the team is called the Razorbacks. And Arkansas ranks 24th in pig production.

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

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Re: The More I read About the US of A....

Brexit.

Whenever the Brits start looking down on the USA, don't forget that the UK has far more cameras focused on their population than the US. And their politicians are just as capable of doing crazy/irresponsible things.

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SpaceX delivers classified 'Zuma' payload into orbit

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Re: Mars Orbit?

You mean like the Voyager episode "The_37's" where they find a 1936 Ford pickup truck floating in space?

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Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

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Re: Well this could get messy...

"So, for centuries, your run-of-the-mill Muslims were quite happy worshipping their guy who had been shagging a nine or ten year old. "

Plenty of Christians were standing behind Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate, when it became known that he had chased after a 14 year old girl when he was in his 30's. And it wasn't entirely that they didn't believe the girl - some didn't have any problem with the age difference.

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Re: What real use are they?

I've seen neighbors with fake security company stickers in their windows.

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Re: No, it's stupid

Controlled from the internet? You are assuming that anyone who would break in a house has some sort of technical expertise.

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Totally shock claim: Comcast accused of gouging TV rivals

fishman

FCC

The FCC - A division of Comcast, Inc.

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French gov files €10m complaint: Claims Amazon abused dominance

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Re: It seems...

"We have introduced product that wasn’t on their site that once it proved to be be a good seller, Amazon started selling the same thing, bypassing us. Unethical gits."

I don't quite understand. You introduced a product - did you make it, or were you reselling it? And did Amazon start selling a knock off, or did they get it from the same supplier that you did? And was it Amazon, or a seller under the Amazon Marketplace?

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Shaft packing gland

I had to adjust the shaft packing gland in my boat several times this summer. I take two large (2 ft long) adjustable wrenches to do it - release the lock nut, tighten the packing gland, tighten the lock nut. Of course, the QE has a much more sophisticated packing gland otherwise they would need insanely long wrenches. :)

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Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

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Phones like the Iphone X and the Galaxy S8 look like they are too fragile. Really nice to hold, though.

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We need to talk about mathematical backdoors in encryption algorithms

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Backdoors

If there are backdoors put in, who will hold the backdoor keys? Even the NSA has leaks.

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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Summer

At least it's summertime there.

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Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

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Re: Whatever happened to the critical IT skills shortage holding back the economy?

"... makes you wonder why our Govt and education experts are so hell bent on teaching our schoolkids ICT and coding, when so many IT jobs are going abroad, doesn't it? "

A glut pushes down the wages - businesses want cheap STEM/IT labor.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

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Price vs reliability

There are alot of really cheap Android phones. Some of them are fairly shoddy so it's not surprising if their reliabilty would be lower. If you wanted to compare Apple vs Android reliability similar priced handsets should be used.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Does it really matter?

Considering that the android handsets that do get updates (Nexus, Pixel) make up a very small percentage of overall android sales, consumers don't seem to really care. We (Reg readers) care, but we are tech savvy and good looking, too.

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FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

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Better faster broadband

The problem with getting better faster broadband is that most Mericans only have one broadband provider available. Around a quarter have two, and onlty a few percent have more than two. Capitalism doesn't work with monopolies, and poorly with duopolies, so Pai's claims are pretty meaningless.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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PaleMoon

I switched from FF to PaleMoon a month ago. Much faster and much less memory hungry. Considering that FF will probably take a while to get their bugs out and the extensions modified for the new code base, I'll wait 6 months to a year and see how it turns out.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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Re: I prefer a third explanation.

"But now, he's the official Offal Office resident."

Fixed it for you.

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Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

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And the MPAA and RIAA

The MPAA and RIAA would be right there to ensure that copyright issues would be at the top of the pile.

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CopperheadOS stops updates to thwart knock-off phone floggers

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Re: Folks stealing their stuff?

CentOS users are far more likely to move to a fully supported RHEL system than those who use a Debian/Ubuntu/SUSE/MS system. Sure, they lose some sales to those who chose CentOS - but they would lose many of those to other systems anyway if CentOS died or became outdated.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Geese

I expected to read about a problem with massive goose droppings on the runway.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

fishman

Re: Users vs Developers

I also moved to Pale Moon - much faster and more stable. And uses half the memory - at least the way I use it.

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: Horsecrap

"I have a Nexus 4 phone and a Nexus 7 tablet kicking around at home somewhere. They are both 1st party devices. Where are their monthly patches?"

While Apple does a much better job than Google on updates/patches, old iphones can be unsupported - try putting IOS11 on a Iphone 5.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

fishman

Worthless?

Whenever I upload a picture, I first crop and resize it. At that point what good is a hash of the original image?

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

fishman

Re: 'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

"I'll take your manual choke and raise you an odd lever to cut off the diesel supply to stop the engine."

Lever? I've just got a pull cable to cut off the diesel fuel. Sounds fancy.

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Don't be a turkey: Help Linus Torvalds finish Linux 4.14 before it ruins Thanksgiving

fishman

Re: Internationalisation?

""Yes, but we hear you changed it in your history books to make out it was due to you overthrowing British rule,"

I've never heard anything about Thanksgiving and overthrowing British rule, and I'm a Merican. Sounds like fake news......

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fishman

Going out to shop? What a quaint idea.

I prefer to shop with a cup of coffee or tea nearby. And wearing slippers.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Aircraft w/ no wings

It's basically a jet aircraft with no wings so it can't take off. Or at least take off and do sustained flight.

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You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

fishman

Sorry, I should have been more specific - I mean big BALLASTED monohulls. Even if you minimize the ballast weight by using canting keels, you will end up with a much heavier boat than a foiling cat.

Moths are pretty cool. But their ballast is in a highly mobile person, and with the racks you get the leverage and the boat is light. The boat and rig is about 30Kg, and the crew is about 70Kg or so.

Sadly I'm not agile enough to sail a foiling Moth - the best I've been able to do is sail a 505 with a spinnaker up singlehanded.

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The problem is that it will be harder (and maybe even impossible) to tack a foiling monohull and keep it foiling while you tack, compared to tacking a foiling multihull. So that means that tacking and possibly gybing will really kill your speed, making the boats even less tactical.

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The next Americas Cup

Whoever has the cup can change the rules. The Kiwis and their poodle have decided to go back to monohulls instead of catamarans. This change has caused some teams from the last cup to not go for the next one.

Larry was using the Americas Cup as leverage to build a world series of yacht racing. So it's not like he is doing it in revenge - he's just continuing what he had been doing before Team Oracle lost the cup.

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Re: Please explain

And next year AMD will have their new laptop chips out. That will put pressure on Intel to reduce prices or improve performance, just like what's happening with Coffee Lake.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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Posting photos

I never post original photos to the web - they are always downsized, cropped, and stripped of EXIF data. Why post a multi megabyte image when a downsized one that fits most screens will do? And if there is ever any question of ownership of the image, only I have the high resolution, uncropped versions.

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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Surprised

From the numbers I've seen, a blood alcohol level of 0.10 or more increases the chance of death tenfold. Considering the way governments try to regulate out perceived dangers it's surprising that they are changing this law.

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FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report

fishman

The report will be used to justify a Sprint-T Mobile merger. Looks like people have been paid off.....

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More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap

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"compensating artists is another issue"

And I was hoping that AO was going to report on the real crime - How the music industry companies keep the lions share of the money and gives the artists peanuts.

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

fishman

Birdstrikes

Wonder what happens if you have a birdstrike and loose one prop. If it can't take that sort of situation it isn't safe enough. It doesn't have to keep flying as normal, it would just have to be able to set you down safely.

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Re: Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

My wife and I could go together - if we were naked.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

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Motorola

Google got a bunch of patents and, since Motorola had billions in losses prior to the purchase, Google got billions worth of tax writeoffs. Supposedly between the value of patents that Google kept, the tax writeoffs, and the sale of Motorola, Google broke even or made a bit of a profit.

With HTC there isn't the large patent portfolio or tax writeoffs, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

fishman

Re: Don't think his invention is the precursor to what we now call email.

CC and BCC were part of RFC 733 which came out in 1977.

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Re: Constantly Lying.

Shiva's program does not even send messages to users on other computers - only between users on the same computer.

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

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Trollface

Re: Re. storms

"But it does raise an interesting point: can hurricanes be diverted?"

Don't give Trump any ideas - he will declare them "illegal immigrants" and try to deport them.

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Facebook's music plans mean you'll never leave Facebook

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Checking Facebook.

"and people check Facebook every 210 seconds."

I check facebook every 600,000 seconds or so, to see if my kids have posted any new pictures on their accounts. Sometimes I'll go several million seconds between checking.

My wife (and millions of others) has gone more than 400,000,000 seconds without checking.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

fishman

Re: Moved from kubuntu to Mint cinnamon

I've been using KDE on Linux for about 16 years, both at home and at work. I haven't seen any stability problems with it.

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Facebook fails in bid for streaming sports rights

fishman

Re: A very difficult choice

When a company like Facebook (or Sky or ESPN) buy broadcasting rights to certain sports, they plan on making it back by selling expensive advertising slots. Companies buy ad time, and that cost is passed down to the consumer through the product price. So even if you never watch sports and don't have any sports channels on your TV, you end up paying for it when you buy many products.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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U S Healthcare

For you non -US-ians:

There are alot of players in the health care system in the US. Insurance companies, the American Medical Association (AMA) who represent doctors, hospitals & clinics, drug companies, and organizations like the American Association of Retired People (AARP). Each one wants a big cut of the pie and will fight to ensure it through donations to politicians and massive lobbying efforts. Obamacare is a result of this; each group got something, so the American people ended up with a system that really isn't for the patients - it's for the players.

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Re: "he couldn't even get his party to agree on what to do about Obamacare. "

"We can see that the president of the US is merely a figurehead now; the entrenched bureaucrats from the swamp are the ones in control."

No. It isn't the bureaucrats. Our politicians are owned by special interests and will do whatever they are told.

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

fishman

Re: Yup

Bacteria on touch screens? Bacteria on door handles. On railings. On anything you and others may touch. Bacteria in the air. Bacteria everywhere.

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