* Posts by fishman

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

fishman

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

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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?

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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

fishman

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

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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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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

fishman

As I see it

It looks like IBM treats its employees like crap.

And it treats its customers like crap.

Yet top management is making huge salaries and bonuses.

Sounds like "maximizing shareholder value" would be best achieved by firing all of those at the top.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

fishman

Yearly rant?

I'll assume that every time Linus uses foul language a Reg reporter gets to write an article. I'm too lazy to fact check, but it seems to me these "Linus Rants" occur once every year or two. Considering the hundreds of issues that come up with the Linux kernel development over that time period, it probably shows restraint by Linus.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

fishman

"Additionally, the transaction is already on the fast track to approval, thanks to a work-around that keeps it out of US broadband watchdog the FCC's jurisdiction."

The head of the FCC, Pai, is the industries lapdog.

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

fishman

Re: Batteries are always a problem for phones.

"Which reminds me that couple of relative's Samsung flip phones which are so old that then don't even have year 2016 support in their firmware are still running fine off original 15 years old lithium batteries which do not seem suffered from any deterioration over these years."

Batteries are killed by repeated deep discharges. Those old flip phones could go for a week + on a charge, so someone who rarely discharged the phone to 50% would end up having significantly less battery deterioration.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

fishman

Re: Mass market?

They are going to ramp it up to 20,000 a month by the end of the year. They hope.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Enterprise

I've been watching Enterprise lately. Like all Trek spinoffs it doesn't start getting decent until the 3rd season. I figure it tanked because of the Meh quality of the first two seasons, and Trek exhaustion from so many consecutive years of Trek on TV.

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

fishman

Re: Nut Bush City Limits.

Once the cars are all autonomous, it will probably be much safer to ride a bike. No crazy or inattentive people to kill you.

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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

fishman

Re: Google itself is the reason for sideloading

The only App store I use other than Google Play is Amazon's. And that's only for the Amazon Prime Video app that isn't on Google Play. I always leave sideloading off unless I'm installing or updating that app.

I wonder how many people sideload an app, and then not reset the device to no sideloading?

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Watch out Facebook, Google – the EU wants easy access to your data

fishman

Brexit

It just gives Brexit fans another reason to leave the EU.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

fishman

Re: I'm leaving cause of Trump + general craziness

As far as racism goes, I think that if there is any increase in racism against Indians it may be due to the large number of scam phone calls with the caller having an Indian accent.

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Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

fishman

Re: Doing more and more evil

Apple? I thought it was Microsoft.

I guess I didn't get the memo......

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

fishman

Liar

"The US comms chairman said on Thursday that the rules will help to improve competition among broadband providers"

Roughly 3/4 of Americans have only one available broadband provider, and roughly 1/4 of Americans have only two available broadband providers. The changes are to help these companies while gutting most Americans.

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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

fishman

Non working

The big question is what will we do with all of the non working people? You can give them government handouts, but with a lack of goals and incentives will a significant portion of the population resort to mischievous behavior to alleviate their boredom?

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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Re: Law of Unintended Consequences

Using GoT as an example is a bad choice - much of it was filmed in the EU.

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Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

fishman

Re: To elaborate

Roughly 3/4 of Americans have only one broadband provider available. And only about 1/4 of Americans have only two.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

fishman

Re: It's a bit of an irony, actually

"Here we were, idly postulating about how evil our governments could become, when it was actually private companies that were working on perfecting the most invasive day-to-day violation of our privacy."

Yes, but Google wants to throw ads at you - your government wants to throw people in jail.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

fishman

Re: All products have a support life

Ford Pinto -

A friend of mine had a Pinto and a Corolla wagon back then. He was an engineer, and said that the Corolla had the same problem as the Pinto. So he made a modification to his Corolla that was similar to the one Ford provided to the Pinto.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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"Get a Police whistle and blow it very loudly into the mouth piece."

Back in college in the '70s I took care of one of them by blowing a firecracker next to the mouthpiece. They had been calling everyone in my dorm, and stopped after they got to me. (The phone numbers for the dorm rooms were in sequence - add 1 to get the next room. The next numbers were not called).

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Microsoft patents

I wonder if the new OS will avoid the "Microsoft Tax" on Android.

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

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Joke

Fiat

Well, you know what they say about Fiats - "Fix It Again, Tony". Hopefully Sergio Marchionne won't have anything to do with this.

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Fortran greybeards: Get your walking frames and shuffle over to NASA

fishman

Re: Faster hardware?

"Hang on - if the code dates back to the 1980s then the CPUs it's running on now are about a million times faster than the original ones. If it was fast enough 30 years ago, why is it too slow now?"

They try to analyze more complex problems. And it can take several weeks to run.

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Re: addicted to having a continuous supply of disposable students and postdocs.

"More importantly, why do we keep lying to the young people about their actual job prospects when we encourage them to get STEM education?"

To create a glut of STEM graduates to push down the salaries.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

fishman

Re: Google's fault

Google's policy for Android updates / security fixes have been known for a couple of years - before the 5X came out. And it is longer than what it was in the past - the Nexus 1 to 3 had much shorter times than the Nexus 4.

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

fishman

Re: Being a yachtie myself...

" I think there is still a J class around somewhere"

There are a number of J class yachts around, and they get together and race. They have actually built new ones, but were restricted to using designs from long ago - one was a copy of Ranger, originally launched in 1937. The new version is for sale - $7.9M.

http://www.northropandjohnson.com/yachts-for-sale/3891-ranger/

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

fishman

US and UK

The US and the UK have one thing in common. Neither have any teams now playing in the Champions League.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

fishman

Re: The real worry is cascade collisions, where debris from one hits a bunch of others.

"But what really surprised me is the claim only 60% of graveyard orbit burns are successful."

Probably due to keeping them up there until they stop working. And if they stop working, how can you tell it to deorbit?

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

fishman

Re: Not again...

"Almost every story I read about America incredibly brings my opinion even lower."

Brexit.

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Verizon's bogus bills tanked my credit score, claims sueball slinger

fishman

"Tell me again what's good about living in America?"

We have fewer surveillance cameras than the UK.

For now.

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Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

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Re: not all packets are created equal

"Unfortunately - and as hard to believe as this is - there really isn't that much choice of Broadband providers, at least not where I live.

I live in Manhattan, and my only realistic choice is Spectrum - née Time Warner Cable."

I live just outside of Washington DC - 18 miles to the White House. I have a choice of two broadband providers - Verizon and Comcast.

I don't have to use Google, or Facebook, or Netflix. But I have little choice of broadband providers.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

fishman

No new ideas

Apple doesn't seem to have any new ideas after Jobs passed away. Apple TV is the one remaining Jobs idea that they have left.

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Take that! FCC will hand net neut to FTC – reports

fishman

Re: FCC Reaction

I live 18 miles from the White House. I'm luckier than many americans in that I have the choice of two broadband providers. Sadly, it's Verizon and Comcast.

If I don't like Google, I have the choice of quite a number of search engines, including DuckDuckGo. Using things like Adblock, Noscript, and Ghostery, I can reduce the amount of "data leakage" to 3rd parties. But short of getting a VPN, my ISP has access to all of my internet activities.

How long before someone using a VPN will be considered a possible terrorist?

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