* Posts by Gob Smacked

81 posts • joined 7 Feb 2012


Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

Gob Smacked

The EU moved on...

The UK can't figure out what to do, so EU wide all kind of preparations to prepare for no deal are being implemented.

The EU welcomes all UK businesses that want to do the mainland move, now and later. No worries, there's enough countries to share the load...

Samsung's sleek 'n' sporty X5 SSD pledges blazing transfer speeds

Gob Smacked

Re: What a nice bike lamp

Like your own child, you'll forgive its ugliness and love it anyway...

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

Gob Smacked

Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

@Chris 3: @Y2K bug: "That wasn't Project Fear then, and it isn't Project Fear now"

I was very much involved in the Y2K circus and believe me, a *lot* of potential issues were re-coded, peer reviewed, tested and implemented. Every sensible software maker did their due diligence at the time and most, if not all, critical systems were overhauled in time for Y2K. As it happens, this massive task worked out fine. If we only would take climate change as seriously worldwide too...

Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

Gob Smacked
Thumb Up

Sorry Syntax. It's no joke... :)

Gob Smacked

Re: Can I buy Tulips with Bitcoin?

Just to name 1: https://www.duivenvoorden.nl/

There's a growing list with Bitcoin-friendly retailers in our country (in Dutch): http://www.bitcoinspot.nl/waar-kan-je-in-nederland-met-bitcoins-betalen/zoo-frontpage.html

Gob Smacked

@sjsmoto: I am already into Bitcoin since 2009, but only invested in 2013. As I already pulled my investment out 4-fold 2 months ago (halving my wallets), I now see the remains climbing another 15-fold after 2 months and strongly consider to give notice on my invoices that these may be discounted 20% if paid in Bitcoin. Most customers probably won't choose to do so, but doubling the money in a few weeks on the rest may well be worth it...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

Gob Smacked

@ Anne-Lise Pasch

If you can try it for yourself or have a Note 8 owner at hand, you'll find that the battery life is very good and it charges very, very quickly. Don't mind the figures, listen to the experience.

Gob Smacked

Re: The single failure with all "Flagship" these phones..

@Ledswinger: I guess you forget the Note *users*. I can easily do 3 years with a Note and then put my savings on the table for the next big thing. I find it's mostly appreciated by business users and they can easily spare 3 dollars a day to upgrade yearly.

The Note series is mostly about the fan base. If you really use the stylus and the additional software with it, you'll miss that dearly on a "regular" phone.

Gob Smacked

Re: I'm marginally annoyed

@rmason: The Note8 by default uses a lower resolution than the S8/S8+. I guess this is the reason that it lasts more than a full day like the Notes before. It'll switch to higher resolution when necessary (video, etc.) or when you make it your preference to go to full resolution allways.

For regular use FullHD is enough for me, can't see the small pixels anyway...

Gob Smacked

..and it's good

My son already has it. Batterywise: he's doing more than a full day with a full charge and if he then charges it, it's back on 100% in about an hour.

I'm officially jealous (still on the Note 3).

Gob Smacked

Stylus all the way!

The Note series has its own moderate fanatical user base. I'm one of them. My prediction: the Note 8's will sell like hot cakes, just like the previous Notes. Pricier than the S series, like the previous Notes. Still, they'll sell, as Samsung knows well.

My 4 year old Note3 is definately going to be replaced soon...

Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

Gob Smacked

Re: Does ARM export to Europe?

"But it's not surprising that many commentards do not have a clue about ARM or SIC/microelectronics IP in general."

Correct. I know such a company like ARM, but specialising on embedded processing. It's the people that build up the IP in such a firm. People out, that's just no business left over. The existing IP rapidly diminishes in value in the current microelectronics market. It's milking the cow and not feeding it. It just dries up.

Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

Gob Smacked

April fools?

I'd welcome this. Been a long time user of Cygwin. But April 1 is approaching...

Crypto connoisseurs: Curl up with Princeton's 300-page ode to Bitcoin

Gob Smacked

ePub version?

I'd like to read this on my phone... Is ther no epub version available? I tried converting it myself, but there are too many annoying line breaks to make it a good reading experience...

SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

Gob Smacked

Just a comet, what's new...

It's a bit big, but it's just a slowly evaporating body as any other comet.

Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Gob Smacked

I changed the APN settings for the time being:

- Suffixed a ".not" top level domain to the MMSC parameter to make it unresolvable;

- Prefixed "1" to the MMS Proxy Port number to send it into oblivion.

This is easy enough to undo once the coast is clear again.

Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

Gob Smacked

Re: Google is to blame

"Given the fact Android is free, it is another proof that people get what they pay for."

So, what is your point exactly then?

Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

Gob Smacked

Not that much water here...

Allthough it seems te be a lot, the complete amount of water on earth is less than what minor planet Ceres or Jupiter moon Europe holds.

I think it was here all the time, in some form, either bound or free. I can live with the assumption that our infant cooking earth was covered with a thick, damp, cosey water blanket.

Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

Gob Smacked

One type of slab estate should be enough for everyone!

At least, as a 3 year user of a Galaxy Note phone, I never felt the temptation anymore to buy a tablet. I *like* them, but don't need a tablet. A good Windows laptop yes. Something serious that works in most environments next to the quick-dirty-and-useful gadget.

In spinning rust we TRUST: HGST slips out screamingly fast ... HDD

Gob Smacked

Re: Am i the only one

@Doug S: hey, 15k rpm translates to 250 Hz, perfectly audible for most...

Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

Gob Smacked

Internet, as always

routes around the problem...

Once it's out there, it remains accessible somehow. Lawmakers keep having their hands full, but in the end, it's just an arms race. At least, IT technicians like myself always have something to laugh about...

Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

Gob Smacked

Re: You might still look like an idiot

"Moot anyway, I'm pretty sure your eyes can't focus on something as close as the end of your eyeball."

Just project it on to the retina...

Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

Gob Smacked

Re: No NSA please

@Dave126: 'I just looked at the specs ... and thought - "what have I missed here?"'

That this operating system is far more lightweight than Android.

Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

Gob Smacked

This is soooo much bollocks...

In the early days (I was there too), Bitcoins were a geeky novelty, worth no more than idle gossip.

I had my PC mining for a while, but soon found my mediocre CPU was not suited for calculating hashes and gave up. I *did* request BTC 5 for free though that some fellow miner delivered to anyone who asked for it. I'm very sorry now that I lost my (then worthless) Bitcoin wallet after a number of PC moves...

It was very common in the early days to just move around "huge" sums of Bitcoins. They had no real value then and only a few very early adopters willing to sell real stuff for Bitcoins...

Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

Gob Smacked


"But, if using those rigs is profitable, why sell them?"

You can only put so many of these rigs in the backroom before you need to upgrade your own power line. You can sell the remaining rigs out of the batch a little delayed and give your own rigs a good head start.

A lot of people forget it's easy to do more than just 1 single thing at a time ... :)

Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

Gob Smacked

No Photosphere ?

Seems an easy target to me...

All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

Gob Smacked
Thumb Up

Re: This is why I am leaving Android

"Based on your talkingpoints there, I'm pretty sure you've either always been on Apple or are one of those people Apple pays to go post positively about them in forums."

Where do I leave my other plusses...? Spotted that from a mile of myself.. :)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

Gob Smacked

Re: Region Locking

"Nope, the region locking is just for first activation."

Nope, not even that.

It turns out "first activation" means "several days use with a local SIM". It takes a while to turn off, but it does eventually.

There was a lot of complaining after a number of users found their phone still locked after they initially put in a local SIM and some outlandish SIM straight afterwards, It seems Samsung was serious about local activation: you need to use it for a while what effectively destroys quick-insert-and-resell-later schemes.

Gob Smacked

Re: Samsung have shot themselves in the foot with SIM region locking, eFuses and warranty policy

"All the talk about the the stylus on the Note 3 neglects to mention that on the Xperia Ultra you can write on the screen with ANY pencil."

Well, my friend complains about all the minute scratches he finds on his Ultra Z after using a 2B pencil... They won't come off anymore.

Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

Gob Smacked

Just move it.

There a probably a good number of Chinese universities willing to host the conference...

TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

Gob Smacked
Thumb Up


Nothing special. Last I took a wrong corner and ended up there... It's a village nearby I didn't know of:


Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

Gob Smacked

Re: proper compartmentlization...?

I owned the N9 and it happily outran Android phones while using inferior hardware. I had to move to Android again later due to lack of a few important apps I relied on before the N9.

To have the speed of raw Linux combined with the resources of Android... nice: best of both worlds. :)

KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'

Gob Smacked

Re: So one 0 day vuln in the JVM and...

Roo: "The article suggests to me that the JVM is your only line of defence against your entire box being compromised."

"Only" being the key word. A few layers less to worry about w.r.t. 0-day vulnerabilities. If this OSv becomes popular, it will also make sure all flaws in JVM will get full attention and quickly be ironed out. This will help all JVM related projects (quite a lot). In the end, this could upgrade Java's current bad reputation a lot too...

Just 2 cents worth.

Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

Gob Smacked

Nice idea for Smashung HOME button too...

Only needs root or a root enabled launcher I'd think.

And what if one could include a "wipe all" press combination sequence ? Would it make a nice toy for villains...

Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

Gob Smacked

Re: Battery life

Barfing sour grapes, eh ?

Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

Gob Smacked

Billions of Linux devices...

...need well-tested patches for upgrades. The Linux kernel is probably the most wide spread and ultimately most important piece of kernel code in the world. It *should* be stable.

If I were Linus and got sent improperly tested patches for such an important product, hell yeah, I would be angry too.

Linus' rants have been well known for ages now and serious developers know very well they get blasted if they fuck up things they are responsible for. It keeps them in check and they know it. I even think they depend on it.

I think it's a good thing. And nice to read about too... :)

First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

Gob Smacked

Another fail

Wasn't it Intel that discarded development for the then new iPhone, reasoning "it has no economic promise" ?

They might never learn...

Tim Cook: Wearable tech's nice, but Google Glass will NEVER BE COOL

Gob Smacked

Pron promise

As the first pron app for Glass is being developed as we speak, it shows that Cook did not learn the lessons from the past: open up your stuff for all-regarded-as-filth and in the end the market will embrace you.

Glass has a bright future a-head... :)

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

Gob Smacked

Re: Skateboard requires 2 hands to operate

"I will never own a phone which requires 2 hands to operate."

No problem. There is lots of choice. Personally, I love my 5,5" Galaxy Note 2. I *can* handle the phone: I still have 2 hands and my eyes get some comfort with the big screen too...

Gob Smacked
Thumb Up

"If you dont like TouchWiz, then just install Nova. Problem solved."

Could not agree more. Way better UI than TouchWiz, but you still can use all Sammy's additional goodies.

Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

Gob Smacked

Shouldn't they have a look at .e.g. BP too ?

Maybe they're not quite the tax spenders either....

iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

Gob Smacked

Forgot to cancel

Sometime 18 months ago, an iPhony yelled during a board meeting that the iBeetle would be *it*. Being fanbois, the unanimous vote to set it in motion put the process on rails.

As time passed, they just forgot to see what happened in the outside world...

German watchdog whacks Google with PIDDLING FINE over Street View slurp

Gob Smacked

Re: our data

Ah, so that must be that $7 million Google had to cough up in the US ?

Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

Gob Smacked


... coming from Microsoft ? What's new...

Moving on.

German boffins aim to burn natural gas - WITHOUT CO2 emissions

Gob Smacked

Re: pointless stupidity

"No, it's very easy to grasp. However he fact that the atmosphere is saturated with water vapour, but not with CO2 seeems very hard for some people to grasp."

Given its nonlinear behaviour as greenhouse gas, puffing more CO2 into the atmosphere won't do much anymore. We'll suffocate of its abundance before dying of heat IMHO...

"And the fact that there is NO TREND in solar flux changes is hard for some people to grasp."

There's more to solar flux than an IR component. Other EM radiation types as well as particle outputs can all attribute to our climate in different ways. It's not the solar flux itself, but primarily its composition (as well as other cosmic radiation).

Concerning the CO2 greenhouse issue, there are multiple reasons to have great suspicions towards it. But most other (80%) climate changing factors have not nearly been researched as good as the (modeled...) 20% CO2 factor. It's just not a clear cut issue. Dwelling on CO2 is easy to sell to the public, but we may miss other more important factors while riding the CO2 bandwagon all the time. Funding should be spread more to give all possible attributing factors a good chance to be researched. That's my 2 cents at least.

Gob Smacked

Re: pointless stupidity

> "Because it's contradicted by actual evidence. Eg:"

A model does not equal "actual evidence"... At all..

> ""We find that water vapor is the dominant substance — responsible for

> about 50% of the absorption, with clouds responsible for about 25% —

> and CO2 responsible for 20% of the effect. The remainder is made up

> with the other minor greenhouse gases, ozone and methane for

> instance, and a small amount from particles in the air (dust and other

> "aerosols")."


> http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/schmidt_05/


> 20% isn't "tiny, tiny"

Okay, a well written article and fine piece of scientific research. But you only pick an issue that helps your view and discard everything else it seems.

1) Modeling finds a 20% attribution of CO2, so would it not be well worth to look into the other 80% ?

2) Modeling finds that the CO2 attribution behaves non linear: "the impact of removing the CO2 is approximately seven times as large as doubling it" or as gary27 stated: "greenhouse effect of co2 now mostly done - think saturation law of diminishing returns";

3) Every model makes assumptions of values of other variables. In this case, the model greatly simplifies the earth and weather. It can therefore by no means be seen as being "actual evidence". It is, at most, a very good piece of work to understand what the effects of CO2 could have been, given a certain basic environment. It helps getting an understanding of the issues at hand, no more.

4) The article describes a negative net greenhouse effect of clouds, which of course creates a negative feedback to heating. Cloud cover also increases as more cosmic radiation falls upon earth, so which percentage of our current heating can be attributed to less cosmic radiation than usual ?

I mean, it's not so simple. Any model can find suspects for both cooling and heating. The real world is way more complex than that. I think CO2 is much overhyped. Farting animals and vulcanism ? Good suspects too. But we really don't want to get rid of our cows and pigs or welcome big vulcanic eruptions. We *can* get a grip on CO2, so come on, create world peace and join together to fight it.

Gob Smacked
Thumb Up

Re: pointless stupidity

gary27, you made my day.

No one ever seems to point out the differences of IR absorption between all gases/vapours that enrich our atmosphere. The tiny, tiny greenhouse effect of CO2 in relation to others, (most of all plain water vapour being very, very abundant) seems to difficult to grasp...

Even small amounts of radiation differences we receive of our Sun have vastly greater effects.

It's not easy to jump of a popular bandwagon it seems. CO2 it is. It *must* be. Yeah... :(

Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

Gob Smacked

Striking difference ...

.. between Apples and Googles judicial fights: Apple only wants to prolong them and Google mostly wants to avoid or close them quickly. I wonder which method is cleverer. I *know* that I appreciate Googles method way more...


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019