* Posts by Siobhan

13 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012

AI beats astroboffins at sniffing out fast radio bursts amid the universe's clutter


A long time ago in a galaxy far away...

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'


Considering the company and where it's name came from, perhaps a fine of €1 googol would be appropriate.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Re: EU Standard plug

Ah, the good old UK 3-pin combination power plug and caltrop system. Because an Englishman's home is his castle (or something), then it must be defended, and these plugs are the first line of defense providing far more than any alarm... Mostly due to the scream when an intruder steps on one.

If nothing else though, they are safe and reliable...

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space


Re: I can't get over this

Beer (even Lager if its any good) makes its own CO2. Nothing worth the name will be affected at all.

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design


I suspect they have. There was a lot of work in the late 90s in "alternative architectures" like asynchronous clock less CPU stuff. Most of it seems to have been abandoned in the early 00s though. Perhaps it was just too far ahead of its time.

GDPR for everyone, cries Microsoft: We'll extend Europe's privacy rights worldwide


Cynical, me?

I dunno, but my first thought was "it's easier to switch on GDPR compliance for everyone than to spend time and money working out (in a global community) who was in what jurisdiction and when..."

A US citizen flies to France for a meeting, but his phone/laptop/whatever is set up in default full-snoop mode... Is he now subject to GDPR? Is his whole company?

An EU citizen travels to the US and her social media passwords are demanded at the border... While there, her phone tracks her movements for snoop-ads... But wait... Isn't she still protected by GDPR?

Seems just easier to extend it to everyone until a court warrant says otherwise - at which point you at least have right intent on your side if nothing else.

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years


Fortunately US law doesn't apply in the free world...

Though of course, the UK will be happy to follow their lead post Brexit - not that being in the EU ever did much to prevent UK.gov salivating at every US corporate cash grab...

Google shoots Chrome 66's silencer after developer backlash


Games in browsers?

Just block 'em all and be done with it. I certainty don't want ads screaming at me (or at all tbh*) and who needs games in their browser anyway?

*Except for building a blacklist of companies I refuse to buy from.

Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'


Re: Perhaps I am missing something..

Except they already killed export as OPML


Re: An alternative? (Feedly)

Feedly say they have their own cloned backend which will be dropped in as reader is phased out. At the moment, they sync with Reader, and claim that the switch will be seemless (apart from maybe creating a seperate passworm)

Copper load of that: Ofcom claims HUGE jump in 'average' broadband speed


Glad to know this

... since I live about 5 minutes walk from Euston station in Central London, and the fastest that I can get is 8Mbps, and we're not even on the list for FTTC.

Orange 3G data network goes titsup


Mine was down from about 1pm until just after 3pm in Islington.

Apple lands slide-to-unlock patent blow on Motorola


Re: Re: Jeez

Actually yes, my old Windows phone used to be slide to unlock.

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