* Posts by TechnicalBen

1973 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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"Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient"

Leaving the door open is also "surprisingly Convenient"...

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Re: Lock makers that you can trust?

In the UK most of our doors lock into multi point latches into the door frame, built into the door, and we can swap out the key barrel. There are multiple ways to secure the door. If you are trusting a single latch mechanism, then yes, you would need an entire frame to stop it being pushed in.

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Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

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Re: Getting closer

Someone cannot take a joke. ;)

I still say it would be 50/50 on if we were forced to eat the stuff or give it up given the brain implants!

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Re: Getting closer

I think we already know when someone is lying. For example, those who say they like Marmite must be! Or they are Lizard people... there is that possibility.

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Cost.

Often it is not down to possibility, but cost. A low powered, but high capability chip is generally more expensive. Though it does often use more power too... not usually much of a problem as induction etc can be used to power externally.

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Re: "Using the brain as a true random number generator"

Are you sure that would work well?

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Re: Ghost in the Shell

"In that case the poor sod has a loud beep played incessantly inside his head." With IOTs world around the corner, we'd not need it in our heads to be driven crazy by constant beeps!

(Pic of how I feel when I hear the swearing devices!)

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: What can go wrong ?

I assume any bacteria made to produce the enzymes have a risk of escaping, possibly even the gene migrating to other bacteria... but at the same time there is a risk they loose the ability naturally.

Mainly natural things don't run away catastrophically too often... but with out help things can get out of hand locally.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: Fatman

I understand business perfectly. I don't see a problem with my statement.

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We live in a world...

where it's become ingrained to measure things only by profit.

So when you see that mistake, correct for it, and make things much better, people complain "it only made 100 million sales and 1 billion dollars, it's a failure" at the box office/store/music chart. ;)

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Mandatory viewing...

for any GUI designer:

https://youtu.be/BGGOn-H7s3Q

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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Re: iPhoneX

Is it Security Theatre? Please tell me the answer is Security Theatre?

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Re: Walls can be useful

You still get a phone call, but the solution is:

"Yes, Microsoft office is another £/$100 purchase for those"

"Yes, the CD drive is another £/$100 purchase for those"

"Yes, a new one at £/$100 is needed for those, no they don't do repairs/replacements"

"Yes, that is what they are suppose to do..."

I don't get calls from people with Windows 10 either anymore... as I cannot "help" them either (it would be Linux, MacOS or 7 that "helps" them, not me)!

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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

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Why all the flash?

It's interesting how flashy this thing is. What is it doing that needs all that?

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All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

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But wait...

Cheap phone = easy to dissemble and repair.

Expensive phone = nearly impossible.

Feature Phone Companies (Apple/Samsung etc) claim "we made it that way because it's expensive to do otherwise", yeah, I think they are [see icon].

Cheap phone = lasts forever, nothing breaks.

Expensive phone = drop it once, it's a million pieces.

Feature Phone Companies (Apple/Samsung etc) claim "we made it that way because it's more reliable!", [see icon again].

I think they may not be being entirely truthful.

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My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: Re. dead keyboards

Drivers. Same happened for Bluetooth XP to 7 dongles. Worked fine in XP, stopped in Vista/7. It was as the manufacture never updated the drivers.

(Don't get me started on 10 changing drivers as well!)

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UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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But in relation to cartoons and animals?

It seems it's not that these characters die. But how they do?

Violence is not the same as nature and death is it?

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So are you saying you are surprised some media gets allowed and others do not?

Or that you do or do not agree with it?

I realised the media are entirely at a whim to allow or not any content. They only pretend to follow rules.

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Why is death and nature a problem? Honest question.

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How did

How did anyone sign this off? At least without a disclaimer of making it late nigh adult only?

Even that still makes my stomach turn a little, and I know it's all makeup. I'd not personally want that to show just before I get some TV* during breakfast!

*I don't watch TV, I have an add blocker. I don't see these adds. Thus I keep my breakfast inside should such distasteful content try to catch me unaware.

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Not one, but 20,000 black holes hiding in Milky Way's heart

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Re: I've asked before but...

These ones are in the galactic centre. The "missing" mass and energy appears to be at the edges.

So far, like with Mercury and General Relativity, the place of the difference it seems is key to understanding why there is one. With Mercury, all the other planets orbited within our predictions/understandings. Mercury was "wrong". ;)

Then we figured out/observed it was spacial distortion from being so close to the Sun.

With Dark Matter it appears to be around the outskirts/just outside the edges of Galaxies that the discrepancy appears (faster rotation than expected IIRC).

So if these objects are involved, they could be a source. They would however still need to move throughout history to the new positions. Though that is possible I think and neutrinos/wimps/machos all do similar orbits of the galaxies... however, those do not cause massive problems should they intersect us!!!

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Cool.

Or hot.

I wonder if this has any effect on the search for dark matter or energy? I would assume as they are gravitational, they already make up the predicted mass, just we know they are denser now?

Though if they get ejected from galaxies, and become cold/naked singularities, they may be halo objects?

The plot thickens!

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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

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Re: Nothing wrong with a merger OS

Nothing wrong with that nope... it's the merged GUI that is bad!

In truth, behind the hood can be different at times. A GPU for science/gaming etc could have a really complex pipeline that a Phone may not need/have... but in principle I don't see that stopping the code/design path being the same. As long as it "scales" correctly.

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

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Re: I'm confused..............

"can see what Icarus looked like when the universe was"

13.1 billion years - 9 billion years - 4.1 billion years old.

We see what the star looked like 9 billion years ago and also what the universe looked like 4.1 billion years old (the star would have a short lifespan, so I've no idea how old it was 9 billion years ago :P ).

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Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does...

Now you'll give the Youtubes ideas on how to make orange juice!

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Re: Don't be naive

I studied art. I predicted they could never beat uncanny valley in CGI. I'm not far off. ;)

The 90% got better. The other 10% got smaller. But there is still the diminishing % of failure of the systems in there. There will always be errors or "tells" they cannot remove. But it can get "good enough" that we stop caring when watching a film. Is it the same with all progress?

Breaks, engines, crumple zones, seat belts... none of these work 100% of the time. But it is down to the intent and direction of the development. Me making a hammer and not bothering to screw down the handle vs me making a hammer and 0.01% have manufacturing defects and the handle snaps.

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Re: Known issue

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_447

In most cases, as far as I can tell, it stems from the pilots not actually following procedure, or taking note of actual data. Not as much a failure of the autopilot, which in most cases is actually a "heading hold" device of types.

While arguably there was a minor fault in the above example, there is no reason it would have caused any difficulty to a pilot, and in fact 2 of the 3 were taking the right action (though evidently as said, not responding to the stall warning/data that was available).

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Re: The St Paul's roundabout

They revamped a really busy roundabout around here like that. :(

Near enough half the time I either end up in the wrong lane, blocked in lane moving or dangerously having to go across a lane...

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to mix a crossing with traffic lights AND a roundabout? AND have lanes crossing each other with conflicting directions of traffic? AND have lanes that tell you to move into the wrong position for the wrong turning (for example, the St Paul's roundabout, try finding the correct lane for a 360 turn ;) )?

I see no problem with a crossing, with lights or with a roundabout. In fact, lights for access to the roundabout are fine. but lights on it? Wow.

Yes, it can work for on ramps/motorway access, where is makes a fly over etc... however, my local example, unlike the St Paul's roundabout... is a mini roundabout too!!!

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Re: Wonder why it swerved

"Looking for lanes on snowy roads can be fun.

Even more fun is driving on a flat expanse of white between two distant fences, knowing that somewhere under the snow is a road."

And somewhere is a lake/river/ditch/pond. ;)

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Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

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Re: "It's real"

Yes, anyone can slap a LCD onto your face. It was done by Nintendo many decades ago*.

Is it done to the fidelity they advertised? That is the big question!

*Yes, I know it had not head tracking. But we don't actually know what this device does or does not have yet either!

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Bugs.

No not software or hardware. Biological bugs. They have many "eyes". Either actually multiple eyes or just multiple lenses. I assume this is for a reason!

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Six months on, and let's check in on those 'stuttering' Windows 10 PCs. Yep, still stuttering

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Is it?

Taking a screen shot every few frames? I wonder.... ;)

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: How you go about it.

It's how you go about it. If the customer bad mouths you, and they literally are asking your butchers company to provide kids kites, and the rest of the customer know this when they complain, then yes... the rest of the customer quietly say nothing to the nutters,

If you scream at them because they constantly asked for discounts? Then you'll loose customers.

Sometimes there are quiet and simple ways to move the customer on ("We don't support MacOS here anymore" as an example ;) ).

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Tesla crash investigation causes dip in 'leccycar firm's share price

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Re: Individual cells are safer?

I would assume they are safer. You can manage them individually, or at least in blocks. I'd assume the tech/size is not factory limited, as Tesla is building new factories, so they could re-spec sizes there is it mattered.

Smaller cells means if one goes bad, you dump that one cell off the grid, and the rest work fine. It means if one cell blows, yes it takes the others out, but it's 1 small blow out/thermal run away followed by a lot more small ones.

One large, or a few large cells, and a small defect and the entire thing is out. A runaway/gas out and that is a LOT of energy in one go, and another one even if you have a few in the car instead of one big one.

1000 little pins could kill you, but you'd get a big warning to get out of the way in the process.

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PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

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Re: At least Dick Turpin wore a mask...

That 8TB drive is actually £10-20 cheaper online than the competitors. I suppose it's really about what they can scalp and what they cannot.

Also, AFAIK, retail really depends on what deals they can make with suppliers. Sometimes Tesco/big brand names can get deals with really big brand names, like Apple etc. But rarely do the little shops, and I'd expect Maplin to have all discounts/rebates now removed as suppliers don't want them defaulting on paying them!

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: I assume

Private messages is using some form of end to end encryption they have not figured out on the webpage but have for the app?

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We need to go deeper: Meltdown and Spectre flaws will force security further down the stack

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Re: Oh joy. Added complexity...

We would be close to that... look at Apple. Certain specs/builds have unreplaceable keyboards that fail after 8 months, GPUs after 12 etc.

It would take 1 model/life cycle of their tech to have a fatal flaw and 100% of their products are gone overnight. Lol.

But thankfully we do have alternatives. Like those laptops that cost £/$1700 less, and last 3 to 4 times longer. ;)

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Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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A tag, an app and an mark...

There, fixed the product for you, costs down to bare minimum, and it's basically a Amazon Rebuy Button, but with an RFID/QR code on it too for the video playback.

Honestly, selling a touch screen wine bottle reader, and not expecting the owner to already have an Ipad Pro or iPhone X (or Note 8 etc)?

The cash would be in the service, branding etc... not some stupid touch gadget that is obsolete in less time than it takes to drink the bottle, let alone store it!

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

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If a paper receipt of goods can be counted as goods, then a long number representing those goods can also be.

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British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path

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Re: White line followers

Art? https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/17/laying-a-trap-for-self-driving-cars/

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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Re: You are aware that...

I think they were asking little birds even before that.

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Re: RE: RE: Tigra 07

1984 or BRAZIL?

Yes, this is very much a two edged sword. Both benefits, and amazingly dangerously harmful.

What if someone borrows a phone? What if (as Facebook evidently know how to, or other agencies), they trace it to you via your unique walk cycle/gyro feedback?

What if the data says one thing, but you know the data is wrong. How would an individual prove it in court?

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Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

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Even better.

They won't be around when it fails at infinity -1 days use!

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Re: flags

Or the Human driver could never react quickly enough to an error by the car? If the person was pushing a bicycle it could very easily be a similar accident to the Tesla "Autopilot" one. Where the sensors missed the obvious, as the object had gaps in it.

Perhaps the car never hit the pedestrian, but the bike they were pushing?

Similar accidents use to happen here in the UK with large trucks/trailers. So they both added signs on trucks to warn cyclists/pedestrians "don't go this close", and barriers/mirrors to protect the pedestrians/cyclist from being crushed.

Nearly anything will have a blind spot in it's search space.

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UK.gov to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

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Why?

Is not min throughput better than a few having max?

What use is 1gb when most services use just 50mbps?

It's great to have, but strange they are aiming for such a high bar. A bit like the push for 5g, when at a min 4g everywhere is preferred.

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Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

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As far as I can see, it is still more expensive, lower resolution, etc etc than just having 3 (or more) monitors.

The "virtual cinema" thing is pointless, when a big TV can be had relatively cheap, and not have screen door effect.

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'Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!', says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip

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Neither!

It will both run it just under Yes, and just above No in a superposition of "meh".

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Re: Is there a Moore's law for qubits?

A problem of engineering?

Looking at the lasers and setups in labs, it's just a problem of practical engineering. Nothing really stopping us making a GIANT Colossus style lab with tons of lasers and inforemeters and cooling... given enough need.

We don't have that need, so spending the resources shrinking and simplifying the design, so we can have 100s or thousands of chip sized QC systems is much more resource efficient.

So I guess we are at just before the Babbage Machine stage? So a 100 years or so before hand held quantum computers? (Though adding the "Cloud", we could remotely connect to them in 50 years?)

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Re: Easy solution? (Every message)

Yes... that was the joke! (See Troll icon!)

But thanks for the info anyhow... as I understand my Trollish comment probably was far too information lacking, and really only confuses the points. :(

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I'll bee back: Boffin's bionic bug Band-Aid after real ones all die

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Re: MonkeyCee

Thanks for the info (I knew about private cultivation options, no idea if it was used industrial scale).

My example was merely saying *where* the problem was. For example, if you get a flat tire, the solution is not to turn the road into rubber and inflate it. Though both options work (metal wheels on rubber/rails, or inflatable wheels on a tarmac road. ;) ).

So while I agree there are obstacles to helping bees/spiders and difficulties changing crops/pollination/ecology, they are easier and better solutions than "make artificial *and* robotic bees". :P

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