* Posts by johnaaronrose

72 posts • joined 27 Apr 2012

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Hurry up and make a deal on post-Brexit data flows, would you? Think of UK business – MPs

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@Loyal Commentator I agree completely with you. What's really ironic is that the House of Lords (which the nazi-like Scum and Heil used to love) is unelected even though they seem to be rather more interested in the welfare of the British population than the elected house. They seem to be the primary home for politicians who have guts, unlike the bulk of the Conservative & Labour ones in the House of Commons.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Fgs

The assumption that Galileo will be put back by approx 5 years due to Britain leaving the EU is an assumption based on no evidence.

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Re: Fgs

Currently, the USA GPS is accurate to aboubt 5 metres for the public signal; Galileo will be accurate to 1 metre for the public signal. The Ordnance Survey app's function is consequently often inaccurate by about 1 mile on a 10 mile trail.

Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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Re: So many issues...

AFAIK Britain is one of the few 'Advanced' countries where an Engineering Technician (e.g. car mechanic, boiler installer/maintainer) is called an Engineer. This shows the low regard in which proper Engineers are held in Britain. Of course, Engineering Technicians should be respected for their skills & knowledgeas well.

Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

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Gibberish

The quotes from the IBM report are gibberish. They're written using English words but make no sense except to someone who speaks the same sort of gibberish.

Xiaomi the money? OK, here's a one beeeeellion dollar loss ahead of IPO

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Amazon & Xiaomi are totally different businesses. Amazon is a retail business; Xiaomi appears to be a mobile phone seller. I don't understand what is meant by liquid: does it mean that t can move into other services e.g. services? What are Xiaomi's assets? Speculation is exactly what it says.

According to Wikipedia: Many so-called "Xiaomi product" listed in the page are not actually released by Xiaomi, instead they are merely third party products sold on Xiaomi's online shop with the "Mijia" brand, or that those products are released by other companies that have received Xiaomi investment.

Is that going to be Xiaomi's profit maker? If so, there are other players already selling these products. So, the assumption would appear to be that Xiaomi will tie their existing & future phone customers into buying Xaomi badged products. A risky assumption.

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Can anybody explain how this company is worth billions? It's making huge losses. Quoting Wikipedia:

"According to Xiaomi's Hugo Barra in 2014, the company sees hardware sales as a means of delivering software and services in the long term, "We are an Internet and a software company much more than a hardware company."[31] However, financial data available at the time indicated that this is either wishful thinking or plans for the far future: 94% of the company's revenue came from mobile phone sales, an even higher proportion than Apple.".

So if it raises billions from its IPO, it will have the opportunity to sell phones, possibly at a loss, in an overcrowded market in the West. How will it make money from software and services?

Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Re: They could take down Telegram...

Signal does much the same as Telegram. I understand that it doesn't have the same vulnerabilities, though it's been having some problems lately with AWS server usage which I understand are now resolved.

Escape from the Zuckerborg: WhatsApp founder legs it

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Re: 'Anyone know of a good alternative?'

There's also Telegram & Wire. Also, all of these also run on Laptops/Desktops.

Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

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Re: Really?

@Voland's right hand

This could be a rash promise as some Accenture, Capgemini & Deloitte employees could be instructed to give the app a good score.

Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

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Understandibility

I do not understand most of the concepts in the "IOT products, projects and partners" section of the article. Please enlighten me as to whether it is gibberish or technical terminology.

UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

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Re: @johnaaronrose

I did not write that there is a mechanism to revoke Article 50 once it is triggered. In fact, Britain would have to re-apply for membership of the EU, once Article 50 has been invoked, and possibly would have to wait for 2 years i.e. until Britain has actually left the EU. If Britain's application was accepted by the EU member countries, Britain would have to accept the Euro becoming its currency and being part of the Schengen area. Realistically, Britain would only re-apply to join the EU if there was total disaster.

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Once Article 50 has been triggered, Britain's exit from the EU would have to be negotiated within two years, a timeframe that can be extended only by unanimous agreement from the 27 remaining members of the European Council.

Should the UK be unable to reach an agreement with the EU within those two years and should at least one member of the council veto an extension of the negotiations, the UK would automatically exit the EU and all existing agreements, including those involving the single market, would cease to apply to the UK.

To summarise: as it's very unlikely that there would be unanimous agreement from the remaining EU countries (including regional parliaments), all intra EU trade & other agreements would not apply.

Password reuse bot steals creds from weak sites, logs in to banks

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Re: What good could they do with it

How did the joker obtain his password/passcode ?

This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

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Re: Vulnerable?

I did read the article but I did not see a reference to "magic string" in it. Is that "rootmydevice" > /proc/sunxi_debug/sunxi_debug"?

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Vulnerable?

Please explain how I can write the magic string to the file. Also, what is the magic string?

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Mr

2 questions:

1. I have a Fusion5tablet (which is rooted) manufactured by Allwinner with sun8I chipset using kernel 3.4.39. The file /proc/sunxi_debug/sunxi_debug is zero length. If the code is present, which file (if any) would it be in?

2. When using Terminal Emulator, I do 'rm /proc/.sunxi_debug/sunxi_debug', I get "Permission denied". 'sudo su' gets "sudo: not found". How do I delete the /proc/sunxi_debug/sunxi_debug file?

UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

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One of proposals is that all web browsing details will be help by ISPs for one year so that MI5, police etc may look at it. AFAIK TOR will stop this idea working. I can see all terrorists / IS / bigtime criminals using TOR, disk encryption, phone call encryption & SMS encryption as routine by the time this act is passed. Am I correct in the above?

Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Neighbour

Or to quote a similar biblical source:

If I don't look after my neighbour, who will look after me.

Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail

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Epic system

Not sure if this is true or relevant. But I saw somewhere that Addenbrookes has bought a Patients Clinical Records system named Epic. Web search showed that EPIC is produced by a US company of that name. It is now being used by a Dutch hospital: that hospital is the third stage 7 hospital in Europe to use Epic.

Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: Did anyone else...

I agree about the Axes Grinding. For example, Tim Worstall attacks Richard Murphy personally re his HE Economics prowess: many groundbreaking discoveries in the Sciences have been made by people who disagreed with the accepted wisdom taught at Universities. The Australian economist Steve Keen, amongst others, essentially supports Murphy's concept of a peoples' QE.

Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Re: Fairness

I'm assuming that Jisser does not have debts or other commitments he needs to pay. If Jisser sells for the $55 million, then it just shows that he's another greedy swine. I would like to ask a simple questions: how many $millions does one person need / be entitled to have?

Alibaba shares down as growth slows to a continental creep

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Windows Server 2003

According to another article, Alibaba is one of the biggest users of Windows 2003 servers (30,000 of them). How long before a commercial competitor or government hacks them?

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: That old chestnut

Anybody care to place a wager on how long till CF's email etc is hacked?

Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Just one small point, Tim. Most of France still uses people at the tolls.

Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Re: Intel NUC

I have a spare monitor, keyboard & mouse. I do also realise that even though the NUC range are small (approx 5 inches cube), that they are not as portable as a laptop, particularly as you also need a monitor, keyboard & mouse. The innuendo of 2 of the replies is that I'm stupid. Everyone can decide that for themselves.

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Re: No surprise

Model I had in mind is N2820 Celeron processor though some people say that it is buggy. Memory is 8GB. SSD is 240GB: fine for me as I don't have many photos and don't store many videos on existing PC as I have them on a networked USB hard disk. I also use Ubuntu.

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Re: No surprise

Just been wondering about buying a barebones Intel NUC and fitting RAM & SSD (i.e. no hard disk) at a cost of approx £200. It seems to me that this would be much faster than any laptop with a hard disk. Am I missing something?

Never mind falling revenues, BT watchers, look at the footy offering

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FTTP?

Can somebody tell me how to get FTTP? Currently, I have FTTC.

BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

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They are discourteous

I offered to provide them with GUI software for running Enigma & Lorenz Encryption & Decryption. I emailed them twice & phoned twice (leaving a message for the appropriate person). I received no response.

NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: Not up to it. Santander recommended

I was a Girobank customer from 1970. I was then 'moved' to Alliance & Leicester and then to Santander. No problem with any of them.

So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Tim W implies that QE is great and that the Eurozone is doing badly because it hasn't used QE until recently. However, on Main Street in the nothern countries of the Eurozone, things look different: the standard of living is much higher than GB; though unemployment is higher, if fake employment such as work experience for job seekers & unpaid internships is taken into account, I wonder if 'real' unemployment is higher; the housing market in London etc is out of control; young people are shafted by tuition fees in GB; zero hours contracts make life difficult for many people in GB.

Three's 'Home Signal' femtocells fail, restore mobile black spots

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Re: Maybe I'm missing something

gmail is almost compulsory with an Android phone, so no problem with that (plus I was already a gmail user). With Three in Touch app, people have contacted me on my mobile number. Also, I have sent & received text messages. Given that both the app & Home Signal use my voice minutes, it seems to me that Home Signal has no advantages over the app except that visitors using Three can use a feature phone. As I said earlier, Three refuse to supply me with a Home Signal: how do I make them do so?

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Re: Three in Touch versus Home Signal

For data (i.e. email & web browsing, the phone uses wifi to my home router. Thus, it works. To paraphrase what I said before, what are the advantages of a Home Signal device over the Three in Touch phone app?

PS I have plenty of distrust & cynicism, though not too much of the paranoia - though perhaps it is increasing.

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Three in Touch versus Home Signal

When I applied for a Home Signal, Three told me to download the Three in Touch app to my Android phone instead. This app works OK for me i.e. it allows me to make calls from my phone using wifi at home. Thus, it does not use my minutes on Three. Am I missing something?

So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: Fair Tax?

@TimWorstal

Quoting from a financial source:

Companies in the UK pay dividends gross: i.e. without any tax having been paid.

Theoretically, the tax rate on dividend income is 10% if you’re a starting or basic rate tax payer, and 32.5% if you’re a higher rate tax payer.

In reality, the tax credit reduces these rates down:

Starting/basic rate tax payer – No more tax to pay

Higher rate tax payer – Dividend income taxed at 25%

To summarise:

Companies do not pay tax on dividends & individuals do not pay tax on dividends reeceived.

Also, savers pay tax on interest received - either by the financial institution paying the tax by deducting it from the gross interest or by their paying the gross interest to the saver & the saver paying income tax on that payment. This applies even if the saver only pays basic rate income tax.

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Re: Fair Tax?

I've never understood why dividends are not taxed as income. Anybody care to explain why they should be differently taxed? Also, IMO capital gains should also be taxed as income: currently, they have an exemption limit which means that the more well off are effectively being subsidised by the less well off who do not generally own shares or second houses etc.

Google takes ARC Welder to Android, grafts on Windows, OS X

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Beta!

I thought that I would try it in Chrome running (under Ubuntu: hopefully, shouldn't be significant). I found a simple app's apk (app is only calculation using user input & displaying results i.e. no GPS, accelerometer, database etc) using browse in Arc Welder: it just changed the popup back to add another app i.e. o=it did not open the app. So Beta = useless!

Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Piketty

Please note the article's racist/xenophobic remark: "Obviously he's wrong, for he is a Frenchman". What's interesting is that remark is made a within a week of last week's events in France. It's therefore difficult to take this article seriously as it cherry picks repeatedly e.g. it fails to mention that the Financial Transactions Tax is meant to be levied on high value (i.e. millions & billios) transactions and thus it could not be easily evaded by switching to cash.

Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: Gambas

Gambas does have context-sensitive help.

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Re: Gambas

According to Xojo, Xojo is chargeable per desktop dev at $99 (or is it running?): I couldn't be bothered to look at the licensing details. Gambas is free, though the developer (Benoit Minisini) will be grateful fgor donations.

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Gambas

Please don't downvote me just because I mention Linux! However, there is a superb implementation akin to Visual Basic running on Linux PCs (e.g. with Ubuntu, openSuse). It's called Gambas: abbreviated from G... Almost Basic. It's Object Oriented with an excellent IDE. It allows dev on Linux PCs with running on Linux PCs or Windows PCs (the latter requires that the desktop/laptop be connected to a Linux server running freenx software.

Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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A problem with what SH said is that he does not give a logical argument for his opinion. This particularly applies to many politicians.

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Celebrities

I cannot agree more. Same applies to celebrities, many of whom are expert in nothing.

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers

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Nuclear Power

It all depends on what type of Nuclear Power you select. Fusion power, for the last 5 decades, has been stated to be 10 years away. Uranium (fission) is still simply too dangerous to mine, extract & use as well as the dangers of theft. So the most likely candidate is Thorium fission which has minimal disadvantages compared to Uranium fission. Hwoever, it does have the disadvantage that it would be very difficult to make nuclear weapons from its products. The science for it has pretty much solved but the engineering has not. Currently, Norway has an experimental plant, China is trying to convert its Uranium stations to Thorium and India intends to produce the majority of its power from Thorium within 2 decades.

TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

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Dear ISPs

I've found that all the ISPs own branded routers are poor quality. Admittedly, I've only used the main phone & cable players' ones.

NHS XP patch scratch leaves patient records wide open to HACKERS

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Force them to upgrade

It seems to me that one way to make the 'naughty' ones get extended support or upgrade is to publish a list of the 'unupgraded' Trusts. Anybody have such a list?

Rovnix Trojan infection outbreak infects 130,000 machines in Blighty

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Example attacks

@singe

I already asked this before but with no replies. So I thought that I'd ask someone who's sensible. I use Firefox in Ubuntu but without No Script as I found it a pain with many websites. What type of attacks am I vulnerable to? If possible, please give specific examples.

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