* Posts by Panicnow

149 posts • joined 11 Jul 2012

Page:

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

Panicnow

Back-up must not be satellite

A Solar flare is likely to take out ALL GPS systems. the back-up should be terrestrial.

( Lots of systems e.g. mobile telephones, use the accurate timing from GPS to operate synchronous comms)

3
1

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

Panicnow

I'd fire Comey too

The chain of command in the US is problematic.

Trump was elected with most of this stuff already in the public domain.

Is the US a democracy or something else?

This statement in no way implies my support for any other Trump policies, views or actions

1
6

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Panicnow

MAKE BITCOIN ILLEGAL

And prosecute anyone that makes a single transfer.

It is money laundering plain and simple.

#Or do the politicians get their bungs in Bit coin?

6
23

'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

Panicnow
Mushroom

Who is the enemy here?

In-human rapacious multi-national corporations who's only concern is its survival, or a government elected by you and can be removed by you?

Imagined conversion - Google exec " Mr President we note from your android phone tracking, that your movements between these dates are identical to someone you don't want the electorate to know you know.... Now about that tax legislation..."

0
0

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

Panicnow

NOt the broadcasters problem

Why is this problem being characterised as a broadcasters problem, it is Amazon problem!

5
0

View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

Panicnow

Paid to Diet

BI provides a subsistence living. This means anyone not topping it up has a very low ecological footprint. I'd support this, just so I can enjoy "their ration" of world resources

1
0
Panicnow

Low value tasks

There are many tasks that would be nice done, but don't justify a living wage. Basic Income would allow otherwise unemployed resources to add value. (I've a number of jobs around my house I'd like done, but not at £7 per hour)

3
0

Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

Panicnow

Happy the hand on balls isn't being squeezed that is

"a notion she says hasn't bothered the 3,000 banks worldwide who happily signed up for Apple Pay."

0
0

Open Sorcerers: Can you rid us of Emperor Zuck?

Panicnow

Re: Emperor Zuck?

Why would he bother? He knows the movements of every senior politician, correlate this with "bad" people and he can get them to do his bidding. ... now how much tax does Facebook pay?

4
0
Panicnow

Open standards

Companies DO launch open products, but they are always at a marketing disadvantage because the lock-in people get the Vulture capital.

HTML was a small miracle, under continual attack by the rapacious "Walled Garden" monopolists

8
0
Panicnow

Open messaging platform

Enter WIzPar SMP an open messaging app that allows anyone to operate their own server, Server operator keep full control of their messages. User transactions get fragmented across multiple servers so your life cannot be totally monitored.

The messaging equivalent of a web browser

0
0

Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

Panicnow

They won't leave

Rich people want quality of life. Having to restrict their time in London doesn't work for them! London is the Capital of the World! Only London welcomes ALL, rich, regardless of ethnicity, politics, ethics or sexual persuasion.

UK could tax the lot of them as UK citizens and only the "Philip Greens" would choose to live on a yacht in the mid-atlantic.

The "we will move" is standard and should be ingnored!

3
8

Apple tries to patent facial recognition

Panicnow

Re: bollocks

You've got to be a new reader of the Register if you think Apple never sues. They even sued ?Samsung? for round corners on a mobile phone

0
0

IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

Panicnow

Address and track everything!

Ford.corsa.AK66DFT could carry every part used, service history....

Or indeed UK.Male.445567891 .....

1
0

Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

Panicnow

Look to elsewhere (e.g. China and India) PLEASE!

The EU funding system is corrupt and ineffective anyway. Look for world leading partners elsewhere. Avoid the bureaucratic and political pollution of science meted out by Brussels

7
23

Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

Panicnow

End to political interference and paperwork

Anyone who has applied for EU money in science will know that there is a massive political agenda to what they support. E.g.

Requirements for partnership with weak EU based institutions.

Bans on working in certain areas,

Bans on working with certain non-EU institutions even when they are world leaders.

The gross cost of applying often greater than the grant when all the failed bids are added together

The delays are so long that the bid ceases to be relevant

The paperwork for compliance is often a significant part of the projects costs

They don't even pay on time!

Go and enjoy your freedom!

4
6

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

Panicnow

INtelectual property IS theft!

Once patent and copyright was a sparingly applied state sanctioned monopoly. In order to protect special cases.

Now it is a "RIGHT" claimed by corporates to extort monopoly rents way beyond their need for protection.

Once again through corporate lobbying, the length of time of some "Rights" have been extended. This is theft from the public, not "Defence of Innovator!

4
0

Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

Panicnow

Non EU Companies get a better deal from Brussels

The reason none of these companies started in the EU is that they are illegal, and would have been shut down in days. If the UK was outside the EU, our companies could trash EU laws as well.

Vote Exit!

Also interesting to see that it is these companies that are among the highest spenders on Brussels lobbying. The UK could spend a fraction of our contribution and have MORE say on EU laws it would seem.

What is so disappointing about Brussels corruption is their low price!

0
5

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

Panicnow

EU captured by big business

US corporations head the list of spending on lobbying in Brussels.

These same companies seem untouchable when they break EU laws e.g. Data protection, Hotel safety, Trade descriptions, copyright ,,,, and of course they pay virtually no EU taxes.

Now explain to me how a group of EU citizens can influence EU policy?

Note for an MEP who has usable no powers?

Stand in line for 3 years to be given 5 seconds of EU executive time?

Of course they rhink the EU is great!

8
0

Is uBeam the new Theranos?

Panicnow

Worlds best tranducer, Worlds best microphone

Yes, a microphone will harvest sound and a loud speaker will convert electrical energy to sound.. BUT for this to work uBeam would need to improve loudspeaker and and microphone technology by two orders of magnitude. Just being about to conver electrical energy to sound at 30% efficiency would be a big story!

4
0

US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

Panicnow

Quality over quantity

Both Trump and Brexit would reduce mass unselective migration, thus make selected migration EASIER!

Bad people take half a story and conflate it with their prejudices to create a monster that doesn't exist

0
2

Steelie Neelie Kroes joins Uber as competition advisor

Panicnow

Pay-off time

Amazing how Uber has been able to ignore the regulations EU companies have had to obey.

Oh, now its not so amazing.

Blair got paid-off £23m in has first year after being PM. In a period when Big business was rescued by tax payers money it seems

Can I be a regulator so I'm next in the queue!

2
0

Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

Panicnow

Fit for purpose

The the banking system totally fails to offer a reliable and secure payment system is a scandal.

To blame the users deserves retribution!

E.g. Barclays has just changed its on-line system. so that it now prompts the user to re-input the account number from what you typed in, not from the original document. Thus you confirm an error, rather than discover it.

1
0

Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

Panicnow

Removing the special treatment for eu

By far the biggest problem is getting visas for non-EU staff.

With the tidal wave of migration from EU under control. Recruitment from US Canada, India, Russia etc can restart on an equal footing to those still in the EU!

0
1

India's ‘Facebook ruling’ is another nail in the coffin of the MNO model

Panicnow

Saved from fragmentation

With having to have FreeView, Sky, BT et al to see all the video content, linking services to transport sucks!

Ironically Net neutrality SAVES MNO s not kill them. Just that they have to charge economic rates for a commodity business.

1
1

PBX phone system hacking nets crooks $50 million over four years

Panicnow

Telcos are money laundering too

Why are not the telco's being prosecuted for money laundering?

The money doesn’t, (or at least doesn’t need to) leave the Telco premium rate coffers until at least a month (judging by their terms of business). So they are plainly CHOOSING to transfer the money to a less reliable deposit holder.

A few CEOs in Jail would kill this problem stone dead!

2
0

US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

Panicnow

Possible compromise

How about allowing encryption, but it HAS to be signed by the author using a signature known by the state.

The law enforcement can then sue the author for the original, taking whatever inference they may if the author can't or won't

Carriers can refuse to transmit unsigned encrypted messages

I know there are lots of but-ifs in this, As there are with banned encryption or freedom to encrypt

0
0

Ofcom spent £10m in past 2 years desperately lobbing away sueballs

Panicnow

This isnt about "Bad Policy"

This is about rich companies being able to de-rail or at least delay ANY policy made by democratic process.

Many of the challenges are due to loss of sovereignty to Europe. I.e. our elected law maker can be over-riled by unelected European institutions.

As a UK business owner frequently "run-over" as a result of big corp successfully lobbying Euro institutions the sooner we get out the better

3
5

Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

Panicnow

Our politician should be deaf!No representation without Taxation

Why does the EU even allow off-shore companies to lobby OUR politicians. OUR politician are there to represent US! It was reported recently that Google was the largest EU lobbying spender. If this isn't corruption I don't know what it is!

Our politician should be deaf to these people!

3
0

The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

Panicnow
Mushroom

Good Riddance to Lewis Page

I note that Lewis Page has left the Register. I for one celebrate. His dishonest misrepresentations brought the Register into disrepute

7
17

BTC dev: 'Strangling' the blockchain will kill Bitcoin

Panicnow

Jump before Prison

Bitcoin is the current premier money laundering tech. It is only a matter of time before US authorities turn on it. Jumping now should keep Mr Hearn out of Chokey.

2
12

Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

Panicnow

Mothership Remote switch on

Handy in a hostage crisis ... and for blackmail

We've seen it on mobiles...

0
0

Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

Panicnow

Mesh not end-to-end

The question does not reflect Internet reality. The concept that a piece of traffic can maintain its identity across multiple networks is just wrong. A Service provider can provide differing connectivity to its network, size of pipe is a good example. But as soon as its is routed it is just a packet.

ISPs can now do "deep packet sniffing" to guess what type of traffic is being carried, the problem is some ISPs think(/have) they can extort money by choosing to alter that packets routing. E.g. introducing jitter to make streaming unpleasant.

There is nothing to stop a network provider from delivering an end to end solution that has wonderful characteristics, Indeed specialist networks exist for superfast trading.

Think of net neutrality as being a common minimum speed limit on motorways that ensures best flow for everyone,

1
0

UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

Panicnow

Re: Purpose

THose cuts were not managed well, As a party member, my house was turned off like the rest in my street. This way I can keep my power on while the riff-raff next door crowd around a candle

3
0

Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

Panicnow

Usenet

These young whipper-snappers, Usenet is a proper open messaging platform and it pre-dates the Internet!!!

Now if some smart open platform champion spread some love on Usenet, maybe a miracle could happen in the New Year!

Lets Wizpar it for now....

1
0

What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

Panicnow

Politician signing their own death warrant

It is only politicians that are worth snooping on. Look at how Gordon Brown got pilloried for buying Champagne a few ears ago, when his credit card account was hacked.

Apple, Google FaceBook can make dangerous associations between politicians (E.g. two mobiles in the same hotel room overnight) and then have power over them! I'm sure the current management of these august companies wouldn't stoop so low, but an unscrupulous policeman using these powers?

Us hoi poloi have little to worry about, apart from this type of abuse of our politicians!

0
0

Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

Panicnow

Re: History proves

You miss my point, With Clinton it was tried, and with Straus Khan it succeeded in removing him from his job. Funny how these things occur when the person "in-play" is seen as a problem, but left alone when they are toeing the line!

4
1
Panicnow

History proves

Look at Clinton, Straus Khan, Assange, and 20 other high profile people who were taken down through this mechanism. Add in the attempts and the ones that folded before its made public. No tin hat needed here, this one is true.

Now Facebook knows your whereabouts every second and can correlate your secret second phone to you. expect Facebook to be untouchable by politicians. ( Oh they already are)

8
18

Interoute gets green light for £402m Easynet gobble

Panicnow

Murdoch undervalued it x4

Sold it for 100m 5 years ago, and this sale doesn't include a good part of what Murdoch sold.

He never did understand Internet did he!

0
1

In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

Panicnow
Big Brother

Fearing the wrong party

Why does everyone trust the ISPs, Facebook at al with their life data? It has been repeatedly demonstrated that they are poor custodians. Ashley Madison is an excellent example of how that trust can be abused.

The politicians who are allowing these corporations to accumulate the power are the very ones who will be most at risk. I remember the scandal when Gordon Brown's Visa bill with Champagne from Oddbins was disclosed. Imagine what an unscrupulous employee, or exec could do, knowing where the President is by the minute. " So he did meet that terrorist to negotiate whilst claiming no negotiations" could easily lead to "Now Mr President, about the regulation of data centres..."

Its not that governments should have access, it that these corporations shouldn't have (and keep) the data in the first place!!!

Did you know that most messaging apps report to the server your location every time you send a message, which they store.

An Siri is now always listening...

Get your tIn foil hats now!

0
0

Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

Panicnow

No representation without taxation!

Surely, Corporations that little or no tax would never get a moment's attention from our law makers!

Or does party contributions $s count?

0
0

BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow

Panicnow

Kernel Bloat

With "VM" now the Kernel, the OS (e.g.Linux) is now in "tool-space" . Next logical step is to have direct user-space Docker-space calls for high performance operations.

(My last real coding work was using a <1Mb Unix sys5 kernel, which looks and feels like a VM container to me!) and with a 4MHz 68000 you NEVER copied when you could pass pointers!)

2
0

'Disruptive Innovation'? Take this theory and stuff it: MIT Profs

Panicnow

Re: They couldn't all just go out and start their own search engine.

Because their legal dept told them they had to obey the law!

Google didn't have a legal dept when it started!

Now <disruption> is break-the-law-big, so the politicos can't close the door!

Banks, Taxi, hotels, data protection, security, you name it, the <disrupters> ignore the <local> law

2
1

UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

Panicnow

Universities can't do training, they just do "Education"

The sooner we create new training institutions the better! 'cos what comes out of University is not fit for purpose, from an employers perspective

3
10

Blood-crazy climate mosquitoes set to ground Santa's reindeer

Panicnow
Flame

mind-controlling parasitic wasps

They have certianly reached the Register offices!

3
1

TCP is a wire-centric protocol being forced to cut the cord, painfully

Panicnow
FAIL

Transmission Control Program!!

I know I am the only one to remember this, but the RFC for TCP names the protocol Transmission Control Program (protocol). Even Vint Cerf the author of the rfc gets this wrong.

( Go on, check the RFC!).

More seriously, one always has to watch Telco tinkering of protocols to make sure they are not removing net neutrality by other means.)

1
0

So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

Panicnow

Inequality

I'd put it down to the use of debt at consumer AND government level.

Once a borrower cannot repay their debt, the creditors have the debtor by the short and curlies.

Thus the creditors can choose whatever interest rate they like, using the threat that they will take all their money away from you and lend it to some other schmuk! So the Capitalist can capture all wealth creation for themselves without lifting a finger.

Look at how they totally subverted the democratic process in Greece for an example!

There is a way to get out of this problem, but it is for a brave government

1
0

UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

Panicnow

DAB ... now try DVB

a TV station in a box for a small community,,,

You wouldn't believe the expense and crap of doing business with arqiva!

1
0

Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

Panicnow

Goods not people!

The smart money should be on delivering goods. not people!

- Over 50% of urban journeys are delivery

- You can't kill the occupant

- Goods are more patient than people

- Goods are more robust than people

so:-

An autonomous locomotive that pulls a series of "pallet trailers" holding standardised "boxes"

A network of "shunting yards" to rationalise journeys.

The loco can disassemble a pallet and deliver to the door

(A bit like Victorian trains really!)

Making the goods train, low axle weight and just big enough to carry a standard pallet, means that two would fit side-by-side in a EU standard road-lane, and Road damage obeys a fourth power of axle-weight law!

5
0

Arctic ice returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

Panicnow
Flame

Lewis bias

I'll (and other should) pop at any journalist who consistently, over several years, cherry picks what he covers to provide an emphasis to his personal view. I.e. Not a reporter but a politician. Without a disclaimer that he IS cherry picking.

16
16

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017