* Posts by jb99

213 posts • joined 1 Aug 2012

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Google DeepMind 'learns' the London Underground map to find best route

jb99

Is that right?

>> Journeys which required seven-step traversals were accurately given to 99.8 per cent.

All the lines intersect with the jubilee line so why are more than 2 ever necessary?

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Even my basic smoke alrams are annoying

We have 4. They came with the house.

They are mains powered but have backup batteries.

I imagine the batteries last a couple of years but with 4 we end up with one of them chirping at us about every 3 months. Always at night... The old battery powered one I had used to last longer than these mains powered ones...

Also the power seems to occasionally flicker where I am about once a month. The lights imperceptably, occasionally enough to reboot a PC. But without fail it causes all of the smoke alarms to go off for a few seconds. Again, always at night.

These are modern, new alarms and they seem worse in every way than the one I had 10 years ago

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

jb99

This is good

This is a good thing.

It gives me a lot of confidence that mistakes that break the operating system are taken very seriously.

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

jb99

I'm sorry

But without a keyboard what is the point of this? It's just a poor games console

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

jb99

I wouldn't worry

I wouldn't worry about this.

THE EU project is falling apart, the EU won't exist in anything like it's current form in 10 years. The UK is just the first country to extract themselves from the failing mess

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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Nope

I won't be using ssl for things that don't need ssl.

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HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it

jb99

I don't understand....

The BBC headline says "UK tech firm swoops on HP software unit in £6.6bn deal"

But it seems to me that they've "acquired" the software unit but in turn are now controlled by HP who own 51% ... So this is really HP acquires UK tech firm (but makes them pay for it....)

Totally confused.

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

jb99

All I get from this

All I get from this is "use java and we'll take you to court".

So I won't be using java.

I might be wrong. I don't care.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

jb99

Wrong

Every other "prediction" by the losers who wanted to stay in has proven wrong.

This one will be too.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

jb99

Re: They have to be joking

I guess while they are implementing this, they are distracted from breaking anything else at least

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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

jb99

" having issues browsing,"

Um what? Does that mean their internet is broken? Sounds like they are saying people are having an issue with one function of an application that uses the internet for data.

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

jb99

>> If you have to rely on the Internet to feed your pet, you shouldn't have a pet.

I agree in general.

And if I go away for a few days I'll arrange someone to come feel the cat.

But if I'm away overnight or maybe a weekend occasionally, it's possible to leave enough food for the cat but *better* if it's not available to him all at once.

That doesn't require an internet connected device though, just a timer :)

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

jb99

Can someone calculate

Can someone calculate the power output of the engines on a typical 747

And compare it with the power generated by covering it with solar cells.

That should give some idea of the energy requirements and how far away they are.

That ignores the battery problem of course.

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

jb99

Oh no

Three weeks ago I had one beer in the week, two weeks ago I had two beers, last week I had four beers. I therefore confidently predict that based on this trend by the end of the year I'm going to be drinking at least a million beers a week based on that trend. By easter next year we're going to have to pave over large parts of the country to be able to brew enough beer for me.... By this time next year there is no known way to make that much beer.

I'm about as worried by this as I am by the article.

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

jb99

Re: It's not ok

Well true.

If they were a for profit medical research company I'd at least feel slightly better though that it wasn't going to be used in the future to put adverts for eye drops on my web pages...

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jb99

It's not ok

Giving personal medical information without permission to an *advertising company* is really not acceptable is it

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Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe... Who snuck in to attack Microsoft Edge?

jb99

This...

appears to be a hardware issue?

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

jb99

Question

How did it get to April 1st so quickly. I assume this is a wind-up?

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

jb99

They are not comparable.

You can't compare "sales" of windows and android.

One is an actual computer operating system. The other is a kind of phone. They are not the same thing.

You might as well say that cheese is more popular than windows because people eat cheese every week.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

jb99

What we need

What we need is a *simple* browser that does one thing, and that thing is render basic html. No scripting, no complex tag. it lets you read documents.

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

jb99

Ugh

Well I guess I'll switch to a better browser then as they couldn't seem to care less they broke this one. Goodbye chrome.

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

jb99

Seemed to work

I tried it. It seemed to work at marks and spencers.

I probably won't use it again unless I forget my wallet as the card was slightly quicker and easier

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

jb99

We already deal with this a bit

Although total memory loss isn't as common as TV would have you believe it does exist, and as far as we know we still treat the person as the original one even though in many respects they are not.

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Android Lollipop sucks at security, says researcher

jb99

What is the exploit here?

I'm struggling from reading this to understand what the issue is here.

The use installs an app. The app does what it was meant to.

Ok, the user installed an app that probably did something they didn't want it to but that's hardly android's fault.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

jb99

Re: Snake Oil

Yeah sounds hard. Might as well give up now.

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

jb99

Unicode is ruined.

They had one job, which was to assign a few extra characters into 16bit characters instead of 7 bit ascii so more languages could be supported, and they comprehensibly failed to do just that. Unicode is basically an unusable mess and I don't see why anyone supports it.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

jb99

The problem is there is nothing better.

Apple make microsoft look like saints, plus their stuff is mostly awful shiny useless tat.

Linux was a great alternative until the powers that be decided, microsoft style, to impose the steaming heap that is systemd on us, making all of the big distributions useless.

Basically there is no choice. Microsoft is awful but so is everything else so might as well use it.

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

jb99

Street lights

You don't turn lights on when someone is close, as many people have pointed out, that is unlikely to work. Instead you turn them off when there is no sign of anyone nearby.

Yes that won't work in a big city very well, but in a small residential area you might be able to turn the lights off for quite a few hours. It will still be irritating to people living in the houses though I suppose.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

jb99

Ugh more pointless stuff

Get rid of this ink stuff. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of this tablet and touchscreen stuff. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of these universal apps and the stuff related to them. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of the new start menu and all the new UI stuff. Nobody wants it.

Get rid of all the online junk. Nobody wants it.

Make it all much smaller and more reliable. Stop adding pointless junk. Ugh

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

jb99

Looked fun until...

It turns out to be a phone game with only the possibility of being a web game maybe.

Not a proper game.

Oh well

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Manchester 'wins' £10m to test talking bus stops

jb99

Re: Far more useful would be the time of the next bus... too often they just skip a few....

On the continent? They do in London too. Don't they everywhere?

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Now you can be tracked online by your email addy. Thanks, Google!

jb99

Re: @Theodore, Feelings.

Yes there would.

They'd just be way smaller companies which would be a good thing, and you might have to pay a small amount to purchase their services instead of them being the scumbags they are now.

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Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball

jb99

Re: Lovely marketing

That's because they fixed it *badly*.

We wanted secure, better WIN32 style APIs.

What we got were weird COM base functions doing part of what WIN32 used to do but badly.

And in additional a weird nasty user interface that nobody likes.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

jb99

Re: It's really simple

Mostly I just want something to read.

I'll see a book I like the look of and if it's maybe £5 or less I'll just buy it without thinking. If it's £7 or £10 I'll think hmm, I wonder what else I can get.

So doubling the price doesn't halve sales from me, they drop off a cliff at a certain price.

There are a few books/authors I'd buy whatever the price within reason, but they are a very small number of the ones I buy.

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Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

jb99

Ugh who cares about the power even a little bit?

"Come look at my new PC, it uses 10% less power than my old one!.

Yeah that's impressive,.

Intel, stop adding poinless stuff like graphics to the cpus which nobody wants. Stop going on about how low power they are and make them faster, or at least add a lot more cores. You seem to have lost the plot entirely.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

jb99

Cancelled my subscription.

It doesn't need to do _any_ of those things to play music to me. This is simply abuse.

Well they have one less subscriber now. I don't suppose they'll care.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

jb99

It appears to have ONE ethernet port. Well that's not going to make a very good router then is it? However it does have a "Trusted Platform Module" so that's ok.

What a crappy pointless device.

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Intel doubles its bounty for women and ethnic minorities

jb99

Well if this is true...I

Well if this is true I'll not be buying from intel any more if I can avoid it.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

jb99

Just one thing left to make it good

Get rid of the failed new user interface and API and instead concentrate on proper windows and we're good to go again :)

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

jb99

What?

This makes no sense.

It says you phone can be affected by *text* messages then talks about video?

Really? Is it text or is it video? Is this like someone types in a description of what they can see and sends that?

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

jb99

Oh well

"It is literally like the difference between your old Nokia phone and your iPhone.

Like most people I feel physically sick at the idea of even having to touch an iphone so this has put me right off.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

jb99

Still don't understand how this happened

Almost every single person when they saw windows 8 UI said that it was an utter disaster. Not just that they didn't like it, but that it was an unusable utter disaster. And not just the UI but all the missing functionality. I still don't understand how it got past early beta when the feedback was so utterly negative to all of it.

Even now the feedback is overwhelmingly to just abandon the new UI and the new "apps" and go back to how windows 7 worked. But they are still largely ignoring that even though they've managed to hide it all a bit.,

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

jb99

Good as far as it goes.

I'm still to be convinced that CO2 is the problem that it's being made out to be, and not just an excuse to tax us all.

But... assuming for a moment it is, this seems like a good practical step to helping with that.

It makes renewable energy and reducing the expensive peak time capacity needed a little bit easier. And its really good to see someone coming up with an actual step towards the solution rather than just demanding more taxes and laws.

Not sure how much it will help, and I'm not sure it's needed. But I approve of the idea :)

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Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

jb99

What is this?

I find this interesting. But I can't work out exactly what it is.

It presumably isn;t full windows on arm, but what exactly will it run? Is it like windows rt which may as well have been a different os entirely as it didn;t run win32 apps or is it in some form "proper" windows?

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

jb99

DNS like a lot of the internet has been increasing hijacked by corporations and governments.

Time to reinvent and re-architect it all properly using the current internet as a simple set of point to point connections to run it over.

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

jb99

Re: What?

Ok I see.

Doesn't sound all that useful to me then.

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jb99

What?

I have no understanding at all of this.

My phone already stays unlocked while I'm using it. It locks when I turn it off. It unlocks when I unlock it. It doesn't randomly lock itsself while I'm holding it. What am I missing?

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

jb99

Already switched back to windows.

It's a poor thing when windows appears a better choice than linux now. I never thought I'd see the day but there we are.

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China and Russia start again with this UN internet takeover bull****

jb99

New "internet"

I don't understand why us technical people haven't created a new network to replace the internet for the original purposes of the internet. Technical discussion, websites for information, not a glorified shopping and advertising and entertainment network. it could use the existing internet as a part of its transport layer... and keep the shopping and spam and advertising and TV on the old regulated internet.

I'm amazed this doesn't seem to have happened.

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