* Posts by MR J

202 posts • joined 22 Sep 2012


Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: I can believe it!

I changed out a power supply once in my work computer, when the IT guy found out he said it needed to be returned to how it was (broken) and then for me to file a repair request. I did as he suggested. A few days later the computer was collected, and a week or so after that they were unable to find the fault or funding to fix the unit, so I had to wait for them to order a new unit for the sales team, and for the sales computer to be formatted and have the os loaded again. All in all it took them about two weeks and then about 6 months more to request the specific software I had to use. Sadly the old software could not be recovered due to the machine non working.

Yes, sometimes users cause problems. Sometimes power-hungry idiotic IT departments are worse.

None of our computers had CD drives either, so once when the IT department put the service CD in the network drive for us, we copied the whole thing over to our computers. Life was so great. We all received a formal warning for that, as the IT department had not deemed it allowable. They deleted all stored PDF files we had and locked the service CD in the safe. To get a document off of it we had to file a request AND wait for the network CD drive to not be in use. I think at the time the CD cost £12 to buy (Early 2000's). When the IT manager went on vacation we had no access to PDF documents, but there was a warehouse down the road that would photocopy paper documents for us to use :/….

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine


Re: "Shall I ship it to you home address sir?"

If delivery groups could offer a good service there wouldn't ever be a need to tell a lie about where you need/want something delivered.

A few weeks ago the royal mail guy (or gal) gave up on my street, stuck EVERYTHING through my door. I had like the remaining 9 homes on my street and the first 4 on the next street....

DX (Delivered Exactly LOL) sent me a text to say my delivery should be with me tomorrow, please be at the property between 6am and 8pm with valid identification. To be fair, it was exactly delivered in the time they gave me, I am just glad they didn't say between November 1st and November 30th.

And then I know a guy who moved like 9 years ago, and the council, BT, his pension provider, and lots of other people still send stuff to the wrong address. I can only guess it's because his post code hasn't changed so phone/office staff just look at the postcode and throw the sheet away thinking it's been done.

Then there was the time someone else used OUR phone number to sign up to Sky... Because we didn't know the persons name, address, sky account number, security details, or anything, they refused to remove our phone number from the account. Funny thing was, they were willing to upgrade packages for me - without needing to pass a security check.

So lets not just blame customers for the failings of big business and how it makes them do things.

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case


That's because the prices now include non-refunded VAT. ;)

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


Re: And all we can do...

Me and 4 pals had an argument on if curry was the best take-out food to get. We decided to find out what the best take-out food was by voting.

Me - Curry

Bob - Pizza

Jim - Enchilada with Beans

Sam - Curry

Ray - Fried Chicken

Tim - Fish and Chips

Our testing led us to the startling conclusion that Curry is obviously not the best take-out food one could get. Only 40% of people were happy with Curry.

Since then we have never had another meal together, because they think I am a Curriestie.

Brexit is the same, numbers are bounced around the pro-Brexit papers but roughly...

48% remain, 26% No-Deal, 13% Canadian-Style deal, 13% Norway-Style deal.

Soooo, Yea, your correct, the UK has opted not to remain. Clearly a win.

$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs


Re: And the pollies let it happen.

Some Americans view bankruptcy as a form of economic gain.

I have known people who go bankrupt every 8 or so years. The key thing is to work your finances and finical security in such a way that you don't need to live off of credit. The American system fails because it allows people who are older with good pay to build up credit really fast even if it is clear that they were previously bankrupt.

Trump is one of these such people. His team has gone one step above however. They would push out payments to those (small non-Chinese) suppliers/builders who they owe money to in such a slow drip feed and tie up what was owed with legal paperwork. Those suppliers would go bankrupt, and then that debt would never be chased again.

What is also highly laughable is that the losses that allow trump to not pay tax was likely all based off of foreign loans to build US buildings. So he pays no tax in the US due to defaulting on Foreign loans.

Protectionism is bad, he is not the first person to try this hard for it. Some people benefit, those being protected, but everyone else has to pay the cost. Yes you can save jobs mining coal - at the expense of the solar industry. Yes you can bring back car manufacturing jobs - at the expense of car company profit, final product cost, and a larger risk to the finance sector. Protectionism is bad, but if it helps you then you like it.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey


Last year I was visiting my mother and needed a part for her gas furnace. I finally found a supplier.

Solar Supply, they only deal with plumbing / hvac ..

I was gutted really, was looking forward to talking to someone about solar pv/hw.

And I agree with the study, most people really dont know the difference, the terminology to me is wrong anyhow as even 2g phones could really be "fibre".

Sadly even BT struggles with this... I tried in vain one day for HOURS to get the staff on the phone to understand that I would like a quote for Fibre to be installed. FTTPoD to me shouldnt be confused with VDSL by the providers, but the fact that it is means that there is no way the average punter will know the difference.

Previously the ASA agreed that basic consumers were far too dumb to understand Hybrid-Fibre as a option, as such "Fibre" was okay to use as a marketing term. It's time (past time really) that this idea gets quashed so we can actually see who sells "Fibre" and who sells "HF Cable/DSL".

UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on


So taxpayer money getting dished out to people who are overpaid and underdeliver.

What is this story about?... It should be changed to "Just another Day in the good ole UK"

I have seen this same type of problem with Recycling, the Tax Man, NHS, Universal Credit (LOL), the "Charity" groups that councils set up so they can subcontract things out without scrutiny, and so many other things that it's just laughable.

This is not a "IT" or "Tech" related issue, it's more along the lines of corruption or incompetence across all sectors of government.

At least they are not asking us to install some sort of smart meters at our house for electricity that has cost us £28 million each to install so far... Oh wait.

UK.gov: We're not regulating driverless vehicles until others do



Guess they are going to wait until the EU rules come out as those will be required for us too.

Oh Wait.....

Independent - But only when you want to be.

More power to UK, say 'leccy vehicle makers. Seriously, they need it


Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution

How often do you go see your son in Norfolk?

There are a few rapid chargers on the way there, a few there, and since you cant park at his house then you might as well pick a lot that has charging facilities.

I hear this argument all the time.. "But It will not get me where I want to go", and then you ask the question about where they want to go and how often with the reply from them "Far away, once or twice a year, but haven't been in three years".

I think it's been thought out quite well. If you (like most car drivers) reside near where you work then it's worth it, If you are too far out then it is not worth it. Why should the 90% of potential electric car owners need to pay triple the price just so you can go see your son a couple of times a year?

I have known plenty of people who had cars with dual fuel tanks in them, 500+ miles of range (larger vehicles) and they could still manage to run out of fuel. If it's not good for you don't buy it. The biggest problem I found with our electric car was that some plonker in a large luxury sedan would use the charging bays to park in thus making it difficult to charge. Perhaps we should start giving fixed penalties for those drivers and use the funds to fix this poorly thought out thing you imagine?

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband


Need "Unlimited" - with limits.

Really what they need here is a plan that is "unlimited" and offers a fixed connection, but you can buy packages to get "limited" data at higher speeds.

Our home uses 1-1.5tb every month, and virtually all of that is streaming services. TMobile used to offer unlimited data at 6 months for £20... Once you passed a threshold it slowed down, but it was great for still checking emails and having basic connectivity when you need it.

Far too many users need to buy packages that they rarely use, and far too many others need to pay HUGE penalties for using data that is not included in their plan.

Wish you could log into someone's Netgear box without a password? Summon a &genie=1


Simple answer, They dont care.

I found a serious exploit that allowed someone on the WAN side to fetch the router password and enable remote login. You used a simple URL fetch from pointed at the router, the router forwarded you to the Netgear website and would add a query line that included the information you needed to get the password. As it was a "Major" feature of all Routers they said they couldn't fix it.

I tested on all Netgear products I had at the time (WNDR 3700, 4000, 4500) and a couple of other units. I also reached out about a year after I reported it and others replied that it was still there on other units. To date no firmware fix has been rolled out.

June 6 2014 - Issue reported

July 12 2014 - Netgear confirm the issue exist.

July 15 2014 - Case attempted to close - I asked why

July 17 2014 - Netgear tell me that these cases will close and reopen if a fix is found.

February 10 2018 - Still not heard back, It's still there too......

I did however speak to someone who deals with non-released hardware, and can confirm that no new hardware has this existing flaw. It's easy to fix - but super easy to exploit (all you need is a web browser!) so perhaps when all of their "Older" gear is gone then this exploit will be gone.

Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition


Kids Today eh...

They need an app to keep their social media images from being able to be tagged as them, that way others might not see that image.

If only there was some other way to keep images from getting into the online world, life would be better.

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020


Re: "When it's political, technology cannot do anything."

Manipulation of Idiots and Reasoning of Politicians are not really the same thing... Close, but not the same thing.


Re: Not sure about Office?

Worse for my kids school.

They use a music application that cost about $600 and is several versions behind, the new versions refuse to export to the old version so the school will only let you work with that old version or none at all (so I picked none at all). I am not paying that amount of money for my kid to use a non-supported program at home.

Then, like you say, office. Well currently the kids can get it free (but that's because the school is paying out the nose for services), but the IT department in my kids school, nearly 1k children, didn't know that the children could get it free. I only discovered it when I argued to get access to the children's school mail so they could do some work at home, the "option" is not in a great place but it is there. Funny part is that the school is using older versions of office, and they want all parents to buy the older versions so the kids can work from home!... Laughable that they are paying the cost of office for all the kids and themselves, but not using it at all.

I tried for years to get their earlier school to move to PDF files instead of Publisher 2003, they found it confusing that so many parents couldn't open an email with a publisher 2003 file - it was sad they didn't understand.

Too many people use ONLY windows, and ONLY Internet Explorer. You deviate away from that and they say they are unhappy or feel that things are not good. Schools get kids to do everything in windows-only environments and that feeds through until they are young adults. There comes a point when the children are unhappy to do anything that doesn't work on a windows machine, because that's all that they know.

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto


4 Years ago in a land far far away.

Some Netgear rep got an email from me detailing an exploit that new firmware was making on old units.

They tested inhouse and found that the routers were indeed left open (on WAN SIDE) to anyone visiting a crafted URL and fetching the router Login details Name, Password. It was possible to fully hijack the router via the WAN side without issue.

Netgear said that it's nothing to worry about as people buying NEW hardware would not suffer the same problem, thus as people upgrade the exploit will disappear.

This "Problem" will be exactly the same, If the hardware is more than 2-3 years old then a fix will never come via the manufactures.

The exploit for these old routers still exist to this day - even after multiple firmware updates on some units.

Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck


Re: Well, electric cars are much simpler...

It doesn't matter, he will be the first producer to use a Digital Car motor.

EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade


Takeoff/Landing vs Cruising

With super capacitors and batteries being installed in planes, wouldn't this allow a lot of the engine weight to be transferred out.

Imagine the fuel and engine weight you save on takeoff, it will be huge, but will cruising weight be a lot higher?

I would say the upshot to this being made now is that as battery density (and/or wireless energy transfer gets more efficient) then range will increase without the need to hugely change the designs.

Others say what about battery going flat, well, I have to wonder if the thing would still be okay landing without too much issues. I would imagine that you could recharge the caps (or battery) while slowing down, giving you the power needed to actually control the landing.

I cant see jet fuel going away any time soon, but I can imagine tons of hybrid builds coming along, and since this is not a car we are talking about then it should be a lot easier to get working than it has been for the auto industry.

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


Does the price show the total install cost, or the difference between regular meters and smart ones?

I have a recalled (Due to risk of explosion and fire!) gas regulator fitted to my meter outside my house and they refuse to replace it stating that it will get replaced once I get my smart meter. So logically that means to me that some of the smart meter cost are also the regular meter cost with some sweetener on top.

I view it much in the same way that Solar Panels, and the way the Home Car Charge Point Subsidy was made. Every time the Subsidies were driven down, the install cost followed to match. They use regulation to install over the counter proven solutions - with HUGE markups. I think my charge point cost £150, but now that the subsidy has gone UP (Why???) the charge points are now £375 again (exact price of the subsidy!)

Smart Meters are good I think, because there are too many non-smart consumers out there. I am the only person on my street who reads and reports their own meter data, most people I know let the people who come around do it - for the rest of the time the bill is estimated. I am not sure how much a meter reader cost (14k/year, so 40-50p per house just for wages) but you could now take a reading every month so that saves over £6 per home per year, it also means switching providers "SHOULD" be a breeze.

Personally I like them, but I think that from top to bottom too many large companies are looking to fleece the gov (ultimately the people) and it just needs to stop until a reliable product at a normal price is out there.

Another thing that irks me a lot is that I cant actually download the usage from my units, only my provider can do that. So if I want to get a hourly usage chart, I would need to build my own smart meter and that would cost me nearly £35...

What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?


Re: Getting closer.

Seeing how I am more of a heavy user than most people I know, and my disk usage is around 120 GB for Games and 120 GB for everything else... then 1 TB is probably not something most people need.

I do have about 1.5 TB of ripped DVD's and CD's, but those are on a network drive that virtually never gets used... Cloud storage (CD's are in FLAC, but saved online as high-enough quality MP3) means that my old ripped files are of little use. Online streaming means I can watch "HD" quality films/shows of much of what I own in DVD Quality, so those ripped DVD's are of little use these days either.

Also.... If your using a program that needs 1 TB of storage, then you probably have high end storage solutions and deep pockets to boot.

The only people I have ever met that would need tons and tons of storage are people that download illegal software/media.

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


No GPS is better than BAD GPS.

Lets take a bloody stand here.

If GPS is bad and making us be hundreds of meters off target, then we should just dump GPS fully.

Seems to work for everything else.

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist


We used to do work for a water plant and had the same thing.

The drawings for the plant indicated a controller that would use a 0-20ma input. The measurement equipment was specified to use 4-20ma output. The plant technicians could not understand why the controller was wrong when the tank was empty. My employer had sent the high paid tech's on that site job a untold number of times and every time the measurement equipment was tested to be 100% okay. Sadly none of the tech's we had actually understood the whole loop or why the customer couldn't ever get a "empty" reading on the tank. One day one of the tech's had a stomach bug so I picked up the phone call, they described the problem and after about an hour of phone support I said that it looks like the controller isn't calibrated correctly when it see's 4ma, the reply from them was that it was set to 0...

Same as the Dell guy the post is about, I got a warning because I didn't book it as a site visit or unit repair/replacement. The customer never had that problem again, they asked for me by name the next time they called but the business refused to let them talk to me as I was a lowly bench tech, they never put me on the phones again either lol...

Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride


Re: It's all well and good...

You wouldn't need a complete vac.

I cant see the airlocks being an issue at all... Probably the worst issue will be the time involved in getting a seal either on the doors of the train, or of the section of tunnel itself.. Once the whole thing has pressure removed then it shouldn't be that difficult to keep the pressure out..

There is plenty of evidence that it is possible. Schools used to seal a tube with a feather inside and you could watch it fall quickly due to the lack of resistance. As to it being viable... Who knows, I don't see it happening for a long time. I see it being more useful for things like small freight shipping, but I think It would be too expensive for that. I am glad someone is at least toying with the idea, if it will happen in my life is another story, but at least someone is toying with the idea.


Tech came before Elon

The ideas of VacTrains came over 100 years ago. Electric cars are nearly 200 years old.

I love that the supporting tech has finally developed enough to make some of this stuff reality, and I am glad someone is willing to put money into these things, but we really shouldn't credit Musk with inventing these wonderful ideas.

Magrail + Vactube + strong_and_superlightweight_materials = Orbital Ring.

Once the tech catches up then we could see such a thing in the sky, but it's not so much "Musk" or the first person to finance it who is the visionary, it is the fact that times have moved on and someone had enough money to piss away on the idea.

It wouldn't be wise to build this in the UK. Take the actual cost, then double it... Add in local NIMBYS who make it take longer and double the cost again... Election coming up - hold off on all work but make it look like the other side is stalling the work, try to get people to elect you so you can get it built... These delays w ill probably only Double the cost again... Wait, after all these delays some ministers son now owns land, patents, and the only uk production rights to some specific components needed for it to be produced in the UK, tack on another 10%...

Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc


Re: I suspect that ...

"Probably not until politicians go boldly forth !"

Hopefully someone will forget to install any when they go.

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted


Doubt 480v

With a industrial electrical background I can say that only a fool would have a system that could in any way "combine" in series to supply 480v.

It doesn't seem logical either, because for that to happen the systems would need to be in series to begin with, that just seems highly unlikely, only someone who doesn't understand the basics of electricity would do something like that.

What I see more likely to have taken place was a failure of the generator / battery system and someone instead throwing mains feeds straight into the barn. The load is excessive and the voltage being so far out causes some of the supply units to go pop or for breakers to even get thrown off again, they cycle the power again trying to fix the issue but it doesn't help. Hook up enough smps units and try to power them all at once on a leg that cant support the starting current and you will see it happen every time!..

Inrush current of 100 amps for one computer is bad, about 20x max load, so if you imagine this in a data center with some fool turning everything on at once, melted lines and dead equipment does seem possible.

BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit


You are probably correct. More likely they will give themselves a bonus for finding a way to drain money from others.

My wife's "Final Salary" pension was frozen in 2008 to her then salary and locked to the lowest of 2%, inflation, or her pay increase. Then her pay was essentially frozen. So her "Final Salary" is about 27% lower than what it was in 2008 (and she's had to keep her contributions up for that!).

The only way around some of these things is to exit work, and start claiming the pension - so it gets protection.

The pension gap is quite simple, when the markets crashed far too much of the pension pots were invested. Then those investments were sold off for peanuts and the pots ran dry. Seeing that the pensions could no longer be afforded new members were not allowed to join - thus no new money went in!... So now it is a bit like everyone living off of savings. Prior to the 2000's it was more like everyone living off of interest with a new cheque being put into the bank every month. BT should make it all good for all of the staff - end of.

America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'


Border Control

In the USA you don't need to go through scanners when going through Border Control. At least, not unless the airports I fly into have changed in the past 2-3 years.

If your going on a connecting flight you will need to go through scanners again (and some border control points do have connecting and exiting passengers going through the same doors - thus a need to scan!) and a few airports require you to scan again at every terminal. I seem to think I had to be checked 3 times once in a Texas airport.

I wore some hiking shoes by accident last year when flying to the USA, they had steel support in them (I didn't know) so it set off all the alarms. We did everything short of de-robing at the gates and it finished off with some guy touching me all over. I said ... If a body scanner, chemical swipe test, hand metallic scanner, and walk through metal detector all failed - why should I feel safe... He looked at me with utter confusion, that's what the rubdown is for... I said most people don't get the rubdown - so they could have all sorts of stuff as the scanners are crap right?... He told me to leave the area as there were others waiting to get touched.

Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine



I use VoIP too, (Quality is not great on Virgin Media), and got DID numbers, I often get phone calls from the scam nuisance variety that this type of company was making.

I don't think that it is targeted for specific carrier blocks (Unless it is a targeted scam against a specific carriers customers, like TalkTalk) but they generally go for every "geographic" type of number that is out there.

My DID number for the USA gets the odd scam call too, totally different type of stuff on that than the UK one.

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd


Re: need? really?

I know this topic is a couple of weeks old, but your post is the exact reason why IPv6 is not getting deployed.

Morons are in charge.

"I would think ISPs will deploy carrier grade NAT before they deploy IPv6 to the end user"

That statement right there shows that you lack understanding that the user cant reach the web services running on IPv6.

CGNat does nothing to help users gain access to IPv6 ONLY services that exist on the internet.

CGNat ONLY allows a ISP to use a IPv4 addy between users... Virgin Media have said the same idiotic statement that you said.

US ATM fraud surges despite EMV


It probably has more to do with who has to pay for losses on the fraud.

In Europe the consumer has had near 100% protection for a long time, in the US the consumer could often spend weeks getting compensation back and having other types of issues.

That is, The US didn't see it as harming business so that makes it a positive.

The local news company ran a story last year when the chip became common, they asked all local people in their coverage area to contact the banks and request NOT to receive one of these cards because fraud was worse on a chip card rather than a swipe card. The "Fraud" they spoke about was that once someone had your card AND your pin that they could purchase things without you knowing about it. This type of "Fraud" was happening because low and behold criminals were going through the phone book saying "Hi, We are your bank, you just received a new chip and pin card but it is faulty, can you come meet us at the local liquor store, bring your pin, we will then order you a new one." Seems enough people were doing it that they deemed "Chip and PIN" to be a fraud risk.

Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam


Re: Hmmm

Unsubsidised wind power will never be cheaper than SUBSIDISED COAL power.

Some data shows wind power to be about half the cost of coal power (Unsubsidised vs Unsubsidised).

The $30/MWh savings don't provide enough to add in the cost of grid scale capacity storage, but hopefully this will be added in the future to reflect an "actual" cost of variable energy sources like Tidal/Wind/Solar.

I come from the deep south in the US and can tell you that there is a distrust for "Solar" power and off-grid storage. I have seen hundreds of acres of land get killed by injection well water dumping and too many water wells start pumping ungodly nasty water once shale extraction started. Coal is, from what I have read, worse than natural gas extraction. The "Damage" that those sites put out usually has the cost passed down to the residents and they are just expected to cope with it (since the extraction brings wealth to the people working in that sector).

If we were to count total cost of Coal or Gas vs Solar or Wind (Including all construction damage both direct and indirect) then Solar and Wind win out big style. Nuclear (I have no objections to) has pitfalls too, but other than accidents (super rare) and long term waste storage it seems to be "cleaner".

Lets dump ALL subsidies and see what sectors win out.

Check out this PDF.


Full Disclaimer, I own about 40 acres of land used for shale gas production.

BT's Openreach to hire 1,500 engineers


Re: Will they stop sabotaging competitors lines?

Not sure, I thought that they were allowed to work at the street level with their own staff?

One thing must be seen from this however, those jobs had work that was obviously getting done somewhere else, so that is probably a freebie that Open Reach was doing for them!

In my area Kelly Communications seems to work for Open Reach, Virgin Media, and all of the other Telcos too.

Perhaps BT is wanting to have their own staff to do commissioning and service calls. What irks me is that telcos (SkyBroadband from experience, and I most others too) tend to ask customers "Have you restarted it" and customers just say "Yes"... The fact is that a lot of customers find even that step a bit confusing, but when your tech staff on the phone and it says that the device has been connected for 87 days, then you should be smart enough to know the customer hasn't actually restarted it. I know a few people who have paid a large service charge just for some tech to turn up and reboot their modem. I simply say unplug it and plug it back in at the mains and everyone is surprised that there is such a large callout fee. BT probably doesn't want to let this go.

Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away


Lets call it by its real name.

Lenovo Moto Z

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet


Probably more like users using a search string with lots of variables.

You can google "Cat Yawning" all day long and never trigger anything.

Search a specific site or database for five or six specific strings and Google will soon flag you.

As for them asking how to do OHS, I wouldn't put it past some of the doctors.

I know a doctor who used 5 clips on 2 aneurisms, he has no idea why the extras were used, he has a video of it and cant figure it out. After he had a few more mysterious brain surgeries he decided to become a spinal surgeon. After seeing some issues with that he now writes prescriptions for pain meds instead - and so far all of his clients, err patients are happy.

Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump


Re: I call BS

I cant see North Korea ever nuking anyone.

As long as they can make a mushroom out in the ocean that's large enough for their own people to see then that's enough. They are totally closed off and as long as they can tell their own people that there is a war that's being won - then everything is okay. There need not be an actual war.

Before the USSR was broken then the same type of system was in place. I think the highest risk from USSR was probably the years directly after the collapse. But that's just me. I cant see Russia going to war directly against the USA BUT.... War is great for business, great for making money, great for growing an economy. Someone will not be on the winning side of that - Can you imagine of the oddballs out there now what two world leaders would seek to go to war with other parts of the world just to grow their own economy. The USA (Trump) is taking steps to stop Muslims entering the USA, to economically destabilize China, Canada, and Mexico, they are looking to step away from any "Environmentally Friendly" policies. Putin "hello Crimea" has taken similar steps of his own. Now that the US is going to shun Canada and Mexico you have to wonder if Russia and China might step in to have them pulled into the BRICS. So now, The Pals Russia and USA are going to be at odds... Mexico moving towards the BRICS would be just like NATO moving into Crimea.

People should bear in mind that this "clock" as such is not like a normal "clock"... It can move in both directions - AND - just because it moves close to something doesn't mean it will move directly to midnight. I think that the "Risk" are there and are higher than ever. Tensions are high across much of the world, and this time it is not just the small deprived areas, it is the top parts of the world (North America, Europe). So yea, If the population sit back then I could see some bad mojo happening.

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?


Prepare For Third WW

Acquire the Following.

Salted Pork.

Satellite Phone.

Wind-Up usb charger + Tablet + MP4 Pron.

Moar Salted Pork.


Potassium Iodine Tablets.

Spare Shovel.

Can Opener.

Knife or Scissors.

Fire Starting Kit.

A copy of Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Database_download

Some Tinsel.

500,000 gallons of water.

yet more Salted Pork.



Tabasco Sauce.

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce


Fraud is the issue

The USA would have plenty of money if they could reduce the amount of fraud that takes place.

I know a guy (he is related to me) that does work on schools, jails, courthouses and other government buildings. He wins nearly every contract he goes for because he is so cheap. On paper his business has 0 staff members, loads and loads of property (that sometimes gets left behind when buildings flood or fall in), and he works jobs privately as well. They pay no tax at all AND claim money back for himself (he is disabled) and his two children.

You think to yourself that such people couldn't get away with doing such things... But the only time I know it was questioned was when the guy who questioned it ended up getting a nice extension on his home for free (using surplus materials).

I also know a small lumber mill that used to use all Mexican workers paid only in Cash. He did get shut down once - but only once.. All of his "staff" were deported and a few months later he was up and running again. "American Made" Lumber, no tax, staff paying no income tax. He has shut the business now but the problem was not the "Illegal Workers", it was the "Illegal Employment" offered by the owner.

Within the USA (from the area I used to live at least) corruption is so high that moving everything back to the USA would be a horrible idea. I know business that allow people to trade their food cards for booze or tobacco (gas stations that sell more milk in a day than gas, should raise eyebrows, but NOPE). I know people in the IT industry who move money away just so the can claim benefits... Earn 600k one year and pay no tax PLUS get money back for the care of your kids... Really?..

If someone wants to make American great again they would either move all tax to 0% (and find some way to get revenue from products) or tackle all of the fraud that takes place. When Trump pushes to get things moved back to the USA it will only end with huge subsidies being given to large multi-nationals. The markets are going to move great. Right now American growth is about to go through the roof, but the typical person in the USA has little hope of being any better off.

Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant


I find it difficult to believe that there were 3 separate faults from two manufactures that all resulted in the phones catching fire. A single point of failure is a bad thing, but they are saying that there were 3 major (life in danger) errors that shipped with these phones.

Had they listed one single major problem then I would agree with the report. To me it sounds like they asked 700 really smart people to find a way to deflect blame away from the phone and onto the batteries.

Problems can and do happen, and sometimes they take years to be known. The problems they listed here should have been caught, and really the fact that there are 3 separate problems with Samsung saying they are happy to keep using the same suppliers... Yea, doesn't bode well for the truth that.

I worked for a company that made high-precision measurement equipment, a whole line of our gear was faulty. The solution was for us to tell the customer that it was in spec when they purchased it and the problem must be somewhere in their own systems. I tested 100% of our kit one day and it all failed (nearly lost my job), but they did eventually fix it (Faulty master measurement kit in Germany, every product for years that came out was actually failed spec). After I did that they still didn't admit there was a fault, we just slowly and quietly replaced the ones that were returned. It's not like they were used in a nuke power plant or anything - err, yea they were...

To this day I think they still blame the customer and don't admit that there was ever a problem.

Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke


Re: Odd belief

The parking brake is intended to be something that is hard-wired in the event that everything else has failed. That's why even though you have pneumatic, electronic, and hydraulic brake systems you still get a "emergency" wire fed brake.

The Nissan Leaf has one, and I am sure that the Bolt will as well. I would even guess that it is a legal requirement to have such a thing.

A bigger question could be "if" the "(P)ark" function on electric cars is able to cope with the stress of a brake, I would guess no.

I think the wife backed into the stuff in the shed and is trying to get out of it.

One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers


Re: The Forbes article on this suit

The thing is that buying a $40 droid phone every 6 months that does everything you want is okay.

Buying a $600 iPhone means you want to hold it for a few years if you can - so you can feel you have some value for money.

Where it becomes fair under FRAND is if a 256GB iPhone incurs one charge while a 256GB Droid incurs a different charge.

If they were seeking to charge EVERYONE based on the value of the finished product (or a specific set of features) then it is non-discriminatory and as such is okay.

Under FRAND Apple would need to show that Qualcomm was seeking to disadvantage one supplier or the other. And I think more specifically FRAND has to do more with the "Terms" than the "Pricing" anyhow. That is, everyone should have to follow the same licence restrictions.

Perhaps if Apple, Samsung, Nokia, and other handset designers out there would have been giving some praise to the origins of their systems then there would be more love in the world.

The Argument from apple is that Qualcomm has not provided the innovation that they are paying for, Apple is saying that THEY are the ones who should own the patents to all of this stuff - thus they (Apple) are paying QC for things that (Apple) invented. That is why it's not going to a Patent Troll state. Because Apple doesn't want a state that sides with patent holders!..


""For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few""

Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain


Re: Sigh

Most of these things do tend to be white elephants, most emerging tech has started that way hasn't it?.

I personally cant see it ever becoming mainstream until the cost of maglev construction comes down, no doubt that the vac chamber (how much of a vac does it need?) will be complicated and expensive to build, but other than it breaking or seals needing replacing then I cant see maintenance being THAT expensive.

My guess is that once Maglev becomes common, then vac maglev will follow, but not until Maglev becomes common.


They have probably thought about cooling the thing a lot more than you can imagine. If it's inside a vac sealed system then regular A/C will not work so I am sure there must be some fancy way of keeping things cool. And the tubes themselves will probably be coated in things to make the sunshine not that much of an issue.

I do agree that we are not that likely to see this in much of the US because of... yea, the US...

If it's not crazy people shooting it, or other crazy people shining lasers at it, then it will be someone like greyhound lobbying to stop this job killing environmental damaging kick in the teeth to regular Americans train!

South Korea has a good record of setting a goal and pushing it out, I can see them doing it.

Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures


Actually this is a good point.

I think that a lot of systems might lock onto about what, 8? sources. But lets assume it only tracks perhaps 5.

How many of those 5 could be wrong, and how far off would the offset be?.

I am fairly sure data is regularly thrown out anyhow because it doesn't fit the standard of the other averages, it would still be interesting to know what type of issues it could cause.

Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff


To be honest the updraft there is so strong that it could be hard to step over the edge. The tower at the top has a large stone area in the front, and my kids got thrown about 20ft by a large gust of wind.

If people read that as a sign to jump then they probably see sign's everywhere to do dumb stuff to end it.

"The red light is out on that traffic light, they want me to keep going, I should just keep going."

"That bird just flew past me, he wants to eat my eyes when I am dead, He thinks I am about to Kill myself, The bird told me."

"I am unhappy with my life, I am going to end it by voting for Donald Trump or Brexit, oh crap, My vote won, People want to kill me now, HELP I DONT WANT TO DIE"

Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales


Re: The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.

I know a major bank that still uses XP in house. It is not that they don't want W10 and prefer what they have, Its that they don't want to "skill" their users to use new things. The same major bank suggest using IE 9 or IE 10 with Java for their external VPN connections.

And yea, I agree that computer speed has stagnated over the past 7 or so years, I own an i7-860 (2009) build that wouldn't get all that much better by upgrading.

If I was a business or a new user then I wouldn't buy my pc to stick in SSD's, I would go with the newest tech just because it should save a few hundred £/$/€ a year on running cost.

Does intel need to get fast, I don't think so. So many users are happy now that I cant see AMD/Intel looking to do much more than aim for efficiency gains. The time of Transmeta is now, they were just 15 years too early ;P.

Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard


Why Bad?

The item topic seems to suggest this idea was bad, why?

I know that in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico balloons are released daily to provide internet access to oil rigs. The idea of net from the sky seems to work, and if there were enough of these planes flying around then it could give a huge boost to areas that cant get internet.

My mother lives in an area where there is no DSL coverage, no Cellphone Coverage, no Wireless Internet, and Dial-Up internet incurs a "Data-Usage" charge from the telco (Bellsouth/AT&T) regardless of whom you pick (and there is not much in the way of that any more either!).

Other than the HUGE cost, and probably tedious regulatory hurdles, why is this such a bad idea?...

Perhaps the tech (solar panels, battery storage, light materials of the plane AND electronic equipment) is not quite there, if so then I can see why this may not be a viable "now" idea, but shorely that's what this business was in part looking to design around?

What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked


I don't honestly see why anyone would want to steal this thing.

Perhaps Day Traders who sit at Starbucks with their Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet'N Low and One Nutrasweet, and Ice.

And 3 4k screens. If there was anything impressive in the unit it would have been the video card(s).

Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone



Seeing how much free advertising the BBC has given Apple over the years I doubt they will care.

And lets be honest here, the guy is kinda correct. We didn't just go from a dumb phone to a smart phone, there was a gradual move towards it as processing power was able to be increased and electronic packages made smaller. Had we gone from the old brick phones straight to an iPhone then I would agree that they owned something like TNT.

Did Apple design the iPhone - Yes, of course.

Did Apple invent the Smart Phone - Nope.

IBM had a touch screen "smart" phone in 1992 that had a square screen with rounded corners.

What Apple did was put it into a great package with a great store behind it and they made sure it worked - and worked well. I personally am not fond of Apple due to the huge price premium they demand and overly locked down ecosystems, but I will admit it was a wonderful product Design.

CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers


From Google.....

Some call it snow cream, fluff ice, milk fluff or milk snow. In Taiwanese, it's xue hua bing, which literally translates to "snow flower" (a.k.a. snowflake) ice. Whatever you call it, you will rejoice at the cool surprise of Taiwanese shaved ice.

In all Fairness...

Dyson can sell "Digital" motors, so why cant those guys sell "Digital" ice?

FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him


Re: Fighting Child Porn Like Fighting Drugs

The problem is that a lot of these images could be hanging around now for 50 years or more. That would mean that the "creator" would probably be well past their 70's.

I would guess that content creation is quite low these days, so it is much easier to fight against those who consume this type of stuff and HOPE that someone who might be considering making content or even viewing it thinks to themselves "I am going to get caught".

It would be like taking down a drug baron. If you take down one guy that runs 20% of the US snort powder... The news can report about 1 guy... So if your a user you think, my chances of being that 1 guy is impossible - use away. See the thinking here?...

Honestly this type of honeytrap that was set up by them is wrong, as they become the dealers. Saying that, they have proof of who did visit so the guy should not be let off.


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