* Posts by JeffyPoooh

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Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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"Kibble balances....only exist in around five special laboratories around the world."

Where the local gravity will be measured and monitored to exquisite precision.

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In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Go home, use fiber...

It's a bit of a lifestyle issue. Watching HD videos is something that I'll do at home, relaxing with my 3rd glass of wine, over wifi connected by fiber. It's rare that I'd need or want to watch video over a cell phone connection.

(Acknowledge in advance others are not the same as me.)

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My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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My old hardware is kept alive and on-line

iPhone 3GS - charged and connected to wifi for old times sake

iPhone 4S - ditto (still used for Find My iPhone checks of missing family members)

Original iPad - ditto

Blackberry Playbook - ditto (still beeps for email)

MS Surface 2 (RT OS) - ditto (still very useful)

Windows Phone - ditto(lights up for FB Messages)

Several Sony PSPs - ditto

It goes on and on, dozens of them.

If my early-1980s Tandy Radio Shack Color Computers had wifi, they'd be online as well.

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Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids

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"...a host of alleged bad practices..."

I've benefited from their bad practice of using shoddy C12 capacitors in their DGS-1024 24-port gigabit switches. Buy for next to nothing, replace capacitor, cheap switch. Thank you D-link.

On the other hand, I'm not sure that a household having four spares is entirely justifiable.

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Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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I would've bought an iPhone

But after fighting with the DRM charger cables ($40 for one work-around), the missing headphone socket was a step too far.

Switched to Android, which turned out to be trivially easy.

A colleague mentioned that the latest iPad has a USB C charging port and a headphone socket. Thus, there's a remote possibility that I might even buy one someday.

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Americans' broadband access is so screwed up that the answer may lie in tiny space satellites

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Receivers

John Geek asked, "What does the FCC have to do with GPS *recievers* ? if a reciever wants..."

The FCC has very clear rules on the correct spelling of the word "receivers".

Hint: the "ei" in the middle are in alphabetical order.

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Installing fiber optic...

Circa 2012-2014, our telco started rolling out fiber optic lines all over the place. Including many areas that are suburban sprawl or even rural.

The speed of installing fiber onto existing telephone poles was way faster than one might naturally assume. Blink and they're gone, disappeared around the corner.

The installation of the last 100m from the street to the house took maybe an hour, only because it had to be strung between 200 trees.

Based on what I've seen, the last mile issue would be worse in the crowded downtown with underground utilities.

That's not normally a rural issue.

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"...modest-sized devices....talk to one another..."

El Reg, "Thanks to the latest technology, it is now possible to launch modest-sized devices into space, and have them talk to one another."

The satellites in the original Iridium constellation (circa 2000 ±) are both modest-sized (as evidenced by them being launched in batches of 5 or 7) and they talk to one another (famously "network in the sky"). Same for the newer Idirium NEXT constellation, already mostly launched. So the claim that these two characteristics are the "latest technology" or "is now possible" is clearly incorrect.

I sometimes wonder if patent expiry is part of the delay process, but that only gets us to about ten years ago.

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Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you

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Maximum punishment

Maximum punishment (e.g. anguish) is focused on the most loyal early-adopter fan-boys who queue up to pay the highest possible price for the least mature designs.

In other words, the Universe is unfolding precisely as it should.

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Hubble 'scope gyro drama: Hey, NASA, have you tried turning it off and on again? Oh, you did. And it worked? Cool

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I sure wish that they'd finish up that 'EM Thruster' gadget...

Then they wouldn't need to use gyros on spacecraft. They could just lace the spacecraft with dozens of little EM Thrusters to have it point any which way you want, all solar powered and infinite lifespan.

Come on kids, hurry up already.

;-)

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Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

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Re: Humans are stupid...

"...bus..."

In certain circumstaces, far more common than is widely assumed, an Aerial Tramway (Cable Car) system can outperform buses by a huge ratio. Less labour. Quicker. More attractive.

Smoke belching, engine blasting, road blocking, environmentally ruinous heavy diesel buses with their 140dB noisy squealing brakes are what you get when nobody thinks beyond the end of their nose. Pedestrial only streets are pleasant mostly because the horrifically obnoxious buses are kept out.

Aerial Tramways are the secret solution that's being widely ignored.

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Humans are stupid...

Allow me to explain...

Transportation services such as Uber, Lyft, or taxi cabs, when used to transport single passengers, naturally and inherently increase road congestion.

That claim will mystify the thick.

It's because they need to drive from somewhere else to get to your location to pick you up. Their paid mileage is only about 50% of their total mileage. They're driving roughly twice the distance as would be driven by personal vehicles.

It's perfectly expected that congestion would increase by a ratio not much different than two if everyone used Uber instead of their own vehicle. Your own vehicle is quietly parked in your driveway, and the distance efficiency is pretty close to 100%. Your car doesn't wander off empty searching for its next paying fare.

Humans are stupid because hardly anyone could figure out this rather obvious factor in advance. Uber riders don't see the extra mileage, so they don't think about it. And Uber certainly isn't going to go around highlighting the roughly double mileage ratio.

Yes, yes, yes... There are other pros and cons. Parking is a good benefit. But stopping locations out front would be required. Anyway, the subject here is road congestion.

The fact is that the reasonable first approximation is that congestion would be increased in the direction of two with an increase in Uber, Lyft, and taxi cabs.

In some areas, directionality may reduce the doubling effect. But within the downtown core, this counter balancing secondary consideration would not have any significant effect.

Same rough doubling happens to fuel usage, CO2, etc.

Now that your brain has hoisted aboard this obvious factor, you'll be forced to see the truth in the post title.

Cue the Uber paid social media squad idiotic rebuttals.

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

Far too many people cannot comprehend the possibility that the root cause of an issue might be physically located more than about 10cm from the visible symptom.

When Jeremy Clarkson's Ford GT wouldn't start, he and James May actually removed and disassembled the Start button. A clear example of this 'Proximity Focus'.

The hero of our IT story here didn't even think of checking the PC next? Oh, because it's a couple of feet away from the problem. Third monitor was dumb. (But can't blame him for the magnets...)

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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A modular solution...

Put your phone into a nice case. Slip your bonk-compatible debit card in-between the phone and its case. Now your phone seems to allow bonk payments, like magic. When things are updated, remove your phone form the case, replace the bank card with the new one, and reinsert the phone back into its case. Resume your apparently "phone based" bonk payments.

You're welcome.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Having experienced the Nexus promise...

Being a Google tablet, it's assured that it'll be first in line for updates to the OS forever^h^h^h^h ...about three years, just like all the others.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: Update: The Bloomberg story is changing

"...the mod is in the Ethernet jack itself."

8P8C (a.k.a. "RJ45") have 8 pins. All are signal, none are power or ground.

If the "mod" could be built into an Ethernet socket, then it could be built into an Ethernet plug almost as easily.

Or an Ethernet cable.

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Has anyone considered...?

Maybe, just maybe, there are two versions of the board in question.

I know it's difficult to imagine, but it might just be within the reach of human technology that the spies would have spun off a Rev NC_Spy version.

The Rev NC_Non_Spy version might be more common. Thus explaining the many null results.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Re: Deja vu

There's also the old 'Reprogram The Embedded ARM Chips' ploy.

Also applies to any programmable logic arrays.

It's precisely hopeless. Best to resort to an Art of War approach, with honeypot data, fake data, and so on.

So who is the downvoter? Seems a bit silly...

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Deja vu

Wasn't there a very similar story several years ago?

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The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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Re: OCD

My home 'desktop' doesn't even have the Recycle Bin. Just pure Wallpaper.

My work computer has about a hundred applications, shortcuts and folders.

Different situation. Content consumption vice content creation.

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100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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Brazilian hacking scam

It's just like a normal hacking scan, except for the unique style of shave.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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"Used to be"

"Turn left where the chocolate factory used to be. Then proceed three miles past where the oil refinery used to be. Then turn right into the parking where the fish and chips place used to be."

GPS sold in Nova Scotia need to offer the "where X used to be" option. Every single reference point must be something that isn't there anymore.

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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"...51,416 hours gracing the skies..." / 24 years = 25%

51,416 hours is about six years. So about 25% duty cycle of being in the Wheels Up airborne state. Lowish, a result of 'too many' short flights.

If I'm not mistaken, some of the newer long range planes on long routes (e.g. A380) are closer to 50% airborne over their life so far.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again,

'swm suggested, "...drive a large nail through the battery compartment..."

Interestingly, the high energy density lithium primary (non-rechargeable) cells used in the latest avionics have to meet a TSO that precludes fire when a nail is driven though them.

Fizz and bubble is okay, but not fire.

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Re: "win7 takes 10 mins to come out of hibernation"

"If you have a lot of RAM..."

Isn't that the silliest thing? That the OS mindlessly stores the entire RAM to disk. 16GB of RAM, fresh from cold boot, Hibernate = 16 GB file. Stoopid stoopid stoopid.

Keep in mind that it's the OS, as in Operating System. Apparently it doesn't know which parts of the RAM are in actual use and which are not.

More accurately, Microsoft can't be arsed to perform this function more efficiently. Lazy pigs.

I expect that they'll figure it out eventually.

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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"...notify wearers..."

"...The Series 4 will also notify wearers if their heart rate is too low or if atrial fibrillation is detected."

Attention: Your heart has stopped. Please acknowledge by saying, "Siri. Leave me alone. I'm already dead." Also. Be advised that your death will result in the revocation of all rights to all media that you may have "purchased" (sic, LOL) through iTunes.

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Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Re: PENCIL and paper

Chas Neuf inquired about "...erasers?"

That's why the ballot boxes are sealed-up and effectively guarded by a collection of typically honest Poll Workers.

Once you've cast your ballot, it's extremely safe.

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PENCIL and paper

Canada generally insists on stubby little pencils (not pens).

The story is that once upon a time, somebody replaced a pen with one containing Disappearing Ink. Of course they did this in the polling stations that were most likely to vote for the candidate that they didn't want to win.

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: The product is strong, and the vision is excellent

Mage observed, "About 67% of fuel here is Government tax."

So, the maybe $12 recharge would ultimately cost about $36.

Still compares well to $80-ish.

YMMV.

Point being, even a tripling of the recharge cost is not really a show stopper.

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Re: "Internal cybersecurity audits..."

AC, "Not a good idea to make assumptions."

It's called "thinking"; you may wish to try it sometime.

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"Internal cybersecurity audits..."

The only stored passwords on any system should be salted and hashed. Never, ever, never-ever store the plain text passwords. Right?

So presumably these auditors got permission and copied out the hashed password file, and then ran the usual dictionary attack on it, hashing their dictionary in the only-possible forward direction.

So... Doesn't that imply that the password file in question contains passwords that were not salted?

Does the audit report mention that perhaps the passwords should be salted? Or would that cut-off future business...?

(Corrections welcome...)

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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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Re: AI Hype

Asking AI, "What the hell were you thinking?"

The Google (Alexander Mordvintsev ) 'DeepDream' software seems to be about halfway down the correct road to make the mysterious innards (when trained) of these systems plainly visible to the designers.

What comes out of DeepDream (the weird images) are a clear hint of what the subject neural network has actually focussed on and "learned".

To be clear, I'm referring to the basic concepts to be used as a possible starting point.

We'll know that this area is mature when an AI designer is held liable for marketing a safety-critical AI system where they have no idea what's inside. In other words, there will be no excuse for what is today's SOP.

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Death to twins in crosswalks...

El Reg, "Adding the same objects already in the image also has the same effect."

Identical twins in matching clothing in crosswalks...

It's gonna be a massacre.

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Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Judges and Courts sometimes figure things out quite well...

Kudos.

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Smut slinger dreams of AI software to create hardcore flicks with your face – plus other machine-learning news

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"That's obviously not me..."

"...If it was me, then you'd be needing a much wider aspect ratio. Just sayin'..."

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Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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3D Printed Gun...

Functionally identical to an old-school home brew 'zip gun', but requires many additional hours * to produce and leaves slightly more evidence of its probable origin. In other words, a 3D Printed Gun is slightly worse in every conceivable way than a 'zip gun'.

(* You start your tediously-ponderous 3D Printer, I'll drive to the hardware store ** and buy some pipe and an elastic band, plus I'll stop off somewhere for leisurely lunch. 3, 2, 1, Go.)

(** Not really. In terms of non-violence, it's possible that I'm Gandhi reincarnated.)

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: Smart Cities

Caff proposed, "Poop Drone Swarm"

Imagine the dribbly bits falling off the gathering mechanisms, onto the crowded sidewalks below...

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Re: $185K vs. $71K

BSC predicted that these newly-hired cleaners "...will still be [liv]ing on the streets..."

You misspelled part of a word there. ;-)

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Re: I miss the good old days in San Fran

Geoffrey reminisced, "New Orleans is my favourite US city."

Once upon a time, I attended a conference in New Orleans. It was primarily US Military personnel attending. At the start, a wee feisty fireplug of a shouty Gunnery Sergeant laid out the ground rules (presumably for the DoD staff attending). "You will NOT proceed north of Rampart. You will NOT proceed east of Esplanade. You will NOT proceed west of Iberville." All this was delivered with a voice that you'd use when organizing an artillery barrage, by a man that was about 5 foot 5 inches tall and could clearly kill an angry grizzly bear with his bare hands.

I was left with the impression that New Orleans had some 'bad' areas.

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Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

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Blatantly obvious solution...

When Microsoft (or whoever) issues a new patch, the IT staff should instantly roll it out to their selected several victims. Then, on the odd occasion when the freshly-patched systems malfunction, the IT staff can wander over, blame and ridicule the hapless users for their misuse of the systems and surfing illegal dodgy websites causing such crashes, all while quietly uninstalling the recent patches and rolling back the system. After a few days of this not happening, they can start rolling out the patches to more and more users - all within about a week at most.

This should be the de facto approach.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Re: Missing information

YAAC suggested, "...send out a perfect square wave..."

Hopefully they make use of a more-clever modulation technique than just square waves. And of course they'll employ repetition and signal processing techniques.

Now, excuse me... I've got to start gathering some large first-surface mirrors so that I can assemble my mediumly-huge corner reflector. Give them something to talk about...

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Re: Missing information

"You sure?" etc.

"Hence 1ns = 15cm round-trip."

Exactly.

Historical giant and computer-pioneer Grace Hopper was famous for her...

1 foot = 1 nanosecond

...memory aid.

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FAKE NEWS !!!! <---- ;-)!!

22 August 2018: Europeans launch the British-built Aeolus weather satellite that will "...get its data by firing a powerful laser down into the atmosphere to trace the movement of air particles." [BBC]

23 August 2018: El Reg, a British-based Tech News / Comedy website seeks to distract from their own European/British frickin' laser-wielding planet-frying death-dealing "weather" Aeolus satellite by publishing something about a future ICEsat-2 satellite: "NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser..."

It's an amusing juxtaposition of reality versus the headline. One day in the gap!!!! GEESH! :-)

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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AC noted, "...since I don't own a radio."

Gasp...

The average (of you and I) number of radios owned then is still getting close to 100.

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Re: Infringing files

Sgt tried, "...trademark infringement instead.. >yes<."

You spelled "no" incorrectly.

In general, the Titles of songs (or books, movies, etc.) cannot be copyrighted nor trademarked. I believe that the reason(s) for this is inherently obvious.

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Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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I use my Windows phone almost every day...

My $30 Windows phone sits there, resting on the bedside table. When its screen suddenly lights up, then I know that somebody has sent me a message on FB. So I reach over and pick-up my Android phone to see what's going on...

I also use my Blackberry Playbook all the time too. When I hear a faint 'bing' from the Playbook, then I know that somebody has sent me an email. So I reach over and pick-up my Android phone...

My original Apple iPad is used exclusively to watch QI episodes on YouTube. It's perfect for the purpose.

Old iPhone -> locating other family members, using its Find iPhone facility, as and when required.

Etc.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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"...unlicensed Bitcoin exchange..."

Crypto currency is 'a form of property (as the Internal Revenue Service has ruled) or commodity (in the view of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission)...'. In other words, it's not money. It's legally equivalent to a box of bolts. Arguably...

I can see this going all the way to the US Supreme Court. Which is very unfortunate for the accused party; it'd be better for him to just plead guilty and accept the several-year sentence, rather than spend the rest of his life in courts sitting on rock-hard wooden pews. At least in prison you have a mattress to relax upon.

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How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

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What are the odds that Google is using DNS to gather yet-more data?

About 8.8.8.8%...

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SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

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"All tutors....will....have their accounts updated [to] 'star' tutor status"

Everyone is above average. Yay!

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Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting

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Re: I think....

I came here to post that they've probably been taken off-line due to their own violation of an overly-broad patent covering "Data on a Network"...

...But I see that you've handled it already.

Cheers.

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