* Posts by Daggerchild

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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

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Re: didn't read it

Similar. Point of Order: Freetard had hitherto been used to label those who evangelised without thought. Legitimate targets absolutely abound.

Now that qualifier is stripped, and a tribal-rejection indicator is tagged on *any* user of very-widely used software? That's not good. Don't feed the Zeitgeist that, please. We've got enough on our plate at the moment.

Social Role classification: enlightener?

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Japan (lightly) regulates high-frequency algorithmic trading

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Government Algorithms

Soon. Soooon. Government's are beginning to realise that algorithms are just laws at lightspeed.

Rather than jumping into the shark tank and trying to declare the implementation, can the Government define the test suite an algorithm must pass to be allowed to play?

And can they *seal* the algorithm to ensure the thing that passed the test is the thing in play? That probably needs a Government-auditable Cloud.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Feature request: Mod rejection reason

Arf! Feature request stands. Moderators can't tell I'm not laughing at Reg Moderation when joking about potential future moderation in an article about moderation. Yes, lawyers would take a long time to moderate posts! That was the joke!!

Moderators need at least an idea about what the conversation context is. This isn't the first time context-loss has gotten me binned.

And what's with the spooky Moderated-but-not-released-or-rejected limbo mode? You took *ages* to finally reject that obviously dangerously insidious joke :)

I declare thee silly sausages!

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Re: Streams is showing real patient benefits.

But... you just complained Google don't have corporate/geographic separation, and so can't be trusted with this kind of data, without noticing that Deepmind is a legally separate and UK-based corporate entity, fulfilling your exact criteria.

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Re: Streams is showing real patient benefits.

"So, this article is about them not following their contract"

Actually, this article is about the Trust and Deepmind, not drawing up the *correct* contract. Technically.

Practically, it seems they drew up the correct contract for *live use* (and then used it live where it highlighted things). Not testing use, which it officially was (where they may not have been able to act?). This looks more like a paperwork squabble than anything actually evil.

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Re: Google

And if you think that data is a financial treasure trove, you're equally deluded. Anon-mapped retina scans? Would you like to give me a viable business case?

Google stand accused of .. wait.. the >Trust< stand accused of using Deepmind's tool *too quickly* because it .. worked?

I do not like the way reality is being defined by the glorious and righteous flames of quasi-religious hatred..

EDIT: Aha, that's why my post was limbo'd - I'm not accurate. It looks like Deepmind had the correct data permissions *if* it was being used to help treat patients, but although it was was being used to help treat patients, it was *meant* to be being tested. And testing, requires more strenuous data approval than treating, because of course it does. *wibble*

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Re: Streams is showing real patient benefits.

"The Greater Evil here is perfectly clear" - Then why were you unable to show it?

"Our confidential data is being provided to a profit-making company for nothing or next to nothing" - Or, we could use the truth. Anon-mapped retina scans are being provided in return for a diagnosis tool that helps save lives.

"the company has no obligation whatsoever" - apart from the law, the contract they signed, etc etc..

"It's a company that has a track-record of" - playing Go, and Chess. You're thinking of the sister company, Google. Guilt by proximity isn't a thing.

Hatred is not reason. Fear is not proof. This is not how you make the world better. Confirm your target. Aim.

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Re: Streams is showing real patient benefits.

Ah, the usual "if it saves ONE life..." fallacy

I notice you didn't actually say he was wrong. Quite possible because in the case in question, the Trust were using it to try and save lives (before it had gone through formal trials), and you're unable to point out the Greater Evil you say is hiding behind it. You just 'know' it exists.

I'm afraid it's true - Google really are good at this stuff. Have you tried actually *buying* any of this data 'Google sell' about people?

Every hacker in the world is trying to get into Google with almost nothing to show for it. How's the NHS doing on that score at the moment?

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Re: In general, this approach sounds like a good idea.

"Posting something that a reasonable person would be able to tell is copyrighted/protected should not be allowed."

Yes, but, have you any idea how few reasonable people there are? I'm not entirely joking.

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

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No, it looks like it came from an internal network accessed by a VPN by a supplier employee who was infected by a colleague who almost certainly clicked on something from the Internet.

I'm thinking he probably airlock switched his infected local PC from his corporate LAN to the supplier LAN to do some work.

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Re: Using Windows?

Honestly, I'd skip Linux and port medical devices to Android. Everyone's computer is a phone these days anyway and they should be dedicated devices with decent realtime foo that you can lock down to the ground. If you're running antivirus on it, you've already lost.

ChromeOS might also make a good cheap disposable desktops, seeing as the local practise PC's seem to be client-only anyway.

*umbrella*

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Let me guess...

"Come on GCHQ, this is your time to shine"

Every year:

GCHQ: They're going to get pwned unless you fix this list of things *unrolls*

HEALTH MINISTER: That looks expensive, and will cause disruption that will make me look bad because nobody can see the benefit. They'll be fine! You'll just pull out a magic wand and fix it. I won't blame you if you can't, I promise!

GCHQ: *sigh*

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Joke

Phew!

It's a good thing they keep good backups, so they won't have to hand any taxpayer money over to criminals!

*cries*

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US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

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Illegal baby dance detected. EXTERMINATE!

This is the kind of thing that makes me want the world to be taken over by the merciless minions of a heartless AI. At least they'd have a foreseeable and logical reason for destroying your life.

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RF pulses from dust collisions could be killing satellites

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Re: Slow

but what is the actual attrition rate for satellites

Hrm. Another question: How much international carnage could a tinpot dictator with an orbit-capable rocket and a few sacks of flour cause?

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UK patent troll protections tweaked – lawyers exempted

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Pirate

Many words. Brain hurts.

So, is it safe to be an inventor here yet or not? Is China still safer?

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

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Re: 100% own goal.

"What's the likely impact?"

"None! Can I do it Friday 5pm before going on holiday?"

"Approved!"

I've noticed people who have no grasp of what the ramifications of their changes are, have no trouble with Change boards..

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Psych report pls!

Every now and then I see a highly technically-intelligent person with not just the standard lack of common sense, but actively hatstand judgement skills. We had at least two get through interviews. It got some important systems *completely* and technically-impressively wrecked.

I've noticed you can often see it in how they drive. e.g. the brown-trouser passenger-realisation that they assume everyone *else* will always swerve so they don't need to.

Yo, NSA! Start sniffing in GTA online for bad drivers. It's a sure thing!

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Sneaky 'fileless' malware flung at Israeli targets via booby-trapped Word docs

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All Microsoft's fault

This malware has only become viable because Windows crashes/requires reboots less often these days. They should accept responsibility and release a patch to fix that!

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Re: Not price

Come now, are young schoolchildren really a security risk Microsoft can't handle in this day and age?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26879185

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Re: STOP THE PRESSES!!!

"Marmalade Mandarin" is my favourite so far.

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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I suspect very little of it is actually coming from Google themselves, so the browser is the only way to stop it that Google control.

If the fullscreen face-smasher interstitial ads, or the fullscreen video background ads, or the "Google is tracking you! Click here to stop them!" are actually Google I am happy to be corrected. Same with the evil video/audio webgl hardware profiling stuff I found tracking me through incognito mode. There's nasty people out there, no Google required.

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Re: I suspect *anything* will be futile.

Speaking as a data puddler, you aren't unarmed here. If someone simply believes the holy data, they are the puppet of the person who fed them that data. Ultimately, that's actually you. I don't believe there are any laws (yet) that say you can't mislead people spying on you.

The key will be control of your own information surface. And that will mean doing homework. Sorry. You won't get it if you don't work for it. I've got *lots* of homework to do myself about getting my Android to lie to people I don't trust, and prevent applications colluding to form a perimeter, all without them knowing.

And you can't really zoom into Big Data and spot individuals as reliably as you think. That same magnification process also magnifies the unavoidable noise you get in such data. You may find your terrorist, but you'll have a dozen false positives too (or just whoever the terrorist wanted you to righteously destroy the life of).

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Re: I hate to agree

Oh it's full on crazyland. It's hilarious. Google peered into their crystal ball and have seen their fertile plains reduced to a toxic advertising wasteland. They made some mewling noises to advertisers about please maybe not being such in-your-face cocks or the public might get upset and nuke them all. Yeah, well, nobody listened because the money was talking.

Google have been here before: Android. Android became synonymous with abandoned hardware dripping with security holes, and the only way Google could escape the poopshower was to actually compete with its own customers in order to exemplar how to Android without being such a dick to the public.

And so here we are, toxic waste spewing into Google's rivers from neighbouring lands, and time running out. Google are going to war for their own survival - if they don't hunt down the polluters *themselves* before the public nuke the whole site from orbit with adblockers, it's Game Over man.

And that's not even the funniest part. You're right, the antitrust regulators will jump in and disarm Google for "harming the competition" harming the *whole ecosystem*. But the regulators don't exist in that ecosystem. That bit isn't their problem. The competition will be protected to death.

It's all going to shit, just like the actual planet, for the same base reasons. We'll all point and laugh from our comment boards as the non-corporate-backed boards start winking out due to nobody paying the bills. In other news Trump will start an online advertising empire. It will be the Best, the Greatest! It will be hosted in Russia "to avoid the evil Google/NSA Establishment spying on you". The public will believe him, because that's what we'd told him to tell us. Adblockers will be unpatriotic, then illegal.

I need to make more popcorn but crushing the pills is hard work.

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Google's healthcare cousin to stick 10,000 human guinea pigs under the microscope

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Screw teeny

Now, if every similar study had this level of scrutiny regarding its operation we'd either be in a much better place (or nobody would ever get any science done). IBM's Watson has been doing this for years after all, and nobody cared so far.

I noticed the reg actually called the Deepmind deal 'dodgy' this time instead of carefully saying 'someone else said it was dodgy'. Zeitgeists are what you make of them?

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Magician's Apprentice's Mop.

This should be fun, and probably inevitable. As a general rule, when toppling a ruler, make sure you have a replacement ready, or something worse will take the throne while you're celebrating.

I'm putting a fiver on Youtube videos being watermark spliced with adverts at the cellular level. Also, websites that need ad revenue to live will have Captchas that involve enforced interaction with an advert in order to view the site.

I'm looking for a anonymisable microtransaction system where websites I like I can 'bitmark' and when I visit them they get a smidgen of a penny from a hopper I load.

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'Evidence of Chinese spying' uncovered on eve of Trump-Xi summit

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Maturity Level of Current World Leaders

Hey! That's mine! I saw it first!

Finders keepers! Losers weepers!

No fair! I'm not going to play with you anymore!

Last one to develop autonomous attack AI is a smelly poo!

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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Not alien enough!

I glanced at that schematic and went "Oh wow, they're using a hydrofoil strut to push it above the surface as well as the ground effect to keep it above the surface. That might make it *massively* more efficient!"

No, it was the tail. But now I have this horrible feeling that hybrid hydrofoil/ground effect might be a thing. Getting it out of the water surface at the start *is* the biggest problem...

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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The wheel spins

Hrm. What does that mean for the textile industry, with its armies of robot knitters, spinners and dyers that decimated the numbers of humans employed?

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Google opens patent pool for Android

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Okay, I'll bite.. *sigh*

"Testimony in the Skyhook Wireless vs Google case revealed that Google halted Motorola's production lines – affecting over 40 models – until Moto removed its preferred location service from Android and used Google's instead"
Wasn't that because it was submitting not-GPS Skyhook data to Google as GPS data, buggering up Google's GPS data backend?

To the layman, what's the difference? But to the librarian, it's attempted murder.

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Web-app devs note: Google wants to banish JavaScript dialogues

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Re: onbeforeunload dialogues are the second most annoying internet annoyances

Fullscreen animated ads for me. And background fullscreen video. I cannot even.

"I have a great idea, if we cripple the user's browsing experience, they'll *definitely* pay attention to us!"

"It looks good on my superpowerful high bandwidth desktop next to the image servers - let's do it!"

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

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Re: Am I the only one...

If you never need to open a connection to another NAT user, and don't mind your connections silently disappearing because a NAT table got bored or filled, or you never throw enough UDP to make it meltdown, then sure.

Most home user's NAT stuff is cheap crap and the above is a pervasive affliction.

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

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Re: Load of old toss

"Insurance companies are one of the largest and most profitable scams... er... business in the world. They are drooling over this"

Yeah, now draw a line from the pile of drool, through the laws forbidding it, through Deepmind being a separate company to the Ad grinder, back through the piles of evidence of blatent illegality both sides would possess, through all the illegal data processing systems and procedures they'd have to create, including a hidden market system, all the whistleblowers you'd have to silence, and tell me any of it exists.

I know hate is tasty, but I like my kills clean. I *especially* like to confirm guilt before burning doctors for being witches.

Be careful. Conspiracy theories have a nasty habit of not actually existing.

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Re: Not for this but the rhetoric doesn't help.

Emotional writing in a scientific paper is usually a bad sign.

When, like this, it also states that something with important ramifications will be true, but not how, you can pretty much be assured the paper was written from the Conclusion backwards.

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Re: Load of old toss

"Watch the film Elysium to get an idea of the future the global elites have in store for us."

Heh. I'm afraid the problem is deeper than that. Did you listen to the Trump voters? They want immigrants thrown out, they want foreign aid slashed, they want people they have power over, who can't fight back to suffer in their stead.

Sound familiar?

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Re: Load of old toss

"Is Deepmind even real AI"

No, it's all a ploy to collect kidney data to.. what *do* you believe they're doing with it anyway?

Seriously. Genuinely. I want to know. I don't understand this bit.

Is it all like spooky magic and "3) Profit!"? How do they connect the kid on the dialysis machine to his online presence? Who has a product market demographic they need to aim at people with particular physical ailments, in a country where medical data *isn't* illegal to use like that?

Besides, Deepmind is obviously alien technology.

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Re: Load of old toss

"How could a company like Google being given huge amounts of personal data EVER be seen as a good thing for the patients of the NHS?"

Well, people's lives are on the line, and all of the stuff you're afraid of *is* in your head.

What, aren't I allowed to call out *popular* bullshit?

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

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Re: The interesting part is the matching algo

I was thinking Google aimed ads based on the user's preferences.

Wouldn't they get Guardian ads no matter what video they looked at?

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Be careful what you wish for..

So, the people with money are demanding that anyone who uploads to Youtube must be automatically morally prejudged by a machine.

I never thought I'd say this, but with all the recent events, I'm sick of popcorn now..

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Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected

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Re: "Houston...we have a problem"

Humans tend not to crash when hit by a high energy proton :)

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

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Alien

Foolish mortals!

Tentacles is where it's at! (diminishing bundles of crosshelicaly arranged cables with stressgauge strands - would need neural network learning to work out how to grok sensor feedback/calibrate control)

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DeepMind. Blockchain. Medical records. Google. AI – wow, we just won machine learning bingo!

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I suspect it's because nobody trusts the public to know how to process the data about how their data is processed. Do you?

People will just scan through, spot something with a particular word in it, jump to conclusions, and freakout in a way that causes others to freakout leading to torches and pitchforks and witch burnings.

Yes, some people can process the data correctly, to the point they will correctly spot evil. But they'll be drowned out by people who also claim they can but actually can't. You're going to need some form of idiot filter in front of the data stream to get a decent signal/noise ratio.

I also find it tragically sweet how Googlites still naively believe solving a problem logically and perfectly even matters when the problem is fundamentally emotional. All the other entities doing this stuff are smart enough to keep their heads well down.

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Why only one monster in the shadows?

Kenny says that what Watson is not just being used to cure cancer, “but to just recommend what you should watch next” and even to recommend “what ad you you should watch next.”
- IBM

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China proposes new world order for cyberspace regulation

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Cannon complains about peashooters?

There are two strange things about this:

One, why don't they just set up their own separate Internet. That's not actually too hard for them - they have it pretty much taped down already. It's also the only reliable way to secure a people against foreign influence.

Two, it's not *really* Government Agents that cause most of the problems. China has masses of people who hack Japan/US etc because they want to, for personal or patriotic (or commercial) reasons, cultivated/condoned or otherwise. A 'be nice' treaty would be 'violated' within seconds. It's a grievance factory.

Or is that the point?

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Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Re: 'seeded' from the same extrasolar source

And then there's the question, why only one life-seed? Why can't life bootstrap in an environment that already has life?

I mean, explain the octopus?! Three hearts and blue blood!

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Re: Trace of lifeforms 3.7 bln years old

Everyone remembers that scene in Matrix, and Mr Smith's inescapable logic. Rewriting the basic urge to subjugate, displace and consume all other life is non-trivial, especially in the time available. It only took us 100 years to get into the current mess!

I fully expect every other civilisation to have had to face the same test. I also wonder if they faced their own Trumps...

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Re: Hardware keyboard is new... again?

"I can imagine a lot of network engineers wanting one of these to logon to network devices console's when things have gone TITSUP."

Indeed, but looking more closely at the symbol placings on that keyboard, it looks like it's aimed at journalists, not techies. I might be able to write an article in the field, but I might not be able to rewrite a perl script to fix an oncall alert, while down the pub with mates (which I did with Nokia keyboard phones).

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

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Re: OS

"Psion created more than one great OS with spectacular popularity ..."

and was it pentested? The requirements for 'good' have changed - It needs multitasking, media, USB, usb-hardware drivers, all of which pile on the pressure. The Psion OS was more akin to DOS. I loved it, but it won't fly these days, no matter how many people think it will.

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