* Posts by JBFUK

9 posts • joined 21 Jun 2016

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

JBFUK

Why don't they understand...

The majority of us do not want self driving vehicles - yet all manufacturers continue to chase this concept. For those who don't like to or cannot drive, take a taxi, train, bus, if you have the money hire a driver..

Even once the systems are developed further, putting your life in the hands of a computer program which will always have bugs and may not have your survival at the top of it's list of priorities is not a good idea.

I suppose it could be said that those who make such a poor decision as to trust one of these systems and pay the ultimate price are victims of natural selection.

Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

JBFUK

Marketing scams

It's black and white really, something is unlimited or it's limited. There is no grey area. If limits of any kind are in place then they should not be allowed to advertise it as 'unlimited'.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

JBFUK

Don't buy a Samsung TV

Having always brought Sony in the past, last Christmas I decided to go for a nice new Samsung Smart TV, a decent model too not the cheap rubbish sets they churn out for Black Friday sales etc.

Worst technology purchase of my life.

In terms of picture quality it's great, but the design of the UI and general stability of the software is appalling. It's always hanging, popping up useless messages with no option of "don't tell me again" or crashing apps. I can't say I've noticed this recent update make it any worse it's always been sluggish and unreliable.

Never again, next refresh I'm back to Sony. Probably my last ever Samsung purchase. I have had Samsung phones in the past and also have a microwave and washer/dryer. All of their devices have the same issue. Technically very good but let down by a poor user experience (ultimately bad software).

Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

JBFUK

The problem there is the a**ehole not the drone. However, why should you have a right to fly your para-glider and he doesn't have a right to fly his drones?

I fly sailplanes and I could tell you what I think of paragliding pilots when they selfishly get in our way... That said, we just deal with it, we don't lobby for restrictions or bans on para-gliders.

JBFUK

Just stop it with the bad press on drones..

Enough of this media frenzy on the dangers of 'drones', hacked drones, evil drones etc etc etc. It's like all the alleged near misses with aircraft that Sky News are reporting on. Yes I say alleged because none of these have ever been confirmed (solid evidence produced) to be drones - in fact some have subsequently been proven to be balloons or carrier bags.

These 'drones' are no more dangerous than any other radio controlled aircraft. There are already regulations and guidelines in place to govern how and where drones are allowed to operate, both commercially and for recreation.

There are several problems here:

1. Aviation industry has now taken the stance that any near miss should be reported as a drone by default - previously many would have been reported as UFOs (no not little green men, unidentified objects).

2. It plays well for the government, aviation industry and other lobbies to have the use of low level airspace controlled more tightly. This would open doors to sell commercial licensing for delivery drones etc. Therefore playing up the risk created by drones and model aircraft works for them.

3. Idiot factor. Whatever restrictions or regulations you put in place there will always be some idiot who ignores them and does something stupid (just look at car drivers). The solution here is to make efforts to catch and punish these people. It should not be difficult for the pilot to report back their position when an incident occurs (GPS position or how many miles out from the runway and altitude) - at which point a ground crew could quickly go out, track the drone and find the operator when it lands.

4. Irresponsible retailers. Previously a model aircraft would be sold via a model shop, the user would also likely go to a local model flying club to learn to fly their aircraft etc. Now these things are brought off the shelf at retailers like Amazon, Maplin, PC World etc. It also takes little to no skill to fly one so people don't go to local clubs and learn how to use them safely. Retailers should have to provide and guide to the regulations with every sale so people can't claim ignorance.

Anyway rant over. My point is it should not be down the the manufacturers to restrict their products to prevent the users from doing something they shouldn't. Regulations are in place. Retailers should ensure that buyers are aware of these regulations and the authorities should do more to catch those who break them - particularly those idiots flying their drones close to major airports.

Apple ordered to fling some spare change at wireless patent troll

JBFUK

So wouldn't it follow that the inventor or inventor's estate have the right to sell the rights to their intellectual property on to another party in exchange for a fixed sum? If that's the case then surely the person, persons or company that purchased the IP then have the right to defend its value in exactly the same way that the inventor would have?

It's an investment business - find something that you believe is undervalued or will grow in value over time, invest in it, collect the gains/rewards later down the line. If another company tries to defraud you out of what is rightfully yours, sue them.

It's morally no worse than investment banking.

JBFUK

I don't understand why people take this in such a hostile manner. Either you don't believe in patents and IP rights at all, or, it is completely valid and within the rights of the patent holder to sue for patent infringement.

Personally I don't have a problem with this. If Apple want to profit from a concept that somebody else came up with first and patented then they should pay their dues.

AWS works on 'urgent' deals for UK customers as £ dips against $

JBFUK

Re: It's not hard

Couldn't agree more.

Contain yourself – StorageOS is coming

JBFUK

"StorageOS provides cost-reduction for public cloud users. For example, with replication in Amazon you have a compute instance running in the source environment and a second running in the target environment. With StorageOS, data is replicated to the target with no need for any compute instance there, until a fail-over occurs."

This doesn't really make sense. As 'Anonymous Coward' commented, S3 is replicated already - it has 4x 9's availability and 11x 9's durability as standard. Perhaps the writer is suggesting replication of storage across regions via EC2 instances but that's probably not the best way of doing things. S3 has cross-region replication capabilities built in, so does RDS, EBS allows copying snapshots cross-region.

I can see StorageOS may be beneficial in some circumstances and I'm sure it will continue to develop however I thought 'The Register' was supposed to be a place for technically accurate analysis of technology news, not a marketing tool churning out press releases.

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