* Posts by Poncey McPonceface

58 posts • joined 5 Jul 2016


Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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UK joining Indonesia and Brasil?

I like tables so I put together this handy guide to satellite navigation in the top 10 economies of the world.

country global nss regional nss gdp 2017 (ppp) share %


1 China BeiDou-2 (2020) BeiDou-1 23159.107 18.2

2 U.S. GPS 19390.6 15.3

3 India NAVIC 9459.002 7.45

4 Japan QZSS 5428.813 4.27

5 Germany Galileo (2020) 4170.79 3.28

6 Russia GLONASS 4007.831 3.15

7 Indonesia 3242.771 2.55

8 Brazil 3240.319 2.55

9 U.K. #Brexit ? 2914.042 2.29

10 France Galileo (2020) DORIS 2835.746 2.23

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

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Re: Razr

“As an attempt to sweeten the deal for luxury lovers, Samsung says that W2018 buyers also get perks like concierge help at airports and subways, free software tech support, and a hotline just for VIPs. The phone will get released in China first and the price is yet to be announced, but we can guess it might be even higher than the W2017’s price tag of $3,000.”

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Dave Lee

I wonder if this is the same 'Dave Lee', who is a BBC Tech Correspondent who lives in LA and is a serial subscriber and owns nothing.


Probably not but the same name got me thinking.

Ashamed to say but I've been on a bit of a YouTube binge of late and can confirm that (unless said chap has had a race transplant) we are *not* talking about the same Dave Lee.


Dude refers to himself as Dave2D and is a prolific tech vlogger who knows what he's talking about and is unbiased unlike yawn inducing Mr. Fanboy Anon above.

Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

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Re: Stupid

Took me a while but now I see what you're getting at. You're saying that you're smarter than all the comms engineers at Mediatek, Qualcomm, and Intel, and all the mobile network base station equipment manufacturer engineers in East Asia, Europe, and North America.

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” should actually have been phrased as “Only two things are infinite, the universe and *the human ego*, and I'm not sure about the former.”

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: If not doing something because it was "inconvenient" was the ciriteria for Brexit..

something does not compute cowardly anon:

Assuming Brits voted for Brexit primarily to take their destiny into their own hands you can't with one and the same breath decry the EU's desire to be independent of the US when it comes to a vital tech like global navigation systems. More simply put: if Brexit is a matter of sovereignty then so is Galileo – to say that it is not is wilfully misleading.

And then you saying that sure it's all grand because the Brits can piggyback on the US system is dumb because that means moving from being an equal partner to a subordinate one. Why Brits should be happier living under Uncle Sam's shadow rather than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their European neighbour is beyond me. As we have recently had confirmed the EU are a far more reliable political entity than the US.

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: OMG can I say SQUEE?


Classic Shell guy may have given up but he open sourced the code before he left so it hasn't been abandoned! Classic Shell on Github

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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Re: Creating APIs isn't easy

For fuck's sake.

> A phone book is a compilation of PUBLIC INFORMATION.

What? And an API isn't?

An API is the application's programming interface. INTERFACE between the fucking software on the system and any new software loaded on it. By necessity it must be public. Jesus fucking Christ. When Microsoft used undocumented DOS and Windows calls they were morally in the wrong because they were reaching _into_ the system and bypassing the _public_ gateway thus giving them a competitive advantage. I think they may have even been legally dinged for it, no? Also an API guarantees an abstraction allowing a company to change the internals–it's more like a contract than anything else. Can one copyright this type of contract? I say, fuck no.

If you can copyright APIs the the fucking law is a moron.

How the fuck are we even debating this?

I'm sorry but Jesus fucking Christ, what the actual fuck?

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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A few questions …

This IMAP extension thing, what is the name of the project?

Is there any code?

Are there any design specs?

How does it relate to ActivityPub? https://activitypub.rocks/

Will it play nicely with the Fediverse? https://fediverse.party/en/fediverse/

This id4me thing, how does it compare to OAuth? https://oauth.net/2/

How does it compare to the defunct Mozilla Persona? https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Archive/Mozilla/Persona

This article raises more questions than it answers! :/

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Poor Huawei

To the commentards here who are like, "who the hell are Huawei" or "Huawei have no brand recognition" or "Huawei have no tech expertise" or "Huawei/Android never get any updates"

Third largest smartphone manufacturer after Apple and Samsung.

All Android phones released now come with Oreo = project treble = more timely updates and more of them and the possibility to install LineageOS

These are the specs for the P20 pro, I'll leave it up to you to figure out if they're worth €900. (I think they are.)


Huawei are one of the few that design their own SoC I believe, here's how it stacks up against the competition:


disclaimer: have a Huawei Mate 9, just got Oreo, it rocks, do not see what the fuss over EMUI is at all

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Every single suggestion here is better than either of the two yawn and sleep inducing names on offer. However 'Enterprise Profile' makes me want to slit my wrists (overly dramatic, moi?!) so Jakarta EE it is I hope.

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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I agree with Musk

Hear me out.

The semantic web is where AI will learn about the world of facts and things. Robotics will give it a variety of bodies. Machine learning and inferencing has been cracked I'd say. The law of accelerating returns will do the rest.

I read about AI in sci-fi when I was younger and I dreamed that maybe some day there'd be AI but that it would be in the very distant future. Then I read about Turing machines and computational equivalence and I asked myself, "is there something inherent to biology (carbon) that makes it superior to artefacts (silicon) in nurturing intelligence". I reasoned that no there isn't. I read The Emperor's New Mind by Penrose and wondered how someone so smart could come up with so fallacious a tome. Then I realised that people make up their minds first and then logic their way to their own position after.

AI will happen. The question is when. Kurzweil and Musk are the most optimistic among futurists. But if you read Kurzweil's book you see that he calculates the capability of the average human brain and plots the rate of increase of computing power and sees where the numbers intersect. He has been saying 2029 for AGI consistently for over 20 years. It is my belief that Moore's Law will continue until we get the raw computing power for a super-computer to surpass the raw compute of the human brain before 2030.

The next stage will be teaching and training this raw computational entity about the world it has woken up in. The semantic web, sensors, machine learning and inferencing is how that is going to be accomplished. How long that takes is anyone's guess but given that it takes a human about 18 years to be considered an adult and another 10 years after that to become fully educated then I think that 30 years will be the outer limit. So 2060 is the latest date. Given the DeepMind have demonstrated an algorithm that learns chess in 4 hours to a level greater than any human, it may not take the machine as long as 30 years at all. But chess is one thing, common sense, general knowledge, language abilities – not to mention wisdom is another kettle of fish. But if you see the advances that are being made in all these areas: computational linguistics, knowledge representation and reasoning you'd be mad to think otherwise.

Musk is an unusual person. Not only is he smart. He has a social conscience. He is not afraid to speak his mind. He is deeply philosophical. Jobs has nothing on this guy. Jobs got his minions to build shiny toys. Musk is trying to alter society by making it environmentally sustainable transport-wise and wholly sustainable by making it multi-planetary. People like him come along once in a couple of generations I think. Anybody here who dismisses him is either a fool, an idiot, or a bag of resentment.

My default position on AI these days is. You think it won't happen? Tell my _why_ exactly. Which bit of my reasoning is faulty?

Julian Assange says Cambridge Analytica asked WikiLeaks for something

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Re: Why the Assange hate on El Reg?

> A force for good? Really? So their actions during the presidential election were not biased in any way? There was only dirt on Clinton, so they leaked that and if there had been dirt on Trump, they'd have leaked that too?

I said _on balance_. There have been many many leaks. But you choose just one. So what?

> Really?

Yes, really.

> Wikeleaks wasn't used as a handy tool to influence the election?

One data point out of hundreds if not thousands. So what?

> Really?

Yes, really really.

> Wikileaks love to leak classified and juicy information, they normally divulge every and all details, but in this case there's only Assange hinting to some communication that happened, but refuses to provide details.


> Really?

Absolutely really.

> Come on, that's a load of bollocks.

Right back at you.

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Why the Assange hate on El Reg?

I do not understand it.

His org, Wikileaks, has been a game-changer and – on balance – a force for good. Who knows how many heinous government and corporate acts from around the world would not have come to light were it not for Wikileaks. Sure, they have an agenda. Sure, they could have handled some of the leaks better. But at a time when proper news outlets have been extremely derelict in their investigative duties we ought to be thankful that Wikileaks has cast a light on some seriously murky goings on.

But no. Every time round here we get the same chorus of comments about deficiencies of character or character vices. Because as we all know that is _ever_ so relevant and not at _all_ logical fallacy 101.

For future articles that mention Assange take it as read that we know you don't like Assange. And try to comment about the substance of the article and not on whatever ideological fairground attraction you're riding on today.

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

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Re: "In 10 years it is possible that some very short-haul aircraft might be flying"

> P.S. : I'm sure I've made calculation mistakes, but I'm also pretty sure that I'm still right. Batteries are not going to be used to power planes any time soon. At least not until those famous carbon nanotube thingies with 80% solar panel efficiency wings are invented. And they won't fly at night.

I absolutely agree with you. But that isn't the ultimate value proposition.

(a) aviation fuel jet engines are only going to get moderately more efficient.

(b) we've got to believe that battery tech is only going to to get ever more efficient (of course the rate of efficiency increase is important for ideas like electric planes)

(c) up to some range/distance batteries become viable (witness range anxiety in motor vehicles – we're talking triply so in non-ground vehicles I imagine)

(d) when the crossover happens you only need to recharge the batteries, and not buy a whole tank of non-replenish-able fuel. This part is predicated on your electricity coming from renewable sources which is a long-term overarching goal for humanity because if we run out of petrochemicals we don't get to fly any planes never mind the environmental consequences.

(e) ergo, we ought to explore this avenue

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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> - last but not least the past is littered with glorious attempts to create a phone that finally breaks away from The Man

Only one attempt needs to succeed :)

Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Re: Indeed

Hi ForthIsNotDead,

I reported your comment. I would encourage others to do likewise.

We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter

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Another v. happy Mate 9 owner here. I got got it for the following combo: USB-C comms _and_ Galileo satellite positioning. When I got it there were only six phones globally that had this combo. All were dauntingly expensive bar the Mate 9 which was still pricey enough but luckily I got an upgrade offer which distributed the cost over 24 months. (I know, I know – penny wise, pound foolish). I see today that there are seventeen with this combo: http://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?chkUSBC=selected&sFreeText=galileo

Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: Same in France

You seem to be all assuming that _100%_ of the population in a certain demographic _actively_ use Facebook when calculating the % discrepancy. Surely not every single person in a certain demographic uses Facebook, and of the % that do surely not all do so actively. Thus the 37% discrepancy in the French case for 18-24 y.o should be higher. How much higher? Hard to know, but what if it's 50% or 60% ? Do advertisers need to know what the discrepancy is? Do the shareholders?

Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Big Brother

Poll ?

With so many here professing not to use Facebook I'd be interested in determining what percentage of us do not use Zuckerberg's creation. Maybe I'll make a Twitter poll. (Doh!)

Seriously though, this topic comes up every 3 months or so. Decentralised versions are mentioned. They're the _obvious_ solution. Thing is Diaspora can't be the answer cuz it's only one entity. We need at least three competing _federated_ entities. And we need to solve the bandwidth/storage problem. Maybe, just maybe we should accept that there is no way this can work without the exchange of cash.

I now pay for Netflix and Spotify because their services and content are great. (Spotify less so, the only way to connect to friends is via FB apparently?)

Perhaps we ought to accept that a monthly charge for social media is a reasonable thing. Then, no ads, and a decent bit of competition for that revenue. All it takes is the will to do it. Clearly we need a Linus Torvalds of social media. Somebody brilliant, somebody focussed on that thing alone, somebody driven.

Once every 6 months I consider my own mail server and once every 6 months I go meh. Same deal. These things ought to be public utilities or regulated. The outlandish sums of money these companies are making and their stratospheric evaluations ought to cause us to raise our eyebrows, not to whistle in appreciation.

The issue is so enormous that I, to all intents and purposes, ignore it these days because otherwise I would not be able to use my phone nor would I be able to use the internet. Also, people saying engineers need to take back the internet ignore the reality of the thousands of engineers who got paid very nice salaries to build these privacy invading tubes. We created our own future dystopia now. We willingly erected the panopticon and volunteered our information.

What's to be done? I think that paying for these services is the only way out. That and nothing less that true federalisation.

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Re: Alexa, Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

> No microphones, no cameras Chez Barnacle.

So ... no smartphones, nor tablets neither, and nary a laptop in sight?

What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

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Re: how about...

Gave you an upvote for showing remarkable restraint, not a single word in all caps!

Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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Re: Mars Colony Dreamers

> Indeed , so lets just develop the technology and skip moving to Mars

Humans are goal-oriented. So much so that the working hypothesis for the creation of the universe has for most of human history revolved around a super-natural being with a singular purpose in mind. There's even a fancy schmancy word for it: teleology.

The goal of colonizing Mars will spur technological development to a far greater extent than not having that goal. Same as the Space Race, and various arms races -- all goal-oriented in their own way.

Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

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Re: Actually

Ah, very true.

> Yes, yes, I could have instead extended the merge window (I've done so

> in the past), but considering the above, I'd much rather we all take a

> break over the holidays and get the merge window over and done with

> early.

> Just so you know. I'm not going to be at all interested in late pull

> requests. At that point, things will be ruthlessly just skipped and

> they can wait for 4.11 instead.

Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: Mix of google/facebook

I read a good portion of the book, the corp is a mash-up of the big G and the big F … the corp does both search and social. G+ uses circles. It may be a coincidence that the new Apple HQ is toroidal.

Eggers is a superb writer, this isn't your average sci-fi dystopian schlock. Here's a review of it by Margaret Atwood in the New York Review of Books.

There are very few authors that both write decent prose and do sci-fi. Orwell, Atwood, Vonnegut, Gibson, spring to mind immediately. Eggers I'd count among their numbers after The Circle.

ESA lofts one astronaut and four Galileo satellites into orbit

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Re: re: four at a time on Ariane


Avoiding rapid disassembly 75 times in a row helps calm the nerves and increase confidence.

Next step: let's make these babies reusable. :-)

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Go Team Europe!

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Re: Yeh. Right.

Agreed. This is basically theft. Call it what it is.

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This is shocking stuff. How is all this not taken into consideration when the CO2 output of this method is calculated? Even on paper (recycled, don't you worry!) it sounds stupid. Cut down trees from across an ocean?! Madness. That's literally one of the most moronic things I've heard in a long time. Not being a native Brit I just had a nice little read of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drax_power_station and boy the stats are troubling.

“The environmental effects of coal burning are well documented. Coal is considered to be "easily the most carbon-intensive and polluting form of energy generation available".[103] In 2007 the station produced 22,160,000 tonnes of CO2, making it the largest single source of CO2 in the UK.[47][104] Between 2000 and 2007, there has been a net increase in carbon dioxide CO2 of over 3,000,000 tonnes.[47] The station also has the highest estimated emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the European Union.[105]”

“Drax's annual report for 2013 reported that Drax's annual emissions were at 20,612,000 tonnes of CO2. This was a slight decrease from 2007 levels due to the burning of biomass.[107] Drax still remains the UK's largest single source of emissions.[citation needed][clarification needed]”

Both coal and biomass are largely imported! Close this thing down and build a nuke plant. If people were *really* that concerned about the environment this thing could never continue operating.

Currently 13 nuke plants are being built in China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_China#Nuclear_power_plants_under_construction

I know China is a lot bigger energy consumption-wise, ranking 1st in the world versus 12th for the UK but still: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2233rank.html

I'm no bleeding heart environmentalist and I get that the fuel of a power plant often has to be transported to it. The fuel source that Drax was built to consume is spent. The plant was started in '74, completed in '86, started co-firing biomass in 2010 -- I reckon it's had a good innings. Once you start burning trees felled an ocean-ride away you gotta rethink your existence I reckon. I honestly can't believe it, aren't we meant to be chopping trees down to pulp into paper, not to pelletize them for burning.

China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Trade War

> Germany rebuilt itself after being bombed to bits in WW2, it just take the will to triumph over the odds.

Oh, you mean like the will on display in Triumph of the Will by Leni Riesensthal?

WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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> Can we get a system with enforced bounds checking and other safety features, please.

As any language can target WebAssembly, so yeah, why not?

Here is a discussion about Rust.

I'm a Rubyist so I'm fascinated by the idea of Ruby on Rails being able to use Ruby on the front end, intriguing. Just as Javascript migrated to the server with Node.js we now have the possibility for every other language to migrate to the client. I wonder which language will have the first decent implementation (besides Javascript). What is the provision for multiple assembled packages on a single webpage each with its own garbage collector and other runtime shenanigans?

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Re: Yay! ActiveX 2016!

Q: argumentum ad hominem?

A: *yup*

Q: ranty and shouty?


Q: random emphasis?

A: *YUP*, YUP, aaand *YUP*

Q: madey-uppy words?

A: douchie made this reader wtf

Q: ideological?

A: but of course

Ladies and gentleregs, it's gotta be Bombastic Bob! Mercifully as this is not a political post we have been spared such linguistical inventions as Hitlery and DemoRat -- I'm surprised we weren't treated to DoubleUseless3Semen or a similarly ridiculous epithet.

Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis on chatbots, AI and Colonel Gaddafi

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Re: Kissinger has a lot to answer for...

I agree. I will join you. Hitchens knocked his dressing down of H.K. out of the park, n'est-ce pas?

Oi El Reg! Where's the bleedin' follow up article you promised us?

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Re: Ooh, Can't Wait

Great, you won't regret it.

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Ooh, Can't Wait

Have to figure out how to view it in the Republic.

@Destroy All Monsters … Have you watched any of Curtis's stuff?

Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

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Re: Hybrid Raid SSD

> I mean you seem to be hinting at some AMAZING (tm) conspiracy, but Open Source has almost always lagged behind for new hardware support.


That's absolutely not the case. There have been many instances in recent years where Linux had working drivers for kit before or at the same time a proprietary OS did. A lot of the times now Linux is used to develop hardware. I'm not hinting at any conspiracy. I'm also not trying to play partisan games here. I'm merely suggesting that it is in the best interest of tech companies *as well as* consumers for hardware to be fully documented. This is not news. I'm worried with the announcement of the Google Pixel, Microsoft Studio, and upcoming Apple Macbooks that the personal computer arena is regressing rather than progressing.

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Re: "spent some of that dosh on documenting the hardware so that Penguinistas"

> From their point of view, why should they?

Because there is good will generated if they play nice with others. And there is ill will generated if they don't. We have seen it time and time again. One has to offset the good will gained with losing some, but not much, competitive advantage. I believe that one then grows the entire market and grabs a smaller slice of a much bigger pie. Standards foster innovation at least as much (if not more) as competition.

Why is Microsoft the behemoth that they are? Yes, their OS was locked down, and they abused their monopoly position, but the hardware platform was always relatively open. It took me many years to see this. It's not just about free software / open source. There's hardware, wire protocols, encodings, file formats, repositories, and finally code. Lots of places where a company can choose to go their own way or not. I've listed at least six places where choices can be made to choose an open standard, I'm sure you could name some more.

Focussing purely on software (like I did for many years) blinds you to all the locations where a tech company can lock down its ecosystem. Microsoft has in fact always participated in a more open ecosystem than Apple. Indeed, Apple have piggy-backed on an open hardware ecosystem. The app store on iOS and macOS are classic examples of Apple wanting to wall off its customers. Can you imagine if we could persuade Microsoft to create an open app store? that would be amazing. Microsoft were forced to document their Office file formats because of pressure from LibreOffice. The internet and the web or the vibrant places they are because of about protocols and formats.

Let's encourage PC (let's not forget the P in PC stands for personal) vendors of all stripes to abide by some kind of PC charter. I applaud what Facebook and other are doing on the server-side of the fence with open data centre specifications. Mobile will be a struggle especially with the baseband module being locked down. Let's keep the laptop/desktop market at least relatively open or all our advances in free software / open source will mean nothing if it doesn't speak to the kit we buy.

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Re: surprisingly good – at least from a hardware perspective.

> Isn't Linux Open Source? Write your own drivers? Wasn't this part of the whole point with Linux that you can write what is not supplied?


But it would be nice not to reverse engineer hardware specs. It'd be nice if the big tech companies with more money than they know what to do with spent some of that dosh on documenting the hardware so that Penguinistas could write drivers for the hardware *if they so wished*. Also, wouldn't it be nice to be able to write Windows drivers for Macbook / Airbook hardware and run Windows on Apple kit? Think about the big picture mate!

Poncey McPonceface

Re: surprisingly good – at least from a hardware perspective.

> So all that it needs now is to replace the OS with Linux then ?

Why not have it so it can run both, or either. Why is it always, "my team or no team"?

Poncey McPonceface

Re: surprisingly good – at least from a hardware perspective.

> Until Linux supports all the touch/pen/dial features, you would just spend a lot of money for a device you can't fully use. It looks MS understood it needs high-end hardware to sell an OS many would like to avoid...


You may have a point. Hit the nail on the head you have, When you put this together with Apple's new function-bar-strip plus touch-id reader which undoubtedly also does not have drivers then we have the worrying trend that PC hardware which has been traditionally open(-ish) is being made more closed by two of the world's biggest tech companies. I would not be surprised if this was a deliberate tactic. It is as much about building walled gardens in the middle of the open(-ish) PC ecosystem as it is about innovation.

The people here suggesting that OEMs ought to do hardware innovation like this are speaking out of their hats. The normal way the PC hardware industry has worked for 30 years is that a standard is born, de facto or otherwise and the OEMs manufacture to those templates. Same goes for box builders and peripheral makers. I'm all for hardware innovation but do you trust every shop to bundle Linux drivers with their new innovative tech? No, didn't think so. I has taken 50 years to get a semi-open PC ecosystem. Have we forgotten the days when networking kit only worked with a particular OS? Do we want to go back to those days?

When Apple launches new shiny laptop features (tied to macOS) and Microsoft launches new shiny laptop and desktop features (tied to Windows) and Google launches new shiny phone features (tied to its flavour of Android) what we geeks need to be doing is calling them out on not creating open hardware standards. Forget about your stupid fan-boy and -girl partisanship for a while can you not? Stop Apple bashing and Microsoft bashing. It's getting really old really quickly. I can barely read the comment section here any more. We get it. You hate *insert object of hate* here. Keep it to yourself. Nobody cares.

Rant over :)

Mozilla users >50% HTTPS

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Jolly good show. Superb news.

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

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Re: I don't know how I managed without it

> The purpose of life is to reproduce. Everything else is just stuff done trying to be able to reproduce, or stuff done because it can't.

Wrong. Purpose is a human social concept. Life at the biological level has many _imperatives_, one of which is reproductive, none of which are purposeful.

> Approximately 300 thousand to 500 thousand years from now.

Humanity is clearly very different from every species gone before in a number of important ways which has led us to the point of being able to tinker directly with genetics and evolution. Therefore standard measurements or metrics do not apply. A different assessment is necessary.

> There are many theosophies that maintain that the whole of creation, not just Man, was an accident that just has to run its course before true order is restored.

The question is nonsensical, therefore the correct answer is, "the question is nonsensical"

Google sets the date for first sniff at Android 7.1

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No Nougat ❤ for the Nexus 5 :(


October 31st, 2013

Am I wrong to think that Google ought to support this device with operating software updates for longer than three years?

IBM Watson Xprize is a chance to make AI more open, says prize team

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@Charles 9

I'm trying to picture an entity that while lacking any kind of intuition and spontaneous learning is at the same time indistinguishable from a human.

Cognition is embodied. My entire being is going into producing this post. A machine would have to simulate not just human language, but the human mind/brain that houses the language organ and the body that goes along with that mind and the form of life that body is supposed to have enacted. The Turing Test therefore requires the machine to have superhuman mimicking abilities therefore the Singularity is an event that precedes any machine passing the Turing Test. What do you think?

Also: English, Asian, African ? :) One of these things is not like the other two.

NIST: People have given up on cybersecurity – it's too much hassle

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Re: Punishment.

@Squander Two

Superb Comment.

Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass

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Re: Did they say it was still sapphire?

> I read several reports

Which ones?

WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

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That's a long time …

“Assange was speaking via a live video from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been staying for years, while wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering – the word "truth" in lowercase.”

… to be wearing the same t-shirt.

A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Re: Nexit?

That's what the news sources have been telling us.


Official G live stream.


Poncey McPonceface

Thanks for the update!

Envious I am. Would love one but can't justify the expense at the moment.

The oleophobic coating wear is a nuisance. I don't think cable availability is Google's fault. In a couple of years we'll be drowning in USB Type-C cables, the same way we are with USB Micro now, it's early adopter phase at the moment. In the interim:




Top interview: Dr Patrick McCarthy – boss of the world's future largest optical telescope

Poncey McPonceface

Fascinating article

More like this please El Reg.


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