* Posts by jpo234

43 posts • joined 16 Jan 2017

Green search engine Ecosia thinks Google's Android auction stinks, gives bid a hard pass


> It should be up to Android users which search engine they use, and absolutely not up to Google

That has always been the case. The ballot is about the "default default search engine". Users are free to change this setting to whatever they want.

This major internet routing blunder took A WEEK to fix. Why so long? It was IPv6 – and no one really noticed


> Google currently claims that 28 per cent of its visitors are using IPv6. We don't buy it

Akamai's numbers are in line with Google's: https://www.akamai.com/us/en/resources/our-thinking/state-of-the-internet-report/state-of-the-internet-ipv6-adoption-visualization.jsp

What do we want? Decentralised, non-siloed social media with open standards! When do we want it? Soon!


Welcome to the ultimate filter bubble.


There is really long list of failed Facebook alternatives. Sure, make it longer.

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land


Would this be compatible with the constitution?

Please stop regulating the dumb tubes, says Internet Society boss


How is DNS over HTTPS different from a normal VPN?

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it


Re: The title is no longer required.

If you don't like it, don't use it. Simple.

Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them


Re: Debunked?

You can add Amazon's Project Kuiper (3,236 satellites), OneWeb (650 satellites) and Facebooks Project "Athena".

Google plonks right-wing think tanker and defence drone mogul on AI ethics advisory board


Re: cats standing up



> Most of the internet: Yikes

Don't confuse Twitterati with "most of the internet". Most of the internet is far to busy sharing pictures of cats standing up.

Humanitarian champ or sex-trafficking profiteer? Fresh sueball argues Salesforce is the latter


Create embarrassment and go for the deep pockets. The oldest trick of trial lawyers.

What bugs me the most? World+dog just accepts crap software resilience


Re: Adding features

I would rate current MS software as high quality. It's used by billions every day and mostly just works.


This article misses a lot of nuances:

* People can and do develop software without formal training and there is little that can be done to change this

* PEBCAK: problem exists between chair and keyboard, e.g. the user didn't bother to learn how to use the software

* interaction between software that was written independently (the cookie example: is the bug in the browser or the web app?)

* bad specifications

FAANGs for the memories: Breaking up big tech's biggest isn't a matter of if, but of when


Re: "these engines of amplification, toxification, division and disunity"

Exactly. Instead of Facebook there would be gab, closed, encrypted Signal groups or services outside their jurisdiction.

The problem isn't Facebook per se, but the self selected filter bubbles enabled by the Internet.


> more persuasive case put by the guarantors of national security, who have weighed these engines of amplification, toxification, division and disunity and found them wanting. States wanting to remain coherent have no choice: break up the internet giants – or fragment into a Hobbesian war of all-against-all.

So instead of a single social network that is at least willing to follow the law, they might be confronted by end-to-end encrypted closed groups (Signal) or networks completely out of their control (gab). They will fondly remember the good, old days when there was at least somebody who would pick up the phone or whom they could pressure to remove content.

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'


> It would also severely erode the lead Musk's rocketeers have over arch-rivals Boeing, whose CST-100 Starliner capsule is due to take its own uncrewed flight atop an Atlas V in March.

Latest whispers are, that the Starliner launch has already slipped to May.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito


Re: F@$% the creapy stalker tech

Exactly. If you don't like it, don't use it. Where is the problem?

Cops: German suspect, 20, 'confessed' to mass hack of local politicians


Re: CDU right wing - ahh what?

Just a few weeks ago a CDU state governor was musing about future coalition governments with the far left (Die Linke). If anything, the CDU by now is slightly left-of-center.

Chill, it's not WikiLeaks 2: Pile of EU diplomatic cables nicked by hackers


Pity the poor schmuck who has to wade through all this stuff that nobody was ever meant to read. He will be bored to tears, it's probably as entertaining as reading the phone register.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea


To quote Stalin: Quantity has a quality of its own.

We just see that the old ideas with new hardware can indeed produce new results.

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas


> But where the aircraft doesn’t have conventional wings or a main rotor, this poses problems.



Re: In Germany there actually is a strong push for those ideas in the ruling party

A lot of things we take for granted today was considered a mad idea when people came up with it. We will see what comes from it. A lot of very smart people think there is some merit...

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


I have a Fossil Q Explorist and like it. For me the most useful feature is the Google Notes app. It's really nice to have the shopping list on my wrist. It's much easier to access than on the phone.

Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal


The reason is interesting: so far it's not about the original sin, e.g. developing the defeat device and lying to regulators. This is about the handling of the aftermath: Prosecutors claim that he did not immediately stop deliveries in Europe after the scandal broke and those knowingly allowed non-compliant cars to be sold.

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6


How is this ITU paper relevant if nobody is willing to implement it? After all, the ITU has no networks and no army...

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


The problem is, it's not just the Soviet Union. The latest example is the collapse of the Socialism of the 21st century, namely Venezuela.

What else do you have? China with it's turbo charged capitalism? North Korea (no comment needed)? Cuba?

There is no example of a working socialist country, none.


The US is currently at full employment (4.1%). If conditions at Amazon were really that unbearable employees would just move on.

That said, "Millions of people living and working in Space" is a grand vision that somebody has to pursue. If we always push it out to tomorrow, it will never be done.

C'mon, Zuck... don't make us feel second class. Come talk to us in Europe – EU politicos


Nobody is forced to have a Facebook account. If you do, accept the consequences of your choice.

Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!


Get over it. Voice and images are data. Computer create and manipulate data. Nothing in digital form can really be trusted.

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women


In an open market there is now an opportunity for dark skinned women to build a better solution. Will they take it?

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX


Re: Compare with Raptor not Merlin

The BE-4 engine fired at 50-percent power.


Re: And the ultimate aim?

Musk wants to go to Mars and Bezos wants to move all polluting industry into space to protect our blue origin (hence the name).


Re: Something doesn't add up

First at all the numbers you quote are to GTO, not LEO.

The New Glenn number (13,000 Kg to GTO) is reusable, the F9 number (8,300 Kg to GTO) is expendable. The reusable number for F9 is about 5500kg to GTO.


ULA has not yet commited to BE-4

The race is officially still open between Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR1 and the BE-4.


The Test was Wednesday

but only announced on Friday.

ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe


> positioned in a triangular formation 2.5km on a side so that the craft will be nicely isolated and therefore deliver more reliable results

The LISA project site (https://www.elisascience.org/articles/elisa-mission/elisa-technology) says:

"LISA will consist of three spacecraft in Earth-like orbits around the Sun. They will fly million kilometers apart in an equilateral triangle formation."

Where do these 2.5km come from?

US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station


First sentence should be "the ISS “danger zone”", not "the its “danger zone”", I think.

Do we need Windows patch legislation?


Re: All products have a support life

MS did fix the bug. Recent versions of Windows are safe.

When people bought the affected WinXP machines they were or should have been aware that support will eventually end. If they choose WinXP in this knowledge its not MS fault when these customers gambled and run an outdated software that became a target of malicious code.

And: One could argue that MS is not even at fault. The code works fine when it is used as intended. A malware attack clearly is outside the intended scope. You wouldn't claim that a car maker is at fault if a car explodes when somebody maliciously shoots it with a gun.

Google Fiber goes full Wizard of Oz: We're not in Kansas any more


Google-SpaceX axis brewing?

Google has a seat on the SpaceX board. SpaceX plans to deploy a satellite constellation that it hopes will bring global broadband internet coverage. See



Just saying.

SpaceX makes successful rocket launch


Re: Reusing a booster

SES-10, which will launch on the booster from CRS-8, has been shipped to the Cape a few days ago: https://twitter.com/SES_Satellites/status/820952308410355713

It should lift off in February.


Re: What does it say on the landing pad?

Look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series


Re: Culture

The first Mars ITS is tentatively named "Heart of Gold" after the space ship from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".


Compared to the 4000 satellites that SpaceX plans to use for their own constellation it's small fry.

See here: http://www.businessinsider.de/spacex-internet-satellite-constellation-2016-11

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