* Posts by Redstone

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Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

Redstone
Unhappy

The real problem here

...IMHO is the market expectation that mature compaies will continue to grow at the same rate as saplings.

The only way to create this 'growth' is by buying up other companies in the same general market as you and continually restructure your debt to keep the process ongoing. Not a receipe for technical innovation when all the 'excess' staff are being trimmed from the industry.

Too many CEOs today have no vision for their company other than who they might buy to satiate the shareholder's growth expectations. I can't see this ending well for the last big fish in the pond - where does the Ponzi growth come from then?

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

Redstone
Coat

Whoooa, hold your horses there

The edition still reports temperatures in Fahrenheit. And yes, that’s with the language set to “English (United Kingdom).” Celsius would be nice.

Let's get our pedantry in good order, shall we? Anders Celsius, after whom this scale is named was a Swedish astronomer and this scale was made popular by the Frenchman Jean-Pierre Christin.

If you want a proper British measure (best 'Pub Landlord' impression set to [ON]), the you need to be looking at Kelvin, sonny boy.

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We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK

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Boffin

In the old days...

...we used to be faced with a real problem and then we would engineer a technology to solve that problem. To me, SigFox and other low data rate wireless technologies are part of the modern tech malaise of developing tech - because we can - and then trying to force-fit a problem to it. Probably.

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Blighty's prosecutors slammed for failing to deliver savings on electronic tagging

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Happy

Re: No Understannd

The prototype was probably the size of a briefcase.

...and that was supposed to be the sub-dermal tracker... Users complained about chafing.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

Redstone
Happy

Yes

..and if you were going to use this mechanism, you would be best served using a one time pad cipher (AKA the perfect cipher) to make sure you can never be decrypted by anyone except your intended recipient.

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Redstone
WTF?

Hmmm

Turnbull's speech singled out Whatsapp, Telegram and Signal, asking why they should “be able to establish end-to-end encryption in such a way that nobody, not the owners and not the courts, has the ability to find out what is being communicated”?

Well, maybe because that's the f'ing point of it. If I want you to know what's in my communications, I will copy you in, mate. Until that time, it's not yours or anyone else's business.

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

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WTF?

Is it really hacking...

when you supply an IDE that (unsurprisingly) provides you access to the device's API? That used to just be called programming..

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Redstone

I do wonder about these stats though -

I mean, who really says to a researcher "yeah, I thieve off Spotify/Google/Apple/whatever - whenever I have a few spare moments to myself"?

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

Redstone
WTF?

What did they expect?

The Google data vortices will never knowingly suck up less personal data than the NSA and GCHQ combined.

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

Redstone
Happy

Thank God it' now Digital...

..the analogue department was rubbish.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

Redstone

Re: Time to go PaddyPower

8. The asteroid bats the fridge back and takes out Houston.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

Redstone
Pint

It's not often I agree with the folks at Liberty

but in this case I wish them well.

No government needs this level of intrusive power. Not only does it mark a fundamental change in the relationship of the citizen to the state, the level of abuse this opens the door to is mind boggling. Not only political abuse but, as alluded to in the article, if the civil service don't helpfully leave the database on a train, hackers will have the ultimate bragging-right prize if they can get into this data. That is without the access granted to people who have absolutely no need, ever, to see this information.

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

Redstone

Nothing is 'free'

whatever their motivation, by taking the whole stack, the thieves have stolen circulation from the paper: eyeballs on the paper is what attracts the advertising revenue that pays to keep the publication going.

No circulation means no income which leads to lost jobs. So not a 'victimless' crime if it were allowed to continue.

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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Redstone

Re: Dust??

I like to imagine what might have been after the 6502 had Commodore not aquired MOS.

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Redstone
Megaphone

I'm going to stick up for the Joule...

...having played with a 570x kit.

While the Joule kit was nearly 10x the price of the Pi, it's Atom could crunch Sysbench CPU tests 20x faster than the ARM. The memory transfer rates were 4 to 5 times faster on a Joule too.

It was supported by a well-known Linux distro in Ubuntu 16.04 and had a pretty straight forward set up procedure.

Intel also put some effort into supporting the RealSense ZR300 camera with some really helpful example programs for the RealSense imaging and SLAM libraries. I really thought this was the beginning of something that could become pretty damn good.

I think part of the problem is that old Intel chestnut: very hard to get documantation. They also failed to get across in their marketing that this wasn't aimed at the Pi users - it was meant for people that wanted to graduate to a more serious edge computing IoT platform.

That's just my 2 cents, anyway.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

Redstone
Unhappy

IoT vs Users

One thing he said that I tend to agree with is that connectivity in many devices will soon be pretty much only be about collecting user data.

It will, no doubt, be sold as 'smart' (as in it will automatically get consumables sent to you before the old ones run out - for a subscription fee) but will mostly be collecting un-anonymised data about every aspect of your life it can hook into.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

Redstone

Re: Unkind folk have suggested this is so she can make a quick getaway to Royal Ascot

....Along with is comrade Mr J Corbyn of Islington (North).

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Tails OS hits version 3.0, matches Debian's pace but bins 32-bit systems

Redstone
Black Helicopters

I think the point is that..

..you end up on their list by visiting *any* website.

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

Redstone

Not sure what they used...

...but commercially available processors during the development period for V'ger would have included: the Zilog Z80, Intel 8080 and Motorola 6800. The MOS 6502 would have been too late to the game to be included... ahh nostalgia.

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PC, Ethernet and tablet computer pioneer 'Chuck' Thacker passes

Redstone

Rest In Peace

To another of the giants who made our industry and whose shoulders we now stand on.

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

Redstone

Re: Shit-for-brains

Would this be the same Qatar that has had all the Gulf states - even Saudi Arabia - break diplomatic ties with them due to their robust support for Hamas, the Muslim Botherhood and pretty much any other destabilising terrorist organisation in the Middle East?

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Redstone

Re: Its a great narrative..

Yes, it did indeed take longer to build a case against Nixon and I am always keen to see corruption in government brought out into the open and prosecuted (like it should have been under Obama).

However, in the Watergate case, there was an actual criminal event that took place to spark an investigation. Petulant foot-stamping and finger pointing by the losing party - simply because they felt entitled to a win - is not a substitute for evidence.

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Redstone

Its a great narrative..

..but after 7 months and testimony in congress, by what must be half the security bods in the US Govt, that they don't have any actual evidence of collusion, I think it might be time to drop the excuses and admit: whatever you think of Trump, the US public were less keen on what the Democrat's were offering.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

Redstone

Whatever the technical merits/flaws

The problem will always be politics and NIMBYs. HS2 anyone? In the time it took to even get that approved(ish) the Chinese have built something like 8000 miles of high speed rail.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

Redstone

Re: You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

OK, off the top of my head:

1. Not waving goodbye to a net of £13 billion of our tax money per year

2. Having boarders that the UK are allowed to control

3. The possiblity of returning to the superior British Common Law

4. along the same lines, No EU courts overruling our own.

5. Not having an unelected, unaccounatble EU commission make all our important decisions for us.

6. Vacuum cleaners that are allowed the power to actually pick up dust

7. Setting our own tax rates without a by-your -leave from the EU (c.f. VAT)

8. Stop the rape of UK fisheries

9. Bin subsidyfarms, sorry I mean Windfarms

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Redstone

Re: How does breaking encryption monitor people in parks?

She cut police numbers making it more unlikely there would be a police / intelligence guy in the park.

The guy was investigated, but as Jihadis know how to play our laws so they stay just inside the law, he was let go without charge, so in this case police numbers would have made no difference.

Also, yes she may have cut funding (cutting officers - rather than pet schemes - was the local choice by regional forces) but those officer numbers were cut from an all-time high. At the moment the numbers are the same as what we had at the beginning of the 2000's. I don't remember us having to resort to vigilante policing due to lack of numbers then.

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Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

Redstone

Re: Poettering's Law*

of course people are going to blame systemd, given how much software has it as a dependency. That is kind of what forced so many distros to adopt it in the first place...

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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

Redstone

Now I feel old...

I can still remember feeling pleased with myself for getting an 80MByte hard disk with my shiney new 386 PC. Then less than five years later the IT manager plopped himself down next to me to boast about the massive 2GByte hard drive his new server came with...

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How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

Redstone

I would guess that..

IBM are just following the Peter principle - where managers rise to the level of their incompetence. Of course when you have mind-boggling incompetence, these managers have to be promoted to the very top.

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Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

Redstone

I thought PCW was...

why forward planning and the internet were invented. But I will admit that both can fail. When I need a 'why-the-f-did-they-fit-that-connnector-to this-device' adapter immediately, I tend to go with Maplin who almost always have that strange adapter in stock.

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Redstone

Re: I'm barred from all PCW's....

Surely we can fix that by setting up an international regulatory body for the sport?

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

Redstone

Liberal Democrats have pledged to end the "Orwellian nightmare" of mass-snooping powers..

..and a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

Redstone

There is a flip side...

Playing Devil's advocate here - maybe there is very little bias in the algorithms but as the outcomes don't match the biased expectations of the observers, that is the actual reason they are calling foul.

I don't know the state of bias that has been coded into AI, but then, I don't think that these researchers do either. I have an inherent distrust of 'researchers' whose basic assumption sets essentially have a pre-determined outcome for their research.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

Redstone

What I find even more sinister...

is the amount of information that ArseBook(TM) collects on people who have not agreed to have their data hoovered up and resold.

As an experiment, I created a fake FB account (using a brand-new fake email address) and was quite disturbed by the accuracy of the 'people you may know' offerings - which included people who are actually known by other family members who are not on ArseBook either (IP tracking, perhaps?). All of which points to quite an extensive database on someone who has never officially signed on the dotted line.

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UK patent troll protections tweaked – lawyers exempted

Redstone

After all...

why should the legal profession ( I believe the legal term is: socialis parasitus) face any legal consequences for inferior work? Legal consequences are only for the plebs.

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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

Redstone

Hmmm

Most of the reviewers seem to be locked into a very IT-centric worldview as to how storage should behave. There is a whole universe of embedded and high-end applications where high throughput random access and guaranteed low latency would be a major boon - virtually any real-time digital signal processing application, for example.

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

Redstone

Remember Kids

insider trading is only OK if your office is in the Exec Suite.

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

Redstone

...helped an Evil man get into a position of power in the States

Putin got Piers Morgan on the judging panel of America's Got Talent?

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

Redstone

The poor judgement

was in his original choice of beer. Now if it had been a true Bavarian weissbier...

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

Redstone

Fake News is pretty old..

..as Mark Twain pointed out:

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

Redstone

Re: Holy drama lama mama!

That's because this isn't regular stupid: its advanced stupid.

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Redstone

Wouldn't it be great to be a fly on the wall for their next Chistmas dinner...?

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

Redstone

They would have got away with it if they hadn't indulged in the twin pillars of getting caught: they got cocky and they were greedy..

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

Redstone

The thing I find sinister about all this is that simply making the accusation becomes the punishment for most people: it means you will be tied up in court for a decade fighting the primary accusation (which is designed to blacken the company's name) and then anything else they think they can get an angle on from the discovery process. Your coffers will be sucked dry paying the only winners in this game: the lawyers.

I don't suppose it matters so much for Google as they have very deep pockets, but for small firms....I guess they had just better get used to the gummint micromanaging their pay scales and making sure they don't reward superior performance by a non-approved demographic.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

Redstone

They are going about this all wrong - trying to run before they can walk.

What they need to do is start with something closer to the legal system's digital technological development:

1. Buy an old arcade cabinet from ebay

2. Install in court

3. Have trial by Mortal Kombat

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

Redstone

I guess Imagination Technologies' lawyers will need to put some Intellctual Property infringement cases into the sclerotic US court system and tie up any designs Apple comes up with in legal crap for the next decade.

I know some of the guys at IT from using their Creator Ci40 IoT dev kit. Sucks when people you know and like get a blow like this.

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

Redstone

Yes, but all worthwhile file system upgrades have to start out as relatively untested. Don't get me wrong, I'm always corporate-skeptical but a significantly better encrypted filesystem and metadata is a good thing in the long term, even if there is the odd (hopefully) minor bug here and there along the way.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

Redstone

Re: Evolution until someone pulls the plug

Don't worry, the greatly mocked and maligned preppers are already off the grid waiting to continue civilization after everything has gone south...;)

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Redstone

Re: Automation

Maybe because, despite the automation, productivity has stubbornly refused to get off the plateau its been on for the last 15-20 years? Just my guess...

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MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Redstone

This seems to be an embodiment of the adage:

If the answer is more government, you asked a really dumb question.

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