* Posts by Redstone

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Chairman Zuck ends would-be president Zuck's political career

Redstone
Unhappy

Hmmmm.

This is the true consequence of electing Trump. It has shown that if Trump can be elected, anyone has a chance!

No, this was the intention of the founding fathers, made very clear in the Federalist Papers.

The original idea was that average citizens would serve a term or maybe two in office before returning to their 'real' life. That would temper elected officals' enthusiam for dumb laws as they would find themselves subject to those laws soon enough. There was never supposed to be a career political class creating laws that don't affect them.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Happy

Re: What the CONTEXT analyst (& the article) skipped over

Sorry, what was I thinking?

Note to self: Everything good [from June 23rd, 2016 into perpetuity] = DESPITE Brexit.

Got it, now.

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Redstone
Holmes

What the CONTEXT analyst (& the article) skipped over

is that there has been a global price increase in components along with the requisite lengthening of delivery lead times, especially from chip makers.

Does this mean that Brexit is responsible for the global upturn in the electronics industy too?

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Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

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Boffin

The Future of Blockchain currency

doesn't depend on anything technical. It depends on whether any of these currencies can become stable enough to gain popular acceptance rather than mostly being the latest in a long line of speculator's playthings.

Not many people want to use a currency that was worth 50 cents yesterday, $8000 today and $2 tomorrow.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

Redstone
Meh

I can see it from her point of view...

Government IT projects are something of a poison chalice. If, by some miracle against all the odds you produce a working system somewhere close to on-time and only a bit over budget, there's no glory in it. Why not keep your real job open?

Mind you, this state of affairs is a pretty sad place to find our govt. IT

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

Redstone
Pint

It would all mean so much more...

...if they could get Morgan Freeman to narrate the death dive.

Farewell Cassini. May your data live forever!

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

Redstone
Devil

We absolutely condemn your political viewpoint...

..Oh, you have money? Why didn't you say? Of course we will run your ads. Always liked your political opinions, you know....

One question - how tenuous does the 'link' have to be to be 'connected with Russia'? Some of those IP packets were routed through a server in Russia = Russian connection?

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Redstone
Happy

I'm guessing it wasn't planning but...

..the conversation went something like:

"All the kool kidz are doing flat, we must do it too"

"Well, if it's good enough for he kool kidz..."

..some time passes....

"Oh look our bounce rate seems smaller and look how much longer people stay on page!"

"Yeah, we are totally engaging traffic with this new style - we must be geniuses."

"Maybe now we can get some of those Google-style bean-bags for the office"

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Why is it that geeks' favourite enemies are... other geeks?

Redstone

Re: Let's kick this off then...

Apple DOS 3.2.1 anyone?

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

Redstone
Meh

Agree..

My white polycarbonate, bog-standard timer works just fine.

Seriously, how big does your mansion have to be that, to avoid dying from hypothermia, you need to pre-heat your home from your phone 'cos you are going to be home an hour early?

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

Redstone
Pint

For those curious what was on the drive....

...just wait for the next NSA leak. ;)

My intro to Terry Pratchett was 'Mort'. Great author. Great Bloke. Greatly missed.

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Sweden may extend data retention, splat NAT and register VPNs

Redstone
Terminator

Politics as usual

..it looks like Sweden is imitating China, “where the state requires the network to be tailor-made for monitoring, not for the internet to work as well as possible”.

Yeah, but at least in the West we can vote in a whole new set of politicians who want to deploy exactly the same state monitoring as their predecessors....

Hmmmm. Not looking that good really, is it?

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Probing the online phish market reveals thriving, profitable underworld

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Paris Hilton

Judging by the pricing...

you would have thought legal devops would be more attractive to these guys - similar pay without the threat of prison time?

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

Redstone
Childcatcher

This does throw up some questions that need answering

While I don't think many people have credible issues with ADAS in vehicles, I'm less happy with the removal of human autonomy from driving.

To take self-driving vehicle tech to its logical conclusion, will you be happy when the government mandates where you can and can't drive? What about when you can drive? Are you happy with your exact whereabouts being logged on government servers as you drive (without possibility of being turned off) as this data will be necessary to allow auto-navigation?

Maybe you are cool with all of this, but autonomous vehicles throw up a lot of civil liberty questions that society ought to answer beforehand, rather than blindly handing our rights to free movement over to the government.

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

Redstone
WTF?

Here's an idea..

...instead of trying to figure out how to slurp data like Chrome, why not just figure out how to load pages faster and generally be lighter on resources and more nimble? You might actually start to get some user base back. I started using Pale Moon over Firefox for this very reason.

As for rendering Arsebook pages: HTML5/CSS is a standard. If they can't be bothered to set up their 'tailored' pages to the standard, then F*%k them (excuse my French).

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Facebook may print money but thirsty Wall Street wants more

Redstone

Re: All that lovely advertising lucre

I've started using Signal as an end-to-end, precisely because you have to manually invite a connection with each person you want in your Signal contact list, rather than having the app rape your phone's contact list and cross check with every other raped contact list on Facebook's database.

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Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again

Redstone
WTF?

That's what I don't get...

..even if you do provide 'free' internet access to the world's poor, FB ads or Google ads to them are pointless: the dollar a day they earn is going on food, not the tat being pushed in the ads. Even the dumbest advertiser knows this and will screen the poor out of their advertising targets so as not to waste money.

That's even before you work out what hardware platform they are going to use: when you are living hand-to-mouth, even a $50 handset is not going to be on your priority list.

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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

Redstone
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

Redstone
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

Redstone
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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