* Posts by erikborgo

26 posts • joined 30 Aug 2017

Turn that bachelor pad into a touch pad: Now you can paint buttons, sensors on your walls


Re: Nickel is cancerous

It's like saying asbestos is safe in your house, if you don't mess with it. Trouble is, it becomes friable over time. LED lights (also CFL, to a lesser degree) emit UV or near enough - so much so that museums hastily reverted back to halogen because of the "Our Masterpiece Is Mysteriously Fading Despite Being Kept Out Of Sunlight" problem.


Nickel is cancerous

It'll break down with exposure to UV, time and chemicals, drift into your lungs and kill you:


...and if not, it'll be yet another spying vector...

Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?


...it'd be a lot easier for the Mafia to dispose of bodies.

There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!


I'm off to Eroticon 6!


Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn? Doesn't matter – they may need to update their room key software


Let's face it, all locks are cr*p

Any electronic lock is as pickable as any computer is hackable. Mechanical locks: Check out the hugely depressing lockpicking lawyer on youtube - locks defeated within a couple of minutes.

Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board


Rockot launcher?

Stone-age baby pod catapult?

PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs


Microsoft isn't Adobe

Could be wrong... but I believe no Adobe licence is transferrable, even if it's Macromedia software.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music


Re: Reel to Reel

You must mean live UNAMPLIFIED music, with no possibility of live Autotune.... folk or classical?


Reel to Reel

Original master tapes are the only way to get fidelity. If you play them rarely.


Streaming is killing musicians

It may be convenient and cheap for all you can eat streaming monthly bundles but spare a thought for all of the creatives waiting tables, gardening, painting and decorating because music income (even for moderately succesful tracks) is nothing compared to that of years gone by. Especially when Spotify can't "find you" to pay you anyway.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is


Re: People will forget...

It's too much power for one platform.

Facef*ck really could do it.

US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder


"Entire Universal Credit Claimants' Database leaks on Amazon Web Services"

...maybe Ladbrokes would accept a bet...

Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?


Smartphones are for dumb people

The only Smart thing about them is how they use you.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?


Make Firefox Peer to Peer!

...kill off the hosting companies... the web could be completely free! FREE!!!

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade


Is it possible to harvest energy from gravity waves?

... is it possible and would it be worth the effort?

This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector


350 lumens is paltry...

...which is why JBL wanted that little detail omitted from this terrible review.

Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple


Seriously, F*KC Apple!

Now every website is flat & unnavigable with big gaudy dinky buttons

SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures


Re: Fix Earth's Climate Using Terraforming Instead of Seeking Escape!

All space travel comes with risks.


Fix Earth's Climate Using Terraforming Instead of Seeking Escape!

Massive carbon scrubbers for our very own (and for most of us: only) naturally occurring spaceship will cost 20 trillion dollars... money well spent... but will political headless chickens run at it in time?

China orders immediate shuttering of Bitcoin exchanges


Stay small...

Bitcoin exchanges are massive targets, maybe the best strategy for cryptocurrencies is to segment their exchanges, operate in smaller areas thereby making breaches less profitable for hackers:


Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?


Emergency Escape Options?

Does it have a parachute plus a backup parachute and an emergency mechanical override system so one could deploy it in case the automatic systems fail or if there's a Carrington Event level coronal mass ejection?

If you could escape quickly wearing a parachute, maybe I'd consider it, given there is enough altitude for the parachute to function and some sort of springboard/compressed gas powered launchpad so one could avoid being sliced to confetti by the rotors.

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration


Re: Move domains to smaller company - we did years ago after probs with FastHosts, 123reg, LCN

I'm not convinced of the wisdom of using smaller providers: They usually charge more for a start.

I used a small hosting company and once you got to know them, they expected you to be more forgiving of their f*ckups, because they felt that you had a 'relationship' with them. It was a damned nightmare, one I ditched for Site5. I did worry when they were bought out last year, but they are as good as they always were... I think I may be one of the only people remaining on their London based server (something they don't offer new customers anymore, sadly) and it's seriously quick. Bit pricier than I would like but I have several hundred websites hosted reliably.

Fasthosts own 123-reg, they haven't followed suit with automatic .uk registrations, yet. If they do, I'll ditch them for namecheap, they're cheaper.

David Potter rejoins 'New New Psion' as Hon.Chairman


Re: Blackberry

My new GPD Pocket Mini is almost as small and contains an Atom, runs Windows 10... despite it's 7000mah battery I don't think it would last as long as it would on ARM... wish it was a tad smaller. Still, faster and better than the old Vaio P it replaced. About to install a dual boot Linux. Sometimes you just need a pocketable computer on the road.

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't


The next iPhone should be a watch with a screen projected onto the back of the hand

It'd be easy to map the topology of the back of the hand in real time to enable a bright LED projector on the iPhone in a watch form factor to correct the UI to match and make the image appear flat... hand and finger motion could be tracked using various methods including ultrasonics.

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like


I'd buy that for a dollar!

Damn, a brand new device with this form factor for me would be a novelty: For work purposes I use UMPC's and have had many over the years which due to the age of the hardware fail quite fast and need rather a lot of repair to maintain. Windows 7 please.

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller


Meeting Pratchett

I met him accidentally twice on the same day 25 years ago. He gave me some awesome advice about writing novels... He said his only rule was to write 500 polished words every day. He may write a couple of thousand but with 500 polished words, in six months he has another novel. He gave me a couple of other pointers too which I will keep to myself, in our wonderful little one to one after his lecture while I was waiting for the next event; a screening of The Wicker Man on 16mm. Sometimes meeting your heros is as epic as you imagine. Such a brilliant writer, he is very much missed. Hope nobody had cloned the hard drive.

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