* Posts by Dazed and Confused

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Big Brother

You think this is invasive

Just wait till they've got on the spot DNA scanners.

scene: bloke down the park pushing his kids on the swing, police officer enters stage right

officer: what are you doing with these kids

bloke: they're my children

officer: click click click I don't think so sonny, you're nicked

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Tower ProLiants on the warpath: HPE takes on Dell 'n' white-box gang in SMB space

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Re: What's the deal with firmware updates?

> Do you have to sign up for a support agreement?

Not while they are in warranty

Sadly they are restricting access to the core system FW updates after that :-(

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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Re: "No everything works perfectly here k'l; ';jksdfk#V"

Bu**er, I forget the printer problems in my tirade. Why is it the print spooler can't find something on the network when the web-browser can with exactly the same name.

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Numbers of seats or total uptime

It will take a huge number of seats advantage for W10 to counter act the uptime advantages of W7. When you switch your laptop on and W10 decides that it won't talk to any USB devices today or your main external monitor it's not easy to show up on any usage logs on a website. If it were just 1 PC showing these sorts of traits I'd assume it was just a one off issue, but this is spread over the majority of the PCs you come across it tends to point to it being a more general issue.

No doubt I'll get massive numbers of down votes from the MS shills who always down vote anyone who dares to suffer less than perfect behaviour from W10. I'm really happy for them that their experience is perfect. I'm just yet to meet anyone in person who doesn't suffer from random "this bit won't work today" issues.

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Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

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Re: Pass it on

> I'm not even sure it qualifies as a "scam". Are these dodgy vendors deceiving their customers? Usually not, I think. In some cases, at least, they are merely providing a service which the government, following the advice of lobbyists, has chosen to make illegal.

This is a much better analogy.

If I kill someone who I disagree with that is a criminal act and the police will come and arrest me and I'll be punished at the government (actually you and me)'s expense.

But if I libel them then the police and the government have no interest in the matter, it is up to the individual I libel to seek redress against me.

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I want life to be boring, says Linus Torvalds as Linux 4.15 debuts

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Tell it like it is

> cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/spectre_v2

Oh the joy of not needing to keep a marketing department on board.

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Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

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Re: Tech + Knowlegy

> ABS braking is great assistive tech, but is not included in most vehicles.

Errr since when?

You might still be able to buy something like a Caterham 7 without ABS, but according to Wikipedia

ABS are required on all new passenger cars sold in the EU since 2004. In the United States, the NHTSA has mandated ABS in conjunction with Electronic Stability Control under the provisions of FMVSS 126 as of September 1, 2013.

You can of course have non electronic ABS, Ford used to do this on Escorts and Onions in the late 80s, but ... lets not go there.

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Re: Artificial Stupidity.

> Do you know why nobody is investigating Artificial Stupidity?

I thought lots of companies were already investing heavily in artificial stupidity, aren't we discussing a case in point?

As the saying goes "To ere is human, but to really F*** things you you need a computer"

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Re: of course you could

> just program the 'autopilot' to keep slowing down until

Or better still mandate a "rat on a twat" feature. Any driver not paying sufficient attention the car calls the cops and hands over the evidence that they deserve to spend some time walking more.

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Re: anti-collision

Maybe it's like W10 and was too busy loading updates to do any work.

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'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Re: I Remember When...

> Still waiting for AMD, Microsoft, Apple, and Linux to announce that they are discontinuing x86 development

This isn't an x86 problem, its affecting other CPU architectures too. Aren't Sparc and IBM's Power chips also suffering, some ARM CPUs are.

Intel have a chip which isn't, apparently, affected. But it's illegal to say nice things about Itanium here at El'Reg.

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: A strange idea

The idea of the walkable city is such contradiction in terms.

I think you've missed the whole point of cities.

I was born in London and to be honest I wouldn't live there if you paid me to.

But, I love visiting London of an evening. It's vibrant, There's lots happening, a huge variety of places to eat, places to go for entertainment. Lots of places to meet up with friends etc.

To me that's the advantage of cities.

If I was 30 years younger then I'd love to live in a place like that.

The idea of the walkable city is such contradiction in terms.

Nope!

I want to be able to walk around it.

I'd love to be able to just walk around without having to worry about cars, buses, trucks and cyclists.

London has a high enough population density to fund burying most of the transport infrastructure. The more of that which is out of sight and out of mind the better.

If they want to plan a city for autonomous cars then it should be one where the roads have been removed from the places that the pedestrians want to walk, live in 3 dimensions take it up and/or down.

If all the roads were buried in tubes then people probably wouldn't care that much about driving.

Oh yes,

PS. I love to drive and wouldn't want an AV in today's road system.

PPS, when AVs start to appear on our roads you can bet I'll be one of the people who game them.

PPPS, I've said here before that as a pedestrian I will not give way to an AV, it can damn well stop and give way to me.

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: BBFC

I used to quite like it when the BBFC rated video games. You could go to their website and get the detailed report by the "censor" on what content of the game resulted in it's eventual rating. Loads of games ended up with higher age ratings of bad language, I'm not stupid enough to think that kids aren't going to swear, so my attitude was "you can have the game but if I hear you using that language and you'll lose it, use that language at your mother and you'll lose the console". So we never had an issue, but it meant that when they kids wanted a particular game we could make an informed decision and we could argue our corner when we said no.

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Re: perhaps that's what the government wants...

Well given than "the government" in the shape of the Number10gov official site and Theresa May in her own name plus of course Jeremy Corbyn and probably every one else in parliament regularly post to one of the worlds premier porn distribution sites, I'd say that the government positively support porn.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: 'how Itanium isn't affected'

With the Itanium processor virtual addresses are global, the bits of the kernel have 1 set of virtual addresses while all user processes have other virtual addresses. The cache tags and the TLB basically know who a bit of addresses space belongs to. Sadly it's been too many years since I played that far inside the Itanium to remember whether there is a region register which is programmable from user privilege level (like there is 1 user programmable space register on PA-Risc) but even if a long virtual pointer were used from assembler the access would be blocked by the TLB's protection mechanism.

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Re: it doesn't really matter if you can read the kernel memory from user space.

Re: If you control your own computer, it doesn't really matter if you can read the kernel memory from user space.

Hardly.

Take Berkeley Unix, which is where Unix page based memory management came from. The assumption here is that the computer is owned and run by the CS dept. but used by bloody students who's primary interest is in buggering things up. No OS designed has ever wanted to have it's internal data read by unprivileged user code. If such behaviour was considered a "good thing" then /dev/kmem would be world readable. The kernel often has data which should be private to other processes running on the same system so it damn well should ensure that it's private.

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'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

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This just seems to show

That Russia is years behind China. This very organ reported years back about the Chinese using BGP to re-route lots of traffic so they could take a good look at it.

Come on Russia, pay attention.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Medical Scotch

Your taste goes when you have man flu so never waste good scotch on it.

I wasn't aware I was ill when I drank it. The sickness hadn't had time to get me, I certainly wouldn't have wasted it later on, I couldn't even hold down water.

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Medical Scotch

Years back I bought myself a lovely bottle of 1962 Oban (years back, but this was still getting on for 30 years old at the time). One evening a few weeks later the wife and I headed over to my sister's where my brother in law proceeded to drink the said bottle and I must say it was divine. Silky smooth.

The next day I awoke with a bad head and the Mrs wasn't very sympathetic (for some unknown reason). When I was feeling much worse by night time she finally relented to accepted that perhaps my ailment wasn't of my own causing. After everything that went near my mouth for the next 5 days bounced the Mrs (who was a nurse) finally persuaded the GP that I might have food poisoning (I'd stupidly eaten a burger from a dodgy looking van during the day before the drinking session). I was put on a dose of antibiotics and a few days later started to return to the land of the living. A while later I was chatting to one of the consultants at the hospital and the story came up and he postulated that I quite likely owed my life to that whisky he thought that the golden liquid had likely killed off quite a lot of the organism that did me so much harm.

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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Re: Seriously?

You have to remember that by and large the world is run by frustrated old men* who hate the idea that someone, somewhere, is having more fun than they are. As a consequence they are determined to ban anything they might not be getting the chance to enjoy personally.

(*) In my experience the feeling isn't gender specific.

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Language bugs infest downstream software, fuzzer finds

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Re:"undocumented features"

It's about making sure that "undocumented features" don't exist.

You don't always have to go that far. Sometimes developers don't do a full trace back to zero check of library function paths to know about the documented features.

I remember years ago coming across the feature of the chsh command, due to this needing to modify the passwd file it needed to run SUID to root. The command was quite simple and just relied on the standard password file functions of the time and those functions relied on the stdio functions. There was kind of a sibling command to chsh, chfn, the developer of chfn had read all the manual pages and knew that the underlying function wasn't going to handle a line of over 1024 characters and so had included code to ensure that it wouldn't be asked to. The developer of chsh hadn't been so diligent, So you could chsh and give yourself a shell with a short name, such as the Bourne shell had, then using chfn you could max out the length of your passwd file entry. Then going back to chsh you switched to a shell with a longer name, csh or ksh would do, and the command didn't sanity check on the data nor understand the lower level functions and would write out a really dumb entry in the file.

The feature was known, but only to people who had RTFM'd.

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Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info

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Re: shocked, shocked!

> I'm sure Woodgate and Clark Ltd were shocked, shocked!, to learn of such heinous crimes by the PI's they hired.

The firm's director, Michael Woodgate, was found guilty of two counts

Let's just hope that the sentence is custodial. A fine, which is bound to be smaller than the profit of rogue trading, just isn't sufficient incentive to behave well.

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: pron on the cp

mentioned thousands of files, over a time period of months, with timestamps indicating porn browsing sessions lasting several hours, interspersed with him sending and receiving emails and reviewing documents.

Once the dodgy link has been followed or the maliciously crafted page has been viewed it can keep updating so can result in many accesses spread over the time the page is open which can easily show the accesses interspersed with genuine work activities.

You're probably right, he may well not be telling the whole truth, but this isn't evidence.

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pron on the cp

It's new worthy because in any other job, if caught with porn on his computer he'd have been fired.

having porn on your pc (or if it's pron presumably it's on your cp) is not reasonable proof that you've been looking at porn.

As others have pointed out, a dodgy link could have done it, crap settings on an email client (this was years back remember). Or a malicious web-admin could easily to give them to you as a present. If I have a website which the bods from Westminster access for what ever reasons it is trivial to feed them lots of links to thumbnails (coz they download quickly so probably won't be noticed) and you just display them as 1x1 pixels dots on the screen... or similarly hide them. I could easily target these at specific IP addresses or users etc.

If you want proof you should need to more than someone saying I saw it in the guy's browser history.

Otherwise any web admin can take you down any time they like.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Userland

I know you marked this as a joke, but

> The only userland event that should cause a panic is PID 1 existing.

But only if it's SystemD. SysVInit should be allowed to continue as normal

This is one of the issues with systemd, the traditional init was a very simple thing and as such incredibly unlikely to die. Once it had launched the system it became the catcher of orphans, it issues the wait(2) calls to allow them to be reaped. The kernel needs to have somewhere to pass orphan processes, this is why it panics if PID 1 dies.

IMHO systemd does too much, it has too many interaction points and therefore is much more likely to have defects and therefore at risk of dying. Unlike other userland processes, the death of PID 1 is fatal. So things which are perfectly acceptable in other process are not in tolerable in PID 1.

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Re: Linus Torvalds is a f*cking moron?

> This sort of behaviour is not how you get the best out of people.

It can work well with teams of good people who respect your ability.

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Re: Design

> design defects

are a class of bug

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Re: Userland

> A kernel detecting an illegal permission escalation attempt deciding to kernel panic?

No, the correct behaviour is not to allow the permission escalation, if it is via a system call then the call should fail and return -1 and set the ERRNO. If the issue was via an attempted memory access the caller should be killed via the appropriate signal.

The kernel should only panic when the kernel has a problem, normally when it detects some sort of internal inconsistency.

The only userland event that should cause a panic is PID 1 existing.

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A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer

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Re: Am I missing something or is there something wrong here?

I'd like five of each :)

The nice thing about bandwidth is that you can nearly always just buy more width.

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Am I missing something or is there something wrong here?

The Samsung drive has a higher random read IOPS rating than the P4800X, but it has an even larger advantage in random write IOPS, which is emphasised in the sequential read/write bandwidth numbers where it is two and a half to three times better.

Yet the table shows P4800X read & write rate as 550K & read bandwidth of 11.2 while write is 8GB/s

Then shows the SZ985 having 750K reads/s but only 170K writes/s and bandwidth figures of 3.2GB/s for both reads and writes.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: Oh dear

"No reasonable person questions our right, and obligation, to access the phone," Rosenstein said today.

How about insisting on a back door on guns?

"No reasonable person questions our right, and obligation, to access the gun and stop you shooting at innocent crowds of people"

Does that read better?

Access to nutters phones won't help keep people alive.

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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what part of end to end doesn't he understand

> so long as companies can cough up an unencrypted copy of every message, call, photo or other form of communications they handle.

Ere, the whole point of end to end encryption is that it's encrypted at the senders end and it's decrypted at the receiving end. Those pesky companies in the middle don't get a look in. That's the whole point.

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: Oooooh, really?!?!?

> found the secret NSA code during the scan, and uploaded it to Kaspersky's cloud for further study by staff.

So you're saying that if your anti-virus SW finds any files which might be of interest to your business abd quickly steals a copy before anyone realises their mistake. Is it only source code you steal or perhaps you upload any photos and videos too.

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Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland

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Witholding tax

When I work in India I have to pay Indian withholding tax. They give me a certificate for this money which I then pass on to the UK taxman so I don't have to pay tax on it twice. Seems fair that Google has to do the same.

Our useless revenue service should do the same. Any profit made by multi-nationals in the UK should be taxed in the UK, they can then have a certificate for that tax which they can then use to avoid double taxation in their chosen tax haven.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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Re: W10 fall edition tackles IT's true menace: UPTIME

> Well I would do, but they seem to have gone away. ...

Seems at least 2 people don't believe me.

Where would you like me to post the screen shots to show you that I don't have the options to tell this stupid thing that it's a metered connection.

I know I'm supposed to be able to go to start->settings->network & Internet->Ethernet and the setting is supposed to be down here.

Well it isn't.

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Re: W10 fall edition tackles IT's true menace: UPTIME

Well this evening it rebooted again and no sooner had it come up but it flashed up that damn message in the bottom right hand corner saying it needed to reboot again to finish loading updates. OK this time I manually rebooted. Total uptime this time around? probably less than 1 minute.

Now I'm really happy for those people who aren't getting constant reboots. Maybe MS haven't got around to you yet. Maybe you're doing something different to me. I just want this pile of **** to work when I need it and at the moment it doesn't.

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Re: W10 fall edition tackles IT's true menace: UPTIME

Well I would do, but they seem to have gone away. I've tried following the instructions to get to them and the buttons just don't exist. Hence the mega-pissed offness.

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W10 fall edition tackles IT's true menace: UPTIME

The new updates seem to cause my PCs to reboot so damn often it's difficult to get any work done. Bill Gates famously boasted at the W2K launch that some of their systems had been up for 80 days. Well there is bugger all chance of that now a'days.

What I want to know is whether MS will agree to pay all my excuse usage charges for downloading tons of stuff at expensive times of day rather than letting me schedule the downloads to a time when I'm not too busy working and can move the damn things to a different network connection.

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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

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Re: 'we experienced a network issue '

#6 We're going to blame "the network", because it sounds plausible.

Or more likely because it sounds like it might be someone else's fault so just maybe we'll get away with it.

Remember it's not important what went wrong, the important thing is how you lay the blame.

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

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Re: Maybe...

It's not the idea of someone chundering in the back of our car that worries me so much, I mean almost everyone accepts that you shouldn't do technicolour yawns in the car. It's the way that a lot of people treat their own cars. I'm sure we all know people who you'd rather walk than go into their cars, or if you really must enter them, you want a hazmat suit or in milder cases you just want to have everything you're wearing washed (if not incinerated) the moment you get out. It's not just the parents of young kids who think it OK for their little Jenny to grind half chewed rusks into the seats or the road warriors who live in their cars and have 6 months worth of takeaway boxes, crisp packets and chocolate wrappers piled up all over the place.

Taxis are for sharing. If I buy a car it is because I want it to be my own personal space.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Windows vs Linux ... really?

> Sadly for many until things like systemd are erased completely

Systemd might be OK for "Linux on the desktop" but it doesn't seem to have any useful features for Linux on my servers.

But it's not really the topic of conversation.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: @ Voland's right hand

> I agree with that comment on the bezeless phones actually real nice look, but it's going in a case as soon as I get one anyway, thing lives in my pocket all day.

I've got a S7Edge thing and keep it in my pocket but I don't want to add a case as that would bulk it up to much. Mind it is the first mobile I'm managed to break the screen on, dropping 3' face down onto a tiled floor probably wasn't a great move.

The photos I've seen of this new iPhone don't look like the screen really is edge to edge, there's loads of space around the edge, at least a mm or 2. To me, edge to edge means that if a mate an I put our phones down side by side there should be no discernable gap and that it won't be long until an app arrives that lets us treat the pair of phones as a single bigger screen, or put several down together to get a much bigger one to watch movies on.

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VMware pushes NSX deeper into containers, security

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What's this, VMWare having to push their NSX? I thought Honda's were more reliable than that. Maybe theirs is like Alonso's one.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: Witholding tax

> They WANT to cheat, can AFFORD to do so

That's the whole idea, the tax certificate you could obtain from them would be low, so you'd only be able to write off a low amount in a higher tax location.

Only if you could provide evidence that you'd somehow run up huge expenses in a "cheating" country would you be able to avoid the tax in the higher one.

I guess it would depend on just how a company would be expected to prove it's costs.

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Witholding tax

When I do business in, say, India. I have to pay Indian tax on my fees, I then get a certificate from the Indian tax man to effect that I've paid this much tax which I can then in effect pass on to the UK taxman so I don't get taxed twice. But it does mean that I pay tax at the higher of the 2 rates rather than the lower of the 2.

It surely can't be beyond the whit of the taxation departments of the national governments to come up with a scheme like this which applies more generally to businesses. This way if an international company has sales of say 1Billion in Hightax Land and then says, well yes we sold a Billion, but that's not profit because we have to pay 99.99% of that to our head office in Lowtax Land, then they'd be able to take their tax certificate from Lowtax land, which says we've paid 3p and they'd be able to deduct the 3p from the normal 20ish% of 1Billion. OK, I know that's ridiculously simplistic, you'd need to be able to chase the costs right the way through, but the assumption would that you can deduct cost but only if you could prove where they come from and prove that someone paid some tax on them somewhere. And that within your group you'd pay tax at the higher of the rates between where you sold it and where you normally do you accounting.

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

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Re: Apple is doomed

Doomed maybe, but they probably still make more money from selling their phones than any of the rest. Apple's customer base are happy to pay what ever premium is demanded. Also come Christmas Apple will probably have a really good month as lots of shiny things are bought as presents.

I can't remember whether it was Hewlett or Packard who famously said that any fool can buy market share, it's the profit that counts.

I've no intention of ever buying an iPhone, but you've got to admire their ability to gouge large piles of cash out of their enraptured customers.

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

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Re: Smartphones of the time could not drive an Aero like 3D interface

The 3D interface comes from HP Windows from the early 80s, they were doing this on machines with a 68000 CPU. It was then incorporated in Windows 3 which was supposed to run on i386 boxes. The 3D stuff wasn't the problem as I recall, the problem for the 386 boxes was the font rendering speeds. Surely the WindowsPhone CPUs could scrape up the performance of a 386?

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Re: Bring back...

Windows 1.0.

Oh wait... they did.

In "clean" designs the "." is invisible

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Re: Personally

but I do know I hate flat interfaces.

I've often given up on websites when I can't easily spot the scroll bar to go down to the buy option, or because I can't even find the button I need.

It isn't just the billions lost in terms of wasted time, it's the billions of lost due to customers sodding off to someone else's website which is easier to use.

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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Re: Scrap HS2

> HS2 has been totally mis-sold. It's absolutely necessary, but not for the reasons generally articulated.

I know that this isn't really about the HS bit, it's about adding capacity, but I'd still argue that adding digital capacity to the country would be a better investment and help more people more of the time. We can't spend the money twice so I'd just suggesting we invest in 21st century capacity rather than 19th century capacity. In an ideal world we'd do both, but HS2 would be tunnelled for most of it's length, We don't however live in an ideal world so choices need to be made.

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