* Posts by Jon Blund

23 posts • joined 24 Jun 2008

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

Jon Blund

Re: I don't understand

"the law suit has no chance of winning on any basis"?

Donald Trump had no chance of winning on any basis either but still he's the POTUS. The US and the UK have slipped into an alternate reality where logic no longer applies.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: Proper lash up

Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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"What does puzzle me is that so many of these organisations fall for this magic wand con again and again (and it seems to be largely the middle east, though other countries have too*)."

Magic wands are all in day's work in a theocracy. Add "military intelligence" and Bob's your uncle.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

Pretty sure GCHQ, Google, Apple and a few others can track you even if you think you turned your phone off.

Jon Blund

Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

If you read the article there was both a carrot and a whip component. I pretty sure your wife could be coerced into taking the phone with her, but you're the expert.

S20 Ultra 5G: Samsung unfurls Galaxy flagship with bonkers 108MP cam, 6.9-inch display

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Re: It may not be a full resolution image...

Someone has done something seriously wrong with this image. I can't imagine Samsung releasing something this embarassing. Probably the website compressed it.

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Re: 108 Mpix?!

While image cropping allows the 100x "zooming" with dodgy results the real benefit is the "binning" where 9 pixels are averaged to 1. This should give more or less noise free images which would close the quality gap to "real" cameras. The sample image is seriously compromised.

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks

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It's rather naive to assume the mobile operators haven't already made an agreement, they are among the most rapacious of legal enterprises.

Explain yourself, mister: Fresh efforts at Google to understand why an AI system says yes or no

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Re: debuggability

Seriously, English has been a mongrel since day one.

Languages evolve, debuggabilty is a reasonable attribute in the software development universe.

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

Jon Blund

Re: Are We Getting a Bit too Sensitive

I think you experience the odour differently if you're not eating yourself. I often think hamburgers eaten by others, on the go, have a smell reminiscent of sweat.

Mobile operators to be stung for 10% of annual turnover if coverage falls short, digital sec warns

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Re: Toothless

Well I guess if you insist on voting for twats and cleptocrats you will find yourselves in a bad place.

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Re: Toothless

OFCOM maybe? In Sweden it's a condition of having a license, to make sure there is coverage more or less everywhere (within reason) and Sweden is a lot sparser populated than the UK and twice the size.

Q. Who's triumphantly slamming barn door shut after horse bolted at warp 9? A. NordVPN

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Re: I'm torn

@pascal monett Have you tried that in practice? I find the BBC cleverer than that, there are other ways of working out where you are like asking your browser, and Google is always ready to spill the beans...

Jon Blund

Re: I'm torn

Avira Phantom is pretty good. You can choose which country you want to pop up in. Once in a while the traffic can get a bit spotty but mostly it works with no problem.

Teardown gurus plunge screwdrivers into Google Pixel 4XL: Check out the speedy display from, er, Samsung

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Seeing as how they've managed to get a quantum computer up and running I expect they have a few tricks up their sleeves.

As browser rivals block third-party tracking, Google pitches 'Privacy Sandbox' peace plan

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Re: Can you help?

You have to drop the concept of the adverts being targeted at you in order to influence you. They are targeted at you so that the companies involved in the distribution of the ads can invoice their customers with reasonably good consciences.

UK.gov pledges probe into tourists' 'motivations'

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Re: Thus guaranteeing

There's a big difference between asking people who want to move permanently to prove they will make a useful contribution before you give them permission, and wanting to increase short-term tourism."

What politicians claim to want is neither here nor there, the xenophobic 50% of the population who despise Polish construction workers or Indian doctors will be just as resentful towards tourists from "abroad".

Jon Blund

Re: The Britain Experience

Last few times I was in France I found the service both professional and friendly. Perhaps the attitude of the visitors influence the interaction?

The seven deadly sins of the 2010s: No, not pride, sloth, etc. The seven UI 'dark patterns' that trick you into buying stuff

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Re: Nothing new under the Sun

I think most people accept being jerked around, face to face, by a real salesperson as being normal behaviour, having it hardcoded into business logic raises it to a higher level of "nefariousness".

Sputnik? No, comrade, this is Spunknik: Frozen sperm manages to survive zero-grav in this totally realistic test

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But...these are gynecologists, the monsters from outer space might object to being inseminated with alien sperm.

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Alien

?

It would be interesting to know what they imagined might happen to frozen sperm during 160 seconds of microgravity. And the amount of EU funding burnt for what is obviously just a marketing stunt.

Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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Re: Cloud - Isn't it such a lovely, comfy place to put stuff...

How can you abuse storage? If you're given 30 G and you fill it up, is that abuse?

Pirate Bay bitchslaps Swedish law with SSL

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Boffin

Heads up! Black helicopters!

I don't know if you all realise the preternatural nature of the forces behind this parlimentary ruling. Sweden is a consensus society, traditionaly, rules and regulations are debated endlessly by untold commitees until consensus is reached. Here we have a law that breaks the Swedish constitution and the EU human right laws, that is proposed, rejected, amended and passed in the space of 2 days, in the face of massive public critisism. Remember this, in years to come you will be able tell your grandchildren you where alive when the first cracks in the dike appeared.

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