* Posts by David Kelly 2

490 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2009


Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: couldn't get one or couldn't get one in time?

Its government, not Amazon or Walmart. Two months is a rush job.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?

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Ain't Government Great!

This is completely unsurprising as what happens when mindless corporate bureaucrats respond to forced government bias to create "diversity." Someone has to keep score so as to appease the government to continue to receive contracts no one else can win for lack of insufficient diversity. So sad the color of one's skin is more important than one's skills.

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Sue-happy lawyers need new BMWs.

Apple says CPU is X MHz and runtime is Y hours.

When the battery wears which parameter do you make effort to preserve? Can’t have both, one must degrade. I stand with Apple, expect my phone function until I reach my next charge.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

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I believe the SE was only Slightly Enhanced, a few percent faster with same CPU clock but better interlace with shared video memory, plus SCSI. The effective 68000 CPU clock was still in the 5 MHz range. Was the SE/30 with 68030 CPU that jumped to 16 MHz.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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USB Socket In Your Skull

Australians, schedule your appointment now to have a USB socket inserted in your skull because your government considers it inconvenient they can't read your mind.

Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho

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Wrong Metric

Did one purchase a phone that runs X hours, or one that renders Y frames per second of your favorite video game?

What Apple (and apparently Samsung) has done is to preserve the battery runtime spec at the expense of faster screen updates. This is the right and correct thing to do because it is a phone and as a phone it is more important that the charge last the time one has come to expect than to have snappy screen updates.

Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Money Can Buy Uptime

The problem is that one does not "get what you pay for." One only gets what one shops for. One must shop for uptime to get uptime. Can't just throw money at it and expect to get something one didn't ask for.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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Re: Surely just mid-range outsells top of the range?

Ditto! Is right and proper for Apple to flesh out their offerings with an expensive model that doesn't sell as well as the less expensive. Else the opportunity for profit is missed. The opportunity to serve a market is missed. The opportunity to learn what works and what doesn't.

Samsung loses (again) to Apple in patent battle (again). This time to the tune of a mere $539m

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Re: Apple rips off Xerox, sues world+dog

Apple absolutely did not “rip off” Xerox. Apple paid Xerox what was asked, before public release. Apple paid Xerox for the right to recruit Xerox employees (IIRC $1,000.000). If anything Xerox thought they were taking Apple’s good money for nothing of value for a division and technology they were discarding.

Furthermore Xerox’s systems implemented window graphics in text with font generators. The kind of junk we saw a lot in MS-DOS before Windows. What Apple did was orders of magnitude greater.

Waiting for 100 Mbps NBN on wireless? Errr, umm, sorry about that

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Big Government

No surprise government fails to deliver on promises. That government has little idea as to what is possibke or what things cost. The career path in government rewards the amount of money one spends, not the value one gets for money.

X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

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No, they could not. Obviously you believe government can tax the economy into prosperity?

At $2000 not enough X's would be sold to pay for development. The Laffer Curve applies to product pricing as well as government taxation.

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Ditto. If Apple *didn't* offer a high priced lower volume iPhone then Apple would not be doing what is best for investors. One has to explore the upper price ranges to know where the upper price range is.

No rational person would fault Apple for the $799 version of Apple Watch not being the best seller. Its good the X is out there exploring new territory but its not The End Of Apple now that Apple has finally found the high end (and beyond) of what the market will bear.

Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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This Is Exactly What Apple Shoukd Be Doing!

This sort of development is exactly the kind of thing Apple should be working on. Would be nice if it works out, but youll never know if you do not try.

Displays too. Apple is oworking on displays.

And remember the metaurgy investments leading to iPhone and MacBook cases? And Gorilla Glass?

The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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Re: Certainty?

The Martians are very skilled at making their actions appear as if the Russians did it

Mobile stock trading apps riddled with security holes

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Re: Would be helpful

Ditto. Which apps did (or didn’t) do what?

Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Lack Of Security

I think it is sad the phone system is so easily hacked and spoofed.

Can't trust government to do anything right.

Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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I think WOW is also using this technique

I have received suspicious pop-ups claiming to be from my ISP: WOWway.com.

Suspicious because they were injected in non-WOW sites, but was accurately informing me of pending termination of support for my older DOCSIS modem.

Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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Whats The Deal?

I don't get it, someone installs a fake cell site in a printer? This is new? Creative? Back in my day we put bugs in table lamps and potted plants.

I was expected to read how one "spied on boss" by capturing print jobs.

Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Shooter Did Not Use "Assault" Rifle

Disappointed in inaccuracy and failure to research before publication. Regurgitating the wishful speculation of lesser publications sullies your reputation.

A real assault rifle (vs the look-alike styling exercise known as an AR-15) is fully automatic. Johnson used an old wooden stock SKS. Semi-automatic with a fixed non-removable magazine. Essentially WW-II design.

The term, "assault rifle" is biased inflammatory rhetoric unworthy of rational debate, especially when the term is blatantly provably wrong.

Want to get $1bn from Apple? Step 1: Move to China. Step 2: Copy Uber

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Punitive American Tax System

Apple has China-taxed profits in China which will be taxed again (and again) if brought to the USA to pay dividends to stockholders. So who is surprised when Apple leaves those funds overseas in investments out of reach of the US IRS?

Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

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What App?

So what app is doing this? Where are people getting it? How can it be avoided?

FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: precedent

That can't be. They changed the iCloud password, then for the phone to sync the password has to be entered again from the phone. Can't change the iCloud password back and make the iPhone happy.

Feds tell court: Apple 'deliberately raised technological barriers' to thwart iPhone warrant

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There Is No Freedom In China

Its so sad the US Government has to revert to the childish observation that "Apple accommodated China." The Chinese government owns everything including its citizens. Once Upon A Time the USA the Land Of The Free And Home Of The Brave. Perhaps one day it will once again.

How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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Brain Encryption

Don'tcha just know it bugs the dickens out of governments at how God encrypted the human brain beyond their reach?

Others cite First Amendment rights to speech to protect encryption. I don't see how the right to speak to those who want to listen is related to the right to not have one's speech heard by those one does not wish.

Then there is a bit of Fifth Amendment about not being required to self-incriminate. That doesn't work either else the signature on a check paying a bribe would not be acceptable evidence. Can't be forced to speak against oneself, but past speech is fair game. Encryption would be past speech.

If I was a justice on the SCOTUS I'd say the right to keep and bear arms in the Second Amendment has the most bearing. Recognizes citizens' right to own the means to defend against all comers, including the right to own tools which could be used against the government's wishes.

I'll upgrade my iPhone 5 when Apple announces the theoretically-impossible secure encrypted model (as opposed to the current theoretically breakable just hasn't been done).

Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

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Re: Those who can't, analyse....

Those who can't don't understand not every product has to be a blockbuster to serve its intended purpose.

All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

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Sue God

Clearly the FBI needs to sue God for encryption key and back door to the human brain because not having this access is interfering with all the Good Work government could be doing to^H^H for us.

Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

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Not Bricked

Boo hoo! Device driver quits working if it finds it is not talking to a known device! That is not "bricked". Bricked would be if one performed acts which turned the offending device into something as useless as a brick. In other words, if the device driver destroyed the offending counterfeit chip.

Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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George Jetson

This "solution" is silly. We saw the correct solution on "The Jetsons", a true history future documentary which aired 50 years ago. And because the Jetsons documentary was sent back in time from the future we know it must accurately represent our future.

Is clear we must all have personal jet belts and personal flying saucers like those George uses to deliver his kids to school and wife to shopping during the opening credits of each episode.

Am anxiously awaiting a car which will go 20,000 MPH and fold up into a briefcase.

US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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Reading Minds

Be sure to tune in next week when government demands a court order for mind reading. Its so inconvenient to Government's Good Works for God to have encrypted the human brain so that thoughts are beyond the access of a court order. Clearly Google and Apple could/should fix this oversight!

Volkswagen: 800,000 of our cars may have cheated in CO2 tests

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Not only that, but the pretty girls in commercials selling automobiles never appear for real owners.

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I too am curious about the CO2 complaint. Put hydrocarbons in the fuel tank and lacking an atomic transformation those same carbon atoms will come out the exhaust.

A DPF primarily takes big C2 soot and turns it into smaller C2 soot. Am told the SCR with DEF urea will also convert some CO2 and CO to C2.

CO is the primary hazard to humans. C2 is bad like any other dust.

Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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The End of Cosplay

What holds for the Batmobile, holds for cosplay. End of Comic-Con.

Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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Firmware Updates

My Tesla got a firmware update 7/20 and another last night.

HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Re: Why is this news?

Around here amateur radio volunteers go to schools all the time to host a sked with (former) Space Shuttle or ISS. In 1993 I worked for Owen Garriott W5LFL the first ever to operate amateur radio from space (1983) and was shown the actual radio used which he kept in his office. The height of my career.

Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Fast Forward

I find great disappointment these days with "action" movies. When the special effects action scenes inevitably start and camera zooms in close, I find myself reaching for the fast forward button. Camera zooms in close so the filmmaker doesn't have to connect all the action, doesn't have to make any sense. It doesn't matter, there is going to be explosions, punches, collapsing buildings, gunshots, etc to fill the allotted time then the characters will exit in whatever state the writer desired. Its no different than in American football on TV the quarterback throws a pass and the camera zooms in on the quarterback's face watching the ball fly, then the laces of the ball in flight. I want to see the play, not just one player. I want to see who is about to reach the quarterback, who is keeping others from the quarterback, and what the receivers have managed to establish position. I want to see who is running to catch the ball and who is chasing. But thats apparently not the way things are done with modern camerawork even when all the events to connect and make sense exist on the football field, and when it comes to making a movie they no longer think about making an action scene connect and make sense, they just film the individual punches, gunshots, and explosions then string them together. I close my eyes and wait, or fast forward.

Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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What About Apple?

MacPro and MacBook Pro have had PCIe FLASH since 2013.

GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

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Oh and FYI, I didn't get the electric motorcycle for the "save the planet" hippie crap... I got it because it HAULS ASS and handles really well.

Thats why I bought a Tesla Model S 85. After a test drive it was clearly the vehicle I wanted to drive every day. Initial purchase price was much greater than a new Prius plus lifetime supply of gasoline, but so what? I like it.

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Re: Don't believe it

your argument makes sense except for one seriously critical oversight:

massive government subsidies.

with cash infusion to the companies at hand, even the crappiest electric car with no available infrastructure becomes "viable" for as long as the subsidies continue. Which in the case of Tesla has been a decade of State and Fed, with State still a cash cow providing free "EV Credits" to sell as well as other "alternative vehicle" programs that fill the trough.

Not true at all. Government provides no "EV Credits" at all. There are control-freak states such as Kalifornia who mandate quotas for production of low- and so called zero-emission vehicles. Some manufacturers have surplus and are allowed to sell this credit on the open market to manufacturers who do not. For instance Tesla has no need of these emission credits so by selling to other manufacturers Tesla is enabling the continued supply of supposedly evil petroleum burners. So without Tesla there would be FEWER hydrocarbon burners on the roads in these states.

As for the $7500 Federal Tax Credit, this does nothing for the actual promotion of EVs and everything for politicians buying votes from those who would be voting for them anyway.

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Re: Don't believe it

Unlike an ICE you do not want to routinely fully cycle an EV battery. The battery wear is greatest at the extremes, discharged and charged. Tesla recommends no more than 90% of their full range charge for daily use, and no less than 50%.

Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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"Stimulus" Does Not Work

So-called "stimulus" does not work because government is stupid. Keynes doesn't count value, only expenditures. Government is not smart enough to buy value, while individuals spending their own money shop hard for value.

If one didn't need value from one's CPU cycles then the greatest program in the world is "10 goto 10". This is what "stimulus" does. If government would leave money in the pockets of those who earned it then it will get spent as soon as something of value appears. If government spends they don't wait for something of value, they take the first pork project a favored politician asks for.

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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Next Week Obama Sues God

Be sure to tune in next week when the Obama administration sues God for designing the human brain with encryption beyond the administration's access with a court order.

Elon Musk's $4.9bn taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Red-in-Tooth-and-Claw?

Furthermore, Musk did not go begging for these breaks. Fool government tries to tilt economic balance by placing a heavy thumb on the scale, shouldn't fret about someone actually making use of it.

The big problem The Left has with Musk is that he is successful. Apparently thats not how things are supposed to work, see Solyndra for an example.

Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

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Apple or NSA?

This smells of the kind of thing the NSA would insist upon as a back door. Then again Apple is on record claiming no back doors so perhaps an employee acted alone.

FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

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Support NSA Call Logging

If only the NSA's database were used to prosecute those who do not honor the Do Not Call List, there would be widespread support for the NSA.

Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7m

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Took far too long

Have been receiving "Card Services" robocalls for at least 5 years. For a while was getting 2 or 3 per day. And it only just starting bugging the FTC in 2012?

$1.7M? Thats like $0.10 per call. They got off cheap.

If the NSA wanted public support for logging all phone calls all they had to do was rat out the robocallers and let President Drone drone them.

Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Cost Per kWh

Ignoring the ancillary costs (installation, inverter, etc) a $3,000 7kWh Powerwall cycled 80% (5.6 kWh) per day for 10 years costs $0.1468/kWr in wear and tear (assuming no interest, no degradation until total failure on the day after warranty expires). My daily driver is a Tesla Model S 85 which is a heck of a lot of fun but also not a good economic proposition. I don't see any fun in having a Powerwall through which power costs half again more than I get from the grid.

Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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2kW Clothes Iron?

“The model puts out just 2 kilowatts of continuous power, which could be pretty much maxed out by a single vacuum cleaner, hair drier, microwave oven or a clothes iron.”

Such is the sorry state of science & mathematics in journalism these days that the above fool sentence was published. At least in the USA none of the above is used on larger than a 120V 15A circuit which is rated for 12A continuos duty (1440 Watts). Admit one can not run much more but to imply "maxed out" one is suggesting one is at or over the limits, not 72%.

Tesla Powerwall: Not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Simple Economics

A 10 kWh unit at $3500 cycled 8 kWh/day for 10 years with no degradation and then assume total failure the day after warranty expires costs 12¢ per kWh just for the act of storage, not including the cost of the power stored.

ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

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ESPN's terms stipulate the cable company will pay for ESPN for all customers or none. Ever since ESPN decided *poker* was a *sport* I realized I had totally lost interest in ESPN programming. Is not in my Dish favorites list at all. Have not watched since they last aired a Formula 1 race.

By contract law Verizon is in the wrong. Morally, I have no respect for ESPN.

Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: How Green is my Apple

If recycled materials are more expensive than virgin new, then there is MORE consumption in using recycled.