* Posts by Richard 12

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Electric vehicles earn shocking report card for reliability

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10-12 year warranty

All mains gas boilers on the market in the UK have at least a 10 year warranty.

Some have 12 years to differentiate them in the market.

Various companies offer service plans that cost about 10-15% of a boiler installation, and cover all aspects of maintenance, including full replacement should it be irreparable.

Obviously their cost to replace is under half what a consumer pays to install a boiler, but the average boiler must last more than a decade before "expensive" repairs or these companies wouldn't offer those products.

Regulator says stranger entered hospital, treated a patient, took a document ... then vanished

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Re: A future who me?

"Essential" changes.

Electricity and gas used to be luxuries, yet you'd be in a very bad way if both of those got turned off for a few weeks.

Musk tells advertisers to 'go f**k' themselves as $44B X gamble spirals into chaos

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Damage control

Her role is to clean up the mess after Elon smashes things, in the hope that she can keep the little blue bird alive long enough to cash her bonus.

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Re: The interview is lengthy...

The presenters won't be able to see the video, they just have a "voice in the ear" telling them what's going on.

Though you'd hope they would have pre-prepared scripts for each probable occasion.

Just after stage separation is a bleedin' obvious likely failure point, after all that's when the Falcon 1s used to explode.

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Re: more ads means more users ????????

"X" is now private, so the numbers aren't published.

However it is very obvious that non-advertising revenue is extremely small, because it's pretty easy to run the numbers and find an upper bound.

If advertising revenue is not still the bulk of their revenue, then they are trading while insolvent.

That might be the reason for this latest outburst...

British Library begins contacting customers as Rhysida leaks data dump

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More likely, nobody paid at all.

Brit borough council apologizes for telling website users to disable HTTPS

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Re: So what's new?

Look, it's the Home Secretary!

That time a JPL engineer almost killed a Mars Rover before it left Earth

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Re: Just

Everything about a space exploration mission is bespoke.

Until recently that included the massive rocket.

Plex gives fans a privacy complex after sharing viewing habits with friends by default

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Re: Does it require a cloud account?

None of which are necessary to play the media.

That's the point. Extras are ok, but anything that does not clearly and explicitly require Internet access should still work just fine without it.

Meta sued by privacy group over pay up or click OK model

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Re: How much does FB benefit from nonFB users ?

It's built without the consent of the data subject.

That's explicitly illegal.

Videoconferencing fatigue is real, study finds

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Re: Meetings!!!

Which makes it a poor study, because the appropriate styles are different.

It is very exhausting trying to follow an in-person meeting from online - you cannot read the whiteboard or keep track of who is talking.

It is also very exhausting trying to follow an online meeting in-person - you cannot read the slides or keep track of who is talking.

It's extremely simple to design a study of this nature to get whichever result you desire, whether accidentally or intentionally.

As this was a pre-recorded live lecture, the bias is both obvious and deliberate.

Tiny11 shrinks Windows 11 23H2 down to pocket size

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Re: Icon =======>

Windows 10 IoT edition is intended to be the stripped down version, it has a load of tools for generating a disk image with most of the things you don't want removed.

However there's a fair few things that are inexplicably required.

Google Drive misplaces months' worth of customer files

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Re: Rather the other way round

The real problem is that several of these sync/remote access cloudy services are being explicitly sold as "backup".

When they're nothing of the sort, and even actively erase your local copy to "save space".

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OneDrive enterprise even *calls* it backup

Thus proving that product manager to be totally incompetent, at best.

Bezos might beat Musk to Mars as NASA recruits Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket

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Re: But...

Hence Class D

As another commentard mentioned, if they miss this launch window the next one is in 2026.

Not a huge issue if Amazon have to store it in the delivery depot for a couple of years.

NASA needs a viable alternative to SpaceX, as monopolies are almost universally bad.

SpaceX only really exist because NASA gave them similar contracts in the early days, makes sense to do the same to a realistic potential competitor.

Do we really need another non-open source available license?

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Re: Manifestly false

Knowingly, yes.

People don't see the Linux under the Android, or the myriad of open source libraries under pretty much everything.

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Re: What planet are we on ?

Google & IBM wouldn't make any money without open source software. Oracle would make rather less.

I'm pretty sure all of them rely on open source software for a large part of their revenue.

zlib genuinely is absolutely everywhere, there's a huge array of standards that rely on it.

Most "cloud" runs on Linux. Owning the hardware is the main way a lot of places make their money.

German budget woes threaten chip fab funding for Intel and TSMC

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Re: Debt brake released

Governments can "simply" print money. Should they do that instead of taxing?

Aside from that, balancing the books always raises the question: Over what time period?

A quarter? A year? A decade?

What happens near the end of the reporting period, do we suddenly fire all public sector workers to avoid going over, then hire them back when the next period starts?

Economics is fuzzy. Large groups of people make a lot of small rational decisions that can build up or utterly destroy an economy.

Utimately, money is a political construct based on confidence. Doing "too much" or "too little" of anything damages confidence and ruins everything.

When government forgets that, we get someone like Truss.

Black Friday? More like Blackout Friday for HSBC's online and mobile banking

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Re: Something that makes me moderately homicidal...


Some of their customers haven't tried to use it yet, so haven't experienced the problem.

Not all their customers are attempting to use it right now, so aren't currently experiencing the problem.

Will anybody save Linux on Itanium? Absolutely not

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They fell over

Rhysida ransomware gang: We attacked the British Library

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Fundamentally, the problem is the Home Office, who attract and/or create ministers who are incredibly evil.

Fortunately they are also usually cartoonishly incompetent.

OpenAI meltdown: How could Microsoft have let this happen after betting so many billions?

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Not really. The gamble was a while back when they bought 49%

Hiring him is far cheaper and more easily reversed.

Telco CEO quits after admitting she needs to carry rivals' SIM cards to stay in touch

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Re: DR Strategy

So they can fight it out. Pistols at dawn!

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work

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Re: I think Google may be figuring

I'm certain you're right.

Which is why I'm really hoping they're wrong.

48-nation bloc to crack down on using crypto assets to avoid tax

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Avoid or evade?

One of those is illegal, the other is entirely legal and the intentional result of a lot of quite expensive lobbying.

UK signals legal changes to self-driving vehicle liabilities

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That's a problem long solved by taxi ranks - and all other firms of public transport, actually.

If public transport meant a pod that turned up at your house within five minutes and took you exactly where you wanted to go with few to no diversions, why would you own a car?

Sitting in traffic and searching for a parking space is not my idea of fun.

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Re: only the driver – be it the vehicle or person – is accountable

It's a difference in kind of recall.

At the moment, at its worst a recall generally means the vehicle can be driven slowly to a registered garage for the faulty part to be replaced before it fails catastrophically.

It's also very unlikely that multiple vehicles will fail simultaneously as driving style and pothole counts vary.

It is probable that faults found in self-driving software will result in all vehicles using a particular version to be immediately taken out of use until the software is fixed, verified and installed, because suddenly they're uninsurable, if not illegal.

The same as a driver who loses their sight isn't allowed to drive home from the optician.

NASA's Lucy probe scores a threefer as it flies by first target in 12-year mission

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Jupiter's core, possibly.

Not particularly easy to access though, without igniting the gas giant.

Tipsy tongues tell all: How your sloshed speech could snitch to Siri

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Re: Way to go!

Presumably they went into industry and now do it professionally.

Google dragged to UK watchdog over Chrome's upcoming IP address cloaking

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They already can

This doesn't give Google anything they don't already have, because they own the browser anyway.

It merely takes something away from certain websites.

Canonical shows how to use Snaps without the Snap Store

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Re: You can't use gzip/tar?

That only works if all your system libraries are compatible.

The fundamental issue with all software distribution is, and has always been, dependency hell.

Windows spent years there, eventually coming up with WinSxS (and later WoW64) to allow multiple versions of DLLs and ABIs to coexist. Plus of course MSI, MSI-X and whatever the heck it is that Windows Store uses, not to mention the myriad of third party install systems.

macOS has app bundles that claim to encapsulate everything except the core OS libraries, but it doesn't work - it genuinely doesn't notice if a bundle gains a few extra dylibs which do nefarious deeds. Or more commonly simply crash the application.

And of course, Apple change those core libraries every few years, making old software unusable.

Linus has done his best with the kernel - you don't break userspace - but Linux is more than a kernel, and userspace libraries do change. Binary incompatibility happens often - even (and perhaps especially) for statically-linked software.

Sure, if everything you use is open-source then you can recompile it, but that doesn't help when there is source - or compiler - incompatibility. C++23 is a thing, does your compiler support it?

TL;DR: Software distribution sucks.

Major telco outage leaves millions of Australians disconnected

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Re: I Feel for the small shops...

Cash is getting expensive to accept because the banks are closing all their branches.

Small businesses have nowhere to deposit the day's takings or to get cash float for next week.

A big supermarket can afford to pay for a daily visit by an armoured vehicle, but a small business cannot.

So accepting cash often means having to keep a huge amount of cash on-hand simply to operate - making them a target for burglary and theft, generally uninsureable even before considering the risk to staff safety.

That's why they don't take it.

Rocket Lab mission lost in the Paschen of the moment

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Testing is hard

How does one test a rocket engine in vacuum running and freefall startup conditions, without launching it?

Maybe "It's not rocket testing" is a better aphorism.

Canonical reveals more details about Ubuntu Core Desktop

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Re: What they don't tell you .... TPM needed

Thanks for the clarification!

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Re: What they don't tell you .... TPM needed


That would make it unusable for the majority of embedded platforms, as they don't have a TPM and likely never will.

Most of that market is extremely cost sensitive. Cutting something to save 10cents is worth it when you're shipping 100,000 devices - which is also why they use Linux, as $20-40 each for Windows IoT destroys the business model.

Who is this for then?

Apple exec defends 8GB $1,599 MacBook Pro, claims it's like 16GB in a PC

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Re: I was gonna say...

The gain of a shared/unified memory architecture is also speed, as nothing needs to be copied betwixt CPU and GPU. (Though it often needs swizzling)

But it also means you have less memory overall, because a significant part of that 8GB is used by the GPU, and cannot be made available for anything else.

Plug in a 5120-by-2880 "Retina" display, and at 24bpp you've already lost 540MB just for the front and back buffers. This cannot be swapped, it's system reserved.

So with one display, you've got under 7.5GB. Add a second display, and there's less than 7GB before you've even turned it on!

Now load macOS, and start some applications that also have their own GPU buffers, and now there's 6,5,4,3GB for your actual work...

The GPU on my amd64 desktop has 8GB for itself. Yes, some of that is mirrored in main RAM (eg during copy operations), but most is not.

That said, as long as you're not touching swap the Mx Macs are really fast.

Musk's broadband satellite kingdom Starlink now cash flow positive – or so he claims

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Re: They can't spin off

Cruise liners are very visible, but there aren't many of them.

Merchant shipping generally only has ship to ship radio providing voice or telefax, nothing you'd consider a data connection connection at all (Internet or no)

Ports tend to offer wifi to crews and ship operators for personal, business and navigation use - like updating electronic charts.

There have been many incidents that could have been avoided by providing Internet access to the crew - several quite infamous groundings happened entirely because they sailed close to shore trying to get cellphone service.

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They can't spin off

If Starlink had to pay full commercial rates for those Falcon 9 launches then it'd go bankrupt immediately.

It only works because the launches are incredibly cheap, by using hardware and slots that nobody else has bought - and also acting as an advertisement and launch vehicle testing.

There is however a rather large market they've barely touched (and deliberately ignored to begin with) - ships.

Having reasonably fast Internet access on board ship is extremely valuable to the crew, and quite valuable to the operators as they get more information about WTF the ship is doing and can take fewer risks - physically and financially.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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Re: The ASA

Are a toothless and utterly pointless organisation, who's greatest possible power is to ask someone nicely not to run a specific advert campaign again, several months after they already achieved their goals and are working on the next advert the ASA will ask them not to use again after it's already over.

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Re: So nobody did economics in school?

I have an adblocker to protect my computer from infection by viruses and trojans, and reduce my familial exposure to scams.

If the adverts were text or image only, and the ad networks did some basic due diligence to reject the scammers, then I wouldn't need one.

It'd also make the adverts themselves far more valuable to advertisers, and thus they'd pay more.

They created the problem. Their business model requires me to take action, so I have.

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Re: Different revenue model ...

Ad-supported content is a viable business model, as long as the adverts are regulated and chosen based on the content being shown, not the individual (browser) accessing the content.

TV worked just fine for both channels and advertisers, as did the early ad-supported web.

The moment the targeting switched to the supposed individual viewer, it failed, hard. Sites no longer bothered with content because the adverts were no longer related to the content, viewers got pissed off and eventually, blocked them entirely.

Google only exists because it started out with text-only adverts that did not annoy. They would do well to remember that.

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Re: The current system is broken. On purpose.

It's worse for everyone.

Perhaps half of an advertising budget used to be wasted, but it's far worse now. These days an advertiser is lucky if half the impressions they've been charged for are even real people.

The waste is likely well into the 99th percentile and rising for "online adverts".

- hence the meteoric rise of "Sponsored content" instead.

OpenELA flips Red Hat the bird with public release of Enterprise Linux source

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Re: I haven't been following this closely

The general consensus seems to be that they have decided not to give anyone who chooses to exercise that right any future updates.

Whether that is legally sound is a different question, but rather than enriching lawyers it's better to simply let them die.

We're getting that fry-day feeling... US Army gets hold of drone-cooking microwave rig

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Re: Hmmmm..

And the frequencies that such a drone is actively listening to are well-known.

Wiping out the amplifier stages of both the GPS and controls receivers would make pretty much any drone useless.

Although it wouldn't drop out of the sky unless specifically designed to do that. Which does raise some questions about the demo.

Mid-contract telco price hikes must end, Ofcom told

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Nobody has any idea what a handset actually costs.

I also note that none of these contracts appear say the date of the inflation measure that will be used, which surely must be unlawful - but will the CMA or OFCOM do anything? A consumer cannot.

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Re: Including devices

Interesting, as they aren't actually doing that.

IBM to scrap 401(k) matching, offer something else instead

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Re: I guess the down-voter

Or understands that the vast majority of people simply cannot afford to do anything like that.

Most people currently under the age of roughly 40 will never be able to retire, because the wealth has all been hoarded by a fairly small cohort of those over 50-60 or so.

Europe bans Meta from using personal data to target ads

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Re: American corporations don't like judgements

Worse, FB's proposed "solution" is prima facie unlawful, as it is explicitly prohibited by the GDPR.

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Re: So what?

With modern "targeted" ads, I'm pretty sure that 98% of advertising is wasted.

And 1-2% is actively destructive, as it results in people associating the brand or product with annoyance or with something they deeply despise - as the hair removal cream advert appears all the time or sits alongside The Real Nazi Party on Tw*tter.

Tesla swerves liability in Autopilot death lawsuit

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Re: We need standards

And an assumption of 100% manufacturer liability should the logs be irrecoverable or missing.

Thinking about it, RIPA already does that...