* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

12501 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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Re: News flash!

>I think you might be overestimating their logical reasoning

I think you might be overestimating their ability to make fire

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Re: Educate me please?

Laying fibre is expensive, the backhaul is by utilising existing infrastructure with these perfectly good 56k modems we got cheap

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Re: Not the solution

Obviously they won't orbit the whole world - just Britain

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Re: It Could Be Made to Work ???

That's the brilliant part of the plan, made possible by ignoring experts, we don't launch them into orbit

The satellites will be placed at strategic points around the coast on top of tall buildings previously holding lights, from which they will broadcast a radio beam. By intersecting two of these beams one will be able to perform long range navigation

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Re: For something one must have.... or for something some think no one should really have?

With the previous incumbent you coudl get twice that for putting on a bowler hat and shouting NO

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years

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Re: Require a 5 year guarantee

No they would simply up the price. Instead of a $100 land fill android that lasted 2 years you would pay $200 for the same phone, they would invest the extra 100e and give you a new phone when the first one broke.

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Re: You want to sort

The eu did propose this for bikes.

Apparently millions of people were being killed by riders fitting go-faster parts and or somebody needed to protect BMW's margins

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Re: Somewhere...

That's how you can tell how efficient a market is.

If bank A can employ the public school educated sons of the chairman's golfing buddies and bank B employs brilliant math PhDs irrespective of sex/color/class/number of legs = if both banks do equally well then the market is inefficient.

Look at the relative returns of Bearings/Credit Suisse/Lehman etc vs Renaissance Technologies

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Re: Deep-rooted prejudice

>In any case, those delicious tandoori dishes -- what caste is associated with those?

The pork and alcohol-free meat dishes from the bit of the sub-continent next door to Iran? Have a guess.

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Re: General concern

Except you can't call out racism of HK VS mainland or Singapore VS Taiwan or Indians VS everyone else (including other Hindus) - because that's racist.

In my experience in tech, it's mostly Indians and mainland Chinese who are openly racist. Some of that is selection bias, these aren't the Indians with US graduate degrees, but it's also background - I don't think Indian state schools do a lot of diversity training.

In the UK I think the only open racism I saw in business tech was sectarian - but that was in NI

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Re: General concern

In the same way than anyone from Lancashire is basically sub-human?

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Re: "We have robust processes"

Unfortunately the public seem unhappy with the idea of salary tied to income:

Hedge fund managers makes $Bn in profit is paid $100M bonus = crowd with pitchforks

Facebook make $3M/programmer is paid $250K = mob with small garden trowel

Miner produces coal worth $20K, is paid $50K = universal support

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Linux flavours

Genuine question: I used to use Mint at home, but now that Ubuntu have gone back to Gnome and you can get lightweight xfce versions, whats the point of Mint anymore ?

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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>they will be held to account.

Possibly upto and including the ultimate sanction - a Private-Eye cover joke

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>Actually the "no ferries" shouldn't really have been a problem. They could have been leased when needed.

The no PPE/ventilator stockpile wasn't a problem because we could always buy all we needed from our normal supplier in the event of a global pandemic

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Re: Cut your cloth...

Unless you want to bomb Slough

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Re: Bloody Good Idea

>Does Blighty include Scotland, NI or Wales?

Since Blighty is a term from the Indian army and, as we know, no Scots Welsh or Irish were involved in the British Empire - bad things being purely an English activity - then probably not

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Re: Bloody Good Idea

So a system that simply screams "you're in England" from a series of speakers mounted on pubs in Kent - while certainly accurate isn't very precise.

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Re: Why Galileo?

>Galileo was EU-level nationalistic willy waving.

Right up to the point where the USA got a president who wants to pull out of the UN, says NATO is finished and launches trade wars with its allies.

You don't think he would be willing to turn off GPS over europe if somebody French was mean to him at the next G7 ?

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Typically 3 are enough if you make the extra assumption that you are below their orbit and above the ground

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At least this satellite company has satellites - so that's progress

Stinker, emailer, trawler, spy: How an engineer stole top US chip designs, smuggled them to China to set up a rival fab

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Re: So what about Chinese non-nationals?

Worryingly I work for a Dutch company, are they going to worry that I'll take their secrets and use them to allow a Great British Industry (tm) to dominate the world?

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> Israel and Argentina bought Mirages from France

I don't think they 'bought' any - as in actually paid for.

France refused to sell them arms and so the IAF 'obtained' a set of plans and built them themselves.

How complicit France was in the 'obtaining' isn't clear - it was trying to compete with the USA as an arms supplier and so was similarly adept at working around it's own embargoes

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Re: So what about Chinese non-nationals?

I have learned don't employ people that were born in America as leaders of your country - they are likely to be complete cockwombles

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Re: "aggressively investigating and prosecuting these crimes"

That's the clever bit - once America has the backdoor then none of the bad guys will have one.

NEC insists its face-recog training dataset isn't biased, but refuses to share details of Neoface system with UK court

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Not just racist

But apparently targets black people with a grid of dots on their face

Come glide with me: Virgin Galactic gives Unity some fresh air, looks forward to rocket-powered flight

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Re: Arianespace - long term plan?

But there is less of a market to GTO with more communications satelites being swarms of LEO rather than 10ton fixed monsters

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'

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Simply put sponsors logos on the bill.

Going one further individual politicians should wear their sponsors logos in public - like F1 drivers

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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But only Australians, anybody else gets immediately eaten

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The question is how does a small furry animal that isn't terminally venomous survive ?

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire

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Re: Really?

But all that is irrelevant, cos if we want to export Dutchy Original Shortbread to the Land of the Orange one - we need to hate Huawei

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Re: Yet another green-belt build vanity project

Cambridge turned down IBMs application to build it's european research lab there in the 50/60s - because it would spoil the neighbourhood

The lab was built in Switzerland and won a bunch of Nobel prizes.

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Re: Microsoft store Vs Apple store

That's why we always bought Macs for sales people.

Break your Macbook anywhere from Aukland to Zurich and walk into an Apple store, get it fixed or swapped, your work synched from iCloud and back to work.

Compared to buy a Lenovo/Dell and ship it back to them and have a replacement in 2weeks - It's worth me paying a few $100 extra

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Re: Marketing 101

And Apple stores made no sense for selling macs.

That's why everybody laughed at Jobs for opening masses of expensive stores that competed with other retailers also selling macs for less - remember this was before the iPhone

Then suddenly you had a network of stores to sell the mobile phone - to customers who didn't care about the price or which network it's from.

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Re: Isn't it obvious......

You aren't picturing a bunch of polyester class, moderately obese PHBs oggling shiny domain controllers and SQL-Server install disks ?

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Comcast to handle DNS-over-HTTPS for Firefox-using subscribers

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Re: Naive or Complicit?

Also cloudfare don't have your home address, credit card details and a list of all the TV shows you watch on their cable package as well as all your network traffic - so your dns data is a lot less valuable than to your ISP

Taiwan to stay ahead of China as top chip manufacturing titan

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Re: Maybe...

Step 1. Plan to bring chip production to the USA

Step 2. Give TSMC big tax breaks to build a fab in the USA

Step 3. Block inter-company transfer visas to stop any of TSMCs engineers visiting the USA to setup the fab

Step 4. Profit ?

US Department of Defense releases list of firms allegedly linked to the Chinese Army. Surprise surprise, Huawei makes an appearance

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nobody regards BAE Systems as an extension of Westminster

I think most people regard Westminster as an extension of BAE Systems

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Sounds inefficient, with a bit of reorganization and an extension lead you could never have to leave the throne

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

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I'm sure that wouldn't be allowed.

You can't join the board of the purchaser until after the deal has gone through and a decent interval, typically several seconds, has elapsed

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy

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how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy

They will put Chris Grayling in charge ?

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Training data?

We seem to be generating a lot of training data here recently.

But the net seems to just be identifiyng anyone in blue uniforms with a helmet, gun, club and tear gas as a violent offender.

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Re: This.

>When I lived in a big city the difference between people that shopped in the posh shopping areas compared to the poor was obvious.

That's the advantage of this technology. Human police were only able to spot criminals by simple clues such as skin colour. But this will be able to scan all the posh people in suits coming out of Liverpool st station in the morning and detect which ones who are insider trading or rigging libor.

Instead of the police grabbing a few minor drug dealers or car radio thieves they will be able to prevent the next financial meltdown.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

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Re: This is a good move (for a change...)

But all those body shops are going to get their quotas back. Once Tata has a word with its friends in government back home and Trump-TajMahal looks like having a few planning problems....

This is just political pandering to his base - nobody is busy hiring foreign summer resort workers so why not announce a clamp down on them "furriners tekin ar jobs"

It's like Boris going to the Green party and announcing a (temporary) 99% reduction in CO2 emissions from Heathrow

Wired: China's Beidou satnav system, 35th bird in orbit. Tired: America's GPS. Expired: Britain's dreams of its own

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Re: Convenient

So China has military coverage for the water around its coast and the USA has coverage world wide - proves Chinese hegemony

Segway to Heaven: Mega-hyped wonder-scooter that was going to remake city transport to cease production

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Re: Image and price problems

Probably what they said about the first bicycles, and the first motorbikes

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: Or to put it another way

I thought we solved the problem of arts graduates not knowing anything useful by adding the 'A' to STEM?

Now I can do a media studies degree but still be one of these highly-valued STEM/STEAM graduates everyone is talking about

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Re: 601? Seriously?

At what point when creating an online survey asking people if they believe that there is a shadowy online agency harvesting personal data for its own nefarious purposes - do you realise your work is pointless?

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Re: Seems plausible

Specifically those from dodgy US think tanks.

If I hired a structural engineer from "The American Heritage Institute of Purity and Liberty" I would double check the calculations

Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter

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Re: Slightly overengineered

The advantage being that you can clean this between uses.

We tried dumping doctors into vats of bleach but it voids the warranty

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