* Posts by uncle sjohie

105 posts • joined 28 Nov 2006


Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data

uncle sjohie

Re: What protections are there for individuals?

It looks like you're leaving the EU, so that pesky GDPR won't be a factor for long. :-)

You're about to gouda major change in Microsoft cloud security after Redmond agrees to go Dutch on data

uncle sjohie

It depends, if they have a (tax) subsidiary company in the EU like Apple and Facebook in Ireland, of Alphabet in the Netherlands, some of their revenue might be within reach of GDPR fines, Fines that can amount to 4% of annual global turnover per incident.

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant

uncle sjohie

Yes very, since Snowden provided proof of the american NSA doing exactly what they claim Huawei is supposedly doing. (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/photos-of-an-nsa-upgrade-factory-show-cisco-router-getting-implant/). So there is proof the Americans are, or at least were, doing it, yet they insist American hardware is safe for their allies, and not that of Huawei?

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech

uncle sjohie

Re: aiming to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

For your IoT devices of course.

As Alexa's secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?

uncle sjohie

Re: Samsung TV == Orwellian Distopia

Nope, they don't. Or at least didn't in the past. https://money.cnn.com/2015/02/09/technology/security/samsung-smart-tv-privacy/index.html

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

uncle sjohie

Re: Proof this time?

Maybe some satellite photo's in, lets say, a UN meeting? Like Powell did with the Iraqi WMD's?

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

uncle sjohie

80 what a month for 9MBPS down, 4MBPS up? Not dollars I hope? For 61 euro, we have 300/30 here in the Netherlands using cable (=coax), so not a/v/xDSL using old copper telephone wires. Fibre is about the same price. Here when our old telco KPN decided to scale back the laying of fibre to milk more out of their old copper lines, investors and municipalities joined forces, and layed the fibre in stead.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

uncle sjohie

I'ts nearly finished, and a full technological generation more modern then GPS. This means a more accurate "free" signal for al EU citizens. As a bonus, the Galileo space vehicles carry cospar transmitters and receivers, so it can do SAR functions too, whereas the GPS Block III+ space vehicles can't, because they lack those transmitters and receivers.

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

uncle sjohie

It depends, there is regular maintenance which is done pier-side when the crew is switched and supplies are reloaded etc. That's why most navy's with ICMB equipped nuclear submarines have 2 complete crews per sub. In the US they are called blue and gold, so when blue is out on deterrence patrol, gold is training, and integrating new personnel. Then there are more complex overhauls after 10 or 15 years, designed to introduce new technology, or refuel the nuclear reactor. Those can take up a year, including a shakedown cruise to see if all the new stuf works as promised etc.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Mayby someone should tell them about the GDPR?

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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giving plegde

Jef Bezos is one of the few billionaires who hasn't signed on to "the giving pledge", the initiative of bridge partners Gates and Buffet, which basically means that after they die, they leave the majority of their wealth to a foundation, and a couple of hundred million for their children etc. I think that would be a good start for him, besides paying a livin' wage to his employees.

Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett

uncle sjohie

I've just read an article https://www.nu.nl/geldzaken/5081915/bitcoin-verbruikt-meer-stroom-dan-heel-nederland.html (in dutch, but it is based on a study done by Morgan Stanley) saying bitcoins will consume as much, mayber even more, electricity in 2018 as our whole country, the Netherlands. So that means the Bitcoin value should be something like $846 billion, since that is the projected GDP of our country for 2018.

Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

uncle sjohie

Red Alert Hell March

Red Alert Hell March https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5X69vREAg obviously, has a nice reverse psychology to it..

Autsch! Germany slaps Facebook in its abusive little face for 'limitlessly amassing data'

uncle sjohie

Re: This is exactly the angle here

Since Alphabet is located in the Netherlands, and Facebook in Ireland, both fall under the juristiction/laws of the EU. And most of their profits outside of the USA are within those two companies, 10% (max EU fine at the moment) of that is serious money, we're talking ten of billions of turnover annually.

Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

uncle sjohie

Re: "When it's political, technology cannot do anything."

It depends, if you count all the OS and dedicated software-updates as individual programs to be scripted and distributed, it adds up pretty quick. And there can be 4 or 5 versions of 1 program needed, eg for the calculation of noise-levels. Here the municipalities not only tell which program(version) to use, but also which individual calculating modules in that specific version of the program. And those are frequently written in laws of plans, so as an engineering firm, we have to keep those old versions running for the duration of the project.

Intel CEO Krzanich quits Trump's Manufacturing Council over response to Charlottesville rallies

uncle sjohie

Anybody who paid attention in history class at school, would have recognized the symbols and salutes in the live footage for what they are, 100% nazi. That means that the people opposing them, probably are of the anti-fascism kind, since anti kinda means opposing, and nazi-ism is pretty deep in one corner. I mean, with that footage it's kinda obvious what they are, and what they stand for.

uncle sjohie

Re: all it needs now

One of the reasons of the strong feeling of oppression, was the fact that the French took over the coalmines, including the Germans working in them, made them mine the coal, took all of it, and sold it to pay of the war-debt the treaty of Versailles imposed on the losing Germans. This meant that families were freezing to death, while the coal they dug up, was sold for no other reason then to make money for the French. Hindsight has taught us in the EU, that it wasn't such a great idea. since it created an atmosfere wherein the National Socialism of the Nazi's could rapidly prosper.

I won't go sofar as to say part deux of the great European civil war wouldn't have happened, but cutting the Germans some slack, would have gone a long way of keeping the Nazi's the fringe group they were in the beginning.

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

uncle sjohie

Re: The nub of the biscuit.

Technically he did, the long standing foreign policy of the US, is that chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction, and are threfore comparable with bioloigcal or nuclear weapons. And they did find chemical weapons in Irak. :-) Not much, probably unusable leftovers of the Iran-Irak war, but they did find them..

Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

uncle sjohie

Re: So the fires were the result of...

The only people I ever hear talking about the thickness are reviewers and manufactures, not the actual users of the devices. I'd gladly trade a few mm extra for a bigger battery, although my P9-lite is pretty frugal compared to my previous smartphone, an Xperia ZR.

Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

uncle sjohie

Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

The fact that the babyboomers in Greece have been (successfully) avoiding paying taxes since the colonels went their merry way, and consistently voted for the politicians with the best promises, is what has condemned not just their own, but the next generation as well..

Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

uncle sjohie

Re: @Lee D

It's not full blown 2-way communication, using the SAR function means a device on your person can send your location to a separate receiver on the Galileo satellites, and receive confirmation. You won't be able to talk to an operator, or send texts. The EU chose to join the Cospas-Sarsat system by adding these receivers to the Galileo space vehicles, the US chose not to equip the current block III GPS satellites with them, and therefore doesn't offer this service.

'Doubly unacceptable' Swiss vegan forces his way into the army

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Re: Anybody who says otherwise has never been to a farm around cows.

They will be taken away eventually, so the noise will happen no matter what. And having worked on a dairy farm, in stead of just living next to one, I can assure you those cows make a lot of noise for a lot of reasons, being milked 30m later than normal can cause a lot of grief, and noise for instance.

EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

uncle sjohie

Re: Of course, Ireland has already protested

These are 2 EU companies, not American ones. Mailbox companies/headquarters are easy to setup, but if you happen to do that in Ireland, you are not only subject to (favorable) Irish tax-laws, but also the risk of the EU overruling them.

Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

uncle sjohie

The money (sales income) was funneled to a mailbox company, where, according to the summary of the verdict I read, no taxes were paid at all.

US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

uncle sjohie

Re: Perhaps

As a Saab driver, I still feel the Dutch government should have opted for the Gripen NG. Suits our airforce better too, built for expeditionary use, eg doesn't need air-conditioned hangars and high speed internet to order spares, and works in hot & sandy conditions.

Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

uncle sjohie

Re: @bri

The Swedish people understood this, they designed the Gripen, a design focused to work properly in expeditionary circumstances, eg hot and sandy climates, and from short mediocre runways. Carrying self defense rockets, and enough fuel and standoff weapons for fighting against insurgents etc. A navalised version would have been more then adequate for the marines. That doesn't need air conditioned hangars, or complicated databases to order parts.

Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

uncle sjohie

Re: Last Chance To See

Actually, they aren't all that great to fly in anymore. To me at least, the A340 is a lot more comfortable (especially less noisy), and the denser seating in economy means the spacious "feel" of a 747 is something of the past. Ditto the 787, and to a lesser extent the 777 regarding the noise. Our trip to Cuba from Amsterdam in the 787 from TUI was nice because the advertised better internal climate of the 787, due to lower cabin pressure and slightly higher humidity, was indeed noticeable, but the noise felt the same as a modern 737, and louder than the 340 I flew in to Amman a few years ago.

Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

uncle sjohie

Re: Curious minds want to know

According to the Dutch MOD, it's louder than the F16, but a little less loud than the F104 Starfighter the F16 replaced, measured at Leeuwarden airbase a couple of weeks ago.

'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

uncle sjohie

Re: run crying to the teacher

"the EU would have been given a needed slap with a wet fish and some real reform might be possible"

Fine, where should the Dutch pensionfunds send the bill for the ~15 billion euro's they lost in the stockmarket crash? The results of the referendum mean that a lot of people lost a lot of money, either direct or thru their pensionplans etc. The feeling along the other 27 countries is, no second chance, no favours or preferential treatment, and you'd better invoke article 50 quickly, since we're not feeling to patient at the moment, f*ck you very much.

uncle sjohie


When the flood of Polish and other eastern Europe workers was about to start across Northern Europe, most countries used the option of a 7 year transition period, meaning they could put a quotum on the number of immigrants from those countries. Germany and the Netherlands here used that option, the UK politicians decided/chose not to so. So most of the Polish workers went thru Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and ended up in the UK. And now I see clips/interviews of people blaming this on the EU.

Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

uncle sjohie

The average user, the part of the market where Android is firmly ahead of iOS, doesn't want the hassle of upgrading an OS. Not on their computer, and not on their phone. They want a phone that works, is safe, and still is after 2 or 3 years, after which the hardware starts to die, and it is replaced.

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

uncle sjohie

Re: Of course they're lying

Not ging to happen, if even Nancy Pelosi, the former house speaker of the senate is afraid to take on the CIA.. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140317/07441526589/nancy-pelosi-admits-that-congress-is-scared-cia.shtml

Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

uncle sjohie

Since we don't have a driveway, and have to park in the street in front of our house, charging an electric car would mean running a cable from our house across the sidewalk to the car. And that goes for the majority of houses here in the Netherlands. I imagine that would give quite some health&safety risks, not to mention a whole new way for vandalism. And the people in those houses, constitute the bulk of car owners you need to convert to electric vehicles to make a serious environmental impact.

Boeing just about gives up on the 747

uncle sjohie

Re: So long old friend

I remember those times too. I flew, as 6 year old boy from Amsterdam to Miami with a KLM 747 in 1980, I also got pilot wings, crayons, a lot of attention from the flight attendants, and a nice tour of the cockpit. Nowadays, airplanes ar just flying busses/touringcars, all the romance is gone.

The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

uncle sjohie

Re: Just basically awesome

The space shuttle had wings..

Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

uncle sjohie

Re: Are you kidding?

I had the same experience, but with a Ford Fiesta on the Azores, those dinky 3-cylinder eco-soy-bean-latte engines always struggle with hills. 65hp in a Fiesta just doesn't cut it with any kind of elevation, even here in the Netherlands. That's just how it works out because of physics.

Elon Musk unmasks Tesla's Model X – the $132k anti-bioweapon SUV for the 1%

uncle sjohie

It's one of the least ugly SUV's out there, but that's like winning the largest midget competition. But to be fair, he promised the first proper electric SUV, and once again he has done what he promised.

Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

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2 reasons

This is probably done for 2 reasons, to legally and financially separate VW form the other brands of the volkswagen Group, and for PR reasons, although all group brands with the 4 cylinder diesel engines are affected, so the PR nightmare is complete already.

Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

uncle sjohie

Devil is in the details

The problem is, Winterkorn was an engineer, with a known eye for details, who allegedly squared a tray of tools when visiting a new factory prior to opening, and frequently measured the gap between bodypanels to check if they were up to standard. And now we have to believe he didn't have a clue about this? Besides, there are memo's surfacing from Bosch, the manufacturer of the fuel injection system, which state that some of VW's requests for software alterations might not be in compliance with emission laws/rules. And those are from 7 or 8 years ago.

It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

uncle sjohie

Until a few years ago, we had our own chemical lab to do the testing of soil and water samples our field crews collected. We had to renew those off white Compaq cases in the xylene/toluene lab every two years, because the air inside the room ate away at the plastics, and corroded the metals in the connectors. the people working in those rooms had full respirator masks of course.

Ich nicht bin Charlie: Facebook must crack down on racists, says Germany's Merkel

uncle sjohie

Re: re: Not being funny but why on earth would immigrants want to go to Germany?

It's not so simple. Besides the Assad regime, there are 100 to 300 armed gangs in Syria who change allegiance on a daily basis, merge or just stop, IS is also fighting Al-Qaida, the "free Syrians" operating from inside Turkey fight all the above, and last but not least, there are the Kurds who are just fighting to survive. From an EU perspective there is not one group to give any serious support. Arming IS or Al-Qaida is a bad idea, like arming the mudjaheddin in Afghanistan turned out to be, ditto the Kurds (the PKK are genuine terrorists in their own right), and the the free Syrians have some ties to hamas/hezbolla in Lebanon.

Basically there is no group or faction that the west can back, to the the point of real soldiers fighting beside them against the regime, the gangs, Al-Qaida and the radicalized western youths that make up IS. I'm afraid the whole country will be a bloody mess the next decade. It's like the gangs of Mogadishu, the Balkan war, and the Palestine-Israeli conflict but with 5 instead of 2 parties, all rolled into one terrible mess.

The 2 Syrians I spoke to in Kos 2½ week ago, said they would probably have voted for Assad the next election, he was far from perfect, but under his regime there was no all-out guerrilla war like now.

uncle sjohie

Because in general, it's a nice country to live in. They have a functional and sound economy, to pay for decent social security, public transportation. healthcare and affordable housing in the suburbs and beyond. And if your introduction to the EU is Greece, who have way to many public servants, but only 2 for immigration on the whole island of Kos to process 500+ refugees a day, and a mayor who even refuges to place portable toilets for immigrants for fear of "inviting" them (it's not like a vicious civil war is pushing them in those boats), then Germany may well feel like paradise, especially if you are welcomed at the train station by little children giving candy and just saying welcome, after having just enjoyed the Macedonian and Hungarian "hospitality".

The racial hatred is historically most common in the old DDR and the south, but remember, in 1988 the unification hadn't really happened yet, and during the unification and integration of east Germany, there was a lot of racial hatred, not just from east Germans towards immigrants, but also between west- and east Germans themselves. That hatred has been diminishing the last two decades, because of the massive investments in the east, but haters will hate, first it was the Turks and Greeks (a lot of Greek babyboomers worked in Germany in their youth), second the east Germans vs the west Germans, now it's the Syrians.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

uncle sjohie

I can buy it online here in the Netherlands, an Etailer has it in stock. Saves me the hassle of importing it from China, and paying VAT etc. Downside, the price is 359 euro, exactly the same as a new simlock free xperia Z3 compact.

Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

uncle sjohie

Men will always be boys, only the toys become more expensive.

Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

uncle sjohie

The Greek tax problem mainly resides with the baby-boom generation, who after the colonels regime developed such a deep mistrust of any form of government, that they avoided paying taxes any way they could. I remember our holidays there in the nineties, cash payment in dutch guldens or deutchmarks was the norm, no taxes were ever paid by the Greek apartment owners. And the same group has managed to thwart the establishing of a proper cadastre, which is instrumental in recording property value, and the subsequent taxing of that property.

And running a railway company at a 3 million euro/day loss, with drivers getting double the pay of their German and Dutch colleagues doesn't help either. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/business/global/21rail.html?_r=1

I also remember an article stating that the Greek government has about 70 billion euro's of uncollected taxes on the books. How about they collect that, the northern European countries write off 100 billion, and the Greek government does as it has promised the third time around? That way we can move past this horrid mess with only losers.

Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

uncle sjohie

Monitor Audio and Marantz always sound very good together in my opinion. I once heard a Marantz KI setup hooked to some Monitor Audio floorstanders a tenth of the price of the Marantz CD/amp combo, and it just rocked. Ditto for their AV/5.1 combinations.

Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

uncle sjohie

Re: refuel...

Actually, the 787 we flew from Cuba back to Amsterdam, was being refueled at the stopover in Mexico, with all the passengers on board and the lights on. We were told to unfasten the seatbelts, and stay in our seats, while there was a stewardess positioned at every exit. So it wasn't completely shutdown.

Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

uncle sjohie

Re: A modest haul

I was tempted to buy all the Bruce Springsteen reissues for my collection, but I already have the CD boxset, and don't even own a turntable, so I decided against it. Last year I did get the American Beauty EP, and it sounded pretty good on the Rega RP6 of my neighbor.

You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

uncle sjohie

economic crime

The next case from the dutch government will call it an "economisch delict" which translates into economic crime, and that can be punishable with prison time. Alternative measure/punishment for such a crime can be "bestuursdwang", which basically means that the government kicks the CEO out of his chair, takes the seat, and implements the measures the court has ordered, and sends the bill to the company.

Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

uncle sjohie

Re: Why aren't our sanctions against NK already maxed out?

International diplomacy, military doctrine, and common sense, all agree on the fact that it's not a good idea to back a nuclear armed dictator, into to tight of a corner.

But the last 2 years have seen a subtle shift in the attitude towards North Korea by the USA and South Korea. Until then, NK would do something provocative, like setting off some half assed underground nuclear firecracker, or shoot off a rocket over the sea of Japan, and negotiate some fuel-oil of lift of a few sanctions for stopping. Now they just ignore them if it's possible, and don't offer anything. Then they back down on their own accord.



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