* Posts by uncle sjohie

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Swedish Tesla strike goes international as Norwegian and Danish unions join in

uncle sjohie

Re: I'm actually on Musk's side on this

This is not exactly about unionizing, but more about working within a framework of a country. A framework that has proven to be quite beneficial to both employers and employees in this case, so why he is micromanaging this is quite baffling to begin with. He just doesn't want to understand that there are other ways to run an successful company, besides his American way.

they literally only ask that Tesla joins that successful system, in stead of working against it. They don't want any money or extra benefits.

Boeing gives busy billionaires unbothered about bespoke beds a cheaper BizJet

uncle sjohie

Re: "to suit 'personal, business and head-of-state airplane requirements' "

The Dutch government bought a second hand one. Had to be a Boeing though, since our king is qualified on the 737, and the royal family uses it too.

Intel counters AMD’s big-cache PC chip with 5.5GHz 16-core rival

uncle sjohie

Re: Let's Qualify that 5.5GHz Figure

The new 390Ti is rumored to demand an 850W PSU, with a 1000W recommended. Adding this Intel hothead, wil push that even higher. It's ridiculous.

Android's Messages, Dialer apps quietly sent text, call info to Google

uncle sjohie

Re: Because hoarding data is their MO.

If these apps are installed by default by the manufacturer, you'd need to root your device to permanently remove them, and as system apps, they power up every time you reboot your device too. So just using Signal, might not be enough.

US imposes sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine

uncle sjohie

Right, China's domestic chip production is still a joke, and they would surely milk their superiority over Russia for all it's worth. The Russian economy is roughly of Belgium and the Netherlands combined, and Xi Jinping is as, or maybe even more, ruthless as Putin. Cuddling up to them would make them the Belarus of China, a vazal with hardly anything to bring tot the table.

uncle sjohie

Re: Freezing Russian assets is the way to stop Putin

His whole economy is basically the size of Belgium and the Netherlands combined, and largely fueled by prostituting natural resources. If that income dries up, and the EU accounts for ~40% of oil and gas revenues, he's going bankrupt. And the EU can keep up paying for those higher energy prices a lot longer, then he can go without those euro's. And if those oliarchs can't get to their house in London, apartment in New York, or park their yacht in Monaco, he'll be getting som pretty tough phonecalls.

And while he is no democratic leader, he's far from omnipotence like Kim-Il-Sung is, he does have to show his countrymen some kind of progress, and he can't hide the fact that a lot of sons and fathers won't be coming home, if serious fighting starts.

uncle sjohie

Re: re. more blankets

He's just trying to see what is natural resources chips are worth at the geopolitical pokertable, before the switch to renewables in the EU, makes them worthless. The freezing of North-Stream 2 (NS2) by the Germans, must be a real kick in his borscht, one he didn't expect so soon. He reasoned that with that, he could moderate a German response. NS2 is important for him, because NS 1 runs thru Ukraine, and he really needs those euro's to keep his criminal pyramid scheme up and running, or else the oliarchs might get really unhappy. And even though he's no democratic leader, he's not an omnipotent dictator like Kim-Jong-Un either, so he does have to show some succes from time to time.

MediaTek's flagship 5G chip for top-of-the-line Android smartphones is coming right up

uncle sjohie

Re: Get the price right

Their current flagship, the 1200 series, is one of the reasons gsmarena gave higher marks tot the Xiaomi 11T, in stead of the snapdragon powered 11Tpro. The dimensity 1200 in the 11T offered a better power/performance ratio, and slightly higher battery life because of that, than the snapdragon 888 in the Pro model . That last one can throttle a little higher, but only for a short(ish) time.

Hitting underground pipes and cables costs the UK £2.4bn a year. We need a data platform for that, says government

uncle sjohie

There is a full European framework for that, in use by the Dutch and Belgians, why not just use that?

Irish privacy watchdog sticks GDPR probe into Facebook after that online giveaway of 533 million profiles

uncle sjohie

Re: Finally a way to tax FB?

The GDPR also allows a non-profit organization to make claims on behalf of groups of people, similar to what are called "class action" lawsuits in the US. And the GDPR governing body of the EU country is to take in account the way they became aware of the breach, the way the company treated the problem, how they communicated with the persons involved, etc. I'm not sure the 4% is a sum for all of a year, or the max for one single infringement. Maybe the Irish will go easy and stop at 25 cases...

Flagship Chinese chipmaker collapses before it makes a single chip or opens a factory

uncle sjohie

Re: More to this than meets the eye

As with more high tech companies in China, they were struggling to find, and retain, qualified personnel. It's not uncommon to lose 10 to 20% of your workforce after Chinese new year, when half the country goes to visit families in the remote regions, only to return to the factory-cities, and end up in day long traffic jams or at a station waiting on a train for days. Fearing loss of face with their employer, they then just don't show up anymore. It's one thing to train some peasant a few tasks on a production line at Foxconn, but for this kind of work, you need seriously qualified operators and maintenance personnel.

What's that you got there, AMD? More Ryzen chips? Yeah, OK, we could do with some of those

uncle sjohie

Re: Availability?

My wife is responsible for a lot of logistics between factories in China, and their customers in the EU region. At the moment, arguably the biggest problem in China is physical lack of containers, due to borked shipping schedules of the large containerships at the start of the pandemic, because there were literally not near enough healthy people in the Chinese ports to load those ships at that time.

So at the moment they are frantically building containers in China, so they can start shipping more products. One of their shipments was due to be trained using the new silkroad railway system on the 22th of december, but that train hasn't moved an inch yet. The container capacity that was, and is available, is hogged by Apple with their iPhones, and Sony and MS for their next gen consoles with long term contracts. And airfreight isn't an option either, what little capacity there is, has tripled in price.

US aviation regulator issues safety bulletins over flaws in software updates for Boeing 747, 777, 787 airliners

uncle sjohie

Re: The End

Unless a lot of people stop flying, that's not going to happen, since their duopoly with Airbus means there is no 3rd party to fulfill most of those orders if they go bankrupt. They'll be saved somehow, a large chunk of our world economy is riding on the products of those two companies.

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it

uncle sjohie

Re: The Truth?

Actually, the whole system is geared towards executing the launch order as swiftly as possible, since cold war reasoning is behind the current system. In those scenario's, the US would detect a swarm of soviet missiles, meant to decapitate the US leadership, thus making a launch order impossible. So a quick reaction is paramount.

The commander in chief gives the launch order, after a quick conference with advisors about the targets and assets used for the strike. That launch order is validated, but only to check that the person giving the order, is in fact the president. That's it, there is no psychological check of the president, or additional checks along the chain. Once the validation is done, the whole system is geared towards only one task, making sure the order is executed as swiftly as possible. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/graphics/2016-nuclear-weapon-launch/

China compromised F-35 subcontractor and forced expensive software system rewrite, academic tells MPs

uncle sjohie

Oh they usually do. "Dual-use" is a very important concept in those area's. Governments go as far as to classify certain types of electric motors als dual-use. It might be used bij Pegatron in machines to build an iPhone, or by Boeing to maneuver a gun turret.

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

uncle sjohie

It's probably cheaper then funding the NSA?

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

uncle sjohie

Re: Pilot training

A lot of airlines are firing pilots, because they have no passengers to fly, and therefore, no need for the most expensive employees on their payrole.

Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends

uncle sjohie

Based on reviews, and previous experience with non-wireless in-ears from Sony, I bought the lauded WF-1000XM3 in-ears, and they are a marvel of technology. Sadly I found out that the in-flight systems in airlines don't support Bluetooth the hard way, and I couldn't get them to fit comfortably for longer periods of time. So I bought a pair of Sony WH-1000XM3's over-ears, which I just love. Sony here in the Netherlands had an promo where you could try-out the in-ears for a month or so, and get your money back, if you decided you didn't like them.

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

uncle sjohie


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

uncle sjohie

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

uncle sjohie

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