* Posts by dogknees

10 posts • joined 4 Jan 2012

CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS


"£80 for a pair of lightbulbs, or the best part of £50 for a plug socket control, I think the wise person will wait a while and see how that fad turns out."

I would have thought the wise person would evaluate the product in light of their individual desires and make a decision on that basis. The wise person certainly wouldn't take any notice of an industry pundit.

It's funny hearing a journalist saying how badly some technologies get hyped. It's journalists that are the source of the hype. Pot, meet Kettle.....

One million people have bonked on London public transport


Is that 1 million people or 1 million fares? It should be easy for them to provide both numbers so we can see the real market penetration.

Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong


Article didn't address the real question.

The question the article should have addressed is "what percentage of all stored content accessible by direct URL on any server anywhere including secure information only available to some people is visible to search engines". I'm guessing it's way less than 50%.

Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle



The problem is not that they are measured by SLAs, it's that the SLAs have not been defined correctly to meet the users requirements.

Rather than have an SLA that says 90% must have a ping lower than 40ms, it should say 100% must have a....

SLAs have to be set by customers to define their requirements. Not by vendors to control their expenses.

It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub



I seem to recall seeing a standard for subs that said they should be able to deliver a constant 20 Hz tone at 120dB indefinitely.

Hardly audiophile, prices in that world start in the high 4 figures and go up rapidly from there. Some will spend $250,000 for a set of speakers.

4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?


For me, none of this matters, it's a monitor and will go on the pc which does everything media related in my lounge.

Oz racehorse shod with 3D-printed titanium hoofwear


This stuff is so cool. The universal replicator of science fiction, which can make anything you'd want, are almost around the corner.

Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files


Re: New Security Application

They are not "forced" to give up the password. You choose to go to jail which would be the appropriate thing to do if you are really serious about your personal ethics. There have been many people over the years who have chosen jail or even death rather than breaking a confidence or their personal ethics.

Calling it "forced" insults the memory of some of the most ethical people ever. True martyrdom is to be celebrated and emulated if you're brave enough. Does anyone remember Gandhi?

Would/could I do it? Probably not, but I would not say I was forced, I would say I chose to do it rather than accept whatever the punishment is. Ultimately most people have things they would not do even on the pain of death. It's just a matter of where you draw the line.

Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?


Some responders are suggesting that someone could use this to get to your bank account. If you going to a https site, Chrome will not save the passwords for you. I'm prompted for passwords to my bank, paypal, and other secure sites.

So, the problem is nothing like as big as some are making out.

Fewer, stronger cyclones in greenhouse Oz, says CSIRO


"So far, Australia’s 2011/12 cyclone season seems unusually benign so far"

Your kidding, right?



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