* Posts by Nifty

863 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012


India connects submarine cable to islands where some still live in the stone age

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By connecting an undersea fibre cable to the island, India's hoping that it'll be a little bit harder for China to claim it as sovereign territory.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo

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You mean you've got to hold it the right-angled way?

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Re: And btw Mr. Cook -- pay your effing taxes!

'Rotten to its core'.

I see what you did there.

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What would happen

if a record label with a fruit-type theme tried to sell its wares or stream via Apple? One with a really big classic band in its catalogue like The Beatles?

I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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Re: It sometimes works the other way

Rubbish service at half the price with a data SIM as a backup, or gold plated service at twice the price? I've seen A&As pricing and it's no marginal matter.

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Re: It sometimes works the other way

Except that every now & again a disgruntled consumer will get verbally and even graphically creative on social media on what crap after sales service they're getting vs the high promise & price. These guys have let me dodge or confirm suspicions on some notorious products/services and save a lot of cash and hassle.

So long as there's a slightly better company that's winning on reputation 52% percent of the time vs their rivals 48% they'll succeed to win the market like the classic idea of long term poker odds.

UK puts £200m on table for dynamic purchasing system to supply public sector with AI

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Just what we need

An AI system in charge of purchasing more AI kit.

Trump administration labels WeChat, TikTok ‘threats’ to national security, bans transactions with both

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Interesting to consider that standard Skype app is unavailable in Android or IOS app stores for Chinese registered phone. Instead you have to install a special Chinese version. You can but guess where the user metadata and intercepts end up when a Chinese Skype to Western Skype call is made. It's a complicated world.

TikTok to splurge €420m on Ireland data centre to get Euro-data into Europe by 2022

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Get your teen to send you a screenshot of the options in TikTok to report offensive content. Stand this side by side with YouTube's or Facebook's similar menu. Then notice the totally different emphasis. Once someone suggests to you that TikTok's menu is designed to report politically challenging uploads (and not much else), you won't be able to unthink it. This will change lightning-quick once an IT journo realises it. So grab your screenshot soon.

Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%

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Re: The death of broadcast TV?

The metrics sent back to Sky on which ads are skipped most are digital gold dust.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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Doing society a service

Issuing Bitcoin fines to Twitter users for exceeding the gullibility speed limit.

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

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Re: Some sort of bond

Yup, and by all rights rural properties shouldn't have running water or mains electricity either, if you follow that line of reasoning.

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Re: Well. I've got FTTP, so there

And you're the *only* FTTP in the village

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic

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"they'll pay some publishers for high quality content In Australia"

So no money will be changing hands then?

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

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"Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history"

Hasn't this story been milked enough already?

New Relic streamlines app monitoring tools, shifts to per-user, pay-as-you-go pricing, adds free tier to lure you in

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Re: The World is getting Over-Complicated.

I use New Relic for straightforward performance monitoring - how busy and full is a VM and which processes are hogging the most resources. Does that sound complicated?

Face masks hamper the spread of coronavirus. Know what else they hamper? Facial-recognition systems (except China's)

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I thought AI could detect

If it walks like a duck, it is a duck

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: Launch and landing

Some 40 satellites are up there already with a 1.3-5kw reactor.

There were some launch mishaps with debris landing in Canada and one burned up over the ocean.


What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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He'll have to get all his ducks in a row to sort this one out.

Cabinet Office takes over control of UK government data: Mundane machinery or Machiavellian manoeuvrings?

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Re: Way to Go, No 10 .... And Just in Time too...

Ah yes the 'Silicon Valley Approach'. Yet another bit of kite-flying?

Until the NHS and planning laws get shaken up, nothing happens.

Note the name of the current ruling party.

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On Black Wednesday in 1997 the cabinets inner sanctum met then realised they had no idea what the money markets were doing. So they sent someone to search for a portable radio.

Perhaps the cabinet is trying to head off a repeat of that type of scenario.

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Lots of 4G antennas that follow the route of the railway line. I would never have thought of it!

Will the inventors Nobel prize be in the post?

Only surprise for OnePlus fans with firm's latest tilt at the mid-market is a sub-€400 price tag

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One day the OnePlus will come with Android One

FYI Russia is totally hacking the West's labs in search of COVID-19 vaccine files, say UK, US, Canada cyber-spies

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Re: The Russians?

Well, conspiracy theory is an onion.

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Re: Why?

The serious aspect is that what sits on the Oxford researchers storage is half baked research, work in progress. A bit dangerous in the wrong hands (a little knowledge...).

Also let's not forget Concordski.

US military whips out credit card for unmanned low-Earth-orbit outpost prototype (aka a repurposed ISS cargo pod)

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All I can say is

China has already been doing target practice

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries says it's built its own 5G kit and hopes to sell to all comers

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Re: Whuh

Upvoted but remember the plan is for the higher Gs to eventually eat the spectrum of the lower Gs.

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations

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Or you could try painting their antlers with reflective paint as in Finland.


At least fewer motorists will run into them that way.

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei

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Re: A sad day

Well known. Cisco however didn't have a British government agency assigned to it whose main function was to look for and close backdoors.

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Re: A sad day

How effective was the 'cell' that was supposed to examine Huawei kit from 2010 onwards?



...was apparently only fixed last year.

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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Winston Smith's attempt to find that one simple trick to avoid the telescreens camera, has just been rumbled.

Sueball locked, loaded and pointed at LinkedIn over iOS privacy naughtiness

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I'm baffled

I'd expect IOS to be fully in charge of the clipboard. Only at the moment you paste does the currently open app gain 'access' to the clipboard contents due to you holding down a finger for a second or so. Was it really ever otherwise?

Rip and replace is such a long Huawei to go, UK telcos plead, citing 'blackouts' and 'billion pound' costs: Are Vodafone and BT playing 'Project Fear'?

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Re: 5G ?

How does it go? Ah yes, handouts or the kitten gets it.

We've paused Sigfox roof aerial payments, says WND-UK, but we'll make you whole after COVID

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Re: I don't get it £840k a year for something you could do over LTE

Must be fake news that the MoD uses this. After all Teresa may said "such systems do not yet exist".


Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart

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Would it be beyond the wit of the big email providers to offer a service to search your past emails for these domains to check if you've shopped with them? Due to lockdown shopping the variety of sites we buy from has multiplied by 10.

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month

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Apparently we can run a satellite internet service on our own so how hard can 5G be?

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

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

I'll raise the $500m you're printing with the $600m I'm printing.

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors

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FAR too sensible

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Re: If you keep poking the pig with a stick

Post-Covid economy: There soon will be lots

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

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Re: Full-blown kakistocracy

Bit of a knee-jerk to conflate Brexit with technical incompetence.

If 47 years of EC/EU membership didn't fix HM Govts tendency towards tech white elephants, why should staying in now suddenly fix it?

Someone must be bricking it: UK govt website for first-time home buyers snapped up for £40,000 after left to expire

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That was already taken ;-)

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I've just registered oximoron.org and am offering it as the new domain for 'affordable housing'.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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And they're trying to send us a coded message

Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) Tweeted: More photos of #CCPVirus like hail in #Beijing, today. 端午节北京下冰雹 越看越像 #中共病毒 https://t.co/G0iEduVCyZ

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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Re: It could work out if love comes from two sides

Localised in time too maybe. There was a time when the majority of work was done very near home - pre mechanisation farming. Or the Bavarian cuckoo clock industry- farmers in Winter. Even today art and craft work is often done in a workshop at home. Mass commuting began with big central offices and corporate bureaucracy. Conveniently, mass public transport and mass car production followed.

What appears in history as a result of technological and social change - mass commuting - can disappear equally quickly.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: "we discovered a technical barrier that every other country [...] is also now hitting."

Taiwan's minister without portfolio has been guiding that countrys IT policy especially regarding e-government, openness, trust in government and lately its Covid tracing app and use of social media to nudge public behaviour to control the pandemic. Everything in short that the UK lacks. An ex hacker and activist with a reputed IQ of 180.

How much longer before Asia and the US come bearing beads in exchange for our treasure? Oh wait, they already have: Arm Holdings, Imagination Technologies, Logica, CSR, Autonomy, Misys...

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: An Attack or a Screwup?

I don't get the WFH angle. Just as much chance of being clickjacked while in the office network.

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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"Upstream traffic was up by 3.7GB per week"

That's a baffler, as upload speed with VM is limited to approx 6% of your download package.

So if like me you have 100 Mbps download, you get max 6 Mbps upload which is much worse upload than a half decent FTTC or mobile connection.

Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality

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In other news

Winner banned from Casino

Philippines government makes cloud-first a post-pandemic ‘new normal’ for all agencies

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Re: Clouds in embassies ?

Julian Assange might apply



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