* Posts by Poncey McPonceface

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You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Re: But... but...

> It's been rolled in Northern Ireland too hasn't it?

The article reached by the first link I posted up yonder talks about ROI and NI interop, yes!

Did not know about Scots Gov, good to hear if true, thx.

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Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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Mushroom

Re: I Just Don't Get It

This is the Entities List

All entities on this list are sanctioned for national security reasons such as spying – the company allegedly spies on US citizens or allegedly engages in commercial espionage – or is said to be complicit in human rights violations such as forced labour or surveillance or (and this is the kicker) is said to be a supplier of tech to the Chinese military. I mean, China is not technically an enemy of the US, right?

Within mainland China alone I count some *230* entities. That's not including the international operations of these Chinese entities.

So it turns out that the leader of the so-called free world is not that interested in actual free markets.

Just think about all the suppliers to the US military, large and small, being put on someone's entity list. Haven't most if not all big tech companies in the US some kind of ties to the US military?

I'm really struggling to wrap my head around this Tik Tok move by Microsoft. It reeks to high heaven.

Here are a couple of recent examples of Department of Commerce press releases: Friday, May 22, 2020 – 24 governmental and commercial organizations and Monday, July 20, 2020 – 11 Chinese companies

The US is basically at war economically with China and it's not messing around.

Huawei and Tik Tok are just the tip of the iceberg – they've got name recognition so they are what generate the news column inches. Contextually speaking, this is a particularly shoddy article from The Register. There is obviously so much more going on here, this deal is shady as all hell, and El Reg is commenting on it as if it were just another big tech M&A.

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon

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Meh

Re: Use of personal data ?

> One of the things done with fuel providers here in the USA is the "divorcement" between oil wells, pipelines, refineries, and fueling stations.

Kinda off-topic but kinda not as well. This is why I don't understand how Disney *and* Disney+ is a thing? Both content creation and distribution? Seems sucky for the consumer. Same goes for Amazon becoming an ISP, totally different kettle of fish to SpaceX becoming one seeing as how SpaceX knows how to put things into space cheaply and does not have a massive online retail and compute division.

But what would I know. I second your meh face.

Edit: this is the first time I have upvoted one of your comments. Nurse, get me my thermometer!

No Google Play, no problem: Huawei pinches global phone sales crown off Samsung

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Boffin

Re: I'm curious about Apple's sales in China

Nothing less than global dominance.

“Canada among 67 nations to reaffirm International Criminal Court support after U.S. sanctions”

This is what it is all about. If you do not submit to petro-dollar hegemony you will face sanctions. After that if you still insist on trying to have an independent economic policy you'll face the pointy end of the stick. Supremacy in the realm of high tech is seen in terms of national security. Hell, almost any affront to full spectrum dominance is seen as a threat to national security. Land. Sea. Air. Space. Tech. Why does the U.S. seem to loathe the E.U. (a fairly benign economic and geopolitical project, an toothless ally) – because Europe might *gasp* decide to behave independently on the world stage. How else do you explain the U.S. threatening to sanction Germany (Germany!) over Russian energy ties?

And in this nobody's humble opinion the mistake the Feds are making is exactly this. Why does Europe have not a single high tech software or hardware company when China does? Because Europe did not protect and grow its markets. What will threatening China with hardware supply (Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom) and software (Google, …) do? It will force them to stay on the path of self-sufficiency: “Semiconductor industrial park in central China seeks to secure supply amid foreign restrictions”. Japan rose to economic ascendancy in the 80's and the U.S. beat them back down. China has *ten* times the population of Japan, this time will be different. Consider that in 2019 that 119 of Fortune's Global 500 were Chinese and 121 were from the U.S. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortune_Global_500 – I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts that this year China will be numerically on top.

Will Apple sales be affected in China because of this move by the Feds? I think very much so, yes.

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Re: All very predictable

Unmitigated execrable horseshite.

Unsurprised you posted this anonymously, seeing as how I'd be ashamed to my grave to have anything this repugnantly moronic linked to my actual identity.

Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

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Big Brother

#

Ex-Con Security Guy: “But surely you can't put a price on your family's lives.”

Homer: “I wouldn't have thought so either but … here we are.”

https://youtu.be/_kpuyVkqP68?t=95

Latest Xeons land in new Huawei server despite looming US ban

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Gimp

> 18 months stockpile of essential chips

Huawei builds up 2-year reserve of 'most important' US chips

“Huawei's stockpiling efforts focus on central processors made by Intel for use in servers and programmable chips from its peer Xilinx, the sources said. These are the "most essential components" for the company's base station business and emerging cloud business, and it has enough inventory to last between one and a half and two years, they added.”

This heavy-handed tactic can only have focussed and redoubled Chinese initiatives on high-tech self-reliance. If the USA had only but spoken softly while at the same time reminding everyone subtly about the big stick it carries then it may have paradoxically achieved a better outcome. Between having Meng Wanzhou arrested, fining ZTE $1.4 *billion*, and threatening to cut Huawei off from fundamental tech (and thus essentially crippling it) the USA has done in broad daylight what it should have done in the shadows. Either the USA is prepared to break Huawei, or it isn't. Threatening it without destroying it will only serve to make Huawei and the broader Chinese high-tech scene much more self-reliant which will grow them from a formidable adversary to an implacable one. Expect 10nm tech followed by 7nm chip tech in shortish (measured in tech terms) order.

If the USA were truly to restrict ARM licensees, for instance, that could trigger a full on cold war. But either the USA is prepared to trigger a new cold war or it is not. Which is it? Dithering will only backfire on them.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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not punitive

Arson (criminal damage by fire) – UK Sentencing Council

There's a 3x3 matrix on the page: 3 degrees of harm on one axis, 3 degrees of culpability on the other.

Our friend's actions here were pre-meditated (not done on impulse), there was some degree of planning, and they used accelerants, and they intended to cause serious damage. That's high culpability by the parameters on that page. The category of harm appears to be level 1 (the highest): serious physical harm caused / serious consequential economic or social impact of offence / high value of damage caused …

Looks like they could have gotten 8 years!

3 years appears non-punitive and within the parameters proper sentencing guidelines.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Black Helicopters

Re: So...

Unfortunately, that's not true either.

There's this "EMF radiation is dangerous" dude, Martin L. Pall, who to the best of my knowledge is to health and WiFi (and 5G and 4G and 3G) as Andrew Wakefield is to vaccines and autism.

I've had the misfortune of having this article https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300355#t0015 waved in my face: “Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health”

I won't reproduce any of the "research" here – suffice it to say that they claim there are biochemical/bioelectrical pathways that are being messed with.

There *are* the conspiracy nuts who think the whole thing is a giant cover-up/conspiracy – those folks are well into tin-foil hat territory and are seriously out to lunch, as in they have (and I mean this in a very literal sense) very little grasp on reality. There's another segment who are scientifically illiterate but realise that they have to make scientifically grounded claims and for these folks quacks like Pall (who push junk meta-analysis fear-mongering) are just the ticket.

And if that wasn't bad enough these two groups are not even the same crowd as the "don't-tread-on-me, it's just the flu bro" folks.

Not one, not two, but at least three distinct Sars-cov-2/Covid-19 rejectionists !

I've lost friends over this so I know what I'm talking about :/

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Meh

Machine Learning

As pointed out in the comment section of this announcement on HackerNews,

> This also enables third party APIs, such as the popular NVIDIA Cuda compute API, to be hardware accelerated within a WSL environment.

Dollars to donuts this is why Microsoft is implementing this. GPU acceleration is becoming a critical feature for many users (but especially developers) and this will continue. If WSL is to be a serious competitor, this is necessary and I'm glad to see it showing up. This is true of cloud compute, too, and Microsoft is betting big on cloud as its future growth area.

> Only the rendering/compute aspect of the GPU are projected to the virtual machine, no display functionality is exposed.

The Linux gaming folks will be pretty sad about this one. Anyway, this isn't really a Linux port of DirectX. This is GPU compute via DirectX APIs.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23241105

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

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Re: For some tasks... has it really gotten better?

That's adding a group of labelled radio buttons to a fieldset, not a form. Doesn't appear overly verbose to me.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data

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You're always a day Huawei: UK to decide whether to ban Chinese firm's kit from 5G networks tomorrow

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Big Brother

Tight Leash

The .gov.uk decision will indicate how tight the leash is.

If an outright ban then we can infer that UK foreign policy is dictated from across the water.

This fairly mundane tech story is getting a *lot* of coverage: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=huawei&iar=news&ia=news

“The PM's comments came after Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, said the UK will 'take into account the views of other sovereign states' but ultimately the 'decision we make will be based upon our own sovereign right to choose'.” –– possibly directed at the likes of Pompeo? We'll see, won't we? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7933473/Justice-Secretary-Robert-Buckland-warns-against-trying-bully-Britain-Huawei.html

Brian Eno's latest composition: A giant Christmas card with Julian Assange on it

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Re: A bit unfair, IMHO...

The chap's musical legacy is humbling†.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Eno_discography

His initial quartet of albums "Here Come the Warm Jets" (1974), "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)" (1974), "Another Green World" (1975), and "Before and After Science" (1977) are widely regarded as mini-masterpieces, influential in the way that Kraftwerk are.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/brian-eno-here-come-the-warm-jets-taking-tiger-mountain-by-strategy-before-and-after-science/

9.5/10 – HCTWJ

10/10 – TTMBS

10/10 – BAAS

Dunno why AGW is not one of them: “Though the album failed to chart in the United States or the United Kingdom, Another Green World was initially met with high praise from critics. Contemporary reception of Another Green World has been very positive; several critics and publications have placed the album on lists of the greatest albums of all time.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_Green_World

Eno has also contributed significantly to the art of *generative music* which marks him as a greater experimentalist than most in my book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generative_music

Whatever you think about Assange, how Eno's legacy is treated in this article *because of his association with Assange* is breath-takingly ignorant.

† (NB: I'm not saying that quantity = quality)

Studio albums … 26

Compilation albums … 13

Video albums … 8

EPs … 2

Singles … 7

Collaborative albums … 26

Production … 43

Mayday in Moscow as devs will be Russian to Putin mandatory apps on phones, laptops, TVs

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Devil

Vladdy Hell !

That is all …

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it

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Re: Because an open and transparent auction wouldn't have maximised the value at all!

Well done! I've never seen someone get so many downvotes for so many consecutive posts on this site and I've been here on and off for over a decade.

Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment

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Mushroom

Fantastic Journalism

Hats off to the author. Superbly written, very informative.

YouTube's radicalizing Alt-right trolls and Facebook's recruiting new language boffins

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Re: Radicalization

There are many terrible ideas; the idea that the best way to police so-called "hate" speech is to repress it is a particularly terrible idea in a sea of terrible ideas.

Look. You can have a free and open society, or you can have a censorious environment – you can't have both, isn't that obvious? Do you want to live in a free and open society? I know I do. If you want to be able to speak truth to power then you're going to want to live in a free and open society. However, there are some consequences as a result – the first of which, that we all grow a thicker skin, stems from the reality that there are *always* going to people with ideas you don't agree with and some of those ideas you're going to find very objectionable.

The following points have been made over and over again but they bear repeating in light of the very bad idea that you're spreading.

(1) Banned/censored/repressed ideas don't "go away", they get pushed underground into an echo chamber.

(2) If you ban/censor/repress something then paradoxically you make victims – the purveyors of the ideas and others who support them will claim victimhood. The victimhood lends *legitimacy* to the bad ideas.

(3) Some people have conspiratorial natures and if you suppress something they'll think that there's something important "they" don't want us to find out about which gives the suppressed ideas an aura. Related is the notion of the allure of the forbidden fruit.

(4) Over time alternative platforms will spring into being to cater for the de-platformed ideas. We've seen this happen in real time recently. Thus censorship on YouTube/Twitter/Facebook/… has given rise to Minds/Gab/Dlive/Bitchute/… This is not new, in the past you had alternative presses and private presses. Look it up, let history guide you.

(5) All ideas need to be challenged, by forcing some ideas underground those ideas go unchallenged thus thwarting the battle of ideas in the crucible of reason (if you'll pardon my mixed metaphor).

(6) Contrarian types will naturally push back because of "who are you to tell me what i can and cannot read or watch or listen to"

(7) The whole *point* of freedom of speech is to protect the edgy and uncomfortable ideas. After all, when you think about it, anodyne ideas need no protection.

US sanctions fail to get in Huawei as embattled Chinese vendor reports 23% revenue growth

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This! (I hate when commentards say "This!" but here it fits)

What do they say? All publicity is good publicity. And Huawei has been in practically every news cycle for the past two months. You couldn't even begin to pay enough ¥¥¥ for that amount of free air time.

They're nearly a household name at this point, no?

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French

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Hey, don't lump the rest of us in with those cheese eating surrender monkeys!

Poncey McPonceface

Re: Don't shoot them, Tackle them

If your front doorbell starts a-ringing this evening and you're not expecting anyone I suggest leaving the place by the back door assuming you have one otherwise hide under your bed.

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September

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Re: $1,980 ?!?

If you're baulking at the price then you're not the target audience!

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: Lots of companies run Linux including Google

Hotmail famously ran on FreeBSD, not Linux: https://betanews.com/2001/06/18/microsoft-we-use-freebsd/

Facebook removes about as many fake accounts as it has actual monthly users (yes, billions) in effort to clean up online

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Big Brother

"content moderators" => "censors"

"hate speech" => "speech that I don't like" or "speech that hurts my feelings" or "speech that upsets me"

"terrorist propaganda" => "freedom fighting news" or "legitimate revolutionary communication"

"adult nudity" => "breastfeeding pictures"

"sexual activity" => "won't someone think of the children?!"

"graphic violence" => …

I don't envy Facebook. They have placed themselves in an unenviable position. Sometimes we're able to foresee certain technological developments and their social implications because scenarios get played out in fiction. I think the ills of social media blind-sided humanity. Things might have been better if Facebook had more of a libertarian backbone, like the Elders of the internet. Facebook made too many bad decisions for them to all be coincidences, their decisions spoke volumes about how they see the world. But Facebook are not alone.

The recent political purges coordinated across the tech industry are shameful.

I look back on the days when all it seems we had to worry about was open-source (ok, ok, free software, don't yell at me!) versus proprietary software with distinct nostalgia. Linux versus Microsoft, the evil SCO Group, that kind of thing. Ah, happy innocent times.

VISA, Mastercard, Paypal blocking Wikileaks. Such brave patriotic companies. Complicit now in the murder of innocent civilians no less. YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Instagram, Twitter taking it upon themselves to police the internet of "extreme" political views. How nice of them. Why does any nation need laws and law enforcement when corporations from the United States will wade into the murky waters of the internet and web and clean it of sewage for us.

Great times.

Twist my Arm why don't you: Brit CPU behemoth latest biz to cease work with Huawei – report

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Fuck the US government

Fuck their militarism, fuck their strong-arming, fuck their sanctions, fuck their embargoes, fuck their extraterritorial drone strikes, fuck their torturing, fuck their regime change wars, fuck their endless wars, fuck their interventions, fuck their trouble-making, fuck their support of dictatorships, fuck their blockades, fuck their arrogance, fuck them not for not following international norms, fuck them for all the treaties they haven't signed up to, fuck them for all the treaties they've pulled out of, fuck their double-standards, fuck their imperialism, fuck their support of Israel, fuck the lot of them.

I hope and pray that China is the rock upon which the USS Hegemon is shipwrecked.

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WTF?

Re: And so, history repeats itself

Nginx

Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months

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o rly?

Along with: Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, …

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/international-business/boeing-737-max-countries-which-have-grounded-it-so-far/articleshow/68370169.cms

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If that is truly the case (and we don't know if it is) then Boeing has been indirectly harmed by the heavy-handed actions of its own government and the political blowback therefrom.

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Maybe because China's *Airline* regulator doesn't regulate the safety codes of elevators, roads, escalators, chemical works, construction sites, and any workplace involving machinery.

Poncey McPonceface

The other say I was walking past this high-rise and a grand piano crashed into the ground *inches* from where I was. “What a coincidence,” I thought to myself, “No more than four months in practically the exact same spot a similar grand piano almost clobbered me. Well, nothing to worry about, it must be the law of large numbers.”

Personally I'd cross the street in front of that building until I found out why grand pianos were randomly dropping from the sky in front of it.

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House

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Re: Pres doesn't have the power

Dear Bob,

I just reported your comment as abuse to El Reg because the random CAPS have made my eyes bleed. You'll be hearing from my lawyers once El Reg is done with you. We're talking a figure compo Bob, I hope you got deep pockets…

Meanwhile, even though I'm actually not super traumatised by Trump like world+dog is I'd like to see a progressive like Warren or Sanders or *especially* Tulsi Gabbard win just so I can taunt you with it mercilessly :)

If we ever stop hearing from you we'll be having visions of you slumped over your keyboard foaming at the mouth. Please let us know how we can contact your next of kin.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Coat

Re: Plaid shirt?

Or as AvE says, “Keep your dick in a vice.”

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Stop

Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

All joking aside and I see where you're coming from, in that the man bun is part of a conforming non-conformist uniform, but there's nothing intrinsically criminally unfashionable about a guy wearing his hair the way a gal does.

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You think that's bad?

So "fairly unique" gets you 667,000 search results

But "very unique" (which to my utter dismay I hear constantly) gets you 40,000,000!

The thing about some unique things, they're a lot more unique than other unique things.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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UK joining Indonesia and Brasil?

I like tables so I put together this handy guide to satellite navigation in the top 10 economies of the world.

country global nss regional nss gdp 2017 (ppp) share %

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1 China BeiDou-2 (2020) BeiDou-1 23159.107 18.2

2 U.S. GPS 19390.6 15.3

3 India NAVIC 9459.002 7.45

4 Japan QZSS 5428.813 4.27

5 Germany Galileo (2020) 4170.79 3.28

6 Russia GLONASS 4007.831 3.15

7 Indonesia 3242.771 2.55

8 Brazil 3240.319 2.55

9 U.K. #Brexit ? 2914.042 2.29

10 France Galileo (2020) DORIS 2835.746 2.23

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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FAIL

Re: Razr

“As an attempt to sweeten the deal for luxury lovers, Samsung says that W2018 buyers also get perks like concierge help at airports and subways, free software tech support, and a hotline just for VIPs. The phone will get released in China first and the price is yet to be announced, but we can guess it might be even higher than the W2017’s price tag of $3,000.”

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Dave Lee

I wonder if this is the same 'Dave Lee', who is a BBC Tech Correspondent who lives in LA and is a serial subscriber and owns nothing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44829976

Probably not but the same name got me thinking.

Ashamed to say but I've been on a bit of a YouTube binge of late and can confirm that (unless said chap has had a race transplant) we are *not* talking about the same Dave Lee.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVYamHliCI9rw1tHR1xbkfw

Dude refers to himself as Dave2D and is a prolific tech vlogger who knows what he's talking about and is unbiased unlike yawn inducing Mr. Fanboy Anon above.

Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

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Re: Stupid

Took me a while but now I see what you're getting at. You're saying that you're smarter than all the comms engineers at Mediatek, Qualcomm, and Intel, and all the mobile network base station equipment manufacturer engineers in East Asia, Europe, and North America.

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” should actually have been phrased as “Only two things are infinite, the universe and *the human ego*, and I'm not sure about the former.”

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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FAIL

Re: If not doing something because it was "inconvenient" was the ciriteria for Brexit..

something does not compute cowardly anon:

Assuming Brits voted for Brexit primarily to take their destiny into their own hands you can't with one and the same breath decry the EU's desire to be independent of the US when it comes to a vital tech like global navigation systems. More simply put: if Brexit is a matter of sovereignty then so is Galileo – to say that it is not is wilfully misleading.

And then you saying that sure it's all grand because the Brits can piggyback on the US system is dumb because that means moving from being an equal partner to a subordinate one. Why Brits should be happier living under Uncle Sam's shadow rather than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their European neighbour is beyond me. As we have recently had confirmed the EU are a far more reliable political entity than the US.

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: OMG can I say SQUEE?

@Ellipsis

Classic Shell guy may have given up but he open sourced the code before he left so it hasn't been abandoned! Classic Shell on Github

Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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WTF?

Re: Creating APIs isn't easy

For fuck's sake.

> A phone book is a compilation of PUBLIC INFORMATION.

What? And an API isn't?

An API is the application's programming interface. INTERFACE between the fucking software on the system and any new software loaded on it. By necessity it must be public. Jesus fucking Christ. When Microsoft used undocumented DOS and Windows calls they were morally in the wrong because they were reaching _into_ the system and bypassing the _public_ gateway thus giving them a competitive advantage. I think they may have even been legally dinged for it, no? Also an API guarantees an abstraction allowing a company to change the internals–it's more like a contract than anything else. Can one copyright this type of contract? I say, fuck no.

If you can copyright APIs the the fucking law is a moron.

How the fuck are we even debating this?

I'm sorry but Jesus fucking Christ, what the actual fuck?

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Alert

A few questions …

This IMAP extension thing, what is the name of the project?

Is there any code?

Are there any design specs?

How does it relate to ActivityPub? https://activitypub.rocks/

Will it play nicely with the Fediverse? https://fediverse.party/en/fediverse/

This id4me thing, how does it compare to OAuth? https://oauth.net/2/

How does it compare to the defunct Mozilla Persona? https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Archive/Mozilla/Persona

This article raises more questions than it answers! :/

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Poor Huawei

To the commentards here who are like, "who the hell are Huawei" or "Huawei have no brand recognition" or "Huawei have no tech expertise" or "Huawei/Android never get any updates"

Third largest smartphone manufacturer after Apple and Samsung.

All Android phones released now come with Oreo = project treble = more timely updates and more of them and the possibility to install LineageOS

These are the specs for the P20 pro, I'll leave it up to you to figure out if they're worth €900. (I think they are.)

https://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_p20_pro-9106.php

Huawei are one of the few that design their own SoC I believe, here's how it stacks up against the competition:

https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/huawei-kirin-970-soc-launched-heres-how-it-compares-with-qualcomm-snapdragon-835-apple-a10x-fusion-and-others-4005973.html

disclaimer: have a Huawei Mate 9, just got Oreo, it rocks, do not see what the fuss over EMUI is at all

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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Every single suggestion here is better than either of the two yawn and sleep inducing names on offer. However 'Enterprise Profile' makes me want to slit my wrists (overly dramatic, moi?!) so Jakarta EE it is I hope.

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips

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Gimp

I agree with Musk

Hear me out.

The semantic web is where AI will learn about the world of facts and things. Robotics will give it a variety of bodies. Machine learning and inferencing has been cracked I'd say. The law of accelerating returns will do the rest.

I read about AI in sci-fi when I was younger and I dreamed that maybe some day there'd be AI but that it would be in the very distant future. Then I read about Turing machines and computational equivalence and I asked myself, "is there something inherent to biology (carbon) that makes it superior to artefacts (silicon) in nurturing intelligence". I reasoned that no there isn't. I read The Emperor's New Mind by Penrose and wondered how someone so smart could come up with so fallacious a tome. Then I realised that people make up their minds first and then logic their way to their own position after.

AI will happen. The question is when. Kurzweil and Musk are the most optimistic among futurists. But if you read Kurzweil's book you see that he calculates the capability of the average human brain and plots the rate of increase of computing power and sees where the numbers intersect. He has been saying 2029 for AGI consistently for over 20 years. It is my belief that Moore's Law will continue until we get the raw computing power for a super-computer to surpass the raw compute of the human brain before 2030.

The next stage will be teaching and training this raw computational entity about the world it has woken up in. The semantic web, sensors, machine learning and inferencing is how that is going to be accomplished. How long that takes is anyone's guess but given that it takes a human about 18 years to be considered an adult and another 10 years after that to become fully educated then I think that 30 years will be the outer limit. So 2060 is the latest date. Given the DeepMind have demonstrated an algorithm that learns chess in 4 hours to a level greater than any human, it may not take the machine as long as 30 years at all. But chess is one thing, common sense, general knowledge, language abilities – not to mention wisdom is another kettle of fish. But if you see the advances that are being made in all these areas: computational linguistics, knowledge representation and reasoning you'd be mad to think otherwise.

Musk is an unusual person. Not only is he smart. He has a social conscience. He is not afraid to speak his mind. He is deeply philosophical. Jobs has nothing on this guy. Jobs got his minions to build shiny toys. Musk is trying to alter society by making it environmentally sustainable transport-wise and wholly sustainable by making it multi-planetary. People like him come along once in a couple of generations I think. Anybody here who dismisses him is either a fool, an idiot, or a bag of resentment.

My default position on AI these days is. You think it won't happen? Tell my _why_ exactly. Which bit of my reasoning is faulty?

Julian Assange says Cambridge Analytica asked WikiLeaks for something

Poncey McPonceface
Meh

Re: Why the Assange hate on El Reg?

> A force for good? Really? So their actions during the presidential election were not biased in any way? There was only dirt on Clinton, so they leaked that and if there had been dirt on Trump, they'd have leaked that too?

I said _on balance_. There have been many many leaks. But you choose just one. So what?

> Really?

Yes, really.

> Wikeleaks wasn't used as a handy tool to influence the election?

One data point out of hundreds if not thousands. So what?

> Really?

Yes, really really.

> Wikileaks love to leak classified and juicy information, they normally divulge every and all details, but in this case there's only Assange hinting to some communication that happened, but refuses to provide details.

Bollocks.

> Really?

Absolutely really.

> Come on, that's a load of bollocks.

Right back at you.

Poncey McPonceface
Unhappy

Why the Assange hate on El Reg?

I do not understand it.

His org, Wikileaks, has been a game-changer and – on balance – a force for good. Who knows how many heinous government and corporate acts from around the world would not have come to light were it not for Wikileaks. Sure, they have an agenda. Sure, they could have handled some of the leaks better. But at a time when proper news outlets have been extremely derelict in their investigative duties we ought to be thankful that Wikileaks has cast a light on some seriously murky goings on.

But no. Every time round here we get the same chorus of comments about deficiencies of character or character vices. Because as we all know that is _ever_ so relevant and not at _all_ logical fallacy 101.

For future articles that mention Assange take it as read that we know you don't like Assange. And try to comment about the substance of the article and not on whatever ideological fairground attraction you're riding on today.

EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

Poncey McPonceface

Re: "In 10 years it is possible that some very short-haul aircraft might be flying"

> P.S. : I'm sure I've made calculation mistakes, but I'm also pretty sure that I'm still right. Batteries are not going to be used to power planes any time soon. At least not until those famous carbon nanotube thingies with 80% solar panel efficiency wings are invented. And they won't fly at night.

I absolutely agree with you. But that isn't the ultimate value proposition.

(a) aviation fuel jet engines are only going to get moderately more efficient.

(b) we've got to believe that battery tech is only going to to get ever more efficient (of course the rate of efficiency increase is important for ideas like electric planes)

(c) up to some range/distance batteries become viable (witness range anxiety in motor vehicles – we're talking triply so in non-ground vehicles I imagine)

(d) when the crossover happens you only need to recharge the batteries, and not buy a whole tank of non-replenish-able fuel. This part is predicated on your electricity coming from renewable sources which is a long-term overarching goal for humanity because if we run out of petrochemicals we don't get to fly any planes never mind the environmental consequences.

(e) ergo, we ought to explore this avenue

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

Poncey McPonceface
Alert

> - last but not least the past is littered with glorious attempts to create a phone that finally breaks away from The Man

Only one attempt needs to succeed :)

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