* Posts by katrinab

3981 posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

Reserve Bank of India official suggests country may soon have a digital currency pilot

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Re: Cool?

Well give them their equivalent of an electronic money licence like what PayPal has, and let them get on with it.

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Hong Kong already has a digital currency? It is called the Octopus Card. It is mostly used on public transport, but last time I was there, about 7 years ago, you could also spend it in places like 7 Eleven.

You could put it on Apple Pay, maybe they already have, Japan did it with their equivalent.

UKRI denies pulling funding from Newport Wafer Fab over Chinese ownership concerns

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Sure, but we are talking about something that Intel discontinued 20 years ago;. Obviously others used it for longer, and some still do. Apparently Newport's output is mostly used to produce power management chips for cars, and I guess there would be zero benefit from moving them to a 5nm process node as the 180nm chips work just fine. But, I'm sure the Chinese are capable of producing power management chips that are just as good as ours. If you want them in a factory in Wales, shipping from China might most more than the actual product.

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Before we start accusing people of trying to acquire a technical advantage from this aquisition, let's look at what Newport Wafer Fab's capabilities are:

https://www.newportwaferfab.co.uk/about/facility

"Current capacity is 32,000 wafer starts per month of 0.18µm and above [...]"

0.18µm is Pentium III era technology (Coppermine, launched October 1999)

The latest technology from Intel is 10nm (0.01µm), and from Apple / TSMC is 5nm. Other chips are typically around 7nm to 8nm.

The £3.20 Raspberry Pi Pico uses a chip with a 40nm process node, or you can get the chip on its own for about 60p each in quantities of 500.

The Chinese company SMIC can produce chips on a 14nm process node.

So, while the stuff coming out of Newport may be useful to somepeople, it can in no way be described as modern technology.

Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

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I suppose the cronic shortage of materials for the workers to work on is disguising the fact that if the materials were present on all currently active sites, you wouldn't be able to find enough workers.

Of corse the cronic shortage of materials is due to a cronic shortage of workers further up the supply chain.

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Unhappy

There is a cronic shortage of materials and workers.

Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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Meh

Re: For the enlightenment of a right-pondian

Like the Bullingdon Club perhaps?

Kaseya obtains REvil decryptor, starts sharing it with afflicted customers

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Re: Meanwhile, back to the article itself...

If I were to comment on who I would like to stab in the dark, or in any other lighting conditions, I would be prosecuted for inciting violence. So I won't do that.

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

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Meh

The problem with sparsely populated areas is that they are sparesly populated - ie nobody lives there, so the potential customer base is very small.

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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Paris Hilton

An "English accent" surely means one of the many diverse accents found in the English part of the Brexit plague island?

Thales launches payment card with onboard fingerprint scanner

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Meh

No, I mean an actual Touch-ID sensor as used in older iPhones and some other Apple devices. As far as I'm aware, it isn't actually a fingerprint scanner, it scans other things which means it isn't vulnerable to being presented with a mould of your finger print.

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Meh

Can you fit a Touch-ID sensor into the thickness of a credit card? Can the power requirements of a Touch-ID sensor be met by the wireless power transmitted by a card reader?

Europe mulls anonymous crypto-wallet ban, rules to make transfers more traceable

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Re: Won't someone please think of the ch, er, money laundering

"Market capitalisation" is not the same as transaction volume.

Also, the other main use is speculating.

Some people apparently use them to buy pizzas. None of my local pizza shops take bitcoin. I always use Apple Pay to get my pizza supplies.

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An example of the argument:

"This intervention is not a magic silver bullet that will completely and 100% solve every problem, therefore it must be completely useless."

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If for example, the Irish Health Service were unable to function properly due to a ransomware attack, and that ransomware gang were funded by anonymous crypto transfers, then that would be a very major threat to pensioners, and to everyone else in Ireland.

Dog eats UK government's Hydrogen Strategy homework just as summer recess arrives

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Meh

Re: Where does the hydrogen come from?

Is a hydrogen tank a better store of energy than a lithium ion battery?

If you look at the energy density in MJ/kg, and ignore the weight of the tank, then hydrogen looks very good. In MJ/L, the energy density is about double, but an electric motor would be a lot more efficient at turning it into movement - about 2 - 3 times more efficient. So range for a given volume of fuel storage would be about the same, or maybe a little more.

If your complaint about electric vehicles is range, I don't think hydrogen solves the problem. If it is refueling time, then maybe?

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Re: diesel was the future....of course, 20 years on, that was a mistake

The DHMO thing was an excercise in presenting actual facts is a very biased and misleading way.

The Anti-Vaxxers, anti-5G crowd, Q-anoners and so on do not care about facts.

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Re: diesel was the future....of course, 20 years on, that was a mistake

It releases dihydrogen monoxide, a constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful.

Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

- Death due to accidental inhalation of dihydrogen monoxide, even in small quantities.

- Prolonged exposure to solid dihydrogen monoxide causes severe tissue damage.

- Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.

- dihydrogen monoxide is a major component of acid rain.

- Gaseous dihydrogen monoxide can cause severe burns.

- Contributes to soil erosion.

- Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.

- Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.

- Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.

- Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.

- Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.

- Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including - deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.

- Thermal variations in dihydrogen monoxide are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.

And I could go on.

But seriously, the problem isn't so much the emissions, it is the way the hydrogen is produced, and the fact that it is near-impossible to store the stuff, because it will escape through the tiniest of gaps.

In a complete non-surprise, Mozilla hammers final nail in FTP's coffin by removing it from Firefox

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Paris Hilton

scp and sftp are available on Windows.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/openssh/openssh_keymanagement

Alternatively, install Windows Subsystem for Linux and install your favourite linux distro on it.

Debian and Ubuntu seem to be the most reliable on Windows from my testing. Of those, I prefer Debian.

UK.gov's Huawei watchdog says firm made 'no overall improvement' on firmware security but won't say why

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Meh

Is Huawei firmware worse than firmware from other companies? I doubt it. Not saying it is good though.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers

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Re: Managers?

They manage the opening and closing of the doors at stations.

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Meh

Re: Conductors?

The buses had conductors. The trains I think had guards.

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

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Meh

GPRS, + whatever chip came in the likes of the iPhone 1 and Galaxy S1 cured that.

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Gimp

Re: Portal Ubiquity, Process Portals, Portal Fabric, Fried Portals, Boiled Portals, ...

It was something to do with eyeballs and sticky. Not that sort ---->

Or maybe it was?

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This WAP was a cut-down http/html substitute

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Re: Self serving Hype Cycles

Their customers don't think. They outsource their thinking to Gartner.

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Meh

Even if they were kind-of right about the "personal digital assistant phones", they were probably still wrong, if that makes any sense.

This was thought to be a three-way fight between Microsoft, Blackberry and Symbian for dominance in the sector; and none of those three won the race.

And the technology driving it was going to be WAP and Java Applets.

WAP, thankfully is completely dead. I guess you could argue that Java sort-of still exists, but not really the same thing that they had in mind.

Paid antivirus? On ads? Think of all the beer you could buy without that subscription

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Re: Where once simple posters might have hung

Before the got computers doing the job, they used to have them on long equlateral triangular prism strips that rotated 120° every 30 seconds or so. That only allowed you to have three different frames though.

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible

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Meh

Re: Interesting

It is a completely different product to Paint.net.

Adobe would want you to use Photoshop instead of Paint.net, but they would suggest Lightroom instead of Darktable.

Your work flow would be to import from the camera into Darktable or Lightroom, then you. Ishtar do subsequent work in Paint.net or Photoshop.

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts

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Re: IE6

They use Teams because it comes as part of their Office 356 subscription, and therefore they don't need to pay extra for it.

Refreshing: An Office update that won't frighten the horses

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Re: WTF

I call it Office 356

You'll want to shut down the Windows Print Spooler service (yes, again): Another privilege escalation bug found

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Re: Spooler on Client...?

Most printers come with their own built-in cups server these days surely?

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Paris Hilton

The pdf printer driver works from everywhere that prints, and the pdfs don’t always come from word processor documents or spreadsheets.

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I mostly use the print function to create pdf files to email to people.

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update

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Meh

Re: okay...

Yes, but with Linux Mint, you have to choose between the Debian Edition and the Ubuntu Edition. I chose the Debian Edition and haven't tried the Ubuntu Edition.

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Gimp

Re: I have a friend

powergenitalia

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I doubt that many Breton nationalists would want their t-shirts printed in English.

The country / region is known as Breizh in their native language and Bretagne in French.

Google demonstrates impractical improvement in quantum error correction – but it does work

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If you have an error rate that requires 1000 checking bits for every data bit, how do you know that the computer is more accurate than a coin toss?

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs

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Re: Nation Dependent

The scanning codes thing is different to the bluetooth thing.

The bluetooth thing can only be assigned to one app at a time. Probably when they installed the English App, it changed over the bluetooth thing from Scotland to England.

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Meh

What about the 4% of people who do take the vaccine but the vaccine doesn't work for them?

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Meh

Re: Technology to the rescue

A wall is equivalent to about 6 meters of air as far as bluetooth is concerned.

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Re: Nation Dependent

Both also work in the Republic of Ireland, and in many other countries that use the Apple/Google framework.

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Re: "We have always been at War with ...

It was 5 days prior to the ping. Isolation period ends 10 days after the contact takes place.

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Meh

Re: "We have always been at War with ...

The percentage of people who have been vaccinated is 69% first dose, 53% second dose, 50% second dose at least two weeks ago. So the fact that your 47% is lower than all these numers is a good sign.

Total recall: Amazon faces legal action from US consumer protection group over hazardous goods

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Re: All the items named were being sold by third-party sellers.

British cars in the 1970s. They are much better quality now.

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Meh

Re: All the items named were being sold by third-party sellers.

The good quality stuff tends to also be made in China. You rely on the retailer to do quality control on the stuff they sell. Other retailers manage this, Amazon doesn’t. Amazon isn’t always cheaper than other retailers.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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Re: Bit hard to comment without more details

They look completely different to me.

Also white, and a much paler shade of white than the icon.

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Re: exhibit ingrained racist assumptions in the design

Yes, but when setting their exposure parameters and so on, they tune them to work best on white people.

They could tune them to work best on black people, and white people would appear as an over-exposed white blob on the image.

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Re: Using it wrongly

It is both an algorithmic problem and a racial problem.

IPv6 still 5–10 years away from mainstream use, but K8s networking and multi-cloud are now real

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Re: Is this the most sensible Gardner report ever?

I'm not the one saying "add 2 bits".

I'm saying "make it bigger"

Nobody is complaining about IPv6 because there are too many numbers available, or the IP addresses are too long. It is all the other changes they made.

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