* Posts by First Light

502 posts • joined 13 Jul 2019


India to revisit hardware incentives after struggling to move manufacturers out of China

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Don't put all your Apples in one basket

"was rumored to be relying on the nation for early supplies of this year's new model iPhones"

I spend alot of time in India. I was approached by a local to buy an iPhone in the US on his behalf as the locally-produced ones were known to be of a lesser quality. It will be interesting to see how this works out for Apple.

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols closes hailing frequencies

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Re: A giant

Lt. Uhura's character was a professional woman who was also highly sexy while doing her job competently. Women still can't dress like that in a professional environment and it's almost sixty years later!

Apple's secret car team tosses keys to Lamborghini lead

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Round wheels will cost extra.

General Motors goes electric with $2.5b US government loan for battery plants

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Re: Nissan must feel hard done by...

Because it's furrin . . .

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Re: GOVERNMENT UNION MADE BATTERIES... Don't get one made on Friday!

amfm love child with Bombastic Bob?

London Stock Exchange CEO still aiming for dual Arm listing

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Re: You reap what you sow

The quote from Ms. Hoggett was shockingly inarticulate from someone with such a senior position:

"I describe the energy that I have to winning anything as being that we have to be young, scrappy and hungry… We should absolutely fight for anything that we think we have a compelling strategy to propose."

China seems to have figured out how to make 7nm chips despite US sanctions

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"Close copy"

TSMC needs to look closely at their staff, or former staff, to see how close a copy it was.


UK government refuses public review before launch of NHS data platform

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but...

What Taoiseach was a member of the IRA? Evidence, please.

And if Brexit was about controlling borders, how come you want to cede control of the Ireland/NI border to the EU?

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but...

The UK protects its own murderers, ie the paratroopers from Bloody Sunday among others such as the many loyalist terrorists who were on the payroll of various UK and local NI government branches (RUC, UDR, MI5 etc). Investigations into those crimes have been consistently obstructed (especially by "disappeared" records) or hampered by inadequate resourcing, and now may be outlawed entirely by Westminster.

The ROI government is not, and has never been, synonymous with the IRA.

Further, the border between the ROI and NI is now the only major land border between the UK and the EU and is of great importance not just to the Republic but to the Single Market






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Re: I hate to be pedantic but...

More importantly, which type of Brexit did a simple majority (of a portion of the electorate who bothered to show up) vote for?

Being declared dead is automated, so why is resurrection such a nightmare?

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Joint accounts problem

A relative lives in Belgium: Her friend's husband died and mere hours later the friend's JOINT account with her spouse was frozen. She could not get access to the account for months.

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I lost my mother in January. I offer you my sympathies and would like to recommend looking for a bereavement group near you to help deal with the loss. I have found attending group like this to be invaluable in dealing with grief.

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters

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Re: Direct your ire...

Many, many children get sexually abused by relatives and strangers without it ever getting within a country mile of a police station. So official statistics about childhood sexual abuse cannot be considered as anything other than a vast underestimation.

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Re: "half-baked ideas"

Not to mention she almost started nuclear war with her dumb comments.

Elon Musk considering 'drastic action' as Twitter takeover in 'jeopardy'

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Re: Chilling effect ?

I'm also including potential SEC actions related to the agreement and his behaviour around this takeover attempt. They would presumably be in federal court. And wouldn't some shareholder actions end up there also?

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Re: Chilling effect ?

No he has done considerably more than that by signing legally binding agreements which he will undoubtedly vigourously contest in court for several years up and down to various appellate levels. The lawyers are licking their lips and they are about the only people to benefit from this shambles.

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

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Re: Dependence day

I agree with those New Yorkers, I was living there in the 90's and although well-known he was considered a joke. Everyone loved it when Ivanka took him to the cleaners in their divorce.

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Re: Feeling it might be Ireland . . .

Not when said foreign empire's billionaires are employing so many of us . . .

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Re: Feeling it might be Ireland . . .

See also Kinahan gang, now under US sanctions . . .

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I guess you didn't hear about the vote to legalize in Ireland in 2018.

"The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 is signed into law by President Michael D Higgins on the 20th December 2018. The Act provides the legislative framework for the provision of abortion care in defined circumstances from 1 January 2019. So long as a 3-day waiting period has elapsed, abortion care is lawful on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion is also lawful for reasons of risk to a woman’s life or of serious harm to her health and in cases of fatal foetal anomaly. Abortion remains criminalised in all other cases. However, the criminal provisions do not apply to a woman in respect of her own pregnancy. Abortion is free to persons normally resident in Ireland."


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Re: Do I care?

Government overreach is harmful in and of itself, always has been, always will.

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Feeling it might be Ireland . . .

Writing from the Emerald Isle, I have suspicions that the ROI might be one of the three EC countries agreeing to go along with this plan. After all, Ireland has two preclearance sites for US customs and immigration in Shannon and Dublin Airports. (One of only six countries in the world to have them). And considering how compromised the Irish Data Protection Commissioner already is at enforcing rights against private operators, that's a scary thought. The Irish government historically has tended to align its policies (and enforcement thereof) with US governmental and private interests. If I'm right, our only hope is that the rest of the EU will save us from ourselves.



OpenSea phishing threat after rogue insider leaks customer email addresses

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Phishing the OpenSea

The puns write themselves . . .

Tech companies ready public stances on Roe v. Wade

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Re: Privacy??

Your car can also reveal your movements.

Cloudflare explains how it managed to break the internet

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Re: It's not that big a deal

This is a site reporting on the industry and the story is an example of an industry screwup. It's legitimate to report on and comment about it. At what point does it become a big deal? Is there a threshold number of hours for it to become one?

It was daytime in India and the outage lasted til 1pm. So it had a bigger effect on that country of 1.2bn people. Not exactly a nothingburger.


Workers win vote to form first-ever US Apple Store union

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Re: I wonder

Hopefully the union has done its research and picked a store to organize that is not marginal.

Capital One: Convicted techie got in via 'misconfigured' AWS buckets

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one out of 30

What were the other 29 entities she hacked? Did Capital One only get sued because they acknowledged the hack?

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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Re: You just proved the opposite of your point didn't you?

You mean the Monero guy who just got charge with 378 counts of fraud in South Africa?


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Re: Non-fungible tokens for dummies

As a non-tech person, I find this an invaluable explanation. I've looked at many other explanations in different news media and I always feel like something is missing and I don't quite get what they're on about. This is a genius explanation.

Woman accused of killing boyfriend after tracking him down with Apple AirTag

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I know posters don't usually put this on here, but the victim does have a kid, so for those who feel like it . . .


US Copyright Office sued for denying AI model authorship of digital image

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"Facebook did develop two AI-powered chatbots to see if they could learn how to negotiate. During the process, the bots formed a derived shorthand that allowed them to communicate faster."

This is from a factcheck of a story claiming the bots created their own language. Despite the story stating this is "a common phenomenon observed among AIs" I find it fascinating.


Japan's asteroid probe reportedly found 20 amino acids

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Which amino acids?

I'd love to hear more about this. Can't wait!

Elon Musk orders Tesla execs back to the office

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Re: 40 hours a week, minumum?

He moved Tesla to Texas in part because of Alameda County's audacity in demanding he protect his workers from COVID (and they even backed down and let the factory keep working when they shouldn't have). He wants a light-touch regulatory environment (except for abortion of course, which is heavily regulated in Texas).

But a woman's right to choose, environmental and labor protections and even a functioning energy grid appear to be meaningless issues for His Greatness the Genius Man-Child.

Indian authorities issue conflicting advice about biometric ID card security

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Very loose security

Although it's some years ago, I'm not sure how much more secure it is now, it only cost 500 rupees to pay for illegal access to the Aadhar system. The journalist who broke the story was charged with a crime and it took three years for authorities to investigate and drop the case.



SEC probes Musk for not properly disclosing Twitter stake

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Wonder what part of him they're probing? ;-o

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More Musk madness

Sometimes moving fast and breaking things just breaks things.

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

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Re: nice story

We will never know the full toll of the Chernobyl disaster, because no proper death count was kept and the tens of thousands of workers that came and went to clean up after the disaster and engage in construction, etc. were never followed up on. The Soviet government was committed to downplaying the disaster, as are some posters on here.

I'm not trying to make some competition here about what was the worst disaster ever, but I do find trying to minimize the destructive effect of Chernobyl an ineffective argument for nuclear power. Another poster has pointed out that the type of reactor matters in terms of safety, that's a much more effective argument than trying to dismiss what has been a nuclear clusterf**k for the generations, both literally and metaphorically.

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Re: nice story

Chernobyl is still causing problems, not least for the untrained, uninformed Russian soldiers who are now dying of radiation poisoning after visiting and digging trenches in poisoned earth. Not to mention the Ukrainian workers who were kept inside at gunpoint for 24 days instead of being swapped out at 15 days to prevent radiation exposure. Not sure your sunny and flippant attitude to that disaster is in any way rational.

Fukushima is still causing problems.


When nuclear goes wrong, it goes really, really wrong for a very long time, and that is what grabs people's attention. Trivializing those issues doesn't help your cause.

New York City rips out last city-owned public payphones

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My first memory of ever using a public payphone in NYC in 1993 was that the handset was covered in human faeces. Those were the days!!

I remember during September 11 in NYC when all the masts were on top of the Twin Towers and we couldn't call locally for some days after their destruction. I also remember having to rely on shortwave radio in 2003 for information when the big unexplained (chinese hackers, allegedly, I never bought the pole-went-down-in-Ohio explanation) power outage happened. My point being that NYC should know better than other places that redundancies matter and old tech can occasionally be very, very useful, or possibly even essential. I suggest they leave a few legacy boxes around.

Beijing needs the ability to 'destroy' Starlink, say Chinese researchers

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Re: On a more serious note....

Whose orangey tang was ui?

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Re: The flow of funding

How sober are Boris, Liz and the gang?

Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way

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Re: Hmm

The more they are appeased by a PM desperate to remain in power, the worse they become.

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Re: Too late

The UK has in the past derogated from the European Convention on Human Rights, but most Human Rights treaties have provisions for derogation contained as part of the treaty language. Almost all of the UK's derogations were related to NI issues.


This may be the first time the UK has knowingly decided to enact a law to violate an already-agreed treaty - by bringing a bill to disapply parts of the NI protocol which this same government passed into law. Afaik, there is no provision in the NI Protocol agreement to allow the UK to do so legally.

However, in reality it will be months before the proposal is brought into law. It's a weak attempt to mollify the RWNJs of the Tory party and encourage the DUP to share power at Stormont (which they have shamefully refused to do, considering that kids are dying on hospital waitlists due to inaction by the devolved government. One of those was the 18-month-old grandkid of Doug Beattie, the UUP MLA).

Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over bot numbers claim

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Musk should know

Tesla has tons of bots on Twitter, allegedly helping to manipulate its share price. It appears to be closer to a cult than a car manufacturer.


Off the grid, Day 10: Yandex's only datacenter outside of Russia still running on diesel

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There was a US coal mine slated for closure, only to be resurrected by cryptoidiots.


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Congrats and welcome to the comments section!

The XR people that I know are basically quite "bougie". Trying to block the Tube in London a few years ago was tone-deaf and stupid, which they had to acknowledge later. You WANT people to use public transportation! What are they supposed to do, walk?

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27,300 already in Irish Republic as of yesterday. That would be 5,460 per million. Or 365,820 in the UK.


India seizes $725 million of Xiaomi's cash

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Murthy money

Somebody at Xiaomi didn't pay someone enough. I don't notice Akshata Murthy's offshore Mauritius income being investigated by the ED.

Putin reaches for nuclear option: Zuckerberg banned

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Re: Meta.

Or the virtual anti-vaxxers from giving you virtual COVID?

OneWeb inks deal to launch its LEO satellites from India

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It probably means you'll be seeing many more Indian nurses and doctors . . .



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