* Posts by The man with a spanner

20 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Jul 2021

Someone has to say it: Voice assistants are not doing it for big tech

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Frustration + Solution

My partner uses Alexa to add to her shoping list when, say, she runs out of nutmeg in the kitcen. I don't want my nutmeg requirenents being transmittes to a server farm in the Arizona desert. Instead i think it should be on a personal interface secure server, easy to access, on my own network. For those of you who like acronyms we could call it PISSeasy.

Also requiring the same approach are the Ring door bell, in fact any sequrity camera, voice recognition control devices, in fact any IoT devices.

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months

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Re: Look to Dinorwig

A Nuclear plant with "all that fractured rock"?

Intel's net positive water use only tells part of the story

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Re: Devil in the details

If they were potentially discharging warm water at any significant level would it not be sensible to strip it of its energy? Heat pumps are freely available and energy is expensive.

Maybe actually being green makes a lot of sense in this case. Its not like they are Techno Luddites.

Smart thermostat swarms are straining the US grid

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Re: Randomized time offset ?

Smart thingies rellying on time (especially synced viathe internet) are an obvious problem.


Force people to set it themselves (we all have different requirements). Sometimes the right default is no default.

Random factor added +/- 5 mins

Modify start up if temp in a range

Any more options

US EV drivers won't be able to choose vehicle safety alert sounds

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"Satisfying our customers is a primary concern for OEMs.

So what were they proposing - Rap for BMWs with tinted windows and Verdi for a Lexus?

Or have I got my cultural stereotypes wrong?

What absolute nonsense!

Union tells BT: Commit to pay rise talks next week or else

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Re: Proposal for a New Law

Its the idiots with the MBA you have to watch!

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Re: Proposal for a New Law

Why is it that the workforce are incentivised by a 5% bonus to do their job wheras a CEO needs a 100% bonus in order to be incentivised to do the job he (occasionaly she) is being paid for.

Bonuses are increaasingly part of the problem.

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Re: Profit

The management would have a lot more credibility if their pay rises and bonuses were the same percentage as the workers rather than 30%+ v as low as we can get away with (single figures).

I'l put my tutu on and go and get the wand.

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft

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Re: Depart, I say, and let us have done with you.

So the answer is persuade DEBIAN to change/change back and hey presto you have the choice of two philosopies and everyone is happy.

Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats

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If I were kiddie porn peddler...

..I would make damn sure that I encrypted my 'product' before I sent it over the public network, thus rendering the whole law completely useless, whilst the rest of us suffer the consequences.

Similarly if I were a terrorist.

Health trusts swapped patient data for shares in an AI firm. They may have lost millions

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Absolute v Proportional

Telling us that trust A negotiated 1 500 049 shares is not particularly helpful. More interesting would be the proportion of the company owned by trust a, B, C etc. If it were to be a significant then the trusts have some influence and the structure potentialy makes more sense.

US lawsuit alleges tool used by hospitals shares patient data with Meta

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Its very simple

As a user of the internet I do not want my medical information readily available and traded, indeed I don't want any of my personal information hijacked and used in this way. It is simply not theirs to have and use.

Tho ONLY time you should have my information is when:

You need it for a specific transaction that we are conducting and I freely give it to you.

I freely publish the information.

To that end all web sites, web forms etc should by law default to not collecting any of my information or tracking me in any way unless I specifically agree not only to the collection but also to the use the information will be used for.

Failing the legal laggards getting off their fat arises and doing something useful I want my browser to auto complete ALL the opt outs in the web sites so that my data is safeguarded to my requirements rather than having to maintain a constant battle. Also the browser should nuke all the leaky elements (Facebook pixels etc).

Where are you Firefox / Brave etc

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

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Re: Britain, alas, seems destined once again to blithely assume that it'll all work out in the end

Don't be daft!

Nobody in goverment has any idea whatsoever where Blackburn is. Haven't they got a football team or something?

Oracle plans US database for electronic health records

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Solutions to the problem please

I think it is fairly uncontroversial that collecting medical data in population size chunks can help provide much improved understanding of human biology and hence advance medical science. This has to be a good thing in my opinion.

So the two questions that need answering are:

1) Who would you trust to do this?

2) How would you safeguard personal privacy whilst providing the benefits to all in society?

That time a techie accidentally improved an airline's productivity

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Re: Easy to miss something trivial

Hold down [Ctrl] then press [C] ?

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Re: Easy to miss something trivial

Hold down [Ctrl] and press [C] ?

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Re: Two types of workers

Two types of lazyness

1) Constructivly lazy

2) Indolently lazy

It is important to distinguish between the two.

IoT biz Insteon goes silent, smart home gear plays dumb

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Re: Open Standards

This should also apply to OS' so Microsoft should have to publish the source code when they want to move from XP, Windows 7 etc.

RIP: Creators of the GIF and TRS-80

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Barm cakes

Correct, unless they are sweet and have fruit in them in which case they are tea cakes.

Tech spec experts seek allies to tear down ISO standards paywall

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The cost of everything and the value of nothing.

Why not charge £1 per electronic copy to defray some costs with gold, silver and bronze support from intersted companies and supportive government.

Keep it simple, keep it cheap for all.