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UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

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What do laws matter?

...when you're above the law?

That's the real point of all this for the spymasters. They believe they are above/below/outside/ARE the law, and have to answer to nobody. Ergo, their actions should be secret, without oversight, without redress or recourse. They will never accept being reined in, and in the unlikely event restrictions are passed they will simply ignore them, like they're ignoring our legal protections now.

Oversight? Limits? Even if you add restrictions, what the hell is anyone going to do about violations? NOTHING. Just like has happened since Ed Snowden ripped the mask off.

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OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe

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Exactly why software BLOWS and is getting worse!

"Hey, did we change this because we think it's a better design and that we've proven that"

What an arrogant, clueless twit! It doesn't matter if your stupid TEAM think it's a better design! It's the USERS who are important! You prove you made it better when the USERS are MORE HAPPY. If you make your users UN-happy, you have made the product WORSE!

Like Apple, who don't even bother with user testing anymore, they ask other Apple fanbois if they like it. Stupid, stupid, stupid...

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Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how

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Only in Hollywood

Gettin' your hands dirty ain't smart where pathogens are lurking. Only in movies do "scientists" dig around in piles of steaming poop barehanded. Yick! Real scientists wear impervious gloves!

As do others who deal in icky substances. I saw a vet check a horse before sale to see if she was preggers. He put on a long vinyl sleeve thingie, then shoved his whole damn arm into the mare up to his shoulder. Stood there with a thoughtful look on his face, feeling around for a minute. He then declared her "clean" and removed the arm with the most godawful schlorping sound, and peeled off three feet of slimy glove. When I feel like IT is just too stupid for words, I think of that job and disk errors don't seem so bad.

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Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Aging bands to age whiskey!

Seems appropriate.

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Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Re: Revenue up, units down

""...a unit of sale is less relevant for us at this point compared to the past."

So in plain language, Apple is all about The Bottom Line, the end to which all means are directed, and the primary measure of the company's success. Hard to reconcile that with their holier-than-the-competition PR...

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Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: Buzzwords...

"Rap is just Country music without the country, or the music."

WRONG. Country music does not glorify crime and "gangstas". It does not treat women like mindless objects for sex or label them "bitches" or "Ho's". Rap is a sometimes toxic collection of misogyny and criminal attitudes loaded with F-words.

Country music is at worst kinda boring. It tends to be about the life situations the rest of us non-criminal types care about. Life and its windings, love gained or lost, bad jobs, dogs and automobiles. Your kids can listen to it with no worries about nasty language or misogyny. It's almost the diametric opposite in content and intent from Rap.

I'm not even a fan of Country Music, but it doesn't deserve to be lumped in with Rap/HipHop.

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Re: To be human.

AT LEAST IT'S SHORT! I had an African national professor for Organic Chem II. Great guy and excellent English with a charming accent. However, he ended most sentences with "does that make sense." I deliberately dropped the question mark, he said it as a placeholder and without a questioning inflection most times. I started making hash marks every time he did it one day and noted 30 repetitions in 45 minutes. Apparently someone talked to him about it, because one day he started visibly trying to not say it to end sentences, grinning at himself when he slipped. Like I said, great guy and I actually passed that beast of a class.

Yep, another typical irrelevant anecdote. I gotta have a purpose.

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30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Irrelevant musing, move along...

I remember well the day Challenger broke up. I wondered if they would ever again fly a shuttle, if the beancounters in Congress would use it as an excuse to finally kill off any meaningful space program. I also remember when Discovery took to the skies again. I had made sure to be home, and was glued to the TV screen. The countdown seemed to have a half-life, and a liftoff point that would never come. But of course, it finally did. The engines roared into flame, the gantry clamps released, and the orbiter broke free of the planet, reaching for space.

I found myself jumping up and down and screaming inarticulately. That really surprised me! I never felt like that before, even for the first shuttle flight. When Discovery lifted off, it was like a dam broke, releasing all the hopes and worry of years. Finally quit yelling and just stared wordlessly at the screen, deaf to the commentary, simply watching it climbing and climbing. We were really going back to space.

I'll never forget either day, the bad and the good. (or the loss of Columbia, but that's another story)

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'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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You have seen the future, and it is Now

This is going to spread, folks. The Norks have shown the way. Can't keep your country afloat on taxes and commerce? Simply steal the cash from another country! Very soon, another cash-strapped country will start doing this, maybe Burma or Venezuela... someone always follows. One or two more, then everyone piles in. Eventually, affluent countries will find reasons to do it as well, possibly to "recover stolen funds".

It's the old story since humans first threw rocks at each other. Make it difficult enough for your enemy to attack you and they will find a new way to do it. Land wars are expensive and messy. Electronic wars destroy nothing compared to bombing, kill nobody, cost less than one fighter plane's load of missiles and can be totally deniable. It's too good to pass up for long.

World War III will be financial, so to speak. Given the lack of physical borders with armies fighting for land, there will be little reason to form strong alliances. The ones that form will be transient and rather limited. I could be wrong, but I expect a free for all of state-sponsored finance hacking within a decade or so.

Free opinions, worth every cent!

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Hahaha... - the times are changing!

Know how every new tech widget is going to totally replace something else? That happened with cars in the US. Why walk when you can enjoy post-war affluence and drive? Suburban areas also spread out more than stacked-high cities, so destinations frankly moved out of walking range. A three-block city walk is nothing, but a five-mile walk down a highway is something else.

Times are changing! Planners are building new with sidewalks again, nice broad ones. Sidewalks and paths are being retrofitted where they didn't exist. Walking paths and trails are proliferating, now that local governments have realized what a draw they are. Many of us will be stuck with a car or transit for a long commute. But more every day, we can walk our neighborhoods and to the local stores. Things do improve sometimes!

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Virtual reality saves wannabe prison officers from actually, you know, having to visit

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Virtual Unreality used to mislead and oversell.... again

Let's get this straight... New officers quit because working in purgatory is hell. So management shows them a carefully sanitized virtual tour that does not reflect reality. Having seen the layout of the building in advance, the noobs will now be ready to face the violence and danger that would have otherwise made them flee for their lives. BWAHAHA!

Logically, if their VR tour was in any way representative of the actual environment it would make most applicants QUIT on seeing it! If it soothes them instead, it's definitely outright misrepresentations and lies.

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NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

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Re: Good trick to steal secrets - NOT

Sorry, that's a stupid trick to steal secrets! The instant it can be PROVEN that Kaspersky is spying and sharing with the Russian spooks, their reputation is gone for good. Eugene Kaspersky is not dumb enough to throw his whole business down the drain, and certainly not for something so minor as infiltrating one office drone.

Kaspersky is a witch-hunt victim because of their integrity. They refuse to install backdoors for the UNITED STATES spooks, and they have revealed several Western government sponsored malware campaigns. Therefore the US Gummint wants to punish them for standing firm on honesty. They also prefer you use security software that has NSA-Approved backdoors in it and not one they can't subvert. So now our tax money is spent to smear one of the few honest companies to be found and try to destroy their business.

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Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Useless trivia - the third arm in film

You gotta look quick and close to see it, but there's a good "use for a third arm" scene in Terminator 2. As our protagonists are fleeing the burning Cyberdyne building, the T-1000 steals a helicopter and gives chase. There's a quick shot of the cockpit where you can see the T-1000 has grown an extra arm and is using it to multitask flying and shooting.

It was a clever and obvious thing for a malleable entity to do. However, that was the only time the T-1000 did that for reasons known only to Mr. Cameron.

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RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

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In all fairness, the Moon is the only easy target

Our beloved rocky satellite is rather close, and we can get there within a few days. Since exposure to the hazards of Space is short, visiting the moon is relatively safe.

Next out? Mars or Venus. Weeks of travel in the best of times. The crew will suffer cosmic radiation exposure and the myriad of semi-permanent physiological problems caused by long periods in low or no gravity. We have lots of problems to solve before we can send humans anywhere but the Moon.

Now that being said, the Moon is a great testing ground for any off-world bases or habitats we might use on longer voyages. We could benefit from a return to the Moon, even if we can't reach our farther neighbors yet. The problem is always this: you can't buy votes with space exploration. As long as politicians set the budgets, that simple fact will drain the blood of space research forever.

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Silicon Valley CEO admits $1.5m wire fraud: Bouxtie boss forged signatures to investors

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Re: Yeah... mais non..

This terrible name is obviously meant to appear French, at least to say out loud. Problem is, that "Boux" would pronounce as "Boo" and the company name is "Bootie". Little socks, how cute!

The "Bo" (long O) sound would be spelled Beau (or Beaux plural). However, using that for "bowtie" leads to "Beautie" which looks like Beauty. Having chosen to weirdly spell a common word as their name, the obvious pseudo-spelling didn't work so they chose to mispronounce it as well.

If you have to jump through so many hoops to make it fit, it ain't working guys!

Ah hell, let's have some fun. One could use "Beaux Tie" (plural to include all genders) for a bondage supply company. Just sayin'.

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Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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Re: I see no notch, only display ears.

It adds no USEFUL screen space, only little blind corners where you can lose your socks or car keys.

What a "notch" really does is keep some idiot designer and a slew of marketers in business, claiming that they've come up with something breathtakingly new and awesome. Just like Ribbon UIs and their ilk, change for its own sake and breaking functionality as a side effect.

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Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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That's Mechanic Effect at work

When the balky machine realizes that One Who Is Not To Be Messed With has arrived bearing tools, they think better of it an decide to behave.

I've wondered if users could proactively trigger this effect. I suggest they fix the machine with an angry stare and say "Don't make me call the IT department!" Worth a try.

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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An attitude based on unfounded snobbery

Nearly every one of these nutjobs and cranks subscribe to the same flawed story. "Those ignorant ancients were so much less capable than us smug modern types, and we don't know how to do that. They lacked modern tools and machinery we've become totally dependent on and can't imagine not using. So those ignorant savages couldn't have done it themselves with stupid hand tools! It had to be someone else!"

We don't know how to move pyramid stones by hand because we're dependent on heavy machinery, not because it can't be done. A local 1920's movie palace has awesome faux woodwork beams (fire codes) and the method for those has already been lost! Small wonder we forget after millennia.The ancients' knowledge of hand tools, stoneworking, and architecture were in many ways superior to ours. It was all they had, so they developed it to the fullest capability. Roman concrete structures are still in use, but Hitler's giant Flak Towers are already crumbling.

The We're So Modern snobbery is misplaced, the ancients were masters of their arts. The Pyramids, Colosseum, Tenochtitlan, and others are still here, after centuries of earthquakes and vandalism. How many "modern" constructions will survive 3000 years of natural and human assaults?

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LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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Re: May we please stop calling them phones?

In an interesting coincidence, Dinosaur Comics addressed this last week. Check it out.

http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=3319

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Theater of the impotent

Jeebus, I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody or other "called for" or "pledged to support" strong measures, immediate action, immediate inaction, etc. over the outrage of the day. And know what? You can count on the fingers of my foot (sarcasm) how many actually made the least difference in the world. These are polite threats, and as everyone knows a threat is only issued by the powerless. Those who can act effectively do so without angry blathering.

It was a pretty unspeakably evil job to beat naked people into gas chambers once. The SS didn't have any trouble filling those jobs. Tech entities can sign pledges all day and there will be at least one company willing to go full speed ahead. Several already make tools of oppression for sale to any nasty customer with cash. It's not a big step to H-K bots. Call Cellebrite, they might already be on it.

No real story here folks, move along... move along...

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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Bass ackward interpretation

" it appears that businesses are finally making the jump to Microsoft’s latest and buying new PCs to make it happen."

WRONG. Try this: "It appears that businesses are finally buying new PCs which are all infected with Windows 10. "

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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

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Re: Eh?

"And external USB hard drives in 2018? It's 2018! At least get a NAS if you're not ready for cloud yet."

Yeah, and in 2018 external drives are pretty sweet for a good price! They also require NO internet connection, are worlds faster than anyone's streaming rate, and won't eat into a data allowance moving files around. Encrypted for security, immune to cloud provider hacking, can be stored in a safe. Good luck putting your NAS in your pocket!

Is it the millennials? There's a huge lack of perspective in these forums. Just because it's new doesn't mean it's better, or that it will totally replace something that was working fine already. I can list a dozen things that were proclaimed dead and obsolete, but inconveniently insist on sticking around being useful.

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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

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Re: Colour me sceptical

"fixed CCTV cameras, where it could be running 24/7 across thousands of cameras."

And that, children, is the whole point of the exercise. Once those cameras are in place it will be trivial to store, share, sell, search and categorize every image they collect. Mealy mouth assurances of deleted data and "privacy protections" are only "this won't hurt" lies used to calm the victim.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Re: A breakfast pint?

WARNING: Barely relevant story follows on how I was drunk by 9 AM once.

Went camping and arrived in the park around 0200 (long drive). One of our number was a little noisy setting up and a disgruntled sleeper appeared in the door of a nearby tent grumping for some quiet. Fully justified, I might add.

Next morning I was first awake, greeted the morning and surrounding mountains with coffee and a smile. Also with a little pipe and some herbal goodness (ahem). So just then that tent opens and a guy climbs out. We both immediately start profusely apologizing to each other! He's clearly a really nice guy and after a minute of this I offer the pipe and say "Hey, you want a hit?" He raises his thermos and says "You want some White Russian?" He had a quart of cold mixed drink in there, and we had a grand time.

So by 0900 we were both pretty trashed, inviting the rest of our crews to join us as they arose. Then we all went for some lunch, they were great guys. So it's not always a bad thing to be drinking early in the morning. You might meet some nice folks.

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Steve's fingers pulling the strings still?

This is pure Steve Jobs "less is more, and screw functionality". The end goal is a featureless monolithic slab - white with patented round corners, of course. You will interact with it through voice and expressive dance. It will stream all sound and imagery to your iSpy wearable, which will project directly into your eyes and play sound through bone conduction. Unfortunately, everyone else will blindly copy them.

Steve Jobs is in Hell in a room with one door. It has a single button beside it labeled CLOSE.

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Virtual reality meets commercial reality as headset sales plunge

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Same basic flaws as 3D TV...

The VR people are missing the same boats the 3D TV people missed. Basically, our eyes and brains don't see the world like they present it. We've been looking at flat media with no depth all our lives and we're used to it so it doesn't seem strange. It IS strange though, and as soon as you move it into 3D the weirdness hits and we get headaches trying to resolve it.

We don't only align our eyes for depth info, things move in and out of FOCUS. Watch the foreground and the background goes a little fuzzy. 3D technology does not reproduce this (it would require serious eye-tracking to do it). The alignment angle does not match the depth-of-field data, and our brains don't know which is right.

Also, we don't see real-world motion as series of sharp-focus stills. If you watch a car go by, the background blurs with motion, or watch the street and the cars blur. Furthermore, the degree of blur indicates speed. VR images are always sharp, which destroys any sense of true motion.

With current tech, our brains get some cues that we're looking at a 3D world, but other cues are terribly wrong and our brains rebel. Until these two basic flaws are solved, VR or 3D of any kind is going to look weird and make people feel ill.

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AI is cool and all – but doctors and patients don't really need it

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This is only surprising to the tech industry

Our benighted tech industry specializes in creating widgets and software that do... well, SHINY! Hey, I made a Thing! Don't really know what it's good for, doesn't replace anything else, but let's convince everyone they need to buy one! Problem is, we don't buy it. Literally. Only the tech press is surprised when that happens.

Seriously look at "wearables" for a prime example. All we've heard for ten years is how Wearables are going to be in everything we buy and will transform our lives! Except they stubbornly have not. Swap out the names - AI, wearables, self-driving - and you find the same breathless insistence that it's the Future Now! Oh, and pay no attention to the failed products behind the curtain.

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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If cops had their way...

If our current cops had been around in the past, they would be complaining about people putting locks on their doors and demanding Master Keys to bypass them. Also demanding that houses be built with spy ports in the walls (which only the cops would use, hehehe) because people use curtains and shutters on their windows.

The US Constitution was deliberately written to protect us from that kind of intrusion, and the cops/spooks are determined to ignore and destroy those rights. Gosh, I wonder why nobody likes or trusts the government anymore?

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Easy good passwords, here I go again...

Apologies if you've seen me bang on about this before. I figure every time it's new to a few more people. It just WORKS! My most clueless users do this with no problem.

Start with a sentence you can remember. SAY IT to yourself silently, and type every first or second letter (depends on length). Capitalize the first letter, add punctuation at the end. This method means it's not necessary to actually remember the password itself! There's no need to remember which letters were changed to what. It's stupid easy.

Example: "What we've got here is failure to communicate" (Cool Hand Luke) becomes

"Whwegoheisfatoco..."

There are no numbers and limited symbols. However it's a random string of letters that real people can actually remember and use. If there's an easier way to remember random-ish passwords, please share!

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Re: Why do I smell...

"I'm with you here, the most common commands are always available muscle memory makes it very easy... I never understood why people dont like it"

Let me clue you in. If you're doing the same thing over and over, it can be good. However if you need to FIND something the Ribbon hides it.

A person can scan through a series of menus in a few seconds. We're good at reading lists, Menus always worked FINE. Ribbons and Docks appeared to Be Different and justify the cost of an upgrade, not because we wanted them. They obscure things behind unlabeled icons and drop-down menus tied to the icons. Looking for a feature is now a nightmare of hovering over every icon on six tabs of cute little pictures. Did they hide that under Format, Layout, or Home?

Most users simply give up rather than play Hide and Seek. I support a shopful of users and they universally hate it. Time and familiarity have not changed their minds.

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Turns out China loves VR. Wires and powerful hardware, less so.

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Is anyone besides Western tech companies suprised?

Ask the MARKET for VR displays and we all demand standalone, light, comfortable products. Only the tech industry - in their La-La-Land separate from our reality - believes that a block of concrete on your head, anchored to one spot by a cable and expensive computer is a good product!

I use the 3D capabilities of my phone constantly but not for VR. I take 3D panoramas and stills of landscapes, sculpture, anything with an interesting shape. We're used to 2D pictures, but they're terrible at capturing an impressive scene. We are primarily visual animals, so viewing something in 3D takes you 90% of the way to Being There. Try it, you'll be surprised at the impact you get from such a simple (and free!) trick.

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New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy

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How does this affect Impersonators?

Scads of folks making a living based on their resemblance to someone famous. I can't even count the Elvis impersonators I've seen in my life. So now they're illegal? They're using the famous persona in "trade".

Possible loophole? What if we simply don't use the Famous Name? That's not a fake of Paris Hilton, that's "Airhead", a character loosely based on Paris. Etc.

Possible defense? That's not a fake of Paris Hilton, that's modified media of Ellen Carwood, who just happens to look like Paris Hilton, and has given full consent to the alterations.

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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On the "my name search" thing...

While checking out with my groceries one night, I noticed the cashier had an unusual name on her tag. It looked like a Thai name to me, and I planed to search on it to check my guess. In a moment of carelessness I used Google instead of DDG to search for that name. One word, First Name only.

Holy shite. I got pages of hits on her personal life! Her full name, where she lived, when they bought the house and what they paid for it, previous addresses where she lived. Her husband's full name, when and where they got married. It went on and on. All based on her FIRST NAME ONLY. I could have used the search hits to figure out the rest of her life, easy. Google is your One-Stop Stalking Shop.

Granted that she had an uncommon name (for this area) but it was frightening how much of our personal lives are eagerly offered up to any random stranger in a non-specific search. Maybe your name is more common and it's harder to find you specifically, but don't kid yourself that the same details aren't on offer online for you too.

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Re: But

"Was he a hitman?"

He wasn't a hit in the UK but he made it big in Japan.

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Re: I may be mistaken but...

Don't forget that you're being Bubbled, your search results limited and skewed based on your "personalization". Google arrogantly assumes it knows what you REALLY meant, no matter what you asked for. You never see the same Google as anyone else, your search results will never match theirs. Sometimes you won't see what you wanted at all because it didn't fit Big brother's profiling. Then they insert hits for sites that paid to pollute your search results.

Which is why I use Duckduckgo instead. I get clean, un-twiddled results based solely on my exact search terms. What a concept!

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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JAMMING TECH, PLEASE

Where are the geeks knocking out RF and IR jammers for our homes and cars? We need an active jammer, not just random radiation. Shouldn't be hard to project ghost images, like submarines do with sonar. Fill your home with a dozen ghosts, and which signal is you now? Have the unit merge your track with a ghost now and then to confuse their find-the-human algorithm. The lovely thing there, is that your widget could project ghosts when you're not even there.

One each for home and maybe workplace, another for the car should do it OK, get to it lads!

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Re: Prototype for proving theory

"Why is Google Maps suddenly allowing me to go inside my own and other people's houses?"

Because Google has eagerly embraced the Dark Side. They don't even pretend otherwise anymore!

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Re: Not sure how big of a loss this is

VirtualFanboi666 (Microsoft MVP):

"This post is not relevant for this forum, which is only for network errors involving Token Ring on Windows 10 for Elbonian language packs, even though the same diagnosis and fixes apply to a common problem with all versions of Windows for all languages. Please repost your question in the appropriate forum, good luck finding the right one, and too bad about the time wasted. Since the 45 useful replies by users solving their own problems makes Microsoft look like the uncaring, clueless fu**s they are, this post has been locked and will no longer be updated."

Thanks to crap like that from their anointed idiots, a knowledge forum without Microsoft's involvement would work BETTER. Good riddance!

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Mission at end?

"Seriously, if I were the first Mars colonist, I'd hunt these things down and repurpose them."

And this is why the Pyramids, Colosseum, and so many other historical structures are RUINS. "Nobody's using that, let's dismantle it to scavenge the rocks!" Away, thoughtless jackal!

If I were the first Mars colonist I wold reverently visit these priceless pieces of history and place markers listing their history and accomplishments. Also a sentry gun and a KEEP OFF THE ROVER sign.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Free advertising

Yeah, but not ALL advertising is good! PETA does a good job getting their name in the news, but not in a positive way. Why did El Reg share this here? So we could all point and laugh! PETA doesn't benefit much from the exposure they get over this kind of thing.

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Re: Undermining Themselves

"PETA like a lot of the hardline charities always seems to let the loopiest members dictate their direction and thus the undermine any valid point they might have."

I'll take that farther. ANY organization will eventually be taken over by the radicals and crazies, no matter how sensible start with. They are willing to devote their life to it, tend to be aggressive and confrontational, and their ideology justifies any action taken. Meanwhile the Normal People leaders who joined to advance a good cause give up and quit. The radicals are like squirrels. Not too bright, but they never, ever, EVER give up and sooner or later they simply wear you down.

And then an organization intended to prevent animal cruelty becomes a running joke, demanding bans on antibiotics (SAVE THE BIOTICS) and property rights for amoebas. That's a little exaggerated today, but just wait.

Activist organizations should have a time limit. Ten years and disband, before the crazies take over.

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: The moon is a Harsh Mistress

Anybody check the trajectory here? Are the Martians starting to fight back against our invasion of their planet by laser-wielding scout robots?

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Are they zarking kidding???

So NASA thinks a few hours notice could save lives? Somebody smokin' crack!

Daily traffic is bad already, but at least it's all spread out over hours. Announce an asteroid inbound and you'll generate a huge clot of traffic all at once. That will paralyze all but the smallest and most remote towns. When they show miles of stopped cars in disaster movies, they're being accurate for a change.

Specific example: Here in the Deep South where snow is uncommon and shallow, we don't maintain armies of snowplows like up North. A good winter storm can make our roads impassable, and everyone knows it. So when a winter storms threatens icy roads, most people head for home, and perhaps to pick up their kids at school. The sudden surge has paralyzed traffic more than once. In one such incident last year, I knew people who didn't get home for ten hours.

When we have a few DAYS notice, that might help. A few hours can be worse than useless.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Homeopathy placebo NOT ok

There's a huge and dangerous error in the "quackery is OK because Placebo Effect" assertion. This argument assumes that the patient has a problem that CAN be fixed through placebo effect and doesn't really need medical help. In those cases patient belief in the quack remedy may indeed trigger the patient's own body to fix it.

In every other case, the patient will waste (possibly critical) time and resources on the homeopathy or other snake oil. They will not get better. They might get worse, possibly to the point of permanent harm that can no longer be helped by Real Medicine. Look no farther than Steve Jobs, who let an easily cured (when it was found) cancer grow while he tried new-age quackery. He finally turned to Real Medicine after a year or two, but it had spread too far and was incurable.

By delaying or preventing useful treatment, quack remedies indeed do harm, sometimes enough to kill the patient. Snake oil should NEVER be given a free pass or credit, it only lets their proponents claim legitimacy and lead more people away from cures that actually work.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Priapism for robots? The gnarly little rover will pop its circuits one day. I'm amused knowing that it will meet Eternity with the equivalent of a proud boner.

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Re: Us technical/engineering

OMG surely you're forgetting one, I have it anyway. The thickened callus on the forehead from beating it on walls when the palm and knuckle pads fail to resolve the issue.

New product, folks? Wall-mounted Therapy Pad, placed like fire extinguishers in strategic locations? Customizable of course, maybe the company logo would be appropriate for once!

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: Indeed on the pork ...

NO CAPES!

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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Planned Obsolescence, rationalized!

"5 years is nothing like the acceptable lifetime of a TV or fridge, imho.:"

Bullseye! No more pesky consumers using a product forever or until it wears out. Now it will simply stop working or become a "HACK ME" sign if you don't dutifully ride the upgrade cycle when they want you to. Companies will be freed of having to support old products, claiming "too hard, legacy" and such.

There's a war on Ownership of Lasting Products, and IOT is a major front in that attack. They want us to either buy the same thing again and again, or keep paying for the same one as long as we have it.

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Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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Write the ending first, please!

"the best way to enjoy it is to rip out the final chapter and imagine your own conclusion. He was excellent in character development but lousy with endings."

In fairness to King, this is true of a stunning percentage of books, movies, miniseries, you name it. So many times I've enjoyed the ride, only to be frustrated and annoyed by a panicky "crap, how do we end this?" conclusion.

Extra negative points for a story with a thrown-together ending whose sole accomplishment is to set up the next $@&*! sequel. Crime against humanity.

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