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Comment Re:Murdoch newspapers? (Score 1) 64

The Sun is a real dirt paper.

The utility is for people leaking really every day stuff like "He's not her child" or some such rubbish. They probably don't expect to get anything important out of it. But if they do then they probably have the ability to compromise the anonimity in exchange for a kickback from other powerful interests, or just for their own sake.

There's a wide range of types of leaks. I'll probably be used first for NHS stuff in the UK (overworked nurse killed my grandfather, this kind of thing)

Comment need local support (Score 2) 228

It doesn't seem wise to try to construct such a thing without people on side.

Its too easy to protest non violently after construction with mobile phone signals and halogen lights.

I lived in La palma for a while in Europe. People here are happy to have mobile internet service and mobile reception cut mid call to improve observation. You need that level of support.

If you can get support then you have to build on another territory. I know the USA has other territories similar. I would like to be able to quote where. AFAIK what stops this is that observatories also serve military purposes and that is something that limits where they can put these things. If this aspect was more honest though the hiding behind 'betterment of humankind' wouldn't work so well.

Slightly offtopic: I find the domes really beautiful. Its the curve. If only our cities were freer from the tyranny of straight lines a bit more we might all be a lot happier and productive

Comment fallback (Score 1) 104

I agree. I always think the opposite when a spy opens mouth :D
Possibly the fight has moved the playing field.
Somebody, somewhere has no eyes. Old people have worn out fingerprints. Because of this there's a way round it. And, of course the battle just moves to compromising the databases.

In a few years time we might find out more. Shame not to know now bit with spooks you just got to get used to curbing your curiousity all the time.

Comment arch, branding (Score 0) 128

I think M$ need to be clearer about processors. Only the techies seem to get that an Atom doesn't run x86/x64.

I travelled around Japan and hong Kong looking for a replacement for my broken laptop. I deliberated whether to stick with something that can run x86.

  nowhere in both countries was it really clear what the tablets and computers in the shops actually run. Its a mix and they don't label. Often i had to look up what the processor is to find out. I ended up guessig a lot to save time - cheaper tended to be atom, medium price could be a celeron or an atom and expensive tends to be a i3/5 or 7...but also could just be an upmarket atom.
Its better in Europe but not much. Spain also confusion rains. Uk is better.

I looked at the SP3. Pretty good but lowest ifixit rating due to glue. Lots of people with smashed screens. The battery will west out and then you're screwed. I looked at Japanese specialities such as the Panasonic let's note but at $2000 that's going to induce stress in the road.

So in the end I bought a £200 Zoostorm plex. Made in China... Built in the uk. I shipped this all the way to Hong Kong. Not ideal but half price than the alternatives x86.

I now expect atom will take over in the next few years. But hopefully this will tide me over. Only 2gb runs better on 8.1 than xp... Very strange.

So Microsoft are competing with the likes of the Samsung galaxy pro imho... Since its same processor in this RT... Or whatever you want to not call it ... Thing.

I guess people will shy away from this because they see Microsoft and think bad battery - this is a laptop. Then they might buy a celeron based tablet .... So stupid the branding.
Perhaps there's some pride in m$ that prevents them seeing their link to x86 and less portable computing? Or is it that techies are less ignorant and such they have no clue? Or are they trying to rebrand?
I don't know but this is really basic stuff and theyre messing it up.

The sp3 is amazing though. Not sure what to make if this non pro thing.
At least the word'pro' is a step in the right direction

Comment I will be in Conakry, Guinea on Monday. (Score 1) 478

I will be in Conakry, Guinea on Monday.

There's a lot of rubbish that seems to be going on with Ebola. I get the impression that people are fatigued after hearing about hyped up pandemics that came to nothing previously.
I disagree on this one. It's about as communicable as the common cold. 4 days survival on cloth based cash & 3 months in males. 8,000 cases but possibly 10x more as these are in areas that are such a mess.

People are also dismissive I think also because most cases are black people, frankly. It's Africa so we think we are better equipped. Don't mess around, call it for what it is - we think we are superior. Maybe we are better equipped but I look at the hygiene of every day people in Europe, USA, Australia... it's all the same - bad. Nobody washes their hands before eating. When did you see anyone use the washroom to only wash their hands in a restaurant? It needs a lot more than that. People need to wash cash and wipe down keypads. It requires a change in thinking. This change in thinking isn't going to happen until a lot of people are dying.

West Africa is the biggest oil and gas exporter now and interests from the west seem stronger than anywhere in the world. As such flights to there to and from places like the UK, France, Netherlands, Norway are going to continue. Screening or at least some help for people would be a good idea regardless of Ebola.

Comment Let money fight, not people (Score 1) 789

Stop talking Putin and Obama. Start talking Gazprom, Chevron, Koch brothers, Altai pipeline. Compare Monsanto's unchecked power to Gazproms power for Russia - it's like 2 sides of the same coin. Does it really matter if commies invade the capitalists or the capitalists invade the communists? To people in power of course it does, but to you and it seems to me to be the more of the same. Not worth dying for. So I'm not going to pick up a gun. Both sides know this so they will have to false flag to make me bait me into picking up a gun and fight for those company resources again.

Some of us stand together in acknowledging the powers that try to cause us to fight on their behalf. Which ever side you've been born, married or bought into you should be of the same opinion. Both sides lie the same. We all know this now because we have friends and family on either side.

Related /. article was regards that typical Americans hold no democratic power, confirming our thoughts that it's corporations all the way. As I say, it's similar both sides of the water. Russia is money, USA is money, China is money. It's been said many times but drop trying to think it can be about anything else. Money may make it about something else for it's interests but you are free to ignore the bait. Like a devil free to test you (or an attractive woman testing to see if you're a worthy suitor), you don't have to respond. That can be difficult but it's one thing you can always have the option of.

To reiterate, I've no problem with ordinary Russian citizens. Or American citizens. Or Europeans. We're not enemies. We know that's just a construct. Same for Muslims or whatever it is I'm told to start hating next.
It's stating the obvious. But I read the responses here and I feel the need to state such a simple thing.

If you're Russian I wish you good luck in weaning off of your powers above you. Likewise for either side in rooting out corruption and this kind of power play.

And now for some folly. Nostrodamous prediction is for ISIS & friends to come out of the middle east, ebola to complicate a war between Russia/China(East) & Nato etc (west).

Comment Re:Planned obsolescence (Score 1) 281

Perhaps the concept is taken too far.

But I have spoken to chemists at major firms who were able to confirm they have been requested to weaken the product. By that I'm talking specifically on that silver-grey plastic that wears through to black over time, if you know that effect?

Sometimes the cheaper products can last longer because they don't have the smarts to design in something that fails... and we're blown away when we find that cheap product that turns out to be a better than the label standard.

How many sneakers do you know that have black and not white sole trim?
I've seen wetsuits without the seams glued down. That's no mistake since it was common to every Billabong Oscillator and not just a single line. I won't buy from them again. Now we have weaker suits... but it's OK because the stretch is a feature...

In every buying decision I expect trouble. Time to get creative. Glue those seams down /before/ they fray. Expect everything to break, whether it's deliberate or not. So when I buy a new rucksack I'm prepared to melt down the nylon thread to stop it fraying further. When I buy a phone I always go for something that has solid support on Cyanogenmod. And I never buy a new phone because it is hard to tell if it's been proven with developers yet. Same for laptops and everything.
It's cynical but it works.

Regards upgrade cycles. It's a tough one because in a sense a maker is entitled to do this. That's why an open phone like the GeeksOne is worth looking into regardless of the quality of the thing itself (!). I have had tons of old hardware that could be perfectly useable today had it not been for obfrustrications on the software side. You get to a point where you just have enough of this stuff. It's not just the money, it's just that you get to like something and you want it to be reliable. It's about efficiency too. When I buy something new the first thing I'm thinking is how long is this thing going to be useful for before it's incompatible.

People just seem to have a blind spot for this. How many times do they have to get shafted before they learn? Often it;s because they just want to buy, to buy anything... just because they want the buying experience to fill some sort of deficiency in their life. I know I've done it!

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.