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RIM Co-CEO Cries 'No Fair' On Security Question

rnws Re:IOW (329 comments)

"It's not like they would be able to fight it if USA was the same." - Actually it IS the same. Nokia was criticised in Iran's crackdown a while back and people called for aboycott of their products, for having sold cellular network equipment that's lets the government of Iran, track, intercept and listen to calls or data - technology that was put in place when that kit was sold many years ealier in the western world. I used to sell GSM tech over a decade ago in a western nation and even then government was wanting ways in. EVERY government in the world requires this. I've never owned a RIM phone, indeed I work for a competitor of theirs and EVERY manufacturer of cellular tech has to to this. We MUST comply with the law of each nation we do business in. Why is nobody picking on Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Ericsson, Apple, Google and a host of others?

This is pretty crap journalisim on Rory Cellan-Jones' part - better would be exposing how all the other manufacturers of networks, management systems and handsets all do this and how it's done every day right here in our own back-yard.

more than 3 years ago

Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law

rnws On vacuum tubes. (347 comments)

The major difference being the tube/valve industry was done in by the transistor - i.e. we had a viable replacement that was better. The problem with the transistor is that we don't (yet) have a viable replacement.

more than 3 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

rnws BUY AN UMBRELLA (1095 comments)

A good quality umbrella - but you're from Washington State - you already know all about rain :-D

more than 4 years ago

Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

rnws Re:great news (333 comments)

"better options already exists for servers where I am guessing CFS is used." Well, that depends on your workload (which is the thrust of the debate). With one of the HPC products I regularly work with, we have a best-practice of using the noop scheduler instead of cfs - this tiny tweak alone will see at least a 30% improvement in our I/O performance (which is nothing to be sneezed at when we're moving ~700MB/s). Being able to have pluggable schedulers is great because Linux can be all things to all people and it does make sense to have options (lets not go crazy here - too much choice can also be a bad thing). People talk about the difference between Linux on netbooks and servers for example but even in the "server" space there is VAST difference between small business file & print, clustered Oracle or scientific data acquisition workloads. I too hope that this debate doesn't go away and also hope that it doesn't become as heated and personal as in the past so that we can all benefit from a selection of good ideas.

more than 5 years ago

Deposit Checks By iPhone

rnws Re:Checks (293 comments)

Nope but I can pay them via my cellphone, or the over the web (or via the web, from my cellphone). Usually transfers to another bank happen with 24 hours, to an account within the same bank, sometimes within 12. That's back home, but here in the UK (where I reside), I can pay anybody in the UK or EU via their SWIFT code or IBAN. I can transfer funds to accounts overseas to unrelated banks within 24 hours via Internet banking. I got my first debit card & PIN 22 years ago and haven't looked back. Don't even have a chequebook here in the UK, and the last one I wrote back home must have been like 10 years ago.

more than 5 years ago

China's First Mars Probe Ready To Launch

rnws Re:Yinghuo = "Firefly" (67 comments)

Yeah, I saw that and it made me smile. Especially after a certain space-station module could have been named "Colbert" and NASA wussed out on "Serenity" and went with "Tranquility" (the EIGHTH-placed vote!) instead.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Threatens To Pull Out of the US

rnws Re:Capitalist flight (1142 comments)

Quite so! Hear hear!

more than 5 years ago

Virgin Media UK Pilots 200Mbps Broadband Speeds

rnws Re:Stop it! (179 comments)

I was a fiercely loyal Telewest customer - I always had great speeds and great service.
Ever since they got bought out everything's turned to crap. Tech-support on cheap VOIP lines from India that are so bad I can barely hear them - if the call doesn't drop in under a minute.
Link speeds a fraction of what I'm paying for - without downloading anything! Forget about watching iPlayer or YouTube. Downloads of any type (http, ftp, torrent all suck equally - I now download my Linux iso's in the office.
I am seriously thinking of ditching cable and going back to dial-up because the current performance of Virgin in our street is about the same.

more than 5 years ago

Wife of Harried Pirate Bay Witness Gets Buried in Internet Love

rnws Re:That is it? (470 comments)

Unless she is from Omicron Persei 8, then it should read: "I wuv U".

more than 5 years ago



Court orders two sisters must receive MMR vaccine

rnws rnws writes  |  1 year,11 days

rnws (554280) writes "The BBC reports that an English High Court judge has ruled that sisters aged 15 and 11 must have the MMR vaccine even though they and their mother do not want it. The High Court decision, made last month, came after the girls' father brought a case seeking vaccination.
When outlining her decision in the latest case, Mrs Justice Theis emphasised it was a specific case "only concerned with the welfare needs of these children", but lawyers say as one of a series it confirms there is no longer any debate about the benefits of the vaccine."

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Microsoft makes a $15million IP payment to Quantum

rnws rnws writes  |  about a year ago

rnws (554280) writes "Now this is interesting. Tucked away in Quantum's latest results is a $15million dollar payment from Microsoft for Quantum IP. What IP isn't specified but the leading candidate may be Microsoft's addition of dedupe to Windows Server. However it's widely known in the storage industry that Quantum's StorNext file system underpins Apple's XSAN. A new file system string to Windows' bow perhaps? Whatever it is, Quantum must have one heck of a patent for a reletive behemoth like Microsoft to come calling."

Tony Sale, Colossus computer conservationist, dies

rnws rnws writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rnws (554280) writes ""Sadly noted on the BBC news last night that: "Tony Sale, the brilliant engineer who led the rebuild of Colossus, the first modern computer, has died aged 80."

"The mammoth project to recreate the code-cracking Colossus capped a career built around electronics and computers.

Most recently, Mr Sale drove the campaign to save Bletchley Park, where Colossus aided Allied code-cracking efforts during World War II.

At Bletchley he also founded the National Museum of Computing to help preserve the UK's ageing computers."

More video here:""

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Bush Administration Muzzled Surgeon General

rnws rnws writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rnws writes "The Scientific Activist blog is carrying comment on a New York times article on political pressure applied to the former US Surgeon General:

Yesterday, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona testified before congress that he was subjected to extensive and systematic political interference in his work by the Bush Administration. From Gardiner Harris of The New York Times:

"The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues."
"Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.
And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization's longtime ties to a "prominent family" that he refused to name.
"I was specifically told by a senior person, 'Why would you want to help those people?'""

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