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Comment Re:EU lawsuits against tech companies (Score 2) 165

Sure, go right ahead. All England and Wales have to do to make this break really quick and (iron wall-like) permanent is pull a stunt like Ireland did, tell the rest of the EU about it beforehand (or not) and that the EU can, taxes concerning, go eff themselves. The rest of the UK isn't really sure about brexit yet - they are keeping all options open, including secession from the UK.
I'm pretty sure the UK politicians know that themselves as well, especially those (who were) pro-brexit - when you look into their post-brexit-vote behaviour. But history has seen stranger things. Germany declaring war on both the United States and Russia, France trying to occupy Moscow in winter or Japan attacking Pearl Harbour. Sometimes people choose to do things that are doomed to fail from the get go. I'm afraid when it reaches that point we can only let it rage and try to build from the ashes.

Comment Re: Also kicks out scores from third party purchas (Score 1) 85

Actually, yes, that's exactly what I did.... twice.
The Fallout 4 Pip-boy edition, which comes with CDs and steam key, I installed by Steam download (because my internet connection is faster than my optical drive) and just a few days ago I read something about being able to register Games for Windows with Steam. So I took my dusty Supreme Commander with Forged Alliance bundled CD's, saw a weird looking (for Steam-key, weird looking) CD code on one of its booklets and Io and Behold, it registered this time. I did a shift-del of my ancient-half-patched SupCom folder and re-downloaded the always up-to-date Steam version. Steam usually == happy gaming experience... but with some things I do wonder...

Comment Re:Prepare to be (Score 1) 532

Ok, i'll bite...

-Video-conferencing using a mobile phone - in extension, carrying an 80's standards super-computer class device in your pocket you can interface with using mere touch input and with an integrated graphics output in splendid resolution.
-An extend-your-self computer kit a seven year old can learn to use, the size of half a tablet of chocolate (Raspberry Pi)
-Autopilot for cars (Tesla, Google, ..., take your pick - even 'though they are not yet perfect).
-Full automation of the home using off-the-shelf products.
-A.I. beating chess grandmasters - A.I. beating Go grandmasters even more so.
-Direct detection of earth-like exo-planets.
-The full extent of the world-wide web ('nuff said)
-On-demand high-resolution video streaming to both hand-held devices and commercially ubiquitous, large, potentially wall-sized flat-panel monitors.
-Commercial space companies able to technically achieve interplanetary missions.
-Whole genome sequencing in a day.
-Finding the Higgs boson - both the physical instrument, the LHC and the global network of supercomputers and storage servers transporting, dividing, combining, parsing and storing LHC's results.

Should I go on?

Comment Re:RF harvesting can work for power. (Score 4, Informative) 110

Most rechargeable batteries have a substantial self discharge rate and will go to zero in a few months with charging.

This used to be the case, but for a decade or so now there are rechargeable 'ready to use'/'low self-discharge' (LSD) NiMH batteries on the market that can hold a significant amount of their charge for several years (for good ones, 75% after 3 years). LSD NiMH's do have a bit smaller capacity per volume but that is maybe a 10-20% difference, at the most.

But maybe these sensors have a rechargeable Li-Ion battery? I don't know about LSD types of those but Li-Ion have very bad charging characteristics when almost empty (high internal resistance - so it's harder to charge the emptier it is) so I don't think they are useful when recharging in these extremely low power conditions. And then there are supercapacitors, but they have a way too high self-discharge rate to be able to claim 5 years of operation on the 'battery' alone.

Submission + - New Whistleblower Points To Lawful Disclosure Method Edward Snowden Didn't Try 1

blottsie writes: John Crane, a former head of whistleblower protections has become a whistleblower himself, laying bare how official channels designed for government workers to safely expose wrongdoing are ensnaring them instead. Though some are calling the revelations “vindication for Edward Snowden,” the Crane refuses to condone Snowden’s decision, telling the Daily Dot that the former National Security Agency contractor left a key, legal avenue unexplored.

Submission + - Google Plans to Replace Passwords on Android With Trust Score

Trailrunner7 writes: Within the next six months, all Android developers likely will have access to a Google API stemming from its Project Abacus that aims to replace the password with a multi-modal system as the primary authenticator for mobile users.

The idea behind the system is two-fold: passwords are rapidly approaching uselessness; and biometric identifiers are now advanced enough to be used for high-value applications. Google unveiled the idea for Project Abacus last year, saying that it hoped to replace passwords with a system that constantly observes users’ interactions with their devices, such as their patterns of typing, facial recognition, voice recognition, and then builds them into a comprehensive trust score. That score then is used to grant or deny access to apps.

Google officials plan to give a group of financial institutions access to the Project Abacus API in June, and hopes to expand that to all Android developers by the end of the year.

Submission + - Utah Lawmaker Wants Porn Filters on Phones and The Internet

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Here we go again...Republican Sen. Todd Weiler continues his anti-porn crusade by introducing a bill that would require porn filters to be placed on the Internet and phones. His previous resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which sailed through the 2016 session, was only the first step. Weiler said that two other bills he's drafting would help to restrict kids' access to pornography by adding filters on IPhones and tablets, and in libraries. The idea would be that these devices would come pre-installed so that they filter out porn sites, he said. In order to remove the filter, the user would have to prove that they're at least 18 years old. First Amendment lawyer Andrew McCullough says such a requirement would restrict free speech, as it would involve blocking certain postings. "I really don't expect that the state of Utah is going to be able to exercise that kind of control over an interstate item such as the Internet," he said. "I don't think they have the jurisdiction to." Sen. Todd Weiler doesn't seem to understand that blocking porn is about as feasible as blocking cat pictures- impossible to do technologically as well as legally.

Submission + - SPAM: SoftBank's Pepper Robot Lands Job At Pizza Hut

An anonymous reader writes: SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper is to be introduced in Pizza Hut restaurants in Singapore by the end of the year. Pepper will be responsible for placing customer orders and processing payments via MasterCard digital service MasterPass. According to the U.S. payments network, Pepper will take orders either verbally from the customer or digitally through the tablet attached to its chest. Diners can ask for recommendations and special offers, and also request nutritional information and further details about the food and drink.

Submission + - Successful Flight Test For India's Experimental Reusable Spaceplane (

Zothecula writes: India has entered the ranks of spacefaring nations with reusable spacecraft, as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducted the first flight of its locally-built spaceplane demonstrator. The unmanned, scale hypersonic Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) spaceplane took off yesterday at 7:00 am IST on a suborbital flight of 770 seconds from First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota and was safely recovered after a successful reentry and splashdown.

Submission + - Google France Being Raided for €1.6B Unpaid Taxes

jones_supa writes: Investigators in France have raided Google's Paris headquarters amid a probe over the company's tax payments, Reuters reported. The French Finance Ministry is investigating €1.6 billion in back taxes. According to a report in French daily Le Parisien, at least 100 investigators are part of the raid at Google's offices. A source close to the finance ministry said that the raid at Google's offices has been ongoing in Tuesday since 03:00 GMT. In February, a source at the French Finance Ministry told Reuters that the government was seeking the €1.6B from Google. At the time, official spokespeople for Google France and the Finance Ministry refused to comment on the situation.

Comment Re:Not new (Score 4, Informative) 33

What you describe is not full duplex. Two radios working together, taking turns (one transmitting, then one receiving, etc.) is the very definition of half duplex. And one radio in constant operation is simplex of course. Full duplex is always a situation where two radios are used in constant operation. One sending, one transmitting.

Full duplex using two radios on different frequencies is old school. Just a matter of a good combination of filters and enough frequency separation.

Full duplex using two radios on the SAME frequency, using directional signals is difficult but not undo-able. As long as you can prevent your receiver being blown up by your own transmission signal (and hope an unexpected reflective object in your signal path doesn't undo all your careful physical transmitter-receiver antenna separation).

Full duplex using two radios (both in continuous operation, one transmitting, one receiving, as defined at the top of my post) on exactly the SAME frequency while using a SINGLE (omni-directional) antenna is a true nightmare. And apparently these guys did just that with technology that promises it to be available in hand-held appliances.

RTFA, they used a combination of a circulator on silicon (which is the most innovative part. The circulator used in the project described by the article should kill most of the transmitted signal otherwise picked up directly by the receiver) and echo cancellation (which they developed earlier and is used to subtract any transmitter signal left which should mostly be echoes from objects that reflect the transmitted signal at distance and possibly internal echo from a sub-optimal antenna) on the received signal at the receiver end, so they can then try amplifying what's left. Which should be the (weak) signals that are transmitted towards the antenna by another transceiver.

Exciting stuff :)
73, PG8W

Comment Missing option: No, I like the desktop site as is (Score 1) 166

Make the desktop site elements responsive

If that is exactly what they would be doing... hmmmmokay. I'd feel bad for the NoScript guys but c'mon, it's no longer 1994. Why can't you use whitelists? And there are other (more advanced) technologies out there that could help with selective blocking.

Back to the main subject. If they actually take the desktop site as basis and add scaling and shifting of the page elements to make readability better on small screen devices, I'm all for it. Not so much if they 'blow up' the mobile site and call it 'fully responsive'. (I feel there's a joke option in my previous line there, somewhere...)

Comment Re:So what? (Score 4, Interesting) 354

I'm not saying Python is just right... but its development was started because the, then current, mature programming languages (C and shellscript) didn't support the mix of features Guido van Rossum needed... and a language that had many features he did like (ABC), he 'had a number of gripes about' (mainly it was a PITA to extend) so he started making Python.
It was a typical case of 'developer not happy with current tools, starts making his own almost from scratch'. I see a lot of parallels with this Redux case, and yes I know Python had 27 years to come where it is today. It's already been very usable for most of that time... version 1.0 was released in 'just' 5 years. Same with Linux, by the way, that was made by Torvalds because he wanted a quick and dirty Unix like OS on his 386 and the Hurd didn't cut it. Neither did Minix, which was 16 bit. It took 4 years there to get to 1.0.

So... let's see in 5 years, shall we? Maybe Redux will be something interesting. But, as I said, they need to do a lot of work first, and then, maybe, there will be others willing to help out. Making a lot of noise first is probably not going to help them get more 'eyeballs'.

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