* Posts by SnOOpy168

50 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Apr 2022

Apple antique aficionados can boot to the future with OpenCore Legacy Patcher


Used 1.0.1 to upgrade my late-2015 iMac 27" and the early-2015 MBP Retina 13. Each machine was completed within about 1 hour 20 mins, include the driver patching and all.

Grateful for this as my machines are still in good working condition.

Cat accused of wiping US Veteran Affairs server info after jumping on keyboard


"The Cat did it" This is new.

Poor intern, no longer useful anymore.

Alibaba opts out of Ant Group stock buyback


CCP feels that Ali and group are a threat, in terms of size, following and all. Hence the need to divest


China's homegrown airliner makes first paid-for flight



I will only consider flying on one (China domestic flights) if all of the Communist Party of China politburo and their families fly with C919 exclusively.

Owner of 'magic spreadsheet' tried to stay in the Lotus position until forced to Excel


I was sent to a 12-person local brand of a financial company to assist in the email migration to O365.

Despite reminders of housekeeping weeks before our arrival, there are a few oldtimers who just ignored such emails.

Anyway, there was this old timer of almost 15+ years in the company who looked constipated when we came to her desk. She has a "don't touch my emails" look in her face, despite ours, her supervisor's, and the HoD's reassurance that she will not be let go if the email is missing.

The real reason is that she has accumulated over 30 GB of deleted items and a 50 GB inbox over the years. Keeping them there, just in case she needs to look up stuff. To backup her mailbox, it took almost a day. My colleague and I skipped lunch and dinner to ensure that nothing happened during the backup process. Gosh, finally home at 3 a.m.

Microsoft would rather spend money on AI than give workers a raise


When top execs sells, we better run.

Minnesota governor OKs broad right-to-repair tech law


Assuming that the OEM spare parts are available.

But with many items made-in-china.....

Microsoft may charge different prices for Office with or without Teams


$1 discount per seat, per year ?

China space agency reckons Zhurong Mars rover has probably been done in by dust


and I thought China had plenty of experience with sandstorms to do their testing in a real environment.

Perhaps sand and dust are two different materials?

Chinese city of Changshu to issue salaries in digital yuan


Easier to print $ and to trace any unreported cashflows ?

Beijing lists the stuff it wants generative AI to censor


64 is equally sensitive number to the CCP too

Google Pay mistakenly rains free cash on netizens


the one bug submission, that I will be very reluctant to sent.

I will donate this amount to the charity of my choice :-)

When Google cost cutting goes molecular: Staples, sticky tape, and PC sweating


There was no mention of their generous free staff canteen. Something that I looked forward to , when I visit Google office :-)

Defunct comms link connected to nothing at a fire station – for 15 years


The likes of Bernard is bad for the provider's bottom line, their shareholders, and dividends.

Just saying. But good work, Bernard, saving tax payers $.

China sticks national security probe into America's Micron


Well, you sure those China-made iPhones & iPad don't have the same issues as well ? Maybe Apple didn't know ?

Ukrainian cops nab suspects accused of stealing $4.3m from victims across Europe


Public execution and confiscation of all their & family asset . to sent a warning to other that crime does NOT pay.

Sympathy / Forgiveness etc? Hmmm, let the victims decide.

Diving DRAM prices are a problem not even AI can solve


Falling prices is always good news for consumers

but falling salaries or purchasing power is not funny.

too bad, my old MacBooks memory and storage requires surgery for upsizing and my iMac 27" 5K is already running at 32Gb

China urges Apple to improve security and privacy


Errr. I am reading this as :

a tit-for-tat on Apple as a result of the Tic Tok grilling last week.


"Apple, you have to give our spies, an undetectable and unrestricted backdoor on all iPhone/iPad/MacBook/iMac used in China"

Amazon to shutter Digital Photography Review


Oh no. I going to miss this very much.

" "I struggle to think of a move more stupid than this." - very true indeed.

BBC to staff: Uninstall TikTok from our corporate kit unless you can 'justify' having it


“Once you start down the dark path,

forever will it dominate your destiny.

Consume you, it will.”

Master Yoda

Microsoft: Patch this severe Outlook bug that Russian miscreants exploited


I think it's deliberate by the developers. It helps keep their job, in demand, until their retirement or H-1B visa runs out.

Bing AI feels like ChatGPT stuffed into a suit – not the future


"Poor interface, lousy lyrics, and bland answers"

at least it is readable by 99% of us. Just whether the content makes sense or the delivery was slower than my old Nokia phone.

Still can beat those documents about anything MS, which are wordy and thick but absolutely unreadable.

China sought control of submarine cables to spy, says Micronesia


Fiber cables and networking tools are already made in China. Does this already give them a foot in our door?

Yeah, i just bought an Oppo smartphone as I can't afford the 3X price of an iPhone. But, they are still "made in China," right?

Singapore admits it should have explained COVID app data could be used by cops


It's nice of the Singapore government to admit its shortcomings openly.

Atlassian to dump 500 – by email – in the name of 'rebalancing'


Another one bites the dust.

but seriously, how did these headcounts come about and then become bloatware to be dumped in the name of right-sizing?

Because of ChatGpt ?

As Big Tech lays off staff, TSMC swoops in to hire 6,000


Re: Cost of leaving

There are Costcos there with affordable bulk items. Local meal prices have gone up a bit over the years but are still a steal as compared to the west. So how costly can it be ?

I would love to work out of Taiwan if there is an opportunity.

China accelerates drive for scientific self-sufficiency


Errr.... I will interpret this headline as

Chinese spying and theft of IP & know-how will increase significantly.

Everyone who has R&D and manufacturing in China, should be very afraid and high alert.

Starlink performance sees a bump, and so do prices


while I can feel the difference between the 2 to 100 Mbps jump. I can't tell the difference if the ISP drops to 40 Mbps.

as long as my YouTube and Netflix isn't jumping or buffering, which I think at 30 Mbps for 4K video is ok.

But as a business user, I need a stable connection with acceptable latency.

Hands up anyone happy with Uncle Sam's $50B IT mega-job. Anyone?


Too many cooks, spoil the soup?

FBI boss says COVID-19 'most likely' escaped from lab


As a recovered COVID-19 patient, I am curious too. Will CBS 60 Minutes or BBC Horizon do a 2-hour special on this topic?

US sanctions fail to stop Russia connecting with Cisco hardware


Cisco's biggest competition, is their own refurbished "Cisco Refresh – Certified Remanufactured Equipment"

Recalled those days decade+ ago, I hand carried a rather heavy checkpoint firewalls from HK to China, for a very grateful friend. Only to find out that I had earned myself a generous dinner thereafter.

These days with drop ship, e-commerce etc. Heavens knows who the final users are. It's a glass bottle theory - used for a taste of 7-up or a molotov cocktail

US warns aging air-traffic control code won't be fixed until 2030


Well, that means that folks at FAA or related sub agencies & sub contractors, will get to keep their jobs for another decade or more. Until their retirement that is.

Meanwhile, other countries with substantial air traffic like LHR, AMS, SIN, HKG, DXB, DOH etc. What system are they using, their uptime and upkeeping workflow. Will the mighty US of A send delegations to study them and perhaps leapfrog the incumbents ?

Surprise! China's top Android phones collect way more info


Just extracted all the URLs from the paper




















worthy of a block ?

and found that the author has an additional paper on this topic too


Australia bins $41m app contracted to Accenture


SG Arrival Card (SGAC) with Electronic Health Declaration

Hey Australia.

Singapore has a visitor arrival e-card


Perhaps you can study this and modify the workflow to suit your need. The code is already there, just a matter of inter-government cooperation and sharing.

US must adopt USB-C charging standard like EU, senators urge


I am embracing this news as the New Hope. I still have a toolbox full of old cables for my ancient devices (read iPad 2, and until recently Galaxy Tab 2).

Not that it matters anything to me these days of wireless connection.


Transfer speeds up to 40Gbps.

Native power support for 100W/3A and up to 240W/5A.

Supports USB Power Delivery for fast charging.


Transfer speeds up to 480Mbps.

Native power support for 12W/2.4A.

But the declutter of my table, of the different charging cables. And the sharing of common accessories.

Those days of many Nokia chargers on the table were a good reminder that the mandarins took so long to make it a law. Yup, I threw away many nokia chargers that are working but no longer any phone to use with.

Oracle sued by one of its own gold-level Partners of the Year over government IT contract


Shouldn't SAP smell this opportunity to enable Plexada System team and take over Oracle's accounts ?

Atlassian: Unpatched years-old flaw under attack right now to hijack Confluence


Re: What ?

perhaps I rewrite as

ver 7.04 vs 7.18


Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it


Erm, is there an Open-source version of this? Or something very close to Apple's iOS keyboard?

using Android 11 smartphone.

HP turns back on $1b in annual sales by quitting Russia and Belarus


Officially, exiting. But traders from all over can still drop-ship HP items into these no-man's land.

PC, Laptop and servers? Gladly replaced by Lenovo or other chinese brands. Everything is made in china these these isn't it ?

Beijing needs the ability to 'destroy' Starlink, say Chinese researchers


Molotov cocktail concept.

Just that control freak CCP, wants their revenge on the Huawei ban and to prevent their citizen from reaching information that CCP dislike.

Meta to squeeze money from WhatsApp with Cloud API for businesses


Looked up. Whatsapp has 4X user in Indian vs USA.

and has US$8.7b revenue. Errr...where did those $ came from ?



Whatsapp is NOT going to sneak in Ads and spams into my personal space right ?

Wishful thinking.

How ICE became a $2.8b domestic surveillance agency


Does this mean that we will see quicker clearing of the queues at the counters when arriving from outside the US?

US seems to have the slowest immigration line movement I have ever experienced vs Europe and Asia.

Demand for PC and smartphone chips drops 'like a rock' says CEO of China’s top chipmaker


"smartphone makers currently have five months inventory to hand"

No reason to increase prices or having a long lead time to delivery under the "shortage of components" anymore

An international incident or just some finger trouble at the console?


The French were on a work strike and nobody noticed.

It costs just $7 to rent DCRat to backdoor your network


then perhaps someone has a rent-a-backdoorlock as a service at $29.95/mth to prevent this?

Uber, Meta to reduce hiring as stocks slide


Saw a few youngling's disappointed post in LinkedIn about having accepted and moved for a Meta position, only to be told that they're no longer needed. I hoped their expertise will land them a job soon.

"In April, Meta reportedly froze the hiring of entry-level and mid-level engineers, with limited exceptions, and has now expanded its hiring limitations."

Critical vulnerabilities found in 'millions of Aruba and Avaya switches'


Re: No longer just a 'consumer' and SOHO problem any more

it could be a consumer-grade router that is reboxed into an "enterprise" item with a price point to match. hey, there are plenty of layers to feed in that route, so this fat is required.

Google releases beta version of Android 13 'Tiramisu'


Had stopped using Samsung phones for ages now. No more "heat pad" and self-restarting bloatware machine since. Currently using an Oppo A9 2020 - and is still working fine. Just wished that the camera can better handle HDR type of high contrast photography.

SpaceX's Starlink service lands first aviation customer


Re: Put that laptop away

On a biz trip, i will be more than happy that if by playing with my smart devices during take off, we will screw the navigation and end up in Bali for a nice 72 hours layover . ehehhehe