* Posts by Aleph0

63 posts • joined 3 Oct 2007

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NY Attorney General warns Apple, Google to police COVID-19 tracing apps in their souks – or she will herself

Aleph0
Happy

Re: tracing apps

Ah, I think I've received the same message... Download location seems to be at TotallyLegitApps.ru .

I'm sure nothing can go wrong with that.

Signal goes Gaussian to take privacy to the next level: All your faces don't belong to us

Aleph0
Trollface

Signal-produced face coverings?

I'd like one that performed the CCTV equivalent of a SQL injection, in the style of the Laughing Man character from Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex.

I think it would be cool to remotely crash the computers trying to run a face-recognition routine on my mug...

China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics

Aleph0
Big Brother

Re: Why the uproar ?

I'll reply in his/her stead.

I work for a bank based in a different European country, and each of our customers opening an account has to sign a form declaring that they aren't a citizen or prior resident of the US, and that form has to be archived and kept available for inspection.

Look up FATCA ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Account_Tax_Compliance_Act#International_implementation ). Now imagine if each country demanded similar paperwork...

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

Aleph0

Re: How Much?

Apropos Logitech quality, I hope the switches on this keyboard are better than those they're using on their mice. Now that it's becoming warmer, the left button on my two-year-old M500 mouse has again started issuing phantom double-clicks, just like last summer...

Aleph0

Actual width is 38.6 cm, per https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gaming-keyboards/g915-tkl-wireless.html#product-tech-specs .

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

Aleph0
Flame

Re: Jumped up quiche?

Neapolitans beg to differ.

Icon: wood-fired pizza is the only decent kind, according to some.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

Aleph0

Re: I drink both and I speak for me

Italian too here, apropos off Starbucks I've found that the smallest size of a Caramel Macchiato is a passable substitute for a cappuccino while traveling abroad (remember traveling?).

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts

Aleph0

You seem to imply that raw materials will cost nothing and will be infinite...

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

Aleph0

Re: Dear Elon ...

Musk was born abroad, so he's uneligible to become president, according to article 2 of the US constitution.

Spyware maker NSO can't claim immunity, Facebook lawyers insist – it's time to face the music

Aleph0

Re: Missing something here

But if it's true that NSO's spyware can't be used within the US or against US-registered numbers (as they write in thair reply to El Reg) that leaves only the country of the perpetrator, doesn't it?

Sorry but I fail to see the legal basis for suing in the US. If this passes, the family of everyone that's been killed by US-made weapons sold to foreign governments would have standing to sue the weapon manufacturer in the US...

With the economy in turmoil, Alibaba to spend big on pipes and plumbing to catch up with Western rivals

Aleph0
Meh

A Chinese company with root access on your workloads

What could possibly go wrong?

Who honestly has a crown prince in their threat model? UN report officially fingers Saudi royal as Bezos hacker

Aleph0
Happy

Re: Mandy Rice-Davies Applies ..... MRDASNAFUBAR

Oh gawd, I seem to have understood two AMFM comments in a row. Time to switch to the higher-dosage dried frog pills...

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case

Aleph0
Trollface

Re: Compliance statement

P.S.: estimated electricity cost will be 65.83 quintillion dollars. Who do we bill for that?

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003

Aleph0

Re: LTSC?

Only available to corporations with a suitable number of licenses, I'm afraid... I've recently bought one such license off Amazon, and the seller subsequently reimbursed the purchase when I messaged them to the effect that the Microsoft dowload page they pointed me to only offered Pro and Home editions.

I haven't been able to find a download option on Microsoft's site that doesn't require credentials for the Volume Licensing Service Center, and I'm not going to use a dodgy torrent site to download my OS...

Twitter wants help with deepfakes, and Microsoft Azure will rent out new AI chips for its cloud users, and more

Aleph0
Unhappy

Re: a measly 97 cents per hour

The problem is, Western turkers often find themselves competing with people from countries where 97 US cents per hour is a good pay compared to regular work... Yay for globalization!

Power to the users? Admins be warned: Microsoft set to introduce 'self-service purchase' in Office 365

Aleph0

Re: But

Not in C:\Program Files , but in their own user profile I believe it's always been possible... Unless there's some new group policy of which I'm unaware preventing that, of course.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

Aleph0

Re: can't be recycled safely.

Apparently 92% of thermal paper contains Bisphenol-A (BPA), that is a quite nasty chemical and can leach into water sources. Paper recycling involves quite a lot of water, and who knows how it is disposed of...

Today's Resident Evil: Ransomware crooks think local, not global, prey on schools, towns, libraries, courts, cities...

Aleph0

Re: Insurance

That Ars Technica article is just a reposting of the ProPublica story linked in this Reg article...

Here's a top tip: Don't trust the new person – block web domains less than a month old. They are bound to be dodgy

Aleph0

How do you do it on a phone/tablet? AFAIK there's no way to see the target URL...

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

Aleph0

A mole of X

As I understand it, the definition of "mole" as a measuring unit is simply a fancy way of saying "In a mole of X there are 6.02#### * 10^23 units of X".

As always there's a relevant XKCD.

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

Aleph0

Re: Cashing cheques

In my country you can generally cash cheques, provided that you bring them to the branch where the issuer's account is, the amount isn't too high and you show your ID. If there's any doubt, the cashier can verify via phone with the issuer.

Source: that was my job until a couple of years ago.

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

Aleph0

Re: 30 years on...

Assuming it was a same-named file in a different directory, it used to be possible; up to Excel 2010 you could do it by launching another instance of Excel.exe and opening the second spreadsheet in there with file-open. You had to switch by alt-tab instead of control-tab, but it was no biggie.

Sadly on Office 2016 applications are limited to a single instance, so this workaround is no longer possible...

New Column Width

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Thumb Up

Seconded. To obviate this, the past two days I've been using the print option a lot more than usual, even if I have to enter the URL manually. If this goes on I'll have to write a userstyle for Stylish or somesuch...

McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

Aleph0

Re: @JR Hartley TTIP

>> (This is happening without TTIP.)

Yes, but at the moment McD cannot sue the city using as a venue an arbitration panel where "judges" are mostly nominated by USA-dominated international trade/financial bodies.

With the ISDS provisions in TTIP and CETA the odds are heavily stacked against non-U.S. entities.

Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

Aleph0
Happy

The Milky Way. Pic: NASA

I wasn't aware NASA has a telescope stationed outside our galaxy...

Unicode serves up bacon emoji

Aleph0
Facepalm

John Travolta emoji

I don't know how I managed to survive to this day without it...

Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

Aleph0

If only had it been element 118, it would have fallen in the column of the noble gases – whose names all end in -on – so Octiron would have fitted right in, under Xenon and Radon...

Aleph0

In Discworld, wasn't Octarine just a colour? The eighth in the spectrum, that only magic-proficient people could see... The element was called Octiron IIRC.

Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta

Aleph0
WTF?

Am I the only one to find strange how all those web properties have fallen more or less at the same time? Perhaps some not yet publicly disclosed vulnerability requiring a mass reboot to patch?

End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all

Aleph0
Unhappy

Much ado for nothing

Whatever one may do to harmonise national copyright laws, content markets will remain heavily segregated anyway because of different languages... Not that this will deter anyone from trying, of course.

Pick a superior Christmas No. 1 from El Reg's computer crooning compilation

Aleph0
Terminator

Technologic

As for "Technologic", I like more this remix ( http://youtu.be/WRvipYTeVp0 ) with Beastie Boys' "Yeah" and Capsule's "Starry Sky" .

You have a 'simple question'? Well, the answer is NO

Aleph0
Facepalm

Good of him to not know anything about computers but still be aware that there's something called Street View...

BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

Aleph0

Re: too subtle ending

I read it as the prominent "hottest place to work" was the company for which the BOFH and the PFY work.

Assuming the circled photos were of women, the thought of the husband having ulterior motives in opting to join that company would be a fine trigger for the CRAZY...

Shingle me timbers! Seagate brags of 1m SMR drives - where are they?

Aleph0

Re: "That's shipped, not merely manufactured"

Now this explains why my USB3.0 Seagate portable drive reads data fast but it's slower than a USB2 when writing...

LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

Aleph0

HANGOVER

Human Activated Network Gear for On-demand Vehicle Emergency Release .

Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand

Aleph0
Stop

Re: Wifi hotspot

Sorry to rain on your parade, but chances are it won't work for your setup.

Symbian can only create ad-hoc wi-f networks, and Android (at least, up to the version 4.0.3 that my tablet sports) doesn't support ad-hoc networks, it can only connect to infrastructure-mode ones.

VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

Aleph0

1341 hp, according to Wolfram Alpha. Those propellers seem kinda small for such power, I wonder what RPM do they have to do to generate enough lift to take off.

'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

Aleph0
Facepalm

Latest release 8 months ago. Hardly '90s software...

My brother still uses it daily at his day job. Hard to switch when you've got years of work saved in that format.

LOHAN to slip in sexy little black number

Aleph0
Devil

Well, since the PCB is black I'd suggest Nominal Altitude Orbital Motor Igniter.

I cannot shake the thought that such a backronym is best reserved for a future major project, though...

Chinese gaming giant NetEase opens pig farm

Aleph0
Joke

Next they'll open a second farm for the rearing of irate avians. How they'll train them to use slings is anybody's guess...

Akihabara unplugged: Tokyo's electric town falls flat

Aleph0
Unhappy

Re: Maids

The depressing bit is that nobody gets to photograph maids because of a few pervs that, when given the opportunity to grab a picture of a girl, always try to do upskirt shots.

Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

Aleph0
Thumb Up

Re: It's simply because...

This wins the thread hands down.

Sony to serve Ice Cream Sandwich to tablets

Aleph0

Re: I know an owner

Hopefully the ability to unmount the SD card. I'm not fond of having to root mine just for that...

Drink diet pop all the time? Look forward to VASCULAR DEATH

Aleph0

>> "the size of New Mexico"? What's that in British Standard Wales?

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%28area+of+New+Mexico%29+%2F+%28area+of+Wales%29

Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

Aleph0
Go

And it's not like they're paying any dividends at the moment, so to their shareholders would see no difference.

Apple, tech titans lead US brands to world domination

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FAIL

Not even Telefónica and ProctEr and Gamble. Three typos in less than thirty (supposedly well-known) brand names doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the analysis results...

Ten... earphones for mobiles

Aleph0
Boffin

Bluetooth radio signal

Doesn't travel too well through some types of cloth like the aluminium-laced one in my ski suit, for example. Also, the human body contains a lot of water so – depending on where you're keeping your smartphone – can block the transmission, or make it draw much more power than a wired headphone.

Unique imagery of Shuttle docked to ISS released

Aleph0
Alien

Re: shuttle should stay up there

We can't, because shuttles haven't got solar panels. Their electricity is provided by fuel cells, which entails their max autonomy is about two weeks; in the '70s energy efficiency wasn't a major project consideration for crew-carrying space vehicles.

A shuttle could probably be made to work with a hookup to the ISS power systems, but then its usefulness as lifeboat would be moot.

So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Aleph0
Grenade

+1

Just the scene of the orbital bombing of Earth would be worth the ticket.

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