* Posts by mego

163 posts • joined 7 Oct 2007


Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log


"Police scoured mobile devices and took away a computer that the family eventually recovered through the help of an attorney."

See, here's the part that always boils my... urine. If the family were found innocent it should have been automatically returned. Why did they have to have the added cost of an attorney?

When Huawei leaves, the UK doesn't lead in 5G, says new report commissioned by... er... Huawei


Re: Where's the proof?

Not sure how it streamed to respond to you - my response was actually to Oh Homer, who claims it's only paranoia to suggest China is a risk, regardless of the cost involved.

My apologies for the incorrect connection.


Re: Where's the proof?

Are you more knowledgeable than government officials required to know every intricate detail before making recommendations? I must ask, have you offered your amazing skills and knowledge to the government since you don't need to research to make an opinion that it's unsubstantiated paranoia? Surely they'd be glad for someone that can make such snap decisions without need for pesky research.

Sarcasm aside, I did a quick Google search and found copious information including law reviews on the spying law established in China. Clearly you didn't even bother to do so, so here you go we'll do your work for you. Here's the first couple that hit my results. Most telling is the following quote from a presenter at the International Legal Technology Association:

"You should also be aware of the laws in China that compel every Chinese citizen and company to assist in national security or intelligence work. This should concern you if represent clients that work in or with China."




Who knows if El Reg will allow this comment, I hope so since it answers your comment directly.


"Currently the US doesn't have that much of a play in this technology"

Oh, you'd be surprised. a couple of major telecom companies are talking about the technology for business leased connectivity (not mobile) use. I just had a conference call with our data services rep the other day who was talking about 5G being a probable next step for some of our facilities where fiber isn't an option.


I can guarantee you the likelihood of that being real 5G is practically zero if it's just upgrades to the existing tower. 5G requires a pretty significant change to the supporting structure, such that the tower will likely need full replacement and/or movement if power support isn't in sufficient supply in the spot it's in.


Re: Credibility Gap

"Until then I will treat the hysteria about the lack of 5G (or even 4G in a lot of places) with increasing scepticism."

It's... not that simple. Ignoring the qualities of 5G itself, consider the problem that we are actually oversaturated in mobile accessibility requirements. The old technology - which is pretty poor at handling heavy demand and when too many mobiles are in the area, choke - can't keep up with just mobile demand. The problem? Nobody wants to invest in high end 5G towers just to fix a mobile problem that's been there for decades. BUT... if that 5G tower now can service home internet as well, at a fraction of the cost for implementing fiber and cellular in the area... now you start to see a major cost savings for delivering what is fast becoming a demand.


Here's something for you to chew on: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6927096/ (in which it speaks of and reference-verifies the >1ms latency, 10Gb data rate at peak, etc.). That's not only within fiber range, but when we can set a latency of under 1ms from your computer to station, it significantly alters the playbook for how we handle data needing rapid response (AI for example).

And I don't work in Marketing, I work in IT. I've worked in the semiconductor industry though for over 20 years, and while I'm not a highly qualified RF engineer, I do know enough to understand why 5G is so important to both the IT world since it affects me and decisions I'll be making for our WAN in times to come, and I can recognize it as an achievement of the engineering world.


5G - proper 5G - is a serious rethink of how data works across wireless transmission. When I speak of 5G here, I mean in it's correct form, not 5G LTE or some crap that's not really fully implemented. It's practically the same jump as when mobile was voice only to when we had 3G - yet at the same time, much more than that. 5G redesigns and restructures how wireless transmission works, in as much as WiFi has diverted from the original infrared wireless systems, so is 5G (REAL 5G I mean) different from 4G. Beam-forming (a part of the real 5G spec for most companies) is a significant technology that is literally at it's infancy, with very few serious engineers actually capable of developing in the arena.

4G as we have it today isn't even really to spec, hence it being called LTE in most marketing documents. 5G, on the other hand, is capable of beating wired connection for latency and capacity.

China trolls Trump with tech export rules changes that could imperil TikTok sale


Re: @mego

See my response to the other question.


Ok, let me ask you one question. Do you believe the death rates they're reporting? Because, I don't know about you, but I get skeptical when a country kicks out journalists trying to report on the truth of the matter. Maybe just me?

But in this case, I'm talking about things like blocking the world from being told, arresting anyone that tried, then proceeded to demand the UN change the facts and declare them heroes. The fact that the Chinese government acted early to shut down the spread of INFORMATION is what significantly established the economic and health problem we are facing right now. Information that would have led to the world shutting down travel rapidly and start working on policy that will slow it down, and reduce spread of infection. No, I guess it had no impact that they arrested the doctor that discovered it and reported it, forced him to sign a confession that he was "making it up", and detained him under arrest while he was dying from COVID-19?





https://www.foxnews.com/world/chinese-doctor-critics-who-first-raised-the-alarm-over-covid-19-vanishes (fox news, I know, but there is corroboration elsewhere - this just puts all the data into an easier to read format)


China's already trolled the world with their handling of COVID-19 that's lead to far more death and economic devastation than anything they could come up with.

China proposes ‘Global Initiative on Data Security’ forbidding stuff it and Huawei are accused of doing already



It's not like China has laws on the books that requires it's citizens to assist in spying on the west. Oh wait, they do.

It's not like China conceals anything it feels like even if impacting the world, disappearing people who don't comply. Oh dear, COVID-19 concealment anyone?

It's not like China has no respect for online privacy. Oh wait, no that's not true.

It's not like China doesn't support copyright and digital rights. Oh wait, while not the only ones, that's not a facet of China.

I'm not sure I understand what China has to offer on this one... and whether or not I trust any technology or solutions they propose as a result; since they definitely won't comply themselves if there is any concept of privacy or individual security. And for another thing, given how the world is suffering with COVID-19 right now, I'll be fine if China falls into obscurity. You don't screw the world over and presume we've all forgotten about it just because you wish it were so.

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive


Do Amazon even run the warehouses anymore?

I know they completely outsourced the delivery component and the management of warehouses. Just like delivery drivers complaining recently about Amazon's policies (which were the delivery companies issues not Amazon's.


Re: There's a simple solution

Yeah Walmart make Amazon look like playground bullies in comparison. Seriously, Walmart is way more of a bad company, regardless of what they may do for workers.

Here's a neat exploit to trick someone into inadvertently emailing their files to you from their Mac, iPhone via Safari


I'm not sure of the utility risk

There's some risk, sure, if you know a file to grab. But... any modern MacOS version a random file (even passwd) won't give you much

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'



The bank recognized the incorrect usage and was proactive in solving the problem. Seems like something did work in that pile up?

Appeals judges toss out FTC win: What Qualcomm did to its rivals was 'hypercompetitive, not anticompetitive'


In general, actually. Most judges get confused by things like rounded corners as denoting a copied design - in that example, it was to the extent that the Galaxy S3 (or was it the 4?) was designed in part by the legal team to ensure small things like the corners were not aligned.

Judges understand the law as it relates to the topic. This doesn't give them the ability to understand technology or it's impact in society.


And here you have the rub: judges making decisions on technology they don't understand the impact of to modern society.

IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter


Re: America

There are plenty of examples of people who grew up with societal limitations who have moved out of the poor ranks and into middle class. I'm an example of one, and there are hundreds of thousands more not to mention actors and multi millionaires that came up from nothing. Besides which, there is only so far you can claim "but my childhood" or "but I grew up in a one bedroom home" or "I had to pay for college" before it becomes a chant for free stuff. I'm sorry but, while those are obstacles, the choice you make is whether you want to wallow in it, or change it. You make that decision regardless of your personal and cultural limitations.

Fascinatingly, when I replied to your comment with facts from the US Borough of Statistics, my response is rejected. Not for being bigoted, racist, sexist or in any other way derogatory - but stating facts which are by nature none of those things. It amazes me how far El Reg will go to make sure their narrative opinion is the only discussion allowed; while bringing facts that disagree with their opinion is clearly verboten. Copy of my reply, the discussion thread, and the article sent for review.


Re: Hillarious

Ok. Then you explain, how it is that black kids shoot each other at a rate well over white kids. Explain how it is that 13% of the population are responsible for 50% of the murder in the country? Explain how it is that black kids rather join a gang than finish high school.

I agree, if you compare population numbers the statistics look skewed; add the factors of murder and violent crime and you see a significant and radical correlation.


Re: I hate stories like this

Trust but verify. Microsoft have a long history of appearing to embrace new technology that competes with theirs, and have an equal history of hanging around long enough to extinguish the same technology.


The irony is that race is rarely ever a consideration; as much as sex or religious orientation. Companies want work done and goods sold. In fact the government had to set a law in the states to stop shops selling to black customers back in the bad days. The best person for the job is what matters - and sometimes that isn't a man, or isn't a woman, or isn't a white man, or isn't a black man, or isn't a heterosexual or isn't a homosexual. Consider the following examples:

1) A person selling in a predominately white neighborhood populated by retirees

2) A person selling to predominately female customers who may be under duress (skin issues for instance)

3) A person selling hunting gear in a predominately black neighborhood

4) A person selling magazines specifically aimed at the LGBT community.

5) A person selling religious goods in the bible belt

Don't tell me the choices for those typical examples are not guided in some ways by a person's race, sex, orientation, or qualities other than their ability to do a specified job.


Re: Hillarious

An excellent example. If I said "Ok black boy" I'd find my post blocked. Yet yours is fine.



Look, here's the problem with BLM. Statistically, white males are more likely to be killed in an encounter with the police. This is based on data published by left, right, and center wing publications (who again use police reports to analyze), to an average of over 50% MORE than black, Hispanic, and "other" (refer to statista 2020 for the best graphical detail). The statista graph covers 2017 (457 white vs 223 black), 2018 (399 white vs 209 black), 2019 ( 370 white vs 158 black), and 2020 (172 white vs 88 black); though this fact has been true for much longer based on FBI, police, and journalistic evidence. So, bullsh-t on the black society being targeted.

Moreover, while anybody with half a brain is shocked and appalled at a life being lost, lets talk a bit about George Floyd and his supposed hero status. This is a man that's been jailed more than 5 times for aggravated robbery (***), drug dealing, among the many great things he's done include POINTING A LOADED WEAPON at a pregnant woman's belly while robbing her. This is NOT a hero people. This is NOT the kind of person you want to mourn.

*** Aggravated robbery is court-talk for violent robbery including the use of a weapon AND/OR taking the firearm from a policeman by force to use in a criminal endeavor. Think on this one for a moment. This is a guy with aggravated assault charges, who is known to be armed and dangerous. What is your response to someone resisting arrest who is known for these crimes? Yes, smart alec, we know that's not murdering the guy, but you do use more force. And again, that is exactly who we are talking about here.

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo


"Yes in a few more decades the elected representatives might act. Which side do you think Trump would take? "

Much as I hate turning anything into a political discussion, and clearly you have issues with our current one, there's a maximum of two terms per president equaling 8 years. In one decade we'd already be approaching the end of the second term of the next president. Just FYI...


That's not the problem. The problem is that even if Pear wins, they'll be bankrupt by the lawsuit. And Apple most likely won't win this one; but they don't really care - all they care about is that they can destroy this small business who they know is not infringing on their copyright. And they choose to do so, in spite of the "right thing to do" being to acknowledge their design is not similar.


Re: In an alternate reality somewhere

I have no idea what butt hurt idiot is downing you but you hit it on the nose right there.


And they'll continue doing so...

Until all the fanboys stop buying their crap.

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code


Re: I took a sample from the list...

I'm truly curious about what's disagreeable; surely you don't expect +10 year old cheap home-grade equipment to still be able to be patched?


Re: And they wonder why open source matters

I don't think you're wrong, I just wouldn't expect small home-grade devices over a decade old (which the couple samples I took from the list are) would be supportable. I don't like Netgear, as they tend to be cheap on features and quality, but this seems to be a bit too much to expect.


I took a sample from the list...

and the majority of these are many years old - some over 12 years. Are you really griping about ancient devices not being supportable with new code?

ReactOS hits a milestone – actually hiring a full-time developer. And we've got our talons on the latest build to see what needs fixing


Re: Personally...

How about looking as good as any system from, oh the last 20 or so years? I recently retired an old Macintosh from pre-2000's running MacOS 7.x that was light years ahead of ReactOS in looks



It's not ready until it either looks more modern - right now it looks like the bastard child of Windows95 and Windows for Workgroups - or has significantly better architecture than the current Windows10 offers.

Win10 is extremely stable at this point, ironically more stable than macos if by macbook is anything to go by....

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide


Re: Last time I checked ...

"can't rename them because they'd no longer be SUS Compliant"

You think the idiots that make these demands care? To them the compliance requirement is the problem, and they're hell-bent on making the change. If Canada can make laws forcing compliance on gender pronounces, you can bet these people can and will change or outright challenge the compliance itself.

The moment you hear "be kind" or "common sense", exit the area with all possible haste. It's about to become a massacre.

This is literally a case of terrorism.


Re: White board good, black board bad?



Oh yeah...

Lets stop celebrating our differences and just become homogeneous blobs that aren't male, female, Indian, English, etc. - I'm sure that's healthy. Cthulhu's sake, this is going beyond stupid into the insane.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world


Re: Article is flame bait: A.A.P. Says send kids back to school

No big news there...


Re: Backfill for Brexit

That's a good plan! Maybe they can bring more strains of COVID-19 from their markets...

Also, the UK is going to force students to return in the new school year. So they will be in person in class.


Firstly, Trump is not and has never been anti-immigrant. He is with damn good reason anti ILLEGAL immigrant. Every western country is anti illegal immigrant

Secondly, Universities are typically liberal in nature. This is made worse by the fact that professors believe that violence is a suitable answer to being told the truth about gender dysphoria, or even truth about the color of the sky or nature of humanity. Universities actively allow rioting and violence when the minority of republicans ask a republican speaker on campus. So yes, there is a problem there. And yet, Trump doesn't shut them down or do anything in reaction.

Back on topic. These people are here on specific visas to enable them to share culture, be in class in person, and make physical connections. Online learning is fully capable of sharing information and enabling them to learn - but is not the point of these programs. When the program cannot be achieved due to social distancing, the program needs to be revised and if necessary cancelled.

I would expect the same treatment if I was here on a work visa and I lost my job and couldn't find another.


I'm not sure I understand the issue. Foreign exchange is about being here in person, experiencing the culture and being part of the system in person. Under what circumstances should students on such a program NOT return home if that is no longer feasible?

Additionally, WHAT brain drain? They are not immigrants or otherwise intending to stay and work here, they are students here to study in another culture.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source


Don't trust a word they say...

Experience - rude experience - has taught that Microsoft have a tendency to embrace, extend, extinguish anything rivaling their own systems. This happened with a number of things over the years - from development tools to hardware even - so, no, I don't trust it.

UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year's end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all next-gen kit by 2027


"""Regrettably our future in the UK has become politicised, this is about US trade policy and not security. Over the past 20 years, Huawei has focused on building a better connected UK. As a responsible business, we will continue to support our customers as we have always done."""

That concerns me greatly given China has a law requiring that all Chinese citizens in a position to spy on the west, must do so.

Further, my sympathy for any Chinese owned company has been significantly curtailed thanks to their handling of COVID-19, and the fact that the world would not be in the position we're in had they not sought to hide it from everyone. Do not forget that people in China speaking out about this still to this day continue to "disappear" randomly.

Lastly, theft in China for Intellectual Property is significantly high. Purchasing such high quantities of goods at a cheap price just encourages that.

If you're going to spend $3tn, what's another billion? Congress urged to inject taxpayer dollars into open anti-Huawei 5G radio tech


Re: Huawei presents two big problems

"They spend more on R&D than several of the top US tech companies combined."

For fiscal 2019, Huawei spent 15.3bn in R&D. Apple alone spent over $17bn for fiscal 2019.

Source: Their balance sheets are public. Also, I have stock in both (among other tech companies) and I attend earnings calls.

"The Chinese also educate way more people in STEM than anyone else."

They have 1/8th of the world's population. The next is India, with a little under that, then it cuts sharply to less than a quarter of that number for the US. So... yes between China and India having 1/4 of the world's population I'm pretty confident they have more of ANYTHING than anyone else. What a dumb statement either way since it doesn't impact the fact that both countries are rife with IP violations.


Huawei presents two big problems

First, they are a chinese company. There are laws on the books that require all Chinese people and businesses to assist in spying on the west. So there's that.

Second, they are IP thieves. I worked for a large semiconductor some time back and we had a number of our designs not just copied but outright stolen by Huawei.

In the case of the second issue, it's easy to see why it's so cheap: low R&D costs. In the case of the first, well there's always a cost for something, and clearly spying is a great opportunity to sponsor.

Laws on police facial recognition aren't tough enough, UK data watchdog barrister tells Court of Appeal


There's several issues with sitting judges today

The biggest being that they tend to be "tenured" or more impolitely, old and not current with technology. If a judge cannot understand the basic premise of how technology functions, or indeed how it has come to be, there's a problem with them making any judgement whatsoever on the technology. Most of these people claim to have an "iPhone Galaxy Lumia", or that their laptop is an "iPod Latitude Pro". Most don't understand the difference between Samsung and Apple even when devices have the names on the face of the device.

The legal language of the law does not capture how technology works either, especially when it comes to risks inherent in any sort of big brotherly system

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses


Re: The Golden Rule

Not really anything to do with plutocracy, but more to do with contract law. If proposals were made in good faith, and those proposals were accepted and therefore lead to certain behaviors, then the offers need to be honored within the structure granted to the company.

Now, the C*O's having golden parachutes, I'm sure they do. It's very likely in their contracts, which any greenhorn C*O will tell you is critical due to the runtime of same.

As to employees getting paid at all, that's Chapter 11 standard format. Chapter 7, on the other hand, will leave employees at the same level as creditors along with companies owed for services/goods - and guess who wins that argument, not the employee. There is a big difference - Ch11 allows the company some relief while restructuring to correct the problem; Ch7 shuts them down. Think of Ch7 as liquidation, where it's operations cease and bits get sold off to pay debt; vs Ch11 where it gets given some form of relief legally while fixing the problem and hopefully coming out of the hole as a company, albeit streamlined.

Why would we want Chapter11 to be available to companies? Well, lets name a few companies that have been through Chapter11 and come out the other side stronger and more capable. Apple, Marvel Comics AND Studios, Six Flags, Texaco/Chevron, Bloomingdales....

The list isn't huge over the last 40 years, but includes some of the most fiscally stable companies in the world today; which hire thousands of people directly and indirectly. Apple itself is responsible for over 2 million jobs in the US alone (people hired because Apple is a brand), with a direct staff count of just over 120,000. So, I am a firm believer that Chapter 11 is important, and there's not a lot of evidence that it gets abused.

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint


Me, Me, Me

Every single positive spin he puts on it is it's to help him feel better. Good on him for thinking of sharing, but not your neighbors fault if your singing is more akin to two cats going at it in an alleyway. Rather, look to youtube for the exposition so at least people can choose to be inflicted upon, and keep it in your own four walls please.

Zoom bomb: Vid conf biz to snap up Keybase as not-a-PR-move move gets out of hand


Because the public portion of that is, as is defined by the word public, the public portion of the key. This is the one designed to be shared and transmitted.

The private key is the one you hold to decrypt.


Re: Zoombombing...

And yet it's by default off on other conference tools ... WebEx is a big offender of this one. As is SFB (and it's bastard uncle, Lync), and other tools. WebEx Spark (or teams now it's called) has the same issue too.



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