* Posts by DJ

123 posts • joined 27 Nov 2007


Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done



Refer to icon.

Chip manufacturers are going back to the future for automotive silicon


"Smithers, are we still pouring dollars into that chip plant on Taiwan?"

"Why, yes, Mr. Burns, per your instruct..."

"Good God, man, don't you know that plant and the rest of the island will under Chinese control before you can say 'bite me'?

We might as well just sign a check to chairman She!"

"Uh, I think you mean chairman Xi, sir."

"I don't care what her name is, just find us another place to make our chips, pronto!"

Just grabbing the Mackintosh on the way out the door...

Anonymous: We've leaked disk images stolen from far-right-friendly web host Epik


Oops - I thought I was at the Register site...

...not Reddit.

Infosec outfit Group-IB's website was defaced in weeks before CEO's arrest over high treason claims


I thought

Russia was organized crime.

Just on my way out...

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland


Re: Holy Progress

Upvote for working in the reference to Click 'n Clack.

China starts testing tech to harvest solar energy from orbiting panels



"Solar power collected in space has the advantage of being unaffected by weather or that pesky thing called "night"."

This is not my area of expertise, but it seems to me that for this to work, the gizmo in the sky must be geosynchronous above the receiver gizmo.

If that is the case, won't both objects be in the dark at night?

Mine's the one with telescope that doesn't see as many stars at night as it used to in the pocket.

Huawei to America: You're not taking cyber-security seriously until you let China vouch for us


China's first on my list

When I need toothpaste with Melamine, disintegrating drywall, toxic pet food, or baby formula that kills babies.

None finer!

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’


Re: 10 inches of screen?

8 inches?!

Very funny.

For an extra fee, you won't have the person in front of you sitting on your lap.

Mine's the one with the D.B. Cooper edition parachute in the pocket...



Petition instructs Jeff Bezos to buy, eat world's most famous painting


Worth <> cash

One's net worth is not necessarily the same as dosh in one's wallet.

Not being of an accountancy nature, I wonder how do the rich-on-paper crowd scrape by?

Borrow against their shares? Slip a few out of the till when no one's looking?

Zoll Defibrillator Dashboard would execute contents of random Excel files ordinary users could import


..but is this current? (sorry)

Tesla agrees to follow Beijing's rules and build a data centre in China


Step into my parlor

said the spider to the fly...

Hi, Congress. FTC here. It would be so wonderful if you could let us recover money stolen from victims by crooks


A truly cynical person

might say the US Congress are the scammers.

I couldn't possibly comment.

(reaches for coat with downvote protection...)

Ex Netflix IT ops boss pocketed $500k+ in bribes before awarding millions in tech contracts


Re: Don't trust those with purse strings!

See also Warren Buffet.

e.g. Chapter 8 of https://www.amazon.com/Fine-Print-Companies-Plain-English/dp/1591843588

He's a charmer!

Stealthy Linux backdoor malware spotted after three years of minding your business


Isn't the that the point

of open source code?

Yes, it's complicated code and no one person understands it all, but what does this say about open source code for something as prominent as Linux?

Toyota buys Lyft’s autonomous car group for $550m


Re: Toyotas acquisition

That will be a very long wait.

Level 5 is will only ever exist in movies (Sleeper was the first I saw it in, but probably not the first.) and fantasies of repressive governments.

Seagate claims it shipped its third zettabyte of storage in record time


Re: Is that all?

Is anyone else wondering when the heck we'll start seeing SSDs of decent capacity that cost an arm and both legs?

A 10 GB HDD is 289 USD on Amazon while a 4 GB SSD is 426 USD.

A cynical person might detect the faint odor of defunct sea life...

AI recommendations fail fans who like hard rock and hip hop – official science


I think we're learning...

... machine learning has a lot of learning to do before it becomes truly useful.

Sadly, the catastrophic impact with Apophis asteroid isn't going to happen in 2068


I feel much better now. I think.

As long as it was the first group that was mistaken and not the latter.

Presumably, both parties were using the same units of measurement: https://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/robotic-exploration/why-the-mars-probe-went-off-course

Millimetre-sized masses: Physics boffins measure smallest known gravitational field (so far)


Have an upvote for the MK reference. Well played.

US newspaper's 'Biden will hack Russia' claim: A good way to reassure Putin you'll leave him alone


Re: Stop using windows for mission critical stuff

Have an upvote for MP reference, if not the sentiment expressed.

With computer brains in short supply, President Biden orders 100-day probe into semiconductor drought


Got chips?

If you think it's bad now, just wait until your #1 food/medicines/etc. supplier (China ,Inc.) decides to play the shortage card on you.

The bank of Bitcoin: MicroStrategy's share price rides high on the back of cryptocurrency investment


I'm not sure I follow their logic

If I want to invest in bitcoin, et al, which I do not, why would I buy shares of Tesla, Micro Strategy (couldn't come up with a Mega Strategy?) instead of buying bitcoin? Or vice versa?

I'm not an investment banker, but it seems to me Tesla and, possibly Micro Strategy, have inextricably linked their futures to bitcoin, for better or worse. Likely the latter.

Which is one more reason I'm glad I'm not a Tesla shareholder.

Supermicro spy chips, the sequel: It really, really happened, and with bad BIOS and more, insists Bloomberg


Prove it.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


Re: @File_id.diz OMG

@Claptrap314 - say hello to Ness County for me.

Google AI ethics co-boss locked out of work account while probing controversial ousting of colleague


We will all have self-driving vehicles

They will replace our flying cars.

Internal combustion engine --> electric --> fuel cells / hydrogen --> transporter beam / holodeck --> flying cars --> self-driving cars

(Skipping the early steam and electric automobiles).

Any steps missing?

Windows Product Activation – or just how many numbers we could get a user to tell us down the telephone


A bit off topic

but as we're waxing nostalgic...

I was around, as were many here, for "DOS isn't done until 123 won't run." as well the time period when you could not buy a pre-built PC without MS-DOS in the US. Too bad SCO chose to score in its own goal. Sigh.

To see Gates still whinging his fantasy "the (US) government was punishing us for being successful..." is enough to make one seek the restroom.


Facebook appeals ruling that it stole tech. So, Italian judge issues new judgment: Pay 10 times the original fine


At least 10x.

And don't call me Shirley...

Mine's the one with the VHS copy of Airplane in the pocket...

China's Chang'e-5 lands on the Moon to scratch surface


May I be the first to say

Welcome to the 1960's!

Considering the colonisation of Mars? Werner Herzog would like a word


How very convenient...

An atmosphere that supports multitudes of living things.

Not too close, not too far from the Sun.

An invisible shield that protects it all from lethal solar radiation.

Almost like someone designed it...

It's in their DNA: Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to pioneers of the CRISPR gene-editing tool


Re: And electricity will be so cheap it won't be metered!

"CRISPR doesn’t allow the insertion of new genes, just the modification of existing ones." is mildly reassuring. As long they don't excise any of that "junk DNA".


And electricity will be so cheap it won't be metered!

“What started as a curiosity-driven, fundamental discovery project has now become the breakthrough

strategy used by countless researchers working to help improve the human condition,” Doudna said.

Frightened yet? We should be.

I can't express it any better than Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) did in Jurassic Park:

"The lack of humility before nature being displayed here staggers me..."

and "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."

Movies aren't real life, of course, but art does imitate life.

Sadly, it's often when humans tragically tinker with forces they only think they understand, justifying their experimentations with tantalizing

visions of perfect implementations of idealistic concepts.

Thalidomide, anyone? Spoken to anyone from Pripyat lately have you?

Would it be wonderful to eliminate disease? Who could argue against that?

Reverse the aging process? Where do I sign?

Make every man tall, dark, and handsome? Well...

Remove the troublesome habit of of thinking in liberal/conservative/libertarian/etc. ways? Hmm...

How long do you think it will be before CRISPR becomes a weapon?



As is most of human history when viewed objectively.

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Re: Ye Olde English Proverb

Hammer. Hammer?

Oh, he means an Irish screwdriver.

I'll just be going now...

US finds new Huawei to hurt China with new sanctions at top chip maker SMIC


Re: Eternal Losers/Serial Morons'r'Us?...


I must have missed the portion of your post where you outline your solution.

Perhaps you could re-post it?

Huawei set to exit server, storage, networking business in the UK


So, how was it that

China stole so much IP from US companies, anyway?

or have they?

Just wondering how one empire might steal IP from another...

Does the US have evidence they don't want to reveal for fear of alerting the opponent of their capabilities?

Can you ever prove - or disprove - a conspiracy?

Who will win the next cup final?

(sorry for slipping in a bit of reality there.)

Near-instant game loads, richer graphics, low CPU use promised with DirectStorage API coming to Windows PCs


What, me worry?

"The DirectStorage API, like other members of the DirectX family, will bypass many of the steps taken by existing storage APIs to improve performance."

As long as security and/or stability aren't compromised in the process.

And Microsoft would *never* do anything like that, would they. Would they?

...reaches for Windows NT Ring 0 Programming for Dummies book...

Utes gotta be kidding me... University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps


Thank you for your down payment

It says the wizards at the uni paid the ransom "... to reverse an attack...".

Doesn't say if they got their data back or not.

I'm guessing not.

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'


Think long term...

It's spelled L - I - N - U - X.

NSO Group fires back at Facebook: You lied to the court, claims spyware slinger, and we've got the proof


Game on! FB has the credibility of [insert favorite character name here]

Tariq Aziz?

Your starter for 10...

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?


It isn't like

the Chinese have a history of intellectual property theft or trying to break into government systems, so why all the fuss?

Mine's the one without so much sarcasm in the pocket...

Haxis of evil: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are 'continuous threat' to UK, say spies


'ow's this?

"...said it has handled more 658 attacks on 900 organisations…"

I don't think at least one of us has a complete grasp of basic maths.

(legs it towards the jacket near the door)

In a touching show of solidarity with the NBA and Blizzard, Apple completely caves to China on HK protest app


Take a moment to remember

Business exist to make money, not to make the world a better place.

(That's what politicians are for, after all.)

Bearing this in mind helps (me, anyway) enjoy the spectacle of the ethical gymnastics they go through whilst attempting to appease all parties.

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Do you think just maybe

some people are taking themselves just a bit too seriously?

Maybe it's just me then.

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius


Would that be

an African proton or a European proton?

We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe


MS Paint has a vulnerability.

But only while the computer is switched on.

(runs toward jacket near door...)

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry


Physics will still be applied

Does an automated vehicle obviate the need/use of seat belts?

Humans may be able to live on Mars within halls of aerogel – a wonder material that can trap heat and block radiation


Will somebody please cue up...

Zanger & Evans?

"In the year..."

(Try getting that out of head now...)

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July


Why stop there?

Books today, music tomorrow?

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences


Re: Huawei forward

Perhaps they could lease some space from our new Foxconn factory; they aren't using it for anything.

Liz Warren: I'll smash up Amazon, Google, and Facebook – if you elect me to the White House


Sure, we'll get right on that.

Right after we finish legislating good taste.



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