* Posts by DJ

132 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Nov 2007


Cops swoop after crooks use wireless keyfob hack to steal cars


Re: Security is hard!

An old chestnut in the automotive world: "The French copy no one, and no one copies the French"

(mine's the one with the non-wireless fob in the pocket...)

Laugh all you want. There will be a year of the Linux desktop


I don't love Windows...

... and the idea of DaaS from anyone (especially Microsoft) is repugnant beyond description.

Sadly, I use my computers to do things (I do not own any games, consoles, etc.) that require certain pieces of software, almost none of which are currently available for anything other than Windows.

I hadn't even considered the printer issues others have encountered.

What are people like me to do?

Apart from asking software vendors if they wouldn't mind awfully to stop fixing bugs and adding features to create a version of their software for the handful of us Don Quixotes, pretty please?

Like those odds? Me neither.

Is this a bridge too far for Microsoft? Philosophically, yes. Practically, I fear not. And they know it.

I have seen the future, and it is sad.

FCC takes on robotexts. Good news if your dad thinks IRS gives SMS rebates


The FCC will get right on that...

just as soon as they address the blasting volume used on most TV commercials.

Founder of cybersecurity firm Acronis is afraid of his own vacuum cleaner


Get Smart! (or don't)

My new TV tells me it's a 'Smart TV'.

I have not connected it to the internet and never will.

It does what I want to quite nicely using the 1950s technology (antenna) in the attic.

That's my idea of 'Smart'.

I quite agree with the author's concerns about data and the term formerly known as privacy.

It's a shame more people don't care - perhaps then something would be done about it.

I just read somewhere that people are leaving FB in significant numbers.

There may just be home for humanity after all.

Here's one to a world without "social" media. (beverage of your choice, of course.)

China discovers unknown mineral on the moon, names it Changesite-(Y)


Yes, but does it...

cure Covid?

Microsoft sunsets Windows built-in data leak prevention


Funny, I thought...

Windows designed to be data leak system.

(Mine's the one with the pocket without much sarcasm left...)

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


Welcome to the automotive future

You don't really think this will stop with BMW, do you?

This is the type of thing that makes one glad to be older.

(Sorry, Millennials, but you are well and truly stuffed.)

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment


Re: Getting the most out of it...

And replacing it with what, exactly?

If you do much more than web surfing, you may find it challenging if not impossible to carry on as you do now.

I very much wish this were not the case; I'd like to do the same. Just not sure it's realistic.

Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over bot numbers claim



Does anyone really care except Musk?

Reaches for the one uncontaminated with anti-social media...

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver


Re: Harrisberger's Fourth Law

Remember where you were on 18 Sep 1980?

You would if you lived in central Arkansas, USA.



(Sorry, don't have link skills)

Glad this icon didn't happen then.

Or since.

Boffins' first take on asteroid dust from Japanese probe: Carbon rich, less lumpy than expected


Occam's razor, indeed.

So, all the matter we see (and still don't see, but think we can detect) magically comes into existence, organizes itself into (nearly) intelligent, sentient life on a planet that just happens to be rich in water and other ingredients required to support life

and surrounds itself with unique invisible barriers that shield its occupants from nasty radiation

and pops into a remarkably stable orbit around another magically self-generated source of energy which emits sufficient but not excessive energy to sustain said life. And the whole affair runs like clockwork.

Like those absurdly simplified odds?

Someone mentioned Occam's razor.

Accept that an intelligent being beyond our puny understanding created what we see and are and everything false neatly into place (excepting Facebook).

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...