* Posts by Sureo

732 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Jun 2008


Samsung says sorry as union-busting chairman and VP head off for 18 months in the chokey


Re: Another reason…

I like(d) IBM too but that was 40 years ago.

Oh chute. Two out of three ain't bad, right? asks Boeing after soft-ish crew module landing


Boeing lunar lander

Someone ought to advise Boeing that parachutes won't work on the moon.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want


Faster Delivery

They appear to use the same delivery method anyway, and sometimes it arrives just as fast as with prime. Probably is a bother to slow the delivery down.

Samsung SpaceSelfie Galaxy-bearing balloon photobombs Michigan home the hard way


"Do what you can't"

Other clever Samsung corporate slogans:

"Illuminate the future"

and my favorite

"Do bigger things"

Japanese hotel chain sorry that hackers may have watched guests through bedside robots


Maybe other robots should stay at this hotel.

Lies, damn lies, and KPIs: Let's not fix the formula until we have someone else to blame


"why was it written by one guy with no oversight?"

Very simple - the results looked reasonable so everyone assumed it was working as intended.

Proper testing would have revealed the problems.

Pro tip: Plug in your Tesla S when clocking off, lest you run out of juice mid hot pursuit


This is the unfortunate weakness of battery operated devices.

Bulgarian phishing gang member who lived with his parents jailed for part in £40m fraud ring


They would do everyone a big favour....

...and keep him locked up for the full 9 years.

Business PC sales up as suits flee looming end of support for Windows 7


Re: Home users might still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

I was able to use two retail box Windows 7 license keys on clean Windows 10 installs. These were from the earliest days of Windows 7 when Amazon had a 2 for 1 sale. Otherwise I'd still be running Win7.Thank goodness for Start10 and the old quick launch toolbar.

Russian spacebot stranded outside the ISS as Soyuz fails to dock


The current situation .... is "difficult, but under control."

Is that the same as SNAFU?

Researchers peer into crystal ball to see future where everyone's ID is tied to their smartphone


So at birth what will they do? Hand the newborn a mobe with birth certificate and id (and Google app... waah Google I'm hungry)? Boggles my mind.

An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers



Astounding waste of public money. And hardly unique in the world of military spending.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy


After reading this article I am feeling profoundly depressed. I hope they create a device that makes me feel good again.

Networking giant in hot water for selling US govt buggy spy kit? Huawei again? No, it's Cisco


Re: Weasel

In other words, the software was so poorly designed and implemented that it couldn't be fixed.

Microsoft snubs Hololens loyalists by already ending feature updates – even though version 2 isn't out yet


"Not ready for primetime"

Microsoft should be paying users for trying it out.

Sleeping Tesla driver wonders why his car ploughed into 11 traffic cones on a motorway


So can Tesla use that as a training video for their AI, so it won't happen again?

You'll never guess what US mad lads Throwflame have strapped to a drone (clue: it does exactly what it says on the tin)


Love the part of the video where they use it to burn a wasp nest. I'll take one.

Turning it off and on again IN SPAAACE! ISS animal-tracker kit needs oldest trick in the book


I hope...

... the animals appreciate what we are doing for/to them.

Bulb smart meters in England wake up from comas miraculously speaking fluent Welsh


default language

I had a radio once that when the battery ran down, forgot the settings and defaulted to Chinese. To change it you had to navigate through 3 levels of menus, which may explain why I don't own it anymore. I would have appreciated Welsh.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, where to go? Navigation satellite signals flip from degraded to full TITSUP* over span of four days


"...crippling the Internet..."

Having lived half of my life before the internet existed, I can assure you that life without the internet is possible, maybe even nice.

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?


"Ford bleeding Galaxy"

After paying for the ship, that's all they could afford.

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead


Re: Really?

I agree. Test plan: Sell 1000 planes, fill with passengers, and fly. Any problems will show up before long.

You gotta be kitten me: Pakistan politicos feline silly after filter farce hits purrrfect conference


These look like otherwise serious men. They need some lightening up.

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames


American English - also know as English (Simplified)

Don't forget Canadian English - American words, UK spelling

Those darn users don't know what they're doing (not like us, of course)


Re: Focus follows intent

Wikipedia is really bad in this regard, open the page, the focus does not go to the search box as it should. After many years I finally learned to click first.

Heathrow Airport drops £50m on CT scanners to help smooth passage through security checks


Think of how much more benefit £50m for hospital scanners would be.

Strewth: Hackers slurp 19 years of Oz student data in uni's second breach within a year


So they've gone from not detecting breaches to detecting breaches .... next step is actually preventing breaches?

'Evolution of the PC ecosystem'? Microsoft's 'modern' OS reminds us of the Windows RT days


In the immortal words of Col. Sherman T. Potter, "Horse Hockey!".

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works


Re: Mystified; how will they force it?

No but they can put you in jail if they catch you doing it.

Microsoft Windows 10 'Burger King' build 1903: Have it your way... and it may still leave a nasty taste in your mouth


That burger will give you heartburn .... just like Windows updates.

And in current affairs... Apple recalls three-prong AC adapters after some shocking behavior


Re: Devious doings

Yes but they charge enough they can replace all their kit and still make profit.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


On a complex transfer to production I unfortunately left out one element .... I can still hear my project leader proclaim "You did WHAT?"

Sigfox cracks open IoT radio protocol specs for world+dog (+badgers?)


Neighborhood IOT? What could possibly go wrong?

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week


Re: I guess ...

"I shouldn't have tossed my old mercury bulb thermostat in the dustbin"

No, you should have taken it to hazardous waste disposal.

Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice


Re: how much earlier?

Yes I've had very good luck with spare drives on the shelf ... none of them have failed in many years.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Run, don't walk away from these browsers. There are other good choices available.

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore


Re: Why has the robot got a gavel?

Isn't the robot about to smash a Google Home or Amazon Echo?

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you


To their credit...

it only takes moments to uninstall the update and be up and running again. Although it then nags you to install it again.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

"cordless D***n V10"

At least the V10 is fit for purpose, unlike the earlier models which were useless and astoundingly expensive.

SEAL up your data just like Microsoft: Redmond open-sources 'simple' homomorphic encryption blueprints


"99 per cent accuracy"

1,000,000 operations, 10,000 errors ... how is that useful?

Czech yourself, Russia! Prague says its foreign ministry was hacked for more than a year


"Report claims that from 2016-2017 the FSB was reading agency's emails"

The sorry taxpayers foot the bill for these incompetent clowns. This applies to my country too.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment


Is it still the case that consumer versions of W10 still can't turn windows updates off? I shudder to think.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge


What could be better....

... than government snoops (and corporations) having a recording device in everyone's home and office and pocket recording 24 hours a day? We're heading that way.... No cooperation from me though.

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing


I have this vision of the UK going dark on Brexit day.

I'll miss the Reg.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone


Re: Did you accept the USB?

"plugging it in your computer is"

Find someone else's computer to plug it in to, preferably one of theirs.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)


This explains it

I always wondered how the hackers on those police dramas are always able to access the bad guy's computer.

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing


Samsung innovation

I just replaced a 5 year old Tab 4 with a Tab A. It is identical in every way except has a USB-C port and a newer version of Android. (And, the speaker fires out the bottom instead of the back, the only real improvement.) The innovation must be the price, which hasn't changed.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Please Please

... just go back to Windows 7, issue SP2 and let us get on with our lives.

The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human


"Comp sci boffins Martin Monperrus, Simon Urli, Thomas Durieux, Matias Martinez, Benoit Baudry, and Lionel Seinturier"

So, are they human or what?

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound


How is this a good thing? Who wants it in their home? The examples cited are certainly not worth the bother or expense. Miscreants are more likely to turn your smart faucet on, if you are foolish enough to have one.