* Posts by Neoc

1617 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008

You've accused Apple of patent infringement. You want to probe the iOS source in a closed-room environment. What to do in a pandemic?


I've often wondered...

"...receive laptops from Apple containing the source code of Apple's iOS mobile operating system..."

How do Lawyers (or the Techs whose shoulder the Lawyers are looking over) know that what they are getting reflects what actually exists? Lawyers request paperwork and are given boxfulls of the stuff: how do they know the defendant hasn't "misplaced" the incriminating evidence? Same with software: how do the Techs know that what they are reviewing is the actual source-code used by Apple? Are they allowed to compile it and compare the resulting executable with what is downloaded by iOS users?

Once again, racial biases show up in AI image databases, this time turning Barack Obama white


Not seeing it.


I am short-sighted, so I did a very simple experiment - I removed my glasses and looked at the Twitter images. And for the life of me, if I didn't know they weren't the same person, I would have said they were two differently-pixelated pictures of the same person.

Microsoft 365 and Azure outage struck Australia and New Zealand just as business rocked up for a new week


"Cloud" isn't just processing; "Cloud" also includes data. And you can't load-balance data overseas, especially when there are laws that state "You shall locate our data within our border".

So unless these Cloud Providers (and I'm not singling ANYONE - they're all guilty) have proper redundancy within geographical/legal areas, this is going to keep happening.

Office supplies biz owned by UK council shrugs off ransomware demand for 102 Bitcoin


Re: This current and malicious 'malware' managed to avoid 3 levels of professional IT security.

Pedant alert: Actually, the line is "never mind the quality, feel the width" and was a sarcastic rejoinder about some fabric stores trying to get you to ignore the fact that the roll of fabric was a ridiculously small width by hyping up the quality of the cloth ("never mind the width, feel the quality").

My wife is a sewing addict.

Bionic eyes to be a thing in the next decade? Possibly. Boffins mark sensor-density breakthrough


Re: Wonderful development in tech

Surely it'd be "wetware"...


I think you mean "Pedantry".

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses


Re: Name?

Googled it: too many companies around the world including an Australian mob which markets "Intelligent Glass" (a.k.a. iGlass). Apple would need to spend too much money (i.e. *any* money) buying out the rights for the name around the world. And suing would take too long. Much easier to name it something else. iSight is nice, if Apple ever decides to re-purpose it.

Wanna be a developer? Your coworkers want to learn Go and like to watch, er, Friends and Big Bang Theory


"The happiest developers turned out to be those working the longest hours. Some 70 per cent of those working less than 40 hours per week were unhappy and unhappiness declined with more demanding jobs. Fourteen per cent of workers putting in 40-50 hours reported unhappiness; thirteen percent of those working 50-60 hours were unhappy. And only three per cent of those working more than 60 hours a week were unhappy"

And you just *know* someone in HR is going to go "let's increase the amount of hours they need to work - that'll make them happy". No, you resource-counting morons, it's the other way around: they work longer hours because they are happy in their job.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told


"...random-looking..." <sweatdrop> that's kinda telling, right there...

Caltech to Apple, Broadcom: You know that $1.1bn you owe for ripping off Wi-Fi patents? Double it, hotshots


Unsurprisingly.... while I am unfamiliar with this particular case, I have no problem believing Apple capable of these delay and frustration tactics. I also love the fact they back-handed the courts and the judge by qualifying the case's result as "ill-founded".

Yep, typical Apple-in-court behaviour. Bad-mouth everyone, delay as much as possible, hope they opposition goes away or runs out of money for their lawyer.

Bye, Russia: NASA wheels out astronauts, describes plan for first all-American manned launch into orbit since 2011


"SpaceX's reusable Dragon ball..." I see what you did there! Now we just need to find the other 6.

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer


I am not a lawyer, obviously, but from what I gather this kicked off after Google failed to remove the link to the article when requested back in 2016.

Also, as far as I am concerned Google - and Facebook, to name another - are publishers. I have no control of how they massage their results, and they present me data that THEY judge is relevant to what I want (and, I assume, what companies/politicos/etc are willing to pay to be highly placed in the feed). By doing so, they no longer simply display posts by users, they are inserting editorial judgement into the loop... and that makes them publishers.

Assange should be furloughed from Belmarsh prison, says human rights org. Here's a thought: He could stay with friends!



Why should *he* get furloughed? What makes Assange so different from all the other detainees who swear that they are wrongfully detained?

"Because he's Assange" is not a good enough reason.

Australia's contact-tracing app regulation avoids 'woolly' principles in comparable cyber-laws, say lawyers


Bottom Line

Never use version 1.0 of any product unless you have a dire need.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump


"I'm not a doctor. But I'm, like, a person that has a good you-know-what"


Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


I don't get it. Technically, the submarine crew is covered by "members of the same household" rules. So long as they didn't invite any outsiders, they were still obeying the Social Distancing guidelines.

It's official! Space travel increases the brain size of astronauts, even when they're back on Mother Earth


Are we seeing the emergence of the Newtype? Bring on the Universal Century (but without the UC0079 crap).

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details


And Australia. Twice, so far. I assumed it was a fishing attempt and ignored them.

Parks and recreation escalate efforts to take back control of field terrorised by thug geese


"Now they're rolling out the big guns: real coyotes"

Yes, because that concept worked so well in Oz with rabbits and cane toads...

Dual screens, fast updates, no registry cruft and security in mind: Microsoft gives devs the lowdown on Windows 10X


"... in 10why" FTFY


My brain kept on inserting "...except for microsoft products" after all these announcements. For example: "in Windows 10X, no startup applications are allowed... except for Microsoft products."

SF tech biz forks out $146m in fines, settlements after painkiller makers bribed it to design medical software that pushed opioids to patients


Someone explain to me why the Pharma people involved in this have not yet been indicted under drug-traficking charges? Correct me if I'm wrong, but what we have here are people trying to sell opioids to the public while bypassing the drug-control laws. Sounds like a typical pusher to me, so why hasn't the FBI charged them as such?

SLS goes vertical at Stennis while NASA practises SRB stacking


<bounds in with a racket in his hand> Anyone for Stennis?

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft


Cue the German Government asking their courts to bring Microsoft to heel for GDPR (and multiple other) violations in 3... 2...

Judge snubs IT outsourcers' plea to Alt-F4 tougher H-1B visa rules: Bosses told to fill out the extra paperwork


Re: s/specific skills that are in limited supply/willing to work for peanuts/g

The lack of "enough U.S. Citizens" might also have something to do with the fact that the last decade or so has seen a rise in the denigrating of skilled non-manual worker (e.g. engineers or scientists). Add that to the current "my uninformed opinion is better than your years of learning and experience", and is it any wonder that white-collar workers are in short(ish) supply?

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you


Re: Kittens

You're thinking of New Zealand.

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup


Re: What?

If it wasn't for the fact that they use proprietary protocols, there are a number of pi-based home-hubs which quite happily control your Hues, Zigbys, etc...

If my Samsung Hub ever dies, I have a spare Raspberry Pi ready to be converted to a home-automation hub. ^_^

Huawexit means Huawexit! Uncle Sam gets 300 applications to dodge ban on supplying Chinese comms beast


All those extensions...

Sounds like Huawei-gate is the USA's Brexit.

Orange is the new green: Nigeria scammer bags $1m while operating behind bars


I guess "Olusegun" was more of "Olusecannon".

HP scores $176m win in CD-ROM drive price-fix case – after one biz emailed rival with 'Price Fixing' as the subject


So let me see if I've got this right.

HP get charged high(er) prices for their ODDs.

HP passes on these higher costs to the consumers via high(er) PC/laptop prices.

HP finds out it could have gotten the ODDs cheaper.

HP sues the ODD manufacturers.

HP pockets millions in dollars.

Consumers (who ended up paying the premium in the first place) get nothing.

Yep, that makes perfect sense.

GitLab reset --hard bad1dea: Biz U-turns, unbans office political chat, will vet customers


I don't understand people

Really I don't. While I can get behind the workers who voiced their opinion on the changes to their work conditions, I don't get those who objected to the "no moral/ethics value judgement" clause.

A bakery in the USA refused to cater to a gay wedding because it went against their religious morals. People got angry.

GitLab says it won't discriminate based on morals or ethics. People got angry. And as far as I can tell, these were the same people.

You can't have it both ways. Where do you draw the line? *WHO* gets to draw the line?

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked


Re: They'll never guess this one.

Obligatory: https://xkcd.com/936/

Black holes are like buses: You wait for one – and three turn up at once in galaxy merger


When single shines the triple- Oh, wait, never mind.

If you have enough of this type of gut microbe, you can get drunk for free after eating carbs


Does that make Klebsiella pneumoniae a BACteria?

Facebook campus death plunge: Cops say man jumped from 4th floor in apparent suicide



And no, I am not trying to be funny. I was once put on suicide watch and then declared clinically depressed. I was one of the lucky one - I caught myself before it was too late.

Remember that security probe that ended with a sheriff cuffing the pen testers? The contract is now public so you can decide who screwed up


Actually, he's in a minute-and-a-huff.

<guess what I've been watching on the weekend>


None of this is helped by the USA's (in)famous Federal vs State vs County vs City legal system. For all I know, there may be even more competing legal groups.


Re: Contradictory document

Technically, "evening" begins at 5pm. At least in this neck of the wood, as I understand that some benighted places do not ask for eveningwear until 6pm. Tsk.

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice


Re: Federal Prison

Not really - simply another bunch of scum (the lawyers) stealing money, really.

You can trust us to run a digital currency – we're Facebook: Exec begs Europe not to ban Libra


Lightbulb comes on.

Even assuming that Libra wasn't created as a way for FB to track your spendings even better than it is now <sorry, got to take a break due to bouts of laughter> another major reason is right there in their statement: "This means that for any unit of Libra to exist, there must be the equivalent value in its reserve"

Who can you purchase Libra from (at least originally)? FB. Who gets to hold all that money in "reserve"? FB. Who will make sure that the conditions for converting Libra back to other currencies are nigh-impossible to fulfil? FB. And who gets to collect the interest from all that moolah? Yep.

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law


Loved "Due South". Well, the first two seasons.


Re: Surely...

Yep, especially for front-facing software where the users SHOULD NEVER KNOW THE OPTION EXISTS IF THEY DON'T HAVE SECURITY ACCESS TO IT.

Most users/clients, for some god-forsaken reason, seem to want to have access to all the options they can see even if it's not part of their [redacted] job.

Captain's coffee calamity causes transatlantic flight diversion


"the captain said enough was enough, declared a mayday and turned around for the nearest safe airport"

I do hope this is artistic licence on the part of the writer. The situation did not qualify for a "mayday" (immediate danger of loss of life or the craft itself), at most it was a "pan-pan" (safety of the craft is in serious jeopardy but no immediate danger exists). The captain could get in serious trouble if he incorrectly declares a "mayday".

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot


"A.I. can't believe it's not Whisky"




Or perhaps "Och A.I."


A.I. Carramba

Mozilla says Firefox won't defang ad blockers – unlike a certain ad-giant browser


...Google maintains, "We are not preventing the development of ad blockers or stopping users from blocking ads," ...

Yup. In the same way that TV Networks who want to get rid of a show don't simply cancel it outright. They stick it in an unpopular timeslot (say, Thursday 10pm) then wait for the ratings to drop so they have an excuse to not renew it.


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