* Posts by Mark 65

3230 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence

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Re: A good time to be a lawyer...

Don't include MacOS - you can install software from anywhere on that, the store is just a convenience.

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Re: A few pertinent questions....

In Apple’s defence, the Epic store doesn’t need to curate dodgey apps and updates. Perhaps a lower tariff is right for certain in app purchases, but free certainly doesn’t fly.

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Re: Weasels

It’s more like getting Vauxhall to sell the seat covers for you and then not paying them anything.

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic

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What's happening here

I thought this was about big companies scraping entire stories and presenting them on their own sites with an attribution but it reads like this is just about when I click on the news filter what comes up. I don't see why Google should need to fulfill all of those requirements when just presenting a story link and extract. As for paying the likes of the Murdoch press for a link to a story, what the fuck?

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Re: I must be missing something...

Double-clicking to open an Excel associated file type like a CSV is like hitting "I'm feeling lucky" on a Google search with questionable search terms. It might work out well, but it probably won't.

Can I get some service here? The new 27-inch iMac forgoes replaceable storage for soldered innards

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Re: Why?

You’re not their target market. Tinkerers need not apply. These devices are targeted at people that buy what they need first up and “admire the design” as it sits on display. Pros using Apple machines spend big dollars on high end kit and write it off against tax. Their boxes have replaceable components.

Others like myself will run hackintoshes until they go all in with their own silicon. However we take the occasional pain for that choice.

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Re: HP's Gen8 / Gen9 Server (Microserver) iLO NAND Flash symptomatic failure

Do these issues exist for those that buy them and load freenas as many seem to do with these boxes? I believe it is possible to attach an internal storage device for the OS without occupying one of the hot swap bays.

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Re: Mea culpa

Not with thunderbolt and current USB. I used to run my iMac with a SSD over fw800 and it was an improvement - it’s the small random file reads and writes.

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What about the mini with an external graphics enclosure over thunderbolt?

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Re: The thing is, would you even want to preserve it?

My 2010 2.93GHz i7 seems to be going just fine. Sure it’s now relegated to just being the “family” computer as it met the barrier of to low a graphics card for post High Sierra macOS, but for modern versions where thunderbolt and USB allow you to effectively upgrade the graphics card it’s not so much of a problem.

Architect of tech contractor tax fraud scheme jailed for at least five years

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Re: Better stay in jail

Tax man take it all? Not with a big 4 doing the liquidation. There'll be plenty of investigation and fees mounting for that effort I can assure you.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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The key statement is at the end - you need multiple suppliers, principally to allow for competitive pricing. Alternatively to allow for double the pork-barrelling.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Re: Bollocks.

I think the point they're making is that his head isn't quite in the game. If you're there to write some quality storage code, pissing about with variable names because of the unknown offence they may or may not cause someone else is kind of losing focus.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: Available alternatives?

I think other systems refer to trunk due to branching. Subversion maybe?

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Re: I understand the irritation...

I'd settle for..

1. Solve the fucking problem

2. Worry about the language.

I suspect I'm not alone.

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Re: Pure insanity

There's a difference between empathy and feeling offended on someone else's behalf. One is to be humane, the other is to be a dick.

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Re: Yep, because words matter so much when you're trying to simply survive

Hey, if this was a social media site you might be finding yourself banned for that outrageous observation. Our privacy whoring overlords like to be seen to be doing their bit.

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Re: Master copy

Once I was the student, now I am the master.

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Re: Let's go through this point by point

If this is the reaction from *white* people asking to move away from problematic wording, can you imagine what would happen if people of color spoke up, though?

Sorry, I don't follow your straw-man construct - probably due to the visibility issues caused by the large plume of smoke as it burns to the ground. I think the point the OP you respond to is making is colour agnostic. They are more offended by the ignorance shown. That doesn't have to come with any colour attached and is more a sign of the times where any little twat gets offended on someone else's behalf.

Perhaps we should also get started on binary whilst we're at it - those 1's and 0's are very male-female centric and not entirely inclusive for those that perhaps don't identify as being strictly one or t'other.

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread

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Re: Why bother?

They can’t be that tech-savvy if they’re willing to install spyware.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: What a shit hole

They started with self-quarantine in Australia and found that, predictably, it didn't work. We now have a positive test gets you a mandatory quarantine period as does interstate or overseas travel (returning residents).

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Re: Sounds sensible

Conditioned air from the rather large units normally situated on the roof. You only tend to get outlets in hotels, not recovery intakes like in residential systems.

The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs

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Re: Licencing is easy

Yep, worked at a few places that use the single RHEL, multiple CentOS model.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Re: let's just make things as confusing as possible

Does that mean we’ll now have allow hat researchers and deny hat researchers?

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy

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Re: Three steps to avoid this

Man, they’ve got control over you don’t they?

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Re: Three steps to avoid this

Perhaps the person posting places a very high value on freedom and privacy within society

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Re: Three steps to avoid this

Forecasts are mostly bullshit

Australian contact-tracing app leaks telling info and increases chances of third-party tracking, say security folks

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Re: Mike Cannon-Brookes

Mike Cannon-Brookes Got his one big break and now somehow thinks he’s some kind of sage that we should all listen to. He’s just a politician cosying attention whore.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

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Re: Extraordinary surveillance powers set to be injected into govt orgs

Locking the borders for longer is just logical. Given most don't trust the numbers coming out of China would you want to open up to travellers from there? It is easier to just keep them shut rather than have to preclude people from certain countries and be able to trace everyone entering's port of origin or detect picking up nasties on the way.

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Re: Sunset clauses and jury oversight are needed.

The problem that these idiot politicians are creating is that with every further privacy encroaching step they take they push society further towards totally encrypted communications, VPNs, Signal messenger etc. The whole "going black" issue is entirely of their own creation. If their access was warranted (both aspects) and proportionate the issue would not exist. Make all my data visible to someone investigating dog shit on the pavement and you'll see fuck all.

You have one job, Australian PM tells contact-tracing app, and that’s talking to medicos

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Re: Cold Comfort


“the information that is collected from that app goes into a national data store that is fully encrypted and the Commonwealth Government has no access whatsoever to the information.”

Really? It's just complete bullshit.

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

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Only health workers can access the off-device data and even then only after initial opt-in and a second request for permission after a positive test.

Only health workers? Bullshit. How does the system know that? Once the data is off-device anyone with the right skills can access it. FFS.

Given you will only ever get to see the client-side code I'd wager the server side looks more like a junior school kid's my first web-service project.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'

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Re: Around 95-99% of professional users

@Snake: Likely a case of picking your battles. The professional market could stay in a holding pattern whereas fighting competition in the phone/tablet market couldn't.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Re: Can it do orange?

This does all seem rather pointless. I can see the difference in every picture, but that's because I'm using an Eizo monitor that is designed to do so. Most people won't be able to. Most also won't give a shit.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

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Re: iOS update would be a blocker on the Apple–Google scheme

Neither is coming up with shit solutions.

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Re: I like what I read in this article

it took China less than four months to flatten the curve

Only if you believe their numbers and, frankly, there’s more than a hint of bullshit about them.

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Re: iOS update would be a blocker on the Apple–Google scheme

At the point at which Apple force a spyware update to my phone against my will the phone will either be jail-broken or physically broken. They do not have the right and I will not tolerate this power grab bullshit. It doesn’t work and it won’t work. I go out without my phone, my phone runs out of battery etc etc, what then? Idiots.

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Re: The Oxford paper doesn't say 60% is really enough

Although they may have spit-balled something idiotic, you do realise that herd immunity also comes from vaccination, right? The fact is that this virus is going nowhere and herd immunity will be the only way out, however it is achieved.

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

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Re: Patrolling supermarkets

Proving that no matter where you are in the world the local plod are just power hungry control freaks.

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Re: Another thing...

The world is full of thick c*nts that need an outlet. This is their opportunity.

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

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Re: Trump's Base

To be honest, I don't se what the problem is. If we have truly descended that far when it comes to intelligence that you have to explain to someone "no, don't ingest or inject disinfectant" then it is clear the gene pool itself needs disinfecting. If someone is stupid enough to inject or ingest cleaning agents in the hope of killing the virus rather than themselves then, frankly, Darwin has his man/woman. As a species we are snowflaking ourselves into oblivion.

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Re: Wait? I'm a contractior now?

Australia also uses multiple income sources as the indicator

'Optional' is the new 'Full' in Windows 10: Microsoft mucks about with diagnostic slurpage levels for Fast Ring Insiders

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The one area where you do get issues is with modern laptops and their soldered on PCIe SSD drives. Often they require bespoke drivers that are not available for OSes other than W10. You can get Linux compatible Dell laptops if you can find them in your jurisdiction - I wasn't able to in mine and the latest Linux versions I have on my Multisystem USB simply don't see the storage.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

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Re: We need more tax...

However, under today's tax rates a contractor running this model still pays less tax overall than if they were taking all their money as a salary.

But they also receive no benefits paid for by the contracting entity and therefore their limited company needs to foot the bill for this. You cannot just compare the tax paid whilst not accounting for the benefits one receives over the other. 4 weeks paid leave would certainly account for a chunk of that "less tax".

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Re: You're not supposed to kill the goose

It seems like typical Government can-kicking. I cannot help but think that somewhere down the line we will have many more people on zero rights employment which will end up with a much larger social benefits/welfare bill down the track.

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Re: You're not supposed to kill the goose

I always contracted because it largely kept me out of the office politics. Not being an employee I generally didn't have to perform all the HR nonsense tasks and was just allowed to get on with the job.

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Re: HMRC : Singlehanded incompetent.

I guarantee they take less sickies.

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Re: Not really a suprise.

For all this I say "follow the money". The Government loves outsourcing its IT and those companies would love to see the back of independent contractors. Western Governments are corrupt to the core. Lobbying is, to all intents and purposes, bribery.

Firefox, you know you tapped Cloudflare for DNS-over-HTTPS? In January, it briefly knackered two root servers at the heart of the internet

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Re: But

More likely at least for the non technical users is they would probably switch away from firefox because it's not working

Maybe, but given they don't know it's a DNS issue many might just end up paying $$$ for support they don't (or rather shouldn't) need. They could at least make it default to a "use X if present else behave as previously"

Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear

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Roll up the paper and insert into one of the rods - multi-part rods effectively have a receiving whole on the end top of each receiving pole. Doubt they'd be looking into such a place for pot so would have missed it.

My money is still on this being BS though.


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