* Posts by The First Dave

1557 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Photographer seeks $12m in copyright damages over claims Capcom ripped off her snaps in Resident Evil 4 art

The First Dave

Re: From reading elsewhere...

"You are free to use these textures" - why would you call that 'implicit' ? It may be a little on the short side, but it IS pretty explicit.

Ohio Attorney General asks courts to declare Google a public utility

The First Dave

Google causes many problems

Well spotted Mr Ohio, Google does indeed appear to do things that aren't in the public interest. Not entirely sure that giving control to YOU is really in the best interests of anyone in any other state or country.

Space junk damages International Space Station's robot arm

The First Dave

Re: It’s the SDoS!

That doesn't really alter the underlying point that all this crap is being chucked into orbit with pretty much zero regulation, zero planning, and zero responsibility for the future.

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

The First Dave

Re: I found it best to...

That's what the word "quantity" (usually abreviated to qty ) is for - used properly it virtually eliminates these issues:

12qty 0.3 inch in this case, though both dropping the leading zero, and the use of inches is unforgiveable.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?

The First Dave

But plugging a speaker into the mic socket DOESN'T make the internal speaker cut out...

USB-C levels up and powers up to deliver 240W in upgraded power delivery spec

The First Dave

Re: I predict excitement

Double-insulated does indeed imply 'not earthed', but it MUST still be fused appropriately.

The First Dave

Re: I predict excitement

I've always lived by the mantra of "assume it is live, regardless"

And never had a shock from the mains.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

The First Dave

I think you mean 'from an English government' - there is no significant representation of any other country in the current cabinet, and the governments of Scotland, NI and Wales were all working to a rather different plan to Westminster.

Snowden was right, rules human rights court as it declares UK spy laws broke ECHR

The First Dave

"diplomatic assurances would be enough" - and who says that these Judges have no sense of humour?

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world

The First Dave

Re: Flashing leds on PDP-11

Nah, a lamp is the larger unit, can contain multiple bulbs.

Apple faces another suit over its allegedly misleading water resistance claims

The First Dave

Re: IP68

Correct - the first digit is for solid-body penetration of various sizes, from fingers down to talcum powder, iirc.

Patent battle over Facebook Live and 'walkie talkie' tech rattles through High Court in London

The First Dave

As usual, I hope that both parties lose, but particularly FB.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

The First Dave

Re: Not necessarily.

"- degrees magnetic

- degrees true

- degrees grid"

All three of those are exactly the same unit.

Similarly megaHertz and kiloHertz are essentially the same unit.


The First Dave

Re: Not necessarily.

All other factors aside, measuring the weight of the plane immediately prior to take off would allow the throttles to be set correctly, but would be rather late for the "fuel required" calculations...

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least

The First Dave

Re: Looking forward to full reusability & refueling

The problem, as ever, is RELATIVE velocity - if your orbiting net/giant-hoover/magnet is orbiting in the same direction as the debris then the speed is naturally almost negligible.

Gitpod ditches Eclipse Theia for Visual Studio Code under redesign, sponsors new dev experience event

The First Dave

"allowing everyone to use their favourite IDE just makes a lot of sense" - so next week we will be seeing further versions, starting with one based on Vi ?

UK reseller sues Microsoft for £270m in damages claiming prohibitive contracts choke off surplus Office licence supplies

The First Dave

Don't you think that that is what LO and OO are aiming for?

Over a decade on, and millions in legal fees, Supreme Court rules for Google over Oracle in Java API legal war

The First Dave

Re: What does Microsoft think?

Oh, FFS - SQL is a STANDARD ! Java is just a proprietary language, so totally different concept.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

The First Dave

The DC provider that I am most familiar with, has about 50m of concrete / barely used car park between each DC building, and any one else's building.

Surprise: Automated driving biz finds automated driving safer than letting you get behind the wheel

The First Dave

Re: Something's wrong here

"It's very clearly true that self-driving cars are already safer than human drivers"

Citation needed. What is very clear is that AI has almost completely different failure modes from human drivers.

So of course, this test is completely flawed, as one can assume that the simulation never suffered from any of the sensor glitches / interpretation glitches that real self-driving cars do.

The First Dave

Re: Different defects

"I'm not sure that intelligence is needed to predict"

Not 100% of the time, no.

But it massively helps on occasion - humans can see a person approaching a pedestrian crossing and predict a sudden 90 degree turn to cross the road.

Humans can see a person at the side of the road trying to flag down a taxi and predict it doing a u-turn in front of you.

Humans can see a car in front fish-tailing round a bend, and predict black ice

And the most obvious one: humans realise that certain objects simply don't disappear into thin air, or other 'obvious' anomalies that AI simply don't care about.

Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator

The First Dave

Or they could just have fitted longer landing gear?

Not trivial, I know, but probably better than this current lash-up

BOFH: Rome, I have been thy soldier 40 years... give me a staff of honour for mine age

The First Dave

Re: Dabsy & Simon

Probably someone who had heard that joke one time too many already?

The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains

The First Dave

Re: Unfortunately....

And it also depends on the accuracy of that statement, which is clearly rather debateable.

Trump bans Feds from contracting H-1B workers and makes telehealth the new normal

The First Dave

Re: Finder's fee or mafia-style shakedown?

In what way does "you decide" describe the link?

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

The First Dave

Re: If the OS isn't supported, install one that is!

The second-hand sellers really aren't relevant at all to this problem - the lack of ongoing support applies just as much to first-hand phones.

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

The First Dave

Which was probably a good thing for them?

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

The First Dave

Dunno, the phrase "spurious times of the day" is a new one on me - which times are those exactly? 25:61 PM ?

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

The First Dave

Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

Sorry, but the real problem is they are only asking for 120v, when we all know that you need 240v (RMS) for any real work.

Smoke on the Tyne: Blaze at BT exchange causes major outages across North East England

The First Dave

Just a question - how is an on-premise fire "Beyond our (BT) reasonable control" ??

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

The First Dave

To be fair, if they are looking for the ninth planet, they should probably just get someone to point towards Pluto.

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

The First Dave

Re: Life Imitating Art

Everyone is a bigot, to some degree. But presumably not you?

Laws on police facial recognition aren't tough enough, UK data watchdog barrister tells Court of Appeal

The First Dave

Re: Not surprised

From that description, neither can I. Why wasn't a 'proper' phone call possible/available/relevant?

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

The First Dave

Re: 5 violent burglars on a BBC one programme yesterday and they all had "the look@

Yeah, I knew a guy like that, once. Two girls and a boy. Left the wife eventually, 'cos actually he WAS gay.

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

The First Dave

Re: This could actually make $$$

I do, and she doesn't smoke. Not sure I got everything else right of course. And its sounds like you don't have any kids if you think that 'danger' is a negative

The First Dave

Re: This could actually make $$$

Parents are also responsible for ensuring that their kids don't smoke; that their kids don't fall out of trees, etc., etc.

Where is the technical solution for ensuring this?

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

The First Dave

Re: It will cost us money...

Writing such a large amount of money as shillings seems very unlikely, though I agree with your characterisation, much more likely that this is in pounds, or even more likely that it is in guineas.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

The First Dave

Re: Master copy

Presumably it all stops some time AFTER they have renamed Washington State (and Washington D.C.) to something that doesn't commemorate a slave owner?

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

The First Dave

Re: You asked my opinion about drones...

Correction: "The primary purpose of this survey is to collect data on trouble-making citizens."

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

The First Dave

Re: Sooo....

Perhaps companies might consider the possibility of using existing employees for open positions, rather than just throwing them away on a whim?

We spent billions building atom smashers – and now boffins think nature's doing the same thing for free?

The First Dave

Re: Fascinating stuff

It does beg the question of whether it might even be possible for the speed of sound to be faster than the speed of light.

I know - Einstein et al reckon that nothing could ever be faster, but that was without closely studying this sort of stuff.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

The First Dave

I would imagine they had to redesign the plan a little to allow it to carry all that battery weight.

I also imagine that there wasn't much weight to remove in the first place - this wasn't some Chelsea Tractor at the beginning.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

The First Dave

Re: This is a driver assist not an autopilot !

From what I understand, collision avoidance on aircraft is an extension to the transponder tech that identifies them to ground-based radar. Basically, if one plane hears another transponder nearby, it tracks where that transponder claims to be, does the maths, and adjust course if the track is too close.

IIRC there was an exploit mentioned very recently that relied on this to turn another aircraft, by repeatedly lying (slightly) about the location of the attacking transponder.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

The First Dave

Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

Nah, Gib isn't 'fun' the way you mean it - you get such a great view wherever you are sitting in the plane, (though better on the right hand side.) Sure, it isn't anything like as straight as most airports, but the only significant danger is over-running.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

The First Dave

Re: Why ?

Quite possibly, deposits is part of the point - if Boeing cannot deliver a plane then presumably _they_ will suffer the penalties, whereas if there is a plane on the tarmac, the airline will be the one forfeiting.

The First Dave

Re: isit737max.com

Anyone who flies on RyanAir already (clearly) doesn't care too much about anything - no-one who has read anything about them in the press can be under any illusion that the passengers matter at all.

Man responsible for least popular iteration of Windows UI uses iPad Pro as a desktop*

The First Dave

Re: So it doesn't even do what its creator needs ??

"Windows 7 was your best OS"

For me, Win 2000 was the best of its time. Outdated now, but so much better than '95

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

The First Dave

"It is unclear whether three similar magnetometers would have been immune to the strong electromagnetic field generated by a passing train."

Sorry, but its perfectly obvious that ANY magnetometers would have been affected - it was the field being 'unexpected' that was the problem, not the readings, so three independent devices would NOT have helped.

FCC boss pleads with Congress: Please stop me from auctioning off this spectrum for billions of dollars

The First Dave

Re: No real danger

I get that the legislation requires this auction, but if he cares so much, what would happen if he just ignored it? Serious question - does Pai really think that the local plod will knock on his door the next day?

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

The First Dave

Re: Could have been worse.

The only mouse I've ever come across that was better when used standing up than sitting down.


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