* Posts by Marketing Hack

5004 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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I think there is a potential security issue, especially as the current Tik Tok users age and start getting involved in stuff that would be more valuable to China. However, there is also a "How can we stick it to China today?" aspect of this.

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Other name idea!

Microsoft Tik Tok Cash Lock

The Last of Us Part II: Never mind the Metacritic nonsense, Naughty Dog's ultra-violent odyssey is a must-play*

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Excellentsword, if someone released a Star Trek episode where everyone knew they killed Captain Kirk in the first 5 minutes, its understandable that a significant part of the fanbase might object to that.

I am not saying that killing Kirk might not be the right thing to do given the plot situation in that episode, or that his death was not well-written. However, its understandable that for a large amount of the fanbase, you immediately start from a PoV that killing Kirk was a gratuitous, divisive and fan-hostile thing to do. When you make these decisions as a producer of an entertainment franchise with established popular characters, you take your chances that you are going to get "review-bombed" by a portion of the fanbase.

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I think you can subvert fan's expectations and still be wildly successful. Game of Thrones did it very well for 6 and 1/2 seasons, and became the biggest thing on TV, even though it killed off so many very popular and even beloved characters that the amount of deaths on the show became a running joke. GoT, when it was good, made these kind of downfalls the result of a series of personal failures on the part of the characters who were then overwhelmed by the ruthless politics of George R. R. Martin's world of ice and fire.

But your heroes downfall or disappointment has to be earned. If you do something like taking Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars trilogy and turning him into someone who tried to murder his own nephew, and is now spending his time sucking milk out of the teets of space manatees in the new trilogy, thats not really earned. It just seems like someone is breaking the rules of George Lucas' galaxy and ascribing "crazy" stuff to Luke simply because they want to bring him down a few pegs.

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You've got to be careful about writing a game this way

In short, its just not a very fan-friendly story if you liked the characters from the first game. Technically, TLoU2 is excellent, but the new game got caught up in the current entertainment trope of subverting expectations too much. You could have subverted expectations by

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Lizards for lunch? Crazy tech? Aliens?! Dana Dash: First Girl on the Moon is perfect for the little boffin-to-be in your life

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Harry Potter, but with science, instead of magic!

Except for the part about breathing lizards, that might not be very scientific.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors

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Re: "The Twitter VIP hack undermines public confidence in those information platforms."

Forbidden Planet is an extremely loose adaptation of The Tempest though.

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"The Twitter VIP hack undermines public confidence in those information platforms."

My lack of confidence in Twitter is based on the fact that A) Its is a cesspool of ranting, one-upsmanship, vanity and attempted or actual cancellation of people, their social lives and careers without any kind of due process and B) SOME people get banned for saying unsubstantiated or opinionated things, but others who do the same thing get more followers and virtual back-pats. That people can hack Twitter accounts and post crazy or mercenary stuff was already so prevalent that the first thing a lot of people whose accounts do post crazy stuff on Twitter claim is that it only happened because their account was hacked.

Twitter's main purpose is to provide an ongoing morality tale, ala the 1950s scifi classic "Forbidden Planet", about the dangers of giving members of society the ability to project their internal ids into the broader world.

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol

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Alien

So when does Voyager 1 run into the "Truman Show" wall the aliens keep around our solar system?

Just asking.

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Re: Let's hope

@Spherical Cow

More proof that Voyagers design and engineering team were way ahead of their time!

An irritating itch down the back of your neck? Searing midsummer heat? Of course, it can only be SysAdmin Day

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Re: Colonies of sysadmins have a single queen

It's not so much that colonies of sysadmins have one queen, its just that only one of the sysadmins is female.

https://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/protect-the-queen-which-ones-the-queen-im-the-queen-n/

Boeing confirms it will finish building 747s in 2022, when last freighter flies off the production line

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Re: Sorry to see the 747 go!

Loading them up with iced tea mix would also work.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000HBO134?tag=duckduckgo-exp-b-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

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Re: Sorry to see the 747 go!

After a hard day of raining death on militant goatherds, you can retire to the onboard bar in the former first-class cabin and knock back a few cold ones on your way home!

(Maybe you Brits should enquire with BA about where they plan to offload their 747s.)

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Re: That opening nose is THE selling point of that freighter

FYI, the U.S. Air Force plans to be using the C-17 for at least the next 20 years, so there will be no new large air freighter you can buy from a U.S. manufacturer for at least that amount of time

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Re: That opening nose is THE selling point of that freighter

I'm pretty sure the C-17 production line has been shut down for several years now, and that Boeing is just making spare parts for the current fleet. I am somewhat sure the A-400 is still in production, but I didn't really research that carefully.

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Re: Sorry to see the 747 go!

Yes, that is extraordinary, but there is less competition for producing heavy bombers, and the U.S. Air Force can afford to put things like fuel expense to the side. With the newer precision-guided bombs, the B-52 can deliver precision strikes, carry a LOT of ordanance, attack from standoff range if needed, loiter over a battlefield for a few hours if needed and it is pretty cheap to maintain when compared to B-1, B-2 or the new generation of supersonic bombers that the Air Force is getting ready for.

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Re: That opening nose is THE selling point of that freighter

No, it would cost tens or maybe even hundreds of millions of $ to restart the 747 production line once it is shut down, even if the buildings involved were not repurposed or torn down. You'd need to restart production at all the parts suppliers, train a new generation of 747 production workers, refresh all the production equipment and systems, get all that audited/inspected/approved so that the new-generation 747s would be certified as airworthy, etc.

It wouldn't be worth it to Boeing, unless cargo carriers were willing to pay through the nose (no pun intended) for their new 747s.

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Sorry to see the 747 go!

But nearly 60 years (by the time the last one rolls off the line) is a great run!

If you own one of these 45 Netgear devices, replace it: Kit maker won't patch vulnerable gear despite live proof-of-concept code

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Dick move there, Netgear!

Yes, some of these routers are very old, and if it is more than 4 or 5 years since they were being sold, I can understand not offering new patches. But as El Reg states in the story, some of these can be bought in the marketplace right now.

Remind me to not buy Netgear's gear.

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life

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Well, I am glad that they were able to launch the mission during the current launch window

And I am sure that H.G. Wells is having a chuckle somewhere about mankind sending yet another heat-ray bearing mechanical invader to Mars!

So, let's hope that NASA is able to land the rover in one piece and get some more great science out of it. However, their track record for successful Mars missions has been pretty good now that they have figured out the whole metric/English measurement system conundrum and successfully used the "Seven minutes of terror" landing system already.

Congratulations Peebles. Felicitations Queenzieburn. Openreach is bringing you FTTP (yes, they're real places)

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@AC

BT has spoken about the "final third" of the UK, and would never mislead the public on the true extent of their FTTP rollout to cover up the fact that they don't want to make the required investment to actually bring FTTP to all of the UK. So obviously, you aren't in fact a British citizen! Perhaps Watford is actually part of one of those quaint European independent principalities or grand duchies! Kind of like Andorra or Monaco, but with worse weather.

I would find out who your actual sovereign is, and take it up with them. Getting the proper royal audience probably involves protocol like approaching the throne while carrying a duck, and spinning in place while stating your petition.

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G

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Re: Of course Huawei are independent of political pressures

I think being a "facist" is when women won't date a guy because he is ugly. Maybe these guys should walk around with their hand over half their face. That way they exude kind of a mysterious "Phantom of the Opera" vibe.

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Huawei is expelled from UK's 5G plans over allegations that the CCP has undue influence on Huawei

And the next thing your local CCP official does is say that they will protest this by having nominally independent Huawei withdraw 3 billion Pounds in planned investment in the UK!!

You're kind of proving Huawei foes' point there, Mr. Ambassador! Now China is stuck on this issue. Either they A) have to prove that Huawei really is independent, by letting it continue with a large majority of the planned UK investment, thereby making the Chinese Communist Party lose face, or B) they follow through with the threat and drive a dagger into Western governments' and telecoms carriers' perception that Huawei isn't ultimately a front for the CCP.

I'm sticking with B), because Beijing can't appear to lose face on this, but doing that is just going to hand ammo to Huawei foes around the world. This would have worked much better if China QUIETLY cancelled the planned investment in the UK.

Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*

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Re: Don't blame the birds...

Who would have thought that emus are apparently rather flighty birds?

Arm China brands itself a 'strategic asset', calls for Beijing's help in boardroom dispute with Brit HQ

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Re: Well, that does it for Western companies investing in China

It might just be that they are being encouraged to make this a public issue, so the dispute can be used for the CCP's various nationalist propaganda purposes. Or it could be that the ARM China employees are out of all the other options, and they are hoping for a last minute rescue.

Face masks hamper the spread of coronavirus. Know what else they hamper? Facial-recognition systems (except China's)

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Re: American (and now English) "patriots"

You can also turn Trumpian mask-haters by claiming that masks filter out the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine that the Gates Foundation and George Soros pump into the air in the U.S.

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I get accused of spoofing facial recognition with masks all the time!

I can't help it if I am actually a slightly better-looking version of Brad Pitt! Maybe I should wear a mask with an image of an average-looking guy on it!

Irony isn't dead... Facebook sues EU on data privacy grounds for requesting too much personal data

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Re: 'Ow much?

"Just how much information is Facebook keeping on it's employees?"

Eh, no more than they have on us private citizens/lab rats.

Battle for 6GHz heats up in America: Broadcasters sue FCC to kill effort to open spectrum for private Wi-Fi

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Re: With so few homes using TV antennas, I could see the FCC getting away with this

So why are the broadcasters fussing about it? That spectrum is certainly not being used to deliver satellite TV

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With so few homes using TV antennas, I could see the FCC getting away with this

However, if your 6G WiFi signal is strong enough to get you good internet connectivity if you are sitting out back on the patio, then its strong enough to interfere with an incoming TV or other broadcast using that same frequency. So I can see why the broadcasters are PO'd.

If you think you've got problems, pal, spare a thought for these boffins baffled by 'oddball' meteorites

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Well, that explains what happened to Planet Nine!

Planet Nine (born: 4.3 billion BCE, died: 1960-something AD)

Alas, we hardly knew ye.

EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits

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Happy

Might I suggest the following solution?

https://www.menkind.co.uk/drinks-helmet

Just make sure you take it off before you step back into the cabin to give the passengers a feel-good that adults are running the show in the cockpit.

Eye see you're having surgery: Origami inspires tiny, super-accurate robot surgeon

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That's all sounds very good, but what is the tiny surgeon's golf handicap??

The American College of Surgeons was asking.

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

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As for the nuclear waste...

You can store it in a giant, sunken lunar containment facility. I'm sure that if its designed properly, there is no risk that the waste facility might ignite and do something like rocket the moon out of Earth's orbit into outer space!

(In space, its always 1999.)

SAP to list Qualtrics, less than two years after convincing it not to list

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Re: So after spending 26 billion - what have they to show for it?

"It's slowly dawning on SAP that their customers really hate them."

Arguably, that should read "It's slowly dawning on customers that SAP really hates them."

We're not all about rockets, says NASA: Balloon tech is good enough for economical star scanning

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Paris Hilton

Again, poor backronym choice, and no respect for Paris!

Pursuing

Astrophysical

Research

In

Space

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UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Well, people need some reason to get on the trains in the UK!

It's not like they are actually going to get you anywhere in a timely or reliable manner, so you might as well enjoy cat videos or porn while you are being held hostage.

It's a Meow-nixed system, I know this: Purr-fect storm of 3,000+ insecure databases – and a data-wiping bot

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The "Meow" bot??

I'm looking forward to numerous catty comments on this subject, from the El Reg commentariat....

Mysterious supernova is blasting far-flung galaxy with flashes of UV light – and astroboffins don't know why

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That solar system is just being disinfected against coronavirus!

What? You thought us Earthlings were the only ones who had to worry about that stuff? Its not always about us you know.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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We need to get the hat trick on this conspiracy theory!!

It's a nice start:

1) Started with the anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories, providing a solid base.

2) Then you worked in the "5G is a tool to spread mind control" theories, a skillful escalation

But now we need to add a third level to really get this panic going. Do any of you Regenistas have anything that could even conceptually link Bill Gates to the Illuminati or the Tri-Lateral Commission? Anything, even a purported spike in Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster sightings, would be welcome!!

Fresh astro-underwear, anyone? Orbital shenanigans as Progress freighter has last-minute ISS docking wobble

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Re: Only 3 hours?

Aesthetically, you may have an argument, though I am sure that a lot of fans would be pretty PO'd if Cinderella's Castle or The Wizarding World of Harry Potter were taken out by a crashing rocket.

I'd be in favor of It's a Small World taking the hit.

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Re: Only 3 hours?

I'm not even sure if Kennedy Space Center has ever launched something going west, over central Florida. Maybe you could have done that in the 60s, but nowadays you have a major urban area at Orlando that you definitely would not want to drop space junk on.

I don't know about whether they take a lot of civilian payloads, but westbound military launches go out of Vandenberg AFB on the California coast, so you can shoot them out over the ocean.

Russia tested satellite-to-satellite shooter, say UK and USA

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Re: Thanks for stepping up Russia

If science fiction has taught us anything, its that aliens will either A) have perfected interstellar travel and various high-damage energy weapons, but know nothing about basic microbiology, or B) have the same great technology, but skimped on buying AV software and firewalls.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers

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Oh good...

I was wondering how, with my busy schedule, I was going to educate impressionable young people about "Ein Volk, Ein Reich"!!

Technology really is wonderful, isn't it!

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours

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If a man goes for a run in the forest....

And his Garmin device doesn't track it, did he actually get any steps in?

(I'm feeling philosophical this morning.)

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

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Re: Alternative fakery

"My fellow Americans, today our nation and space program has suffered a tragic loss. While on his Apollo mission, Astronaut Neil Armstrong succumbed to a serious case of food poisoning. It seems that between takes on the Moon landing soundstage, Neil ate some egg salad that had been left out for several hours on the craft services table. He always loved that stuff, and through some mistake the spread was not refreshed on schedule.

We remain committed to the Moon and the Apollo Program, and are in negotiations right now with Rock Hudson and Charlton Heston. We think that either of these fine Americans will make a great stoic mission commander, though Chuck keeps rattling on about his fear of "damned dirty apes"."

An axe age, a sword age, Privacy Shield is riven, but what might that mean for European businesses?

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Re: No Shit Sherlock

The problem with that is that for the U.S. company, you are sharing your algorithms, data and many of your deepest secrets with an EU franchisee that is technically free to stop being your franchisee and go do something else, using a lot of the data and secrets you had to share with them. Legally, the arms-length agreement might work, but from a security standpoint it has a number of problems.

Plus I could see issues with general data security (What happens if the franchisee has a huge IT security failure? Does the mothership have any liability?) and will the franchisee's cut of mothership revenues generated be enough to keep the franchisee operating in the marketplace?

Privacy Shield binned after EU court rules transatlantic data protection arrangements 'inadequate'

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Re: Standard contractual clauses

@sorry,what?

"bunch of drivel back...saying that my data was just as secure in the US as it would be in the EU."

There is of course a huge assumption built into that statement about the safety of your data in the EU.

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Re: Sorry ITIF

The collapse of Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield don't have much to do with Trump. This squabble/sleight of hand/red-headed stepchild has been going on since George W. Bush was in the White House, and maybe Clinton before him. The Trump administration is just using the same playbook that everyone in office over the last 20+ years has been using.

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