* Posts by Youngone

1044 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009


How is Trump's anti-Chinese rhetoric playing out? 70% of smartphones sold in the US are – surprise – made in China



1: How would you know what the US government is up to? Your secret courts are secret.

2: The Chinese government is not Communist. Not even close, despite the name.

3: The "cornering" of the component and raw material supply lines was done with the active help of all the western companies who are also profiting from the situation.

Phone manufacture is not coming back to the West, because those same companies don't want to pay reasonable wages.

Splunk sales ace wins sex discrimination case after new boss handed her key accounts to blokes deemed 'flight risks'



Splunk spokesman Alex Harking claimed in a one-line statement to The Register that the company "does not tolerate discrimination in any form",

The judge thinks you do mate.

"We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment."

Well, not that inclusive.

We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there


Re: Why?

I'm wondering why Microsoft can write an operating system for phones but can't sell it.

You'd think after all these years they would know how to sell an OS.

Why so salty, Ceres? Is it on account of your underground oceans and cryovolcanism?


Re: Brilliant stuff

Yes, the more we look the more we find.

The problem is we're trying to do a stocktake in a huge warehouse by peering through the keyhole.

We ought to be sending people to have a butchers at these things.

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


Thank you

That is a very nice book review. I have a young niece who might like it.

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


Searing midsummer heat?

No, because it's the middle of winter.

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



Is a plugged nickel something like a ha'penny?

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


Re: Toilet as a verb!

Yes, I'm normalling at the moment.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?


Re: Nope

In my view Win XP was pretty rubbish, but by SP3 it was extremely good.

I also found Win 7 poor, and many of my users at the time complained about several things, which werte later fixed.

Win 10 has continued this trend, and it is not too bad now although not quite as usable as XP SP3 IMHO.

Now I need to find out why one of my users seems to be on Version 1903, when he had 1909 last week.

Only EU can help us, pleads Slack as it slings competition complaint against Microsoft Teams


Re: Teams' Architecture

I was going to comment sarcastically some thing like:

A Microsoft spokesperson commented to El Reg: "We created Teams "We purchased Skype to combine the ability to collaborate with the ability to connect via video, because that’s what people want.

Because that's what they did in 2011. Then they ignored it until competition appeared.

As is tradition.

About ready to POP3: Day 6 of email wobbles at UK2 after services provider Tucows suffers 'service failure'


Re: Tucows Rating

Wow, Tucows has changed since the last time I looked at their site, which would have been 2000?

I'm pretty sure when I installed Internet Explorer 5 (?) from a CD supplied by my ISP Tucows was one of the favourites it installed.

After banning Chinese comms bogeyman, UK asks: Huawei in this mess? It was a failure of capitalism, MPs told


Re: Obvious

How dare they fund their military!

It's part of the (US led) China scaremongering, which is partly to distract the voters from the Trump regime's mismanagement, and partly because the US needs enemies and has run out of them in the Middle East.

That is not to say China are the good guys, but they're doing nothing differently now than they have been for the last 20 years or so.

If you have Microsoft 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop, do you need Citrix? Apparently


Re: First phase of...

Maybe Microsoft could have made Citrix actually work properly.

I have about 40 Citrix users on my part of our network, and they have a tough time of it due it's instability.

As the FCC finally starts tackling its dreadful broadband maps, Georgia reveals just how bad they are


Re: Believe it or not

And pope is catholic

That doesn't sound right, but I'm too lazy to check.

Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software


Who is this we? It sounds like parts of the US might be, but not where I live.

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?


Is this courtroom 3?

...relying on its arm of lawyers and vast financial resources to protect it from infringement claims.

Oh yes. It's good to see IP laws working the way they should.

Maze ransomware gang threatens to publish sensitive stolen data after US aerospace biz sensibly refuses to pay


Re: And in the Other Corner we have ..........

That's amanfromMars 1 you're replying to.

I am pretty sure he's some sort of AI, although that screed is much more comprehensible that usual.

Weirdly libertarian though which is new.

NASA scientists mull sending a spacecraft on a 13-year mission to visit Neptune's 'bizarre' moon, Triton


Do it, please.

But 2038 is no good, as I might not live to see that. Next Tuesday would suit me better.

Northrop Grumman to polish NASA's HALO, techies test tardy telescope tower, SLS boosters ready for Florida


Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman are not really in the business of doing this sort of design and development.

What they are really for is to turn American taxpayers money into shareholders money and they're really good at that

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?


Re: Only in Oz...

To be fair, standing on a man's recently reseeded lawn ought to be enough to bring the government down.

Brace yourselves for a double dissolution election.


This is probably true. When Mrs. Clinton visited my city several years ago the whole of the central city was closed off around her hotel, and she wasn't even the president.

Our Prime Minister by contrast does her own shopping based on the number of times I have said gidday to her at a local Mall.

It makes you wonder why they're so frightened of us doesn't it?

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically


Re: Déja Vu

...only to find your new HR system only works on IE 5.5...

Oi! Mind your language. Children might be reading this.

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'



I enjoyed Ubuntu 18.04 as my desktop OS, and installed 20.04 when it became available, without even really thinking much about it, as Ubuntu has been such a good desktop OS for so long now.

However, so many of the tools I use regularly can only be installed as snaps, and the snap experience is such an awful one that I changed to Pop!_OS which is an Ubuntu offshoot, managed by System 76, the PC makers.

It is pretty much what Ubuntu 20.04 could have been, but isn't.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation


Re: git broke English

"Huck" is a term we used when I was a kid growing up in the Antipodes doing stupid things with fireworks.

As in "I'm going to huck this double happy on Mr. Waldmann's roof".

Good times.

You're 3 billion years too late to see Mars' impressive ring system. The next one will be along in 40 million years or so


Re: Interesting

They hope to test their theory over the next few years... by smashing a couple of moons together to see what happens.

(A man can dream can't he)?

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't


Oh. Again?

I can't understand what game they're playing here. It has taken them 16 years to get to the point of not being able to get 500 kg into orbit.

Why bother? Every man and his dog can do that.

Is this some elaborate tax dodge for Branson or something?

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed


Good lord! What weird patterns people's brains see.

This is why I come to El Reg every day.

Alibaba's Jack Ma bails from SoftBank's board


...has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Here I am assuming they've been badly affected by the terrible investments they've been making.

If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything


Re: Flashy

If Huawei were serious they would unlock the bootloader completely, and sell the phones with instructions for installing LineageOS, or similar.

After that the user can install what they want, including Open Gapps.

Meteorite's tiny secrets reveal Solar System's sodium-rich, alkaline liquid past – a clue to formation of life


Re: sorry to be pedantic

I have a packet of organic basil seeds in the garden shed.

I'll swap you for some inorganic ones if you like. :-)

US piles yet more charges on Theranos CEO, COO. We could do with good blood testing now... and this wasn't it


Re: I know they were a bit fraudulent but.....

I agree with martinusher.

The piling on of charges has nothing to do with whether Theranos was a con (because it clearly was) but is an awful tactic US prosecutors use to intimidate defendants, and should not be allowed.

Should Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani go to jail? Yes, I think so, but as the Wikipedia article on Theranos notes:

In July 2011, Holmes was introduced to former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, who joined the Theranos board of directors that month. Over the next three years, Shultz helped to introduce almost all the outside directors on the "all-star board", which included William Perry (former U.S. Secretary of Defense), Henry Kissinger (former U.S. Secretary of State), Sam Nunn (former U.S. Senator), Bill Frist (former U.S. Senator and heart-transplant surgeon), Gary Roughead (Admiral, USN, retired), James Mattis (General, USMC), Richard Kovacevich (former Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO) and Riley Bechtel (chairman of the board and former CEO at Bechtel Group).

None of whom are in the dock. I wonder why?

Uncle Sam courting Intel, TSMC to build advanced chip fabs on home soil – report


Re: Missed Opportunity

John Savard might be one of those people who think the US defeated the Nazis.

He might also think the US could defeat China in a war, which they can't.

Psst... Wanna buy some stock in a spaceplane company? Virgin would like a word


Re: Galactic?

I am unsure what Virgin Galactic actually is.

It was founded in 2004 and is yet to get a single thing into orbit, even once.

Who is going to buy shares in that, and why? It is going to have income of about $1 million this year, and lose about $60 million.

That is not a business.

There's a world out there with a hexagon vortex over its pole packed with hydrocarbon ice crystals. That planet is Saturn


Re: Spaced!

Our Prime Minister told us we should all get spaced out, and we're having a referendum on legalising pot later this year.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are


Re: Huh?

My Hillman Imp required me to open the bonnet to fill it. The lady who sold it to me showed me where it was, which was nice of her, because it would have taken ages to find.

It has been 20 years since cybercrims woke up to social engineering with an intriguing little email titled 'ILOVEYOU'


Re: Damn users

You do make a good point, and you're not wrong, but I certainly blamed my user who opened the Anna Kournikova virus twice.

In two days.

He was the general manager.

Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping


Re: And who will pay ?

As noted, companies don't have to be sold, and an awful lot of the "overseas investment" is not really investment as much as a huge payday for the shareholders.

Your point about our American friends is quite right however.

America has a long history of becoming belligerent when their economic interests are threatened.

Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff


Re: up until 1991,

I'm still not sure if I really like Gentle Giant. I love the fact that they were allowed to record their weird music for the whole of the 1970's though.


Re: up until 1991,

Really good rock, for me, seemed to have mostly disappeared by 1980.

Really good music of all kinds has mostly gone underground since the record companies were allowed to buy each other, to the point where there is what, four left?

They have adopted McDonalds business model, where they churn out the same "product" again and again.

That's how people like Beyonce and Katy Perry get famous.

Gentle Giant were allowed to record 10 albums during the 70's. None of the major labels would look twice at them now.


Re: Most bands are in it for the money

Oh yes, home taping is killing music.


The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke


Re: Haircuts

I look like I play bass in a 1970's hard rock band.

I think I like it.

Apple on 2020 so far: OK, so iPhone sales are a bit glum. Wearables, music, apps, vids to the rescue... almost


What's with the pic at the top of the article? Why would a bunch of hipsters want to look at that creepy old man's phone?


Windows 10 gets a little more G-shaped: G Suite admins can now manage Microsoft's OS, and that includes remote wipe


Re: For Superb AI Stealthy Services ..... in an Almighty Program ‽ .

Is amanfromMars 1 an AI that still hasn't figured out how to communicate with meatbags, or someone who sends all his comment through Google translate from some East Asian* language?

* For example.

Aussie immunology legend consults Twitter for his local off-licence opening hours



I live in a country where it is legal to distill your own spirits, and even though my still only makes a couple of litres at a time I have trouble keeping up with it.


As nice as Pai: FCC chairman comes out in favour of Ligado Networks' 5G proposal, despite criticism from airlines and military


Barr will overrule those objections and push this through.

He might try, but the various groups doing the complaining have cleverly invoked the SPAAAACE FOOOORCE so maybe Barr will be overruled in turn.

Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data


Re: Nice

It is a puff piece.

Larry promises lots of advertising in exchange for an article making him look like Jesus.

It is a pretty common thing in the magazine business.


Re: Salvation from the Devil

I thought Americans didn't want a king.

I don't care either way, but I wish you'd make your minds up.

Second-wave dotcom Uber-investor Softbank forecasts gargantuan losses as world economy faces slump


Re: Beware of big investors crying crocodile tears....

Softbank takes money from the Saudis (among others) and gives it to people like the Uber and WeWork fools who then use it to pay their staff, who use it to feed their families.

That sounds pretty good to me. Hopefully it takes another couple of years and another few billion before the tap gets turned off.

If the Saudis sent all of their money, that would be great.

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'


Re: another one bites the dust

Wait, Rob Wyatt of Atari? I though it was Rob Wyatt of King Crimson.

SAP hits back in Oracle cloud spat: I am rubber, you are glue, we have twice as many ERP installations as you



Oracle threatened the huge multinational company I work for with an audit, and we are now in the process of getting rid of them completely.

We're going to use SAP instead, so I am unsure if things will be better.



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