* Posts by John 104

988 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009


American schools' phone apps send children's info to ad networks, analytics firms

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Re: Really ?

With the exception of a few states, there is no such thing as a license for a firearm. Concealed carry is a different story. Firearm ownership in the US is a right, not a privilege, therefor, no license requirement should exist.

First Coinbase, now Basecamp: Should workplaces ban political talk on internal corporate platforms?

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“It has become common for Silicon Valley companies to engage in a wide variety of social activism, even those unrelated to what the company does, and there are certainly employees who really want this in the company they work for,” CEO Brian Armstrong, said last year.

If you want this in the company you work for, go work for Green Peace, PETA or any other activist company. You are at work to work, not to spin politics and spout your virtuous opinion. The lack of work ethic and maturity in the work place (at least here in the US) these days is staggering.

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech

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Re: What?

it could have been cat-astrophic for the business had he not arrived in time...

Uncle Sam sues Facebook for allegedly discriminating against US workers in favor of foreigners on H-1B visas

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I'm an IT generalist. I have an honorific 'Engineer' in my job title, but I in know way think it I'm a REAL engineer. Those guys are nuts smart. :) But, I'm pretty competent in my work and have made a nice living managing back end systems.

Nothing wrong with being called a technician. I often have fun with the problem solving approach differences with my son, who is one of those very smart engineering types finishing up his aerospace/astronautics bachelors degree. The approach to problem solving is quite different between the two types and leads to some fun and engaging conversations about how things are done and why.

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Re: This court case is so un-american


You're a dirty white boy...

ACLU sues US govt, demands to know if agents are buying their way around warrants to track suspects' smartphones

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Re: Why bother with a warrant

You would be wise not to use social media. Period. But, as the article mentions, even apps do tracking and profiling.

Mysterious Utah monolith mysteriously disappears without trace

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Joke is on us

Turns out, Arthur Clark's 2001 and follow up 2010 were not science fiction writings, but actually implanted thoughts delivered by alien overlords. Clark mis-interpreted the message and wrote what he thought was a fiction. That not working, the aliens decided a more direct placement of the message block was in order. Sadly, in a strange mashup of science fiction and reality, the aliens, determining that humans were not the correct vehicle for message deliver after the Clark debacle, instead placed it where the perceived higher life form would discover it. However, a mix-up between deer mouse and common mice is again preventing the correct delivery of the message.

Voyager 2 is back online after eight months of radio silence

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Re: You know you need coffee when..

Who is number 1?

Trump's official campaign website vandalized by hackers who 'had enough of the President's fake news'

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Re: Like a Three-Card Monte game

So... which one is he? Hitler or a baby in a pram?

SMH. People's vision of what a president can and can't do are so skewed. There is a reason there are 3 branches of government in the US..

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Re: A sign of the times


"Most of the outside world is watching the 'Trump Show' destroy a once proud nation."

Yes, because the democrats have had nothing to do with fomenting violence in cities, stripping constitutional rights, and spreading their own version of lies to get what they want.

Regarding impeachment, you need more than just a temper tantrum that you lost, a bogus dossier and a dislike for someone to remove them from office. Otherwise it just makes you look petty and immature.

Not sure what Kook-Aid some of you are drinking, but there is no way that Trump or any other president changes the law to extend their presidency beyond 2 consecutive terms. Congress won't stand for it no matter who is in the Oval Office, and the military certainly won't.

We have two choices in the US for president this term. Neither of them are worth a damn. The republicans couldn't do any better than Trump in '16 because they aren't a unified party. The dems, while being a unified party, couldn't do any better than HRC in '16. Now we have the same issue with the incumbent and the dems could only put up Biden/Harris because they freaked out when Sanders was going to win the ticket. Again, both lousy choices. A Biden presidency really just means a Harris presidency and it is pretty transparent that that is the goal.

In the end, the US suffers and erodes a little more, and the US citizen is the victim.

Thought the FBI were the only ones able to unlock encrypted phones? Pretty much every US cop can get the job done

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Re: Suicide rates and gun ownership

@Eclectic Man

I love coming to a UK site and seeing people poo poo the 2nd amendment, which was put in place when the US was founded to allow the people to keep tyrannical governments in check (looking at you UK). The NRA used to be about sporting until the politicians decided to restrict the 2nd amendment. They saw a threat to their mission stepped up their game and made it their goal to defend it. They are no different than an organization defending the 1st amendment or any other in the US constitution. The rub is, people who know little or nothing about firearms swallow whatever the media and politicians tell them about guns (and other things) as gospel.

The mental health issue is real, but it isn't the guns fault people are messed up. And, a quick google search shows that the suicide rate per capita in the UK is 11.2/100k. US is only slightly higher at 14.2/100k. So, if guns are the evil culprit, but are banned in the UK, then how are folks there killing themselves? Quit drinking the koolaid

Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'

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Re: I prefer the original

Anyone who pre-ordered Duke Nukem 3d got a Duke mouse pad. Still have mine!

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I have originals and they play well in dosbox.

Also, I wouldn't call Duke 3d a clone. It brought a level of dimensionality that was sorely missing in the original Doom. You could actually jump! And rocket pack! and far better graphics. Not to detract from Doom at all. Still an all time classic!

And Blood. lol. Parental warning because of all the blood! Kill those occultists!

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Re: I suck at FPS...

Net Hack!

LOVE that game. It is available in the dos archives (was ported at some point). I played it through a few years ago. Just as much fun today as it was when I played it in the 80s.

It aint always about the graphics!

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Re: Consultation is shot to pieces then

Only 15k? I'd have sued them for at least a years worth of wages. And damages.

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Re: Seems insane

This is how I would have worded it:

"Thanks for saving our business from bankruptcy. Now that everything is OK, fuck off.

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal

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You guys aren't seeing the bigger picture! Once Starlink is up, these issues of connectivity will go away

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Re: Business as usual for government

I had the same thoughts, and then some. Replace drone pilots with firearms owners and the argument stands. Laws to prevent bad behavior of a few typically hurt the responsible majority. "But look! We're doing something!"

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Re: Useless


You've obviously never actually fired a gun. Or, if you have, you are using absolute garbage off the street with crap ammo.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Re: We were doing that at the lab at uni

@ UT

It's because it has good game play.

My daughter and I just played a deathmatch of original Half Life. STILL plays well.

At the risk of sounding, well, aged, (not well aged), like movies, modern games aren't always better due to better graphics/effects. Good game play is good game play and nothing beats the sound of that voice in your headphones saying "HEAD SHOT"

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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Re: Transparency

Whether or not they are behind the folks making the bid, you can be assured that there will be some laundering of money and kick back if the deal is done.

Internet's safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can't open a safe

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Interesting story. Always fun to see how certain elements of securing things are implemented.

And, sigh. I remember El Reg back in the day. If you didn't know what DNS was, they certainly weren't going to explain it to you.

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Re: "during what was apparently a check"


You're right. They should just put the key pair on a file share and lock it down with ACLs.

Sprint-T-Mobile US merger: Bad for competition? Good for standing up to Verizon, AT&T? NYC court goes with the latter

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"There is no doubt that reducing the mobile market from four to three will be bad for consumers, bad for workers, and bad for innovation,"

Considering that these cellular carriers have almost nothing to do with engineering the technology they implement, I'm not buying into the above statement. Does AT&T design and manufacture cell phones? No. Do they design and manufacture radio units for towers? No. They are technology implementers.

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

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What's in a Name?

When it was MAC OS X, Apple were very adamant that it wasn't os 'ex' but that it was OS 'ten'.

If we follow the same logic, this new OS from Microsoft should be called 'Windows Ten Ten'

Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap

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Because it was side load, it wouldn't have to pass validation. The whole thing smells of rotten fish.

That's what makes you hackable: Please, baby. Stop using 'onedirection' as a password

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Why is it so hard for people?

like one direction? You could do: "0n3 W@y $tr33t" as a mnemonic, keep a clue about your favorite boy band and still have a rock solid pass PHRASE...

AI 'more profound than fire', Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tells rich folks' talking shop

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Re: AI 'more profound than fire'

Well, war IS ridiculous...

Remember that 2024 Moon thing? How about Mars in 2033? Authorization bill moots 2028 for more lunar footprints

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Re: Private money

No way I'm traveling Wayland....

Co-Op Insurance and IBM play blame game over collapse of £175m megaproject

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When you fire all of your technical people this is what happens...

US court rules: Just because you can extract teeth while riding a hoverboard doesn't mean you should

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Re: Alaskan treats

Cadbury, as noted. And dang, those things are SO gross.

The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?

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Re: How did that work ?

Before notepad++ became ubiquitous, wordpad was a go to because it didn't fiddle with formatting. Not sure if it is the same today. Even Notepad screws with stuff if you aren't careful.

Intel server chip shortages continue to bite: HPE warns of Xeon processor supply drought for the whole of 2020

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Re: EPYC Fail...?

I think it is more likely an EPYC win...

We have a few servers with those chips in them and they are ridiculously fast compared to our Xeon servers.

Leaks point to Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra with mammoth 108MP camera and ... what? 16GB of RAM

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Here's to hoping that it actually does come with a 5000mAH battery - and doesn't need it to run for 4 hours...

To manufacturers: No one gives a shit about thin. Give us decent batteries please. An extra mm to the phone thickness is worth it....

Tabletop battle-toys purveyor Games Workshop again warns of risks in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP project

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Good on them for winning.

For me, though, I'm not sure what the draw is. It is a hugely expensive game to buy in to and in the end is just miniatures combat. Cool sculpting though.

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Re: 'Good project management'

Should he have written it as *GW* to make you happy?

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Re: Original Controller Only


I have a CD/AM/FM boom box thing that I acquired in the early 90s. It has been my shop radio for decades and still works as good as the day it was new (although it is a lot dirtier).

This whole scheme of theirs smacks of corporate greed and environmental carelessness. I'm firmly in the camp of "question the 'settled science' claims of politicians" (if they are talking, they are lying) There is simply too many billions of $$ involved. But that doesn't mean that I condone material waste like this. Shame on them.

No Motorola Razr comeback orders in 2019: Costly foldy nostalgia mobe pulled back

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At $1,500, this has now become the idiot tax item of the decade. Retro cool? Sure. Foldable? Neat. Worth that much more than a bog standard $500 phone? No way.

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth

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"Chilton also called out how pristine the capsule looked following its 1258 UTC landing at White Sands in New Mexico on 22 December"

Are they sure it was 1258UTC? Perhaps it was 01:58?

What do you mean your eardrums need a break? Samsung-owned JBL touts solar-powered wireless headphones you don't need to charge

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Re: "68 hours of playtime from just 1.5 hours of sunlight"

Probably similar to my watch. Citizen eco drive. always charging and to date, i've never replaced the built in battery - going on 10 years?

Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Tesla, Microsoft exploit child labor to mine cobalt for batteries, human-rights warriors claim

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Re: How much cobalt per car?

Maybe mined in Canada, but all of it is shipped to China for processing, where they don't give a shit about the environment.

The idea of a 'green' car that is battery powered is a total joke. The whole thing has to be one of the biggest bamboozles of all time.

My eyes thank you, Google: Android to get dark mode scheduling in future update

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Re: A better solution?

What? Use the light sensor? Why, what a concept. Except this has always been in place. Up until Android 9, it worked really well. On my LG V40, it is useless. The display darkens so much that it is unusable in low light situations and won't adjust up. As a result, I manually set the brightness.

Hey, Google, How about you fix shit you broke before introducing new features? Or are you just trying to be like Microsoft?

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

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Wrongful Termination

At least in the states, that would be wrongful termination and cause for lawsuit. At the point of firing and NDA, I'd pause and go get a lawyer. One would hope that at this point, they can sue for damages.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing

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Re: So many flaws

Can is OK to buy in, as long as you pour it into a glass. NEVER drink from a can. Unless it's Carlsburg. At least they didn't waste good beer....

Five new players – including Blue Origin and SpaceX – are now in NASA's race to send landers to the Moon

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Re: Pittsburg, Colorado, Houston, Texas, California

Don't get all bitter just because the UK has no skin in the game...

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

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Re: Well that was a waste...

I'm with Gumby.

I manage access control among my many IT hats. At least here in the states, you have to have a system that fails to unlocked in the event of a power failure. Otherwise the doors stay locked in an emergency. Such as, fire, tsunami, power failure with fire and tsunami, etc.

If the garbage you are buying fails to locked, I'd dump it. Seriously, what if your house was on fire and your wife was inside and couldn't get to a window? What garbage.

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Re: Selective deafness


Don't be obtuse. No one carries a spare battery with them. The point is that when the battery dies, the consumer can source a new one and install it themselves. With the Apple way, it is glued in, and there is no recourse for replacing the battery - WHICH WILL WEAR OUT - other than paying exorbitant amounts at the 'genius' bar, or throwing the device away. Myself, I just replaced my battery in my HP. Cost me $40 and about 10 minutes with a screwdriver.

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Re: it might he a hipster thing to do

Same with my Skylake HP Envy. 13" screen, completely serviceable. All screws on the bottom. No failing keyboard, no dead pixles, no catching on fire during use. And, it's less than half an inch thick. Looks fantastic and runs great. I upgraded the SSD and have just replaced the stock battery after 4 years. Oh, and it cost me $850 US.

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen

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Re: Want one

But my mobile phone is already portable...

SpaceX flings another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in firm's heaviest payload to date

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yeah. I have mixed feelings on this one.

On one hand, very cool accomplishments. Keep up the work for science and the improvement of lift/orbit vehicles.

However, more litter? In the name of profit? Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.



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