* Posts by Sampler

882 posts • joined 16 May 2007


Ports in a storm: The Matebook 14 won't set your world on fire, but it's still a half-decent laptop


Re: More places for our USB's???

I don't get why more keyboards don't have USB hub's in them, especially the wired keyboards.

Want to pop a USB stick in, great, there's a few holes above the num pad for you..

Woman dies after hospital is unable to treat her during crippling ransomware infection, cops launch probe


Pretty sure hospitals were treating patients before they had computers, if the diversion is an hour away emergency patients should be seen and paperwork can be sorted out down the line.

As much as the ransomware folk are culpable, so is the hospitals IS team, companies like mine can be a little lax, we do market research, it's not life or death, these should be isolated in groups, physically as much as possible, yes route out to the internet if you have to (such as support mentioned elsewhere can be something enabled/disabled as required) but even internet access doesn't mean they should be able to access the next machine to prevent a cascading failure.

Yes it's complicated, but, that's why hospitals pay so much in IT. You can't take the pay-cheque that comes with responsibility and then shirk it when you fuck up.

Apple takes another swing at Epic, says Unreal Engine could be a 'trojan horse' threatening security


"to slide a change into the app that blatantly evaded App Review."

So, um, just like any developer could do to sneak malware past app review, so much for Apple vaunted appstore protection...

Paragon 'optimistic' that its NTFS driver will be accepted into the Linux Kernel


Re: Are they really this unclear on the concept?

Paragon told us. “Microsoft made the decision to allow the use of exFAT in the Linux kernel, and we felt encouraged to give Linux what it has been waiting for over 20 years – quality NTFS supports at the kernel level.”

Pretty sure that line sums it up, exFAT is stealing our customers and we need better integration to compete.

You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs


As an SFX user

I hope the third part cards have more standardised cooling, otherwise that's a fair bit of hot hair getting blasted at the PSU / divider in most SFX sandwich layouts...

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts


What an idiot

As someone on a working visa (in a different part of the world) you don't do anything that may jeopardise either that visa or potential of the next (including residency).

I've been made redundant by a company I know wouldn't have rescinded my access to most platforms (and that's just the accounts they were aware of) but, as tempting as it is to give a last fuck you, you move on, because the only one you're fucking is yourself.

US Air Force shows off latest all-electric flying car, says it 'might seem straight out of a Hollywood movie'


"let alone a plan for how they would be safely operated in large numbers"

I think for that you're going to have to give up autonomy, for flying cars to be viable you can't trust people to pilot them, they will have to be machine controlled with a mixture of onboard (incase of network drop out) and centralised co-ordination to ensure flightpaths of vehicles stay clear of each other over the course of the trip.

So, we're going to be a bit away from that, plenty of time to actually figure out the flying vehicle bit....

Google says Australian pay-for-news code means it can’t quit the country


Re: Murdoch

Here's hoping!



I'm all for fair journalism, so if this aids that, all the better (I'll be honest, haven't been following it and this article makes Google's side seem like poor excuses) but, whilst we're at it, can we get some laws against Murdoch too? To make sure his empire actually reports the news, not just the opinions he favours..

If you can't understand how Instagram 'influencers' make millions, good luck with these virtual ones doing even better


On the outset

This sounds like an easy way to make money, but, I can imagine the team behind these virtual people isn't small and a lot of time is spent on making the accounts appear attractive to people to in turn make them attractive to advertisers, far more time than you could do so yourself.

Which is a shame, as I do like the sound of pinching out a picture every few days yet making enough to buy a private island.. (said in the middle of ten minute break from what will undoubtedly be another eighteen hour day..)

Xiaomi turns 10 and celebrates by sitting down to relax in front of its new transparent television


Re: Transparent phone, please?

I guess they'll be useful for AR, point your phone at something, the camera works out what it's being pointed at and then overlays on screen the details.

Being able to just see the innards of your phone is pointless, but I imagine they'll be a few nice AR things down the line.

But otherwise, yeah, not much point, and a whole TV, don't really care for that being see through when it's off..

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


Re: I must be missing something...

You can set field types on import.

As someone who works with Market Research data and has to do this very often and would kindly prefer if Microsoft stopped helping, it's a trivial step but seemingly manageable by this uni-drop out, so, one would hope not that difficult for phd's...

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music


Don't think any user will be surprised

They've been rather aggressive for months at trying to push you across, I'm sticking out till the end as the play music site is better than your youtube music for how I listen (I listen to randomly generated playlist from a particular track and the "recent" in play music lets me access these relatively easily, youtube music does not, especially as some playlists are missing entirely after I did the "migrate" sync).

I get culling a little used platform, especially when you have two, but, given literally no one I've told about it knew about it that'd probably account for a lot, google really do seem to be terrible at advertising their good features (ironic for an advertising company) which leads to this sort of thing, there's not really any need for youtube music to have been developed, they could've just pushed people to play music.

As the world descends into madness, it's good to see some things never change: Monthly Android patches


Re: I hate to say it...

I got my monthly android update from my Note 8 yesterday, that's a three year old phone on the 23rd of this month.

It's still listed under monthly support though one could imagine it moving to quarterly support after this month:


Average lifespan of the non-removable batteries is three years so can't see them wasting much more time on it after that and four years support is an average for Samsung's higher end models, guessing you got a cheap model and got what you paid for.

Note20's announced today/tomorrow (depending on your timezone) so probably time for an upgrade myself (even though there's literally nothing the Note8 can't do and no need to upgrade, I really don't see the point in 5g right now as 4g is fast enough for a mobile device, there's always the shiny shiny impulse..).

If you're on invite-only tech-testing scheme, take care with Amazon's Alexa-powered answer to Google's Glass


They look like my Vue glasses

I backed them on kickstarter, they looked fun and were cheap (especially as they came with a prescription, much cheaper than my actual glasses).

However, whether it's my larger than average head, narrow pupillary distance or poor design they're physically painful to wear. I'm not sure if it's the pressure of the things constantly digging in to my head or the bone conducting vibrations whilst listening to music also shaking the lenses ever so slightly but wearing a pair for an hour makes me feel sea sick.

Call quality was terrible too.

So, all in, they sit in there fancy charging case, in a closet somewhere (I think..haven't seen them since the last move)..

Imagine the Amazon's will suffer similarly so not rushing out for an invite..

We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother


Then take the spirit of the recommendation and not the letter, why allow anything after the tld?

Now, yes, a site could spin up unique subdomains, but, that's going to be harder work and would probably put most off.

Could not even allow sub-domains, you want a PWA, it'll have to run from the main domain.

That said, sounds a lot like a non-issue, if you like a site enough to use a PWA and add a shortcut to your homescreen you're probably going to want to be logged in to it anyway (like a weather app so you have your location stored, or twitter so you're logged in etc..).

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


Re: On helpdesk calls

Back in my green days (which I like to count in decades now as it keeps the numbers smaller and thereby some how seems not as long ago) I had a user with a totally dead, completely shuffled off the mortal coil 22" CRT monitor (such a beast they were classed as a two man lift for company insurance purposes, not that anyone actually followed through with getting a second engineer to help).

Asked the obvious, did you check it was plugged in, affirmative from the user, so in my nativity I toddle off back to our basement office to grab a replacement, trolley it back up, swap over, pop the power button and..nothing.

Oh dear.

So I check the power cable I re-used and, yep, it's plugged in alright.

They do tend to work better than when the extension block is turned on though...

I didn't want to lose face to the nice lady so simply told her the new monitor's now up and running and popped her old one back into storage for when one actually failed...

Teardown nerds delve into Dell's new XPS 15 laptop to find – fancy that – screws and user-serviceable parts


Re: Why so few size options?

Why would you cut a wedge out of your desk for a laptop that will vary in sizes as they're upgraded and replaced and also, you know, want to vent and, occasionally, have access to ports.

If you're working at a set desk that you'd want to cut a hole in, why not just get a decent keyboard for that desk, your wrists will thank you..

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware


Re: @Terry 6 - Samsung quality software

I actually had a sales drone say this to me "Do you want new features? We need to move fast and break things" to which I replied with cancelling their 'service' saying we'd like the features we thought we'd bought to work before we got pointless extras.

Though I guess jokes on me because SAP bought them for $8billion...


Re: Not Surprised

This is why I like PiHole, not just ad-domains blocked but telemetry too, so you can monitor what your devices are connecting to and block what you don't like the look of.

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars


Re: Mars NIMBY types...

I was going to say, I know the drone flight restrictions on Earth are a bit harsh but this seems to be pushing it a bit...

Fujitsu, Japan strong-Arm their way to the top with world's fastest-known super: 415-PFLOPS Fugaku



Yeah, but will it run Crysis?

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft


Standard Win10 Error

I thought this was just the normal Win10 error, where a random application you had open when you shutdown (not suspend) boots when you relaunch, mostly for me it's excel, occasionally powerpoint and once or twice Chrome (so it's not just ms apps), not using Edge I wouldn't be surprised if it did the same..

Microsoft 365 and Azure outage struck Australia and New Zealand just as business rocked up for a new week



I wonder if this is related to a particular server, Sydney based here and not had any trouble all morning (using outlook online and an instance of Excel online too).

No mention from the rest of the office either, and, trust me, I'd hear about it....

Creeps give away money to harass recipients with abusive transaction descriptions on bank statements


Re: Three months early

I've been here about eight years and I'd say they're actually a lot more open about it than back in the UK, there's some forthright programs to try and tackle the causes and get people to open up about the toxic masculinity and mental health problems that contribute to family violence.

There's a lot of things that Australia is behind the UK on, but this and mental health support in general, they are far ahead.

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


Re: I get that the cameras may not have picked out the truck...

I was going to say, how far out front does it radar/lidar function - is it less than it's breaking distance at this speed (which this would seem to confer) as that seems a bit less useful having radar/lidar, might aswell strap a chocolate fireguard to the bonnet...

Hey bud – how the heck does that stay in your ear? Google emits latest Pixel Buds, plus extra bloatware if you have the matching phone


Wow, I got some similar looking ear phones from Amazon for sixty bucks (Australian, so that's like fourty American) and they have a seven hour playtime (though advertised 6) and I've used them for about talking for about four hours one evening and they were still going.

How can some no name (SoundPEATS) cheap Chinese imitation company manage to pinch out something that runs longer than the vast resources of Google could come up with?

I mean, they're not great, I'm not here trying to say you should get them instead, the bass is a little light and the microphones could be a lot better, but, they're cheap and they do the job - seemingly longer than both Google and Apple can?

Latest Apple gadget's production behind schedule, will come out at one month past iPhone 12, reportedly


Re: Apple sales down due to long-lasting hardware

How much of the Apple kool aid have you sipped? You might want to put that iGlass down..

You're seeing an attack when they're simply explaining the market, other mobile phone manufacturers are seeing the same (even the ones that actually _are_ leading, least in terms of new features, that one particularly baffles me as the iPhone has never had something new on it, they just tell people it's more refined and they seem to sell by the bucket).

I used to upgrade my phone every six months as Noika had something new out that put the old one to shame, then it became annual updates from HTC with their incremental Windows phones, switching to Android saw that drop to 18months, then my last two phones were the Samsung Note 8 and a Note 4 before that, reflecting the pace of necessary upgrades.

Like laptops before them, and desktops before that, the mobile chips started to plateau, you didn't need to upgrade your phone because the old one does everything you need. I'm still using the Note8 and whilst the rumours for the 20 are full of cool sounding stuff, I'll probably not get it and stick with the 8 as it's not going to do anything I can't do on my 8 and it's a whole heap of cash to pay out for it.

Appreciate that's an anecdotal example, but it's what we're seeing playout over the phone market, Apple no exception (though one thing I am seeing is a shift away from Apple to Android by people, usually followed by a boast of how easy it was and they wish they'd done it sooner - again, anecdotal, small base).

I needed a spare IP Camera the other day so pulled the Note 4 out the drawer, still a perfectly serviceable device, a tad slow side by side with the 8, but not annoyingly slow, for what most people use their phone for they'd be happy.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra


Re: The thing about a 1995 Nissan Micra is...

I had the "not quite but we'll round it up to 1l" Micra "Tempest" edition as my first car (14year old when I got the keys) and that was still fun nippy little go-kart so can't imagine the pick up you'd get on a 1.4l

Couldn't give mine away though, on at least three occasions I left the key in the lock, twice drivers door, once in the boot - that latter one we'd been in Whitby shooting a music video all day, must've left it in the Abbey car park for a good ten hours, wasn't until I was walking back up to it that I put my hand in my pocket and panicked, thought it must've fallen out whilst I was rolling around on the floor with the camera trying to get a good angle, at which point the car in front of mine pulled away, leaving the visage of the keys dangling from the boot for all to see.

It lived on the street too as my house had no driveway and parking wasn't available directly out front, had the window smashed once, don't know how long it was like that, I'd parked her up late Friday night after a gig and didn't emerge again until late Sunday to find the window through, thankfully hadn't rained in the interim. (I'm guessing it was kids, was parked next to a bit of a green).

Best memory was a gig we'd done in Batley (wait, I'm getting to the good bit, where we leave Batley), hadn't checked the forecast but it'd been clear skies going in, came out of the gig to a fair covering of snow, we all loaded up and headed home, I picked the lead singer up not four minutes later at the edge of town as she'd given up trying to get her Mazda M5 to go in the right direction (fun fact, she was a psychologist by day, not a hairdresser), lead guitarist with the bass player in tow made it half way up the hill out of the ditch (sorry, Batley) and picked up the support act singer at the top of the hill.

I'd learned to drive in the snow so was fairly comfortable in it to start with, but the thin tyres on the Micra just cut right through and, now fully laden (fortunately both singers were quite small) had no trouble cutting through the snow to drop everyone home to get taxi's back to their abandoned cars the next day. Had so much fun I even nipped up to the 24hr maccas to get a late night snack, pretty much had the roads to myself, weaving around laid up Taxis that thought they could make it, but found out they couldn't..

Microsoft 365 invites users to 'Ask Me Anything' – as long as it doesn't require a clued-up exec to deliver clear answers


I don't know, the mail in gsuite had been a helluva lot better than outlook in 365 (which is worse than the old exchange days before my decade in gsuite).

Never head much of a problem with drive either, hangouts could be better, but it was better than Skype, why we switched.

Maybe it's just being old and used to gsuite, but switching to o365 four months back with a new employer is not working for me.

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle


Re: A send-off to remember

Speaking of one to remember, any chance of any of that Go Pro footage?

Twitter takes away twits' ability to limit ad data sharing – after telling investors its own privacy settings hurt revenue


Re: You do have to wonder who sat down one day and thought

Facebook should, the user end is shoddy as, and that new beta look and feel? I would not pay good money for that.

But then, I'm not the customer.

Not really used my twitter account for a few years, but, think that's the push to unsub.

Vivo's APEX 2020 concept smartphone grabs life by the gimbals to shoot stable snaps


Re: whether it holds up to the typical 24-month phone lifespan

Came here to state similar, two years seems to be what our airtime providers believe is a lifespan before they can sell us a new device but I've been on a four year device lifecycle for my last three phones, my galaxy note 8 (like the 4 before it) will probably wait until the 21 (I guess it'll be called, as we're getting s20's instead of s11's).

That said, I could replace the battery in my Note4 myself, I don't fancy trying that with the 8, maybe I'll just go back to it, afterall, the better camera isn't /that/ much better and that was about it.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz


15kg payload sounds like it might work for ol' Musk's relay network without the cost (and orbital debris) of the satellites, I'm guessing there's not enough power on board these though to make that feasible..

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass


Re: inevitable byproduct of encounters with keys and coins

See this, I thought this whilst reading it, my phone's always lived in my left pocket (and nothing else) whereas keys, change and whatever else goes in the right (wallet in the back).

But, more likely, what about those who stick metal to their ears, encrusted with pointy sharp stones liked diamonds, given, you know, you have to put your phone up to your ear to use it (admittedly, a more increasing secondary purpose...).

Is this another one of those designed and built by cis-gendered males and not thinking of the wider demographical dataset?

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia


Re: Foot meet gun, gun meet foot

Post Jobs? The man himself turned it down, he's been dead nearly a decade, can we stop idolising the arrogant asshole now?

Whilst we're at it, can we stop with saying how "innovative" Apple are, they haven't "innovated" anything, literally everything they've made was available by others, at best they merely either refined it, or told you their's were better, they're nothing more than a marketing company with a technology arm...

Latest patent brouhaha: Sonos wheels out Doomsday device in bid to block Google Home sales.... The Register


Re: BYO Popcorn?

How can you not unregister? My Sonos play 1's unregister themselves as soon as they lose power and you have to go through the pa-larva of re-setting up..

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras



Just don't wear it when crossing the road in front of a tesla...

WeWork's Meetup slaps RSVP fees on events ‒ then tells everyone not to panic amid backlash



I can't wait for one of these alternatives to kick is as Meetup is an awful platform that I hate giving money to.

They have a good position and give the best roi on getting new members but there platform is shonky and unreliable, half baked make-over still has old site pages in place and nothing's moved in a year, the mobile app is just the worst.

In fact, I'm going to go sign-up to help build the alternative listed..

Do you run on a cloud Down Under, where data's shared and governments plunder... Oz joins US, UK in info search-warrant law


Re: Not sure we're "likeminded countries"

Isn't it data on foreign servers, rather than data on foreigners.

Like the example given, Australia asked Facebook for information on an Australian, just the data is held on the US server (which wouldn't make sense, as Facebook would have local replication, but that's the example given)

BBC said it'll pull radio streams from TuneIn to slurp more of your data but nobody noticed till Amazon put its foot in it


Why is it..

..that we're handing over more and more data on what shows / sounds we like, yet, programming is getting worse and worse..

Can we go back to them just making good shows and not trying to second guess the userbase?

(and I work in market research...)

Outlook turned eBay into DD-Bay: Topless busty babe mysteriously fronts souk's emails



I'm ourtaged the article opens with:

"eBay UK customers got an unexpected eyeful this week"

and not:

"eBay UK customers got more than they bargained for this week"

Clutching at its Perl 6, developer community ponders language name with less baggage


GIMP, now Perl...

..wha'ts next, they're finally going to rename .jif to get everyone to pronounce it right...

Breaker, breaker. Apple's iOS 12.4 update breaks jailbreak break, un-breaks the break. 10-4


Re: Standard

I do always wonder when I read those lines what timeframe they were given, like, they send the email and hit post?

You know, similar to the "user not available" logs to keep tickets in SLA when we were all lowly desk support monkeys...

RTFM: Wireless Broadband Alliance squeezes out 40-page ode to the joy of Wi-Fi 6


Re: Wi-Fi 6 represents the end of the idea of wiring desks for Ethernet

To be fair, where I currently work (as a data scientist, not in the IT role) they don't wire desks in any of the offices, it's wifi for everyone, both main offices in Sydney & Melbourne are over a hundred users, it works and has been fine for the past year and a bit I've been here, even using current spec gear, so yeah, I can see a lot of businesses when rolling out new offices may reconsider the cost of piping a gigabit to the desk - especially as most users would be fine with an old CAT5 100mb to the desk for emailing and a spot of youtube when no one's looking.

Power users yeah, they're going to need the cable, but vast majority of office drones? I don't think it's coming in the future, I think it's here already for many companies, and, despite the protests above, it works...

Atari finally launches its VCS console. Again.


What I don't get is why not just stick an ok spec pc in a box and put steam os on it, putting your heritage games on steam - sell the box to those whom want a retro Atari2600 style box (which, as I look at my 2.6k isn't styled at all like it, but then, I have the original wood veneer finish machine) and the rest who want to casually play old atari games can buy through steam, opening up your avenues for profit and the appeal of your machine.

Infosec bloke claims: Pornhub owner shafted me after I exposed gaping holes in its cartoon smut platform


Re: It "takes the security of its users very seriously."

They're not alone, I submitted a bug to Lastpass which completely negates the 2FA built into their chrome plugin, their response, this isn't a bug. I wasn't interested in the reward, I just want the bypss fixed as otherwise you might as well not bother with the 2FA as it's completely trivial to bypass (like four mouse clicks to disable).

Tesla driver killed after smashing into truck had just enabled Autopilot – US crash watchdog



Is it just me, or can a lot of this be fixed if Tesla simply rename it to super-cruise control from Autopilot?

The latter has a clear connotation that the product doesn't support and people are paying for it, with their lives.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America


Shut them down

Egregious activities at the determent of the collective, they should be shut down, those in charge imprisoned or precluded from running a business again.

We do this to enough of the shit bags the others will eventually capitulate out of fear it happening to them.

Apple disables iPad for 48 years after toddler runs amok


Denial of use attack

So, all I have to do to deprive someone of their overpriced fondleslab is punch the password in wrong a few times?



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