* Posts by Sampler

862 posts • joined 16 May 2007


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?

NexDock 2: Electric Boogaloo. Crowdfunded laptop shell sequel touts less plastic, more pixels


$330 AUD

For that pricepoint I have a whole heap of laptops to pick from, so why does a laptop with the laptop removed cost more to do less?

(in saying that, my dex dock has been used twice, so, guess I'm not the target market)

Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster


Re: Well done Samsung

I'd hold the congrats until we see how well the fold last in real life conditions, I imagine that crease being a problem for the screen over time (if not even in the previews).

Take your pick: Linux on Windows 10 hardware, or Windows 10 on Linux hardware


Pi's could be interesting

If you could chain a few up and run the OS across them, a grid of Pi's would have the power to run the OS and an application and still be relatively cheap.

Could be "a great way of teaching the kids" about clusters..

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack


Re: Backups?

What's it matter the VM's authentication when you wipe the images from the hypervisor.

Also, as mentioned above, no pity, a backup server isn't a backup, it's a hot copy at best, three physical locations and an offline to boot. None which may be much use against an ex-employee who's pissed.

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities


End of Chrome?

If they're going to make changes to prevent adblock extensions then this could make a sizeable dent in their userbase as the switch back to Firefox?

Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so


Obligatory XKCD


Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears


Re: resumebuzzword.com

I'm pretty upset to find that resumebuzzword.com isn't an actual thing...


Well, still an idiot

If they switched from .org to .com but didn't retain the .org as a redirect (which is not clear in the article but a presumption from the drop in sales) than he is indeed a bit of an idiot.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: @ msknight

I'd like proper copyright control, the DMCA auto flag stuff is ridiculous, I've had several video's flagged at the moment of upload for non-copyright violations but the code has decided otherwise.

My last one was a bicycle event, I was cycling along with some friends on the Sydney to 'Gong 90k ride, not even four minutes of a nice down hill and interaction with friends, happened to be near someone with a bluetooth speaker playing a song barely audible in the background, in fact, I had to watch the video a few times with the sound cranked to eleven to even pick it out.

It's all a pain in the ass as the monetise or disable something or other. I actually watch a fair bit of original content on YouTube and don't recall watching anything pirate, but then, I'm also in Australia so not affected by this, but, would welcome a change to how copyright is handled as apparently it's not working to prevent copyright infringement and the false positives are very annoying even for us casuals so god knows what it's like for a professional..

SAP slurps up Qualtrics for a cool $8bn, persuades firm not to IPO



As a customer something's been off for months. What was once a reliable platform was wonky as shit and sales teams were lying through their teeth to get us to stay another year, all starts making sense.

Good luck to SAP, they've bought a turkey, what was once the leading edge software has been quickly surpassed by those initially aping it and then capitalising on Qualtrics lack of movement over the last few years. I can get a system that offers all the features, plus a few more, for a whole decimal place less.

And I don't have to log several support tickets a day to get it to work.

And it's not blocked by the likes of Ghostery.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly



Lot of people talking about subs using GPS - and the article too, however, my watch loses GPS signal in mere millimetres of water. I'm not suggesting the military signals the subs are using are the same as the ones I'm using to log my triathlon, but, they've got to behave to the same physical laws, and if a little water's enough to block one, then a few leagues should impact the other?



Would this work in space? I mean, once you're outside the GPS satellites it must be pretty tricky to work out where you are, star charts can be so accurate but you'd have to have been there before to know where you are and how to get back?

But, if you know you've moved A miles on the X axis, B miles on the Y axis and C miles on the Z axis from Earth, you know how to get back.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files


What an idiot

An external drive used in production for a start with the bottleneck that brings.

An external drive not backed up.

An external drive he couldn't recover the files from when they got wiped from the file allocation table (or similar, depending on the drives format). I mean, on the few occasions I've lost partition information or accidentally deleted a file I didn't want to, I've been able to recover, I've been able to recover co-workers files too, it's fairly trivial with the right tool.

All with such expensive work that he hadn't delivered, even though it hadn't been modified in 90 days..

I mean, bad form from Adobe as that's a stupid fuck up, but, he's also a stupid fuck up.

Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant


Re: In other news, Amazon played a dirty game with its new HQ...

This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever...

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter


Re: Expensive brick

Given the model was released in 2017 that means the batteries have had ample time to be charged and discharged a fair few times, given they're commercial drones and not playthings, which probably means the batteries can't maintain peak output, so, although not depleted, output isn't high enough and that trips something (a resistor or capacitor is suddenly in the wrong state) and the whole system gets confused and goes down.

Kinda like my Note4 when I tried to open the camera, I'd have a 1 in 4 chance of it just shutting down, ah, those were the days, when you could easily replace a battery in a phone...

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


Oddly timed

Given I got an update from Cloudflare today on how there privacy conscious minimal cost system is coming along, about a month delayed, but sounds like a lot of 123-Reg customers will happy switch across when it is up and running...

Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register


Re: Conditioning.

But do they? I mean, if they did, wouldn't they be using them?

I work at a place where the default machine is a macbook (air for most, I got a pro as I'm a "techie") and the constant moans and gripes about them boggles my mind for a system that's supposed to "just work", not to mention the faff of everyone having a VM as core business applications aren't osx compatible so they have to boot to windows to make them work.

Whereas I just have windows bootcamped, no faff, no fuss, no crashes.

I do wonder what pieces of crap people are running, or what they must do, to make windows so unreliable as it's often lamented as I just don't see it.

I'm not "fanboi", I use linux at home, but, given that's even less compatible with the apps our average run of the mill company needs, there's little alternative and it is fairly robust, especially when you conisder the open ecosystem the OS has to support unlike the closed ecosystem of our flakey macbooks.

(no nostradamus, but, I'm predicting being downvoted to hell here, don't care, fake internet points, I'm just sick of a narrative that doesn't fit the reality I witness).

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up


Re: Good

What I disliked about maps when I had the setting off, is you can no longer store bookmarks for work and home if you disable the tracking.

Tracking my every move I do not want, being able to quickly click "home" and find the relative bus is entirely different, but apparently not to google maps.

My laziness out won my paranoia though as I've re-enabled it, which I guess was their tactic all along.

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one


Re: Battery lifetime?

They're mostly Logitech with Microsoft logo's on them, typed on a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard that oddly uses the same "SetPoint" software as my Logitech mouse...

Crucial P1 minicard flash drive? Not if you grabbed Intel's 660p


Re: I'll never buy another

Oh christ yeah, how bad are Seagate drives, every single one of them died on me, in similar set-ups and use cases as Western Digital drives, which not one has failed (few have wobbled and been pulled before given the chance, but not a fail, unlike the Seagates that would just go down hard).



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