* Posts by TheRealRoland

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Captain, the computer has identified 250 alien stars that infiltrated our galaxy – actual science, not science-fiction

TheRealRoland
Alien

Re: Upvote for E.E. 'Doc' Smith

Yeah, always happy finding stuff on Gutenberg. With the local library still not fully open (they do have curbside delivery here, which i haven't experimented with yet), need to feed the brain with books (and not other brains...)

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Happy

Re: Upvote for E.E. 'Doc' Smith

Squeee! New author!

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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Mushroom

The second reason is the first most important reason. The administration doesnt care about schools, universities and students being impacted. They are foreigners anyways, and in the eye of their base, people that are not wanted and are 'stealing our skience!'

Also, there was a very immediate deadline attached to this ruling; i think students' visa would expire on July 15th? Better leave the country before that date, otherwise you'll be marked for life in US databases as a visa overstayer, and will have additional difficulties traveling back / through the US.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series

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Those leaky indicator light fluid reservoirs... I wonder when that recall is going to happen. Long overdue!

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

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But...

Isnt this what a C-suite at a large company needs to be prepared for? That due to <reasons> markets fluctuate and how to react to that? Looks like boards of directors accepting that it's enough for someone to point fingers at datamodels specifically based on data that creates this market, to say 'i'm unable to carry out my work' ?

Perhaps saying it diffierently: Shouldnt have models already accounted for market fluctuations due to issues like pandemics, natural disasters, etc.? If that's the case, someone is mailing it in.

Where do i sign up?

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

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think twice before traveling

If you're in the US on one of these visas, think twice before traveling back home and coming back, even for a short while. Details are hazy if you're being allowed back into the US under an existing visum...

Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends

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Wired

With all the news people reporting from home on the evening news - it was agonizing how bad the sound quality was when people would use wireless earbuds, and now after a while see people just go back to wired earbuds. Much better.

And also, yet another thing to charge, when on the road.

Aahhhh*, remember what that was like?

* scream of infinite horror, or sigh of nostalgia

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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Logitech H800

Bought one years ago, battery bit the dust after about 3 years, got a larger battery, worked for another 2 years, power switch finally broke. Ordered a new one. Slightly new design (logo now printed at top of head clamp (?) and power button feels much sturdier. Here's to another 5 years.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Unhappy

Re: Never understood this

If i remember correctly, washing lines are verboten where i live, but one of those collapsible drying rack things is allowed. As long as it's not an eye sore. or some sort rules in Home Owners' Association's Tome of Rules.

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Coat

Re: The definition of "smart", according to Webster's Dictionary

The definition of "snark", according to TheRegister's Dictionary:

To use the following definitions to describe 'smart':

1) to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.

2) to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.

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Re: Never understood this

We have General Electric appliances in the house. The fridge is now 20 yrs old. Had to repair the blower fan, ice cube maker and reroute the water line to the water dispenser. It became brittle because it's sitting next to the condenser motor (?)

The GE Oven, i had to repair with a post-it piece of paper. After a while some moisture starts building up between two ribbon connectors. The post-it piece separates the two ribbons, and the oven works again.

Washer and dryer, both still work.

The repair guy said 'these things are built like tanks'. And nowadays, things that are metal, are replaced by plastic things. So much shorter lifespan.

my really shaking-fist-at-clouds moment was when i had to replace the ice cube maker tray. capacity was reduced over the years from 8 cubes to 7 cubes at a time... That seriously impacts my drinking!

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Happy

Re: Never understood this

Okay, boomer! ;-)

Yeah, no. these things are ridiculous, and whoever thought they'd be getting lifetime support, wake up, please.

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

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Re: @SJA - Seriously?

The best kind of correct!

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Happy

Aah.... The Bells of St. Mary's...

You know this Land of the Free thing, yeah? Well then, why allow the FBI to trawl through America's browsing history without a warrant?

TheRealRoland

Re: land of the free...

Aneurism

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Re:

Blipverts

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

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Coat

Re: In a world, where smartphones aren't shitty PCs

Wait, you mean to tell me that mergers do not increase competitiveness and innovation?

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: And that means Apple is now 44.

"An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a definite proposition"

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Thumb Up

Grape for the win!

Also got a G4 in the basement, with one of those processor add-on / expansion cards in it, and one of those monster CRTs... That was fun, moving house!

Oh, and a Classic is hiding somewhere as well, probably propping up a stack of o'Reilly books :-)

Atlassian to offensively price itself through the post-pandemic patch

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Thumb Down

i can't believe how janky it has gotten. Sure, if you have a project running, i guess it works. But as soon as you need to migrate a board or project over from one instance to another instance, ooh boy. Two different import functions, both not doing what it promises on the box. No easy migration possible, in short.

But again, if you have it running, and no need to move some stuff to a new instance, by all means, go ahead.

But think twice when you're asked to use a new interface, or use the nextgen project type. not worth it.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Coat

The RN needs to show Uncle Trump they have good control over their people, as to not create a similar situation as with the skipper of that US aircraft carrier. But by slapping it down in public, they created just that similar situation... What was that effect's name?

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

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William Barr and Pai worked together at Verizon. Barr worked for a legal company that represented Lightsquared, now known as Ligado. So while DOJ may have objections, Barr will overrule those objections and push this through. Simple as that.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic

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Re: It Never Rains but IT Pours Deep Drowning Pools of Information/Raging Torrents of Intelligence.

Well at least amanfromMars1 is still among us. I will rest easy tonight.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Unhappy

So many comments possible on this story...

- monty python's 'She's a witch' while have a 5G mast on the scale

- can we do Woody Harrelson next? He's showing similar confuddlement

- or how about Dr. Naomi Wolf

Microsoft corrects '775 per cent cloud usage surge' claim: Big number only applied to Teams and only in Italy

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Re: Aside from the surge...

Am using the underlying sharepoint UI for file movement, and teams UI only for chats. Yes, very annoying.

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Re: Very worthy

weird though - team #250966, right? When looking at the team's members, don't see my handle :-/

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Re: Very worthy

Done.

What happens when the maintainer of a JS library downloaded 26m times a week goes to prison for killing someone with a motorbike? Core-js just found out

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Re: Zloirock

Wibble?

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access

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Clarion...

The BlackBerry in your junk drawer is now a collectors' item: TCL says no more new keyboard-clad phones

TheRealRoland

Re: A somewhat obscure alternative

While the hub on BB10 was great, i still think the Hub on android is ok. better than having to deal with separate inboxes, etc.

Are you using the Hub+ (Blackberry's Android version of the hub) on the Titan?

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Nice. I did read a review on the FXtec that says i can use shortcuts on the physical keys. Yes, please, more of that.

Has anyone read about that having that capability on the Unihertz Titan? I do like that format better than the landscape slider (reminds me of an old AT&T phone i used to have, can't remember the name)

Also, would you be able to run the Blackberry apps on that machine, to make it behave more like the Passport or the KeyOne/Key2 ?

And then then killer question... would Verizon allow this phone on their network.

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How are the bolds still working? 3G, and still have native apps? I had to drop my Passport, due to android getting older and some banking apps no longer being supported... And the KeyOne is getting long in the tooth as well. Finding a Key2 here that works / is approved on Verizon is difficult...

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Better yet - beginning of the mope era.

Am disappointed no new physical keyboard phones have been released past the Key2 / Key2LE :-(

I'll be moping until one returns, and very reluctantly will be using some other phone :-(

Image-rec startup for cops, Feds can probably identify you from 3 billion pics it's scraped from Facebook, YouTube etc

TheRealRoland
Devil

Remember Peter "Kill all Gawker b/c mah privacy" Thiel? Meet the financial backer behind Clearview.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics

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Angel

"Excuse me! Excuse me! I couldn't help but notice, i'm considerably richer than you!"

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling

TheRealRoland
Unhappy

Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

Nope. StrandHogg is real.

TheRealRoland
Unhappy

Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

In the US the Chase banking app also caused problems. My Blackberry Passport was working fine, until Chase said 'nu-uh, not on this Android'. So i got a KeyOne, which is now also out of luck on Android updates.

So yeah, that StrandHogg thing - reality. Got infected with that (sympton was that i saw an app named 'Apps' that would reappear after deleting and rebooting the phone).

Had to wipe clean my handset to get rid of it :-(

And absolutely no idea what site i visited to get it infected.

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train

TheRealRoland

Re: Legality

Earlier this week in San Francisco a person was arrested for eating a breakfast sammich while standing on the platform waiting for a train.

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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Re: TV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVGVXPuO3xQ

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers

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Coat

Re: Surely

Coffee & Cars...

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

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Anecdotal: BSODs and bricked laptops

Anecdotal, and havent found a pattern yet: a number of laptops that received one or more of the latest updates are now bricked. Apparently during the upgrade a BSOD happened, and somehow killed something important, thus the user no longer able to reboot, safe mode, etc. and undo the latest installs.

I've put updating my laptop on hold for a month, until i hear/read about the all-clear...

Finally! A solution to 42 – the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything

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Unhappy

Re: Disturbing

Chipmunks over here :-(

Look, we know it feels like everything's going off the rails right now, but think positive: The proton has a new radius

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Coat

I know i have to deal with a Lamb shift, on my grill, to prevent it from overcooking... Hmmm... Lamb.

Back to school with El Reg - how about a chunky Lenovo for the student in your life?

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Coat

Re: Better off with a secondhand X series

I like the XJ220 better. More than enough for the school commute, i'm sure.

My god, it's full of tsars: A gun-toting Russian humanoid robot is on its way to the International Space Station

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Happy

Re: Fedor...

bidi bidi bidi you're not a looker yourself!

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities

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Coat

Re: ICL..?

Probably just a metrics vs imperial miscalculation.

With more hints dropped online on how to exploit BlueKeep, you've patched that Windows RDP flaw, right?

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Headmaster

Re: If only

Asses. Heh heh.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

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Re: Good reason

But what if that enable-reset switch should have to be reset? i'm sure these switches are not of the simplest of designs... because... Budget?

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Devil

This is the lightbulb we deserve.

Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone

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Alert

Re: Ever teleported a team into peril or heard something go boom on a conference call?

The closest I got to something remotely similar was while doing a software training of a new customer in Kuwait. About a month or so before the second Iraq war. Air raid sirens went off. Attendees all laughed, saying 'yeah, normal, just exercises or prep for when it really happens. it would have been announced in the local newspapers.'

That was my code brown moment :-)

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