* Posts by TomG

158 posts • joined 8 Jan 2010

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He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended

TomG

Re: Static

I started with a Sinclair progressed to the TI-99/4A. I still have the TI.

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

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Re: Autonomous cars not so good for a Taxi company?

the entity responsible for the operation of the car. Hint; (Uber)

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Re: You had one job...

What is your beef with burger flippers?

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Re: highly qualified

are you speaking as an experienced Uber driver?

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Part of the test could be to see if an "ordinary" person could manage the task.

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Re: However

In a moving car, going down the road, you are not looking at a blank screen.

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Re: However

airplanes can descend rather quickly. BTW, there may be other airplanes flying around, even at 30,000 feet.

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Re: However

Why could the person acting as the safety driver not know all of the conditions necessary to drive safely? Does the job description "Safety Driver" not have meaning? The situation is the person is the driver and the computer is the assistant, similar to power steering or power brakes. Unfortunately, the pedestrian failed to be aware of her surroundings.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Re: good grief

What would you do if the licensing area (state) had 100,000 cars, or 1,000,000 cars? Would you have license plates that wrap around the car?

TomG

Re: good grief

Not that way in the great state of Texas. The number/letter portion of the plate must be unique, no duplications allowed. Also, the letter/number combination must not be offensive. "you suck 1" would not be allowed.

Three middle-aged Dutch hackers slipped into Donald Trump's Twitter account days before 2016 US election

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Re: Enter the hash into a search engine ...

Most likely pointing at their foot.

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive

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Re: There's a simple solution

The only way around this is to become a boss.

Dell: 60% of our people won't be going back into an office regularly after COVID-19

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Re: I would hate to own commercial real estate

sounds like a Hillary supporter to me.

TomG

Re: I would hate to own commercial real estate

correct

The truth is, honest people need willpower to cheat, while cheaters need it to be honest

TomG

Re: I don't think they were measuring "honesty"

Actually, the "free to air TV" movies are not free. On a commercial broadcast it is paid for by the advertisers. On non-commercial broadcasts it is paid for by the providing entity.

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Re: Theft is taking with the intention of depriving the owner of the thing stolen

The musician composes songs to sell to the public for compensation. This is the musicians income. By copying without paying you are depriving the musician of income thereby causing the musician harm.

Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains' servers

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Re: Where is god when you need him?

God can do that also.

Texas jury: Apple on the hook for half a billion dollars after infringing 4G LTE patents

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Re: Patent registration fees

The registration cost would easily be recovered by increasing the franchise fees.

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Re: It is about time

Do you think Apple has half a billion dollars lying around NOT drawing interest?

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Re: It is about time

Do you really think that Apple has a half billion dollars lying around NOT drawing high interest?

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump

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Re: Why no Internet voting?

I am amazed that you was able to access The Register much less post a comment. You seemed to have NO knowledge of Hackers, Virus programs or even a rudimentary knowledge of the internet. On the list of insecure methods of voting, internet voting must surely be number one.

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Re: why aren't postal votes considered a fraud risk in the US?

A very informative ( and correct) posting. The more ballots that are mailed the more fraud that will occur. Generally speaking, if anyone wants a mail-in ballot all they have to do is request one with the reason that they are physically unable to vote in person, or that they will be out of town (not able to go to the appropriate polling place) on election day. By requiring the potential voter to request a mail-in ballot this allows the Election office to verify the requesters valid registration.

Pokémon Go players fined for breaking down-under COVID-19 lockdown rules

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Re: Math + logic does not equal the hysteria

Fact: We are all going to die eventually.

conclusion: Lets put it off as long as possible.

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Re: "The IT manager turned up clutching a clipboard"

Finally someone that recognizes the visual power of a clipboard. In the government job I previously held if any supervisory personnel came around emptyhanded you knew immediately he/she did not know what they were doing or what they were supposed to do. In a pinch a handful of papers would work.

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: Police cars rest easier

Do you know that they don't use this on scammers or corporate criminals? Perhaps this was a practice exercise to determine how well it works in order to use it later on scammers and corporate criminals.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

Do you know what they use the information for? Does everyone that you may interact with also not care? This seems to be a gross invasion of privacy.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

TomG

Never take medical advice from non-medical personnel. Especially politicians such as the President of the United State of the Prime Minister of Australia.

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I find it interesting that you think Trump has that much power in Australia. Sorry to hear about your partner. Hopefully the situation will ease up a little and she can get the medication soon.

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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Re: It's the same everywhere

The first time this happens it is the delivery persons fault. After that it is your fault. You should learn to look before you back.

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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Re: Humble brag

I think you are misunderstanding people when they call you pencil prick (or maybe you do understand).

Halfords invents radio signals that don't travel at the speed of light

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Can't anyone find a way to blame Microsoft?

Video-editing upstart bares users' raunchy flicks to world+dog via leaky AWS bucket

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Re: If something is free...

Don't mess with Texas.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

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Re: That vendor's track record for reparability is miserable

Finally, a negative comment about Microsoft. I find it hard to believe that I had to read this many comments before someone bashed MS. I had two iPhones, both bad. Will never buy anything Apple.

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps

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Come on people, you can do better than this. I had to read 7 comments before I read one that mentioned Windows, and it was favorable to Windows. BTW, I did not see any favorable comments on Linux. People, get with the program.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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I see two big mistakes that you made. The first mistake; buying an Apple product and second; working in a coffee shop.

Amazon: Carbon emissions from our Australian bit barns aren't for public viewing

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Re: Not really sure...

Yes, he is a leftie. They don't want to pay taxes. They just want you to pay taxes.

That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well

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Re: FFS A.I is not intelligent

Downvoted you, not for what you said but, for the inept way you said it.

Nope, we're stuffed, shrieks Apple channel as iPhone shipments enter a double-digit spiral

TomG

Re: What do these overpriced watches do that my £100 "ordinary" watch can't?

I don't wear a watch either. I discovered years that my smartphone always has the time.

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Re: "(alongside Tag, Omega, etc)."

The overpriced watches (this applies to Apple also) lets your friends and other people know that you have enough money, or little enough sense, to pay for a status symbol.

How do you like dem Windows, Apple? July opening for Microsoft's first store in Blighty

TomG

Re: Empty Stores

The Apple store in our local mall rarely has more than 3 or 4 people eagerly thronging. Generally, the employees outnumber the customers.

Bug-hunter reveals another 'make me admin' Windows 10 zero-day – and vows: 'There's more where that came from'

TomG

"People act according to THEIR OWN SELF INTEREST" slight correction; people act according to their perceived best interest.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Re: ....and what about the FAA...

Finally, someone is blaming Trump. I thought we would never get to the real cause (NOT).

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows

TomG

Re: Hmm..

Same with my wife's computer, it does what she wants it to do. I do all of the updating.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'

TomG

Interesting reply until I got to the part that said "explaining that his mailbox was backed up daily and there was no risk of losing data" . Then I lost confidence in your narrative. After working with computers for in excess of 35 years I am well aware of the possibility of losing data.

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again

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Re: Keys

Nice to see you admit the USA is best at something.

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Re: Keys

Disagree with your statement about our constitution. It seems to work rather well, as long as Democrats don't mess with it.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

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Re: They don't raise em' bright...

you should change the word "South" to "everywhere".

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Different states have different laws regarding who can own firearms and the number and type of firearms that can be owned.

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In some states, the right to own firearms is restored after the sentence is completed and a specified time has elapsed.

Make America buy phones again! Smartphone doom 'n' gloom crosses Atlantic to cast shadow stateside

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Re: Mature Product

As a native born Texan, agree wholeheartedly with your last statement.....but only if the phone comes in red.

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