* Posts by Arctic fox

2784 posts • joined 6 Nov 2009

Boffins step into the Li-ion's den with sodium-ion battery that's potentially as good as a lithium cousin

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WTF?

Re: "There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that every death is counted as a COVID-19 death."

I have read carefully through your post and I can only conclude that you have drunk too much of your hero's recommendation. The giveaway here is that you cite "anecdotal evidence" - exactly the kind of evidence that this POTUS is so fond of.

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Mushroom

Re: "fake flu propaganda?"

This "fake flu" has so far killed over 100,000 US citizens in the course of approximately four months. That is equivalent to an annualised rate of over 300,000 per year which in turn is approximately 15 times the death rate per year in the US due to seasonal flu of the type we are all familiar with. Fake? It seems all too horribly real to me. I suggest you shove that alt-right reality denial where the sun doesn't shine. Or maybe adopt your hero's suggestion and drink some clorox.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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'Il Douché'

Have an upvote for that. Perhaps we should refer to him as Trumsollini from now on.

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Headmaster

@John H Woods Re: "so far to the left that Hitler would have recognised...."

Indeed. For at least the last forty years a certain type of right-winger has attempted to "prove" that all dictatorships and all bestial conduct have all, by definition, been left wing. This of course leads them to claim that the German Nazis were left-wingers. The pathetic posting you were responding to is a classic example of that kind of rancid dishonesty. I am from the left and I acknowledge that certain systems claiming to represent the left have behaved in a truly vile way. It would be a positive contribution if the right-wing were able to make the same acknowledgment regarding systems that they know perfectly well could not possibly be described as left-wing. They will not of course - they will continue with their dishonest howling.

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Headmaster

Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

Whatever the lady may have said in the past, is she wrong on this occasion? That surely is the point here hmm..? How about doing something truly revolutionary and address the points in the article - whataboutery contributes nothing to constructive debate. On this occasion (and yes I myself am absolutely no fan of Ms Harman) the lady has an important point that surely deserves support from those of us who are very concerned about the way the current emergency is being exploited governments salivating at the prospect of the amount of data they can gather on their citizens - supported by the big private enterprise data harvesters - I am sure I do not need to list the names of these companies.

British Army adopts WhatsApp for formal orders as coronavirus isolation kicks in

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Re: "Slightly different beast"

Indeed :).

"The Army Sergeant Major is the most senior member of the other ranks of the British Army. Both appointment holders have actually been commissioned officers holding the rank of captain, although uniform and insignia similar to that of a warrant officer class 1 is worn while holding the appointment." Wikipedia

Closed source? Pull the other one... We love open source, but not enough to share code for our own app, says GitHub

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Happy

RE: "And so it begins."

I can think of one or two respectable reasons why they would not want world+wife+dog spannering their own ap.

Flying taxis? That'll be AFTER you've launched light sabres and anti-gravity skateboards

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Ryanair's plans to fit outside toilets.

Dear Mr Dabbs, thank you for that wonderful definition of uselessness. I could not stop chuckling.

Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'

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Nuke them from orbit.

In space no one can hear a sysadmin scream.

Samsung says sorry as union-busting chairman and VP head off for 18 months in the chokey

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Re: Re "I suppose "chokey" is a Korean thing"

Fair enough old chap - two great peoples divided by the same language and all that :)

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Headmaster

Re "I suppose "chokey" is a Korean thing"

No, it is British slang meaning jail. Pokey is American slang - the US is not "everywhere else".

Amazon Germany faces Christmas strikes from elf stackers, packers and dispatchers

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Re: Amazon is Evil

No they don't, even if they also are similarly exploited workers. About time that hoi poloi grasped the concept "solidarity".

Microsoft sees sense, will give Office 365 admins veto rights on self-service Power tools

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Happy

Re "As employees become more independent and better versed in technology,....."

I almost split my kipper laughing when I read that bit.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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Re "Gina Miller has now shown that she...."

You, like so many of your fellow leavers appear to have a problem with the fact that the lady was born in Guyana. I wonder why. I am also not surprised that you posted that as an AC.

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

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Childcatcher

Re: Internal pressure

I wish I could thank you for sharing that and I am sure that I will as soon as I can find some mind-bleach.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google told: If you could cough up a decade of your internal emails, that'd be great

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Happy

Re "....10 years' worth of emails between top executives."

Popcorn check, beer in fridge check and comfy chair at the ready check. I am so looking forward to this.

Ex-Microsoft dev used test account to swipe $10m in tech giant's own store credits, live life of luxury, Feds allege

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Headmaster

@AC Re "If his OPSEC was good, his Bitcoin are fine."

Oh indeed, if his OPSEC was good his Bitcoins will be fine. However, he won't be when it comes to sentencing because if he fails, upon conviction, to cooperate fully with restitution the judge will throw the sentencing book at him. He will get max, and it will be many a long year before he gets any opportunity to continue to spend his ill-gotten gains.

NPM Inc settles union-busting complaints on third try – after CEO trolled for ordering internal mole hunt

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Headmaster

@Spanners Re: ....union busting is very 20th century

It is unfortunately very 21st century as well in the US. A substantial proportion of American employers are so right-wing that they regard anyone who is a member of a trades union as a closet communist.

Microsoft: 2TB or not 2... OK, OK! 2TB. OneDrive dragged kicking and screaming into selling more storage

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@Korev Re: "What about stupidity?"

Whose? The company's for making that offer or the customer's for believing in it? Or both?

Buckminsterfullerene sounds like the next UK Prime Minister but trust us, it's in fact the largest molecule yet found in interstellar space

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Coat

"...........until the remaining DIBs are assigned.”

What I want to know is who gets first DIBs? Alright, alright, see icon.

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

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Headmaster

@LDS Re: "I wonder why CERN doesn't fit the "academic institution"......."

I have to say that I do not for one moment understand what Microsoft's finance department are playing at here. CERN is by definition a publicly funded, not-for-profit, academic organisation. Talk about shooting yourself in both your corporate feet at one and the same time.

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater

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Terminator

Jupiter, AI, Microsoft and Google?

I'm sorry Dave, I can't advertise that.

US border cops confirm: Maker of America's license-plate, driver recognition tech hacked, camera images swiped

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Headmaster

Re "Not until board members are personally liable will the situation improve."

I agree. In fact I would make a general point in this context. The law should be changed to ensure that when a company is fined for this or that piece of "misbehavior" the directors are also personally fined (or where the offence is serious enough, jailed) with it being a criminal offence for the company to compensate them in any way shape or form. Only then will we begin to see the big companies behave like coporate citizens. Once the directors own arses are on the line we might see an improvement.

The peelable, foldable phone has become the great white whale of tech

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Headmaster

I believe that the problem the industry are facing...............

..............is that their customers have matured along with the market. By this I mean that the punter no longer sees the point in upgrading annually. Furthermore, there is a noticible reduction in the phenomenen of "Fanboiism". Where are the annual stories of enormous lines of eager purchasers outside (for example) the Apple Store on launch day, high fiving as they come out with their new shiney? The punters are interested in what their app collection gives them, not the hardware any longer. It's what their phone can run which interests them, not the phone itself. If it will run their favourite applications properly, that is what they care about. I am certain that even if the "pholding" phone was easy to produce they would get a couple of years of above average sales and then that to would end up commodotized, no longer attracting large sales at even larger prices. The hardware manufacturers are on a treadmill that they cannot get off of.

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep

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Headmaster

Regarding "SJW drivel like this article"

Your complete incapacity to refute any part of this article combined with your puerile slandering of the author demonstrates one thing very clearly. Your intellectual manhood is seriously stunted.

Ethiopian Airlines boss confirms suspect flight software was in use as Boeing 737 Max crashed

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Headmaster

@I ain't Spartacus Re: "Can the plane be flown safely with MCAS turned off? "

With that one sentence you have cut to the heart of the matter. If that is the case then the directors of the company should be facing several years singing "that's the sound of the guys working on the chain gang".

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson Re: DIY & Fingerprints

I have to say the masochism tango takes some beating! So to speak :)

What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?

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Headmaster

Meanwhile, Facebook and its services are still down

Oh bliss it was that dawn to be alive, but to be without FB was very heaven! *

*With apologies to William Wordsworth

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads

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Happy

@Cuddles Re: " Is there an equivalent of audiophiles for screens?"

Videophiles perhaps?

How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way

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Headmaster

Fascinating!

The image (of a cosmic river) has a beauty that borders on the poetical.

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

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@Yes Me Re: Let's not beat around the bush

Indeed. Is it not ironic that the most rabid defenders of red in tooth and claw capitalism are some of the most unscrupulous bad losers when they are being outcompeted.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Headmaster

@Richard 12 RE: "Thus, it cannot possibly be the cause."

Which in turn would suggest that the CEO of a company quoted on the exchanges in the US made a misleading statement regarding his companies finances. If it were regarded to be willfully misleading might not the SEC in the States be interested? I could certainly see aggrieved shareholders reaching for their learned friends if it could be argued that the statement was knowingly false.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Headmaster

@ Richard 12 Re: "Sadly, Apple are killing Mac."

Indeed, I fear that you are right. To a very great degree It is not Nuance who are crapping on their customers but Apple themselves as far as macOS is concerned. Their attitude to loyal punters who pony up very significant sums for Apple kit, frankly speaking, stinks.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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@Terry 6 Re: "If they are disregarded, disrespected, not considered...."

Loud applause from this example of the Vulpes lagopus. By way of support I proffer this which describes what happened when Queen Mary College took the the decision some ten years ago to bring their cleaning back inhouse and offered their now permanent cleaning staff a living wage and the same conditions of service as the rest of their employees:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/18/cleaners-fair-wages-university-in-house-working-lives

See icon.

Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security

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Headmaster

Re: "...a PIN - that will surely be easier to brute force than a password"

Ahem. Did you forget the three strikes and you are out rule in this context? You get three bites of the cherry and then you are locked out if you did not guess correctly. The odds concerned are 1:333,33 recurring. I.e. Unless the person concerned is very fucking lucky trying to brute-force a PIN-code suggests that our would-be perp's IQ is lower than his shoe size.

Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Flame

Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

It has always been a wonder to me that companies can get away with not reporting. If, for example, your local branch of your bank got visited by a couple of gentleman equiped with stocking masks and shotguns and they failed to report the matter to the police then the bank could be punished for failing to report knowledge of the commission of a criminal offence. Companies that conceal attacks on their IT-systems should be prosecuted for failing to report said offence. The senior managers responsible should end up in court.

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Headmaster

Re: How Does Cloud Work Again?

Actually Bob I strongly suspect that your downvote totals have at least as much to do with your obsessive use of caps lock as your opinionate certainties.

Heart-stopping predictions from AI doctors could save lives

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Joke

Re: Correlation does not imply causation

"....our models pulled out a home visit from their GP as a good predictor of patient mortality"

This sentence suggests that the last thing you would want is a home visit from your GP!

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Coat

@JohnFen Re: "You get six faded colors for your whiteboard?"

"What luxury! Where I work, we're only provided with four."

You had rats? You wer lucky, when I wer a lad.....er sorry I am obviously getting past it. See icon.

AI software may help eggheads predict where aftershocks will strike

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@Def Re: "That was my first thought too. It is a real word though."

Personally I feel that the dictionary publisher that was willing to accept that travesty should have been sent to the scorpion pits.

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Headmaster

@John Mangan Re: "discretizing"....."<sob>"

"“By discretizing the volume around each mainshock in this way,"

Indeed. What about:

"....by using/choosing/selecting/defining a discrete* volume around each mainshock in this way........"

It would at least show that one had some feeling for the English language and was not making up verbs whenever one felt like it.

*Yes, then one is using the adjective "discrete" correctly in the context.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Headmaster

@Ledswinger Re: But we're taking about games here

"The whole point of the debate here is what do Google do that justifies a 30% cut?"

They are of the opinion that they do not need to, they do it because they can. Indeed that is not surprising given that they have about 85% of the moble os market. In the circumstances it is hardly amazing that the European competition authorities are beginning to look very closely at the situation. Bluntly put, as Andrew has pointed out, there is no app store competition because each of the two "biggies" have a closed market in practice. Yes, I know you can side-load on Android (and indeed I have) but in reality, for hoi poloi (due to lack of knowledge) Android is in practice almost as locked down as ios. The net result of all this is (as this article is pointing out) that to all practical intents and purposes, there is no competition worth the name. The devs are getting screwed and so are the punters.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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@Gene Cash Re: ""duur, whut's a see pee yew?" "

Indeed. When you are paid the salary of an enterprise lawyer you are expected to have background and context for your legal "expertise" in the business you are working for. See icon.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: All Verizon need now is a fire...

What the Fire Dept should do if Verizon's offices in California catch fire is turn up, park the fire tenders in the parking lot and hold a tailgate partly whilst singing "burn baby, burn". Icon? What else in the circumstances?

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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@ Mephistro Re: I spy with my little eye...

"All right, the answer is FOUR PERCENT OF GLOBAL TURNOVER!"

Once a fucking month, every fucking month until they stop fucking doing it!

Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

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Re: "a publicly usable statement"

I was about to ask what on earth they had said that El Reg would not publish. It must either have been worthless boilerplate that Vulture Central saw no point in quoting or so unbelievably obscene that even El-Reg wouldn't print it!

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Headmaster

@DCFusor Re: Love the cognitive dissonance

"Why is that virtually unearned 30% not evil no matter who does it?"

I believe that what the competition authorities would be concerned about is that Google has 85% of the mobile phone market and is therefore in a "market dominant position". Though I admit that as an ordinary punter the sight of unrestrained greed is not a pretty one regardless of who we are talking about.

Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Headmaster

"..... that the word "but" is more likely to be followed by a comma....."

It should then be trained to assassinate anyone who follows "but" with a comma. Icon? What else?

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Windows

@mpentler Re: "..... but your ideologies can't even fathom that possibility..."

What one has to take into account here is that the anti-Redmond hatebois cannot conceive of any honest reason for preferring Windows under any circumstances. The inevitable result is of course drive-by shill accusations, howls of "FUD" and general aspersions cast against the virtue of the mother of whoever has been foolish enough to challenge their world-view. They are not content with the huge role that Linux has throughout the whole of our planet's IT-infrastructure; nothing will satisfy them other than the complete eradication of anything and everything emanating from "The Demon Lords of Redmond".

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Headmaster

From your article 2nd July Andrew.

"......scientists reported an antidote – an under-glass fingerprint sensor which makes a display cut-out superfluous. But so far we've yet to report a successful field trial."

We can only hope that the notch is a shortlived phenomenen. The word "fugly" does not begin to cover the case.

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