I'll try being happier if my cow-orkers will try being smarter.
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Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down
Re: Strike out!
What do you call a person who just scrapes through medical school? Doctor.
Not "God". Although some consultants, politicians and celebrities think that their expertise in one field somehow qualifies them in other fields as well.
On the other hand, Socrates, PhDs and most Techies know that the more you learn, the more you realise there is to learn, even within your own speciality.
Dunning–Kruger strikes again.
Western Australia rushes out legislation after cops access contact-tracing data to investigate serious crimes
Re: Years ago ...
> the WA police use was legal...
I'm curious about how it was deemed to be legal under Australian law.
- At one extreme you can liken it to CCTV installed for the purposes of preventing or detecting crime. I wouldn't expect police to need a warrant to view or take a copy of the recordings under that purpose.
- At the other extreme, it's data collected for medical purposes and so is subject to doctor-patient confidentiality.
- At least, a judge should have been required to issue a "warrant" for the data grab and repurposing.
I'm in favour of consumer devices being sold with pre-installed antimalware protection that just needs activation, plus autorenewals of subscriptions. We don't want home PCs to be easily compromised and end up in botnets, do we?
- If a vendor feels an annual subscription of, say, £50 is a reasonable return for their R&D + costs, and it's competitive, good luck to them.
- If a vendor is willing to give introductory offers to savvy consumers, even better. They've never tried to stop me re-using that trick each year. No "discounts only available to new subscribers" BS that insurance/mobile phone companies/ISPs use.
Subscription renewals have to be clearly communicated, and can't set a new minimum term contract. But antivirus companies are far from the worst offenders over subscription renewals.
'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary
Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page
Re: How to tell if you're stupid.
There have been cases of technicians finding illegal materials, e.g. child porn, and reporting it - as you would expect IF they found something.
Though it was not clear if the illegal materials were found accidentally, or if the technicians routinely went looking (for themselves, or a fishing operation for law enforcement).
Cameras and/or managers overlooking the repair benches might deter snooping. That might seem intrusive and degrading to professionals - but I'd rather have proof I did no wrong than the unverifiable suspicion that I'd erred
Re: Mr. Biden, Tear Down This Wall !
S'funny, but it sounds rational when anyone other than Trump says it. But then, even a broken clock is right twice a day, so Trump got one thing right regarding China (and many things wrong - Best buddies, greatest trade deals, protectionist tariffs to protect uncompetitive US industries).
S'also funny how many Biden detractors have to come up with childish nicknames to try to tarnish the current President. It's almost like they can't come up with a coherent argument either.
Hybrid working? Buckle in, there's no turning back as survey takers insist: You can't make us go back
My company won't class me as "home based" as they would then have to pay me expenses to travel to the office.
(In fact I think travel costs should be claimable against tax, but that's another argument).
As a Hybrid employee, I have a notional office base and I'll be there when needed. As my boss, most of my team and most of my work is in other countries, I doubt the need will arise often.
To be honest, I was mainly WFH for about 2 years before the pandemic, in return for working flexible hours. And my performance evaluations have been stellar ;-)
Is Firefox currently aimed at small-screen/mobile use, or large screen/PC use?
One requires a simplified UI and controls; The other should make use of the larger screen area to show useful stuff, e.g. the good old menu bar.
Personally, I hate having to drill down through hierarchical menus for frequently used functions (though I'm not a fan of how the Microsoft Ribbon works!)
IANAL, but it seems like the California governor is trying to control free speech by telling the private companies what is and isn't acceptable.
Private companies can't violate the first Amendment, as they're not Government. It's their platform, and they don't have to give anyone a soapbox to preach from.
If you live in Colorado, rent a Post Office box in NYC so you can tell recruiters you're "in" NYC.
There's nothing to stop you from "moving" to Colorado later ;-)
Last time I was asked how much I was looking for, I gave them the figure for the average for the role in London, about 25% more than for the equivalent role in my area.
They agreed without question. In retrospect, as they also had equivalent roles in the US, I should have asked for the average for the role in the US as a starting point for negotiation!
Holy margins, Batman: Pandemic tech prices balloon as demand outweighs stocks and suppliers get greedy
> ...a Logitech wireless combo MK270 mouse and keyboard that cost the supplier £13.71 and the central government customer £110...
You need to know the pre-pandemic cost to the end-buyer to put that in to proper context. It's expensive to set up a purchasing framework, so costs are added in to each item.
If the user were to buy one themselves and expense it, add at least £50 for the cost of handling an expense claim.
If it's done by purchase order, add hundreds to the cost.
Lessons have not been learned: Microsoft's Modern Comments leave users reaching for the rollback button
Re: "Modern Commenting"
I wonder - Once MS have everyone on a subscription model, there's no need to come up with new "features" to persuade people to upgrade or to deprecate older versions.
I'd switch if they promised long term stability! Maybe with plugins for features only a few people will use...
The UK loves cybersecurity so much, it's going to regulate managed service providers' infosec practices in law
Your private data has been nabbed: Please update your life as soon as possible while we deflect responsibility
Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet
Japan to start stamping out rubber stamps and tearing up faxes as new digital agency given Sept. 1 start date
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all: El Reg takes Twitter's anti-mean algorithm for a spin
Freedom of speech does not mean you are immune to the consequences of offending people.
If FOIP (Fist over IP) was a thing, users of social media would behave much more like people in a pub. You can talk outrageous bollocks when drunk, but be prepared to be barred or beaten up if you go too far.
Perl changes dev's permaban for 'unacceptable' behaviour to a year-long lockout after community response
Re: Life time bans....
A life time ban (or prison sentence) is only appropriate if [$JUDGES] don't think that that person will ever change their ways and can't become a valuable member of society again.
Of course it's Perls/Twitters/Facebooks playground, and they don't have to invite anyone they dislike in.
Re: What about just plain Gmail?
It appears to me that Gmail already uses 2FA - the device you log in from is also a factor*. Because they send me a warning email if I log in from a new phone or computer.
So they could enforce 2FA at the point I log in from a new device. Which would be spectacularly unhelpful if my phone is stolen when I'm away from home as I wouldn't be able to register a replacement.
* Of course, as my username/password will be stored on the device to log in to Gmail automatically, it's only 1 factor in use 99% of the time
Some fair points there, but we're not all lusers. The ISPs are just as full of shit.
- Wait 5 minutes to see if it fixes itself. If not, don't expect the ISP to notice a problem.
- Try other devices (wired & wireless), check router diagnostics, reboot router.
- Check the ISPs status page from my phone. Nope, no known problems.
(Oddly, one weekend the ISP was upgrading the network across Greater Manchester, which affected me. The next weekend I had a similar outage during network upgrades in London - apparently my house had moved?)
- Phone the ISP, wait through the lie that COVID is affecting their ability to use technology (which replaces the worn-out "unusually busy at this time" lie) and the suggestion to use their unreachable website.
- Eventually get a human being - well, someone who can read a script - and repeat the tests I've already done.
- Get to the point in the script where I can ask them to test the line. Quite often this "test" will magically fix the connection and they can deny there ever being a problem.
- After some badgering and waiting on hold for them to check, they may admit there's a fault in the area. No ETA for a resolution. The status website will never get updated.
- Otherwise, I have to agree to an Openreach engineer being sent out, with dire warnings if the problem is past the demarc. In fact, the engineer never even knocks on my door, but the connection starts working around the time they are due, and they probably deny there was ever a problem.
- No-one offers an engineer to check the router. They may offer to ship a replacement, hoping that someone else has fixed the real problem by the time it arrives.
48 hour fix SLA? Understandable it it's just one connection. But if it's affecting many connections, 48 hours is a stupid SLA
Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?
Re: Not just phones or "apps"
So they can't maintain a website with genuine FAQS and useful guides (with pictures!)
But they can afford to staff a social media/PR presence to try to engage with you when you've just expressed your displeasure publicly. And (hopefully) put off hundreds of potential customers from making the mistake of buying their crap.
"QNA" describes most "FAQs" perfectly.
Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess
Their 'next job could be in cyber': UK Cyber Security Council launches itself by pointing world+dog to domain it doesn't own
Let's get the Department for Education involved as well so even more time can be wasted.
By the way, the press release contains other howlers. Did you know that "infosec professionals" are (apparently) actually out-of-touch, incompetent amateurs? Never mind, the UK Cyber Security Council will sort them out!
Dutch watchdog fines Booking.com €475k after it kept customer data thefts quiet for more than 3 weeks
Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it
While Reg readers know the difference between a true hacker and cyber-crook, for everyone else, hacking means illegal activity
When you see how inaccurate the popular media (Newspapers, movies, TV) are about topics you know something about, you have to wonder if they're just as sloppy about "dramatising" other areas, e.g police procedures.
But hack/hacker/hackneyed were used as pejoratives before computers were invented, so to some extent it's our own fault for appropriating the term and misusing it to mean "a clever kludge".
Which doesn't stop my blood boiling whenever I hear a "Technical" term (mis)used by knowlessmen.
HPE urges judge to pick through Deloitte-bashing report it claims demolishes Autonomy founder's defence
Re: report demolishes Lynch's defence ... not sure.
Thank you, I hadn't picked up that it was as high as 20% of revenue being from (low margin) hardware resales. That certainly changes the multiplier/model.
However, if both sides (and their advisors and auditors) know the tricks it's still a fair game. It doesn't absolve the seller, but it makes it even more important that the buyer does their own research.
Re: report demolishes Lynch's defence ... not sure.
I haven't read the report, but it seems curious that a few million in hardware sales could wipe billions off the value of the company.
Were the Tribunal under pressure themselves? Maybe to absolve HP's board of any guilt?
Mr Lynch may be guilty of being a sleazy salesman, but that's a long way from being a fraudster.
Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone
Re: Interesting legal argument there....
When I bought my last car, instead of waiting for a cheque to clear or getting a bankers draft or even using a card terminal as previously, I was asked to transfer the money to their account.
So I started with a £1 transaction, and insisted they confirmed receipt and could identify the payer before transferring a larger amount.
The car salesman seemed bemused. Why should he have to make it safe and easy for me to give him my money? He almost lost the sale right there.
Big Tech workers prefer 3 days at home, 2 in the office. We ask Reg readers: What's your home-office balance?
Yep, which office? I'm UK based, but working TZ-shifted hours on projects in the US and Japan as needed.
Occasionally I flew over to the US for a week of touchy-feely time at HQ with my "peers". Meh.
One day a week in the office might be useful if there's a schedule of essential face-time for that day. Otherwise it's a waste of time/fuel/makeup
UK dev loses ownership claim on forensic software he said he wrote in spare time and licensed to employer
Re: No evidence of a license
"...was paying Penhallurick a salary and cut of sales in payment"
"Penhallurick resigned in 2016... in January 2018 ... MD5 stopped paying him for the code."
That looks like evidence of some sort of agreement at one time. Though maybe not what you would call a "licence" agrement
Wells Fargo patent troll case has finance world all aquiver so Barclays, TD Bank sign up to Open Invention Network
Re: The greed of banks
Yes, pardon my cynicism, but I find it hard to imagine Barclays as a victim or a contributor to free software. The headline could so easily have read "plucky inventors band together to get some of what they are owed from bank cartels".
The patent system corpse allows leeches to feed on all sides.