* Posts by Trollslayer

1240 posts • joined 21 Dec 2009


Amazon says Elon Musk's wicked, wicked ways mean SpaceX's Starlink 2.0 should not be allowed to fly




Cops responding to ShotSpotter's AI alerts rarely find evidence of gun crime, says Chicago watchdog


And how many are people of colour.

Judge dismisses objections to spaceport in Scotland from billionaire who also wants to build spaceport in Scotland


It's been done before

See https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050910/

A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped


Re: Really?

Fireworks will have a slower burn speed which is enough to invalidate the evidence, particularly with multi path sounds.

Watchdog 'disappointed' it took NHS England over a year to release details of access to Palantir COVID-19 data store

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Re: Watchdog 'disappointed'

OK, register as a new user with your real name.

Hacking the computer with wirewraps and soldering irons: Just fix the issues as they come up, right?


Re: Wire-Wrap Gun?


I used to dream about RSI!

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons


Re: Not that green...

Could you provide a few links?


UK's National Data Guardian warned about GP data grab being perceived as going 'under the radar'


There is light at the end of the tunnel

They will cock it up.

Green hydrogen 'transitioning from a shed-based industry' says researcher as the UK hedges its H2 strategy


This isn't about saving the planet

It is so Boris gets lauded for something.


Engineers work to open Boeing Starliner's valves as schedule pressures mount


Re: the old classic ..

The 747 was created when the board were aircraft people.

The 737 MAX was bodged together when the board were (and are) money people.


Re: "assumed Boeing knew what it was doing."

Boeing used to be an aircraft company with aircraft people on the board.

Now the board consists of money people and it shows

Old board - created the 747.

New board - how much can we cut?

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!

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Re: Thor is popular because

I will have to create a second login to give you a second thumb up!

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to


Re: The Sin of Gluttony

Thank you and kindly leave the planet!

Giant Tesla battery providing explosion in renewable energy – not as intended


Elon Mask and safety

Let me put it this way.

Arizona has the most lax certification in the US.

Guess where Tesla carry out road tests.

Are you a 1%er? Windows 11 turns up in the usage figures


To 3.1?

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell



I did a little bit of contracting on set top boxes near Bradford.

The contract finished after a couple months, money wasn't but I had money out of it.

Plus there was talk of extensions but they never happened.

A week or so I got a call from the agent saying there was another contract coming.

And coming.


When I got an interview for a permanent job in Bristol on set top boxes the contract agent called to try and get me to back to Bradford and it would be starting soon but he didn't have a date.

Got the Bristol job offered and accepted so let the contract agent know he tried to get me to wait for another contract instead.

Guess what?

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects


Re: can they learn? Are they teachable?

HR work with the information they get from the management team that wants the new staff.

I have to say the HR personnel I have interacted with have been very good.

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why


Not if you design the test cases correctly.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse


Re: A Waterfall is more soothing.

The problem is when the objectives change repeatedly.

Some directors think Agile means you can change from a paddle steamer to a nuclear submarine without impacting the schedule.


I was fortunate

Four weeks ago I retired early for two reasons:

1. I have built up a good pension and my outgoings aren't that much.

2. Testing embedded systems isn't fun, it's more like a chimpanzee in a lab pressing a space bar for peanuts, sometimes it took 10-15 minutes to get back to reality.

3. Where I live is the best in my life, I want to enjoy it.

Just over three years early.

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts


I have worked it out.

Windows 11 is being develop to suit schedules for government projects.

Arm chief hits out at 'ill-informed speculation' over proposed Nvidia buyout


Nvidia in Cambridge

It is worth noting that Nvidia has been operating in Cambridge for a few years.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone


Re: Last sentence ...


When it comes to humans dying there is an uproar.

When it comes to hybrid pigs dying there is a barbecue.

Android devs prepare to hand over app-signing keys to Google from August


Re: On to F-Droid

I worked for a company that does that because they produce customised Android products and their apps only work on their hardware for various reasons.

As to consumers, they aren't bothered much.

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England


What is this on the Grenfell scale?

I would say higher because it puts a lot more people at risk.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


Re: What is an OS for?

Fine for geeks but the majority of users they want something that runs and is useable plus they can ask people they know without finding they chose a different window manager from the people they know.

Assuming all the window managers have all been tested fullly.

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes


All very well but

EVs don't have much range, .

Under decent conditions my Peugeot 308 can do 800 miles on a full tank of diesel.

Version 8 of open-source code editor Notepad++ brings Dark Mode and an ARM64 build, but bans Bing from web searches

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Re: the text editor for granddads

Different tools exist for different reasons.

I use Notepad++, Visual studio Code for different tasks.

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss


Not a surprise

Tesla does tests in Arizona for one reason.

Different states have different standards and guess which has the lowest standards.

I cannot be certain but I would expect California to have the highest.

US watchdog kills off four-year antitrust complaint against Qualcomm, still insists it was right anyway



Qualcomm hold the record for this behaviour.

Desperate Nominet chairman claims member vote to fire him would spark British government intervention


Test and Trace?

Ex-asylum seeker with infosec degree loses discrimination claim against UK cyber range provider after storming out


If they were watching him for MI5/6 the last thing they would do is tell him.

Mostly because the would be charged with breaking some obscure laws.

Chinese businessman plotted with GE insider to steal transistor secrets, say Feds

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Re: Who needs proof anymore?

You beat me to it.

A word to the Wyse: Smoking cigars in the office is very bad for you... and your monitor


Re: Don't think there's anything worse than the motherboard of a smoker's laptop...yuk

Coke contains a trace of phosphoric acid just to jazz things up.

The wastepaper basket is on the other side of the office – that must be why they put all these slots in the computer


Re: When bananas attack ..

You really are a disgusting excuse for a human being.

Microsoft announces a new Office for offline fans, slashes support, hikes the price


Re: I think. although maybe harsh

£59.99/year for an individual, £79.99 for 2-6 people, both with 1TB OneDrive.


Re: All companies suddenly switch to offline mode

The integration of OneDrive with SharePoint and Office365 is very powerful.

Brit chip designer Dialog Semi confirms 'advanced discussions' regarding purchase by Japan’s Renesas


Re: Here we go again

Dialog was started by a US company (IMP) and has been sold on a number of times, usually to foreign owners.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab


Re: Why was it redacted in the first place ...

The "best effort" clause in multiple places was deleted.

GitLab removes its 'starter' tier: Users must either pay 5x more or lose features


At least with Netflix it is easy to cancel.

Yes Amazon, you.

Taiwan’s silicon titan TSMC says three-nanometre tech is on track for 2021 debut and a 2022 flood of kit


Re: Holy Mackerel

One place I worked at the back end team had been heard to moan about tracks falling over when they were designing the first 7mn device.

UK firm NOW: Pensions tells some customers a 'service partner' leaked their data all over 'public software forum'


Penny wise

Pound foolish.

Still true.

On the 11th day of Christmas TalkTalk took from me... the email address of my company


Domains are cheap

So register one even if it isn't the one you would really like.

Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator


The truth comes out

"Previously they were kept in the dark about it by Boeing, which hoped regulators wouldn't spot it and ask whether the airliner needed a separate (and expensive) certification for existing 737 pilots to fly it."

EU says Boeing 737 Max won't fly over the Continent just yet: The US can make its own choices over pilot training


Re: Very wary

I have seen US testing information on vehicles with driver assist and unless a fatal incident was clearly related to the assist system it often just gets written as something the driver did without investigation.


Re: @DS999

This wouldn't have happened if Boeing was still run by aircraft people instead of money grabbers.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly


Re: Low IQ or low volition?

You are the BOFH and I claim my £50!

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?


They would probably require that they didn't know how.


My grandmother used to do that, it was more common than you think.


And still be cautious in case the tester is faulty.



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