* Posts by Trollslayer

1167 posts • joined 21 Dec 2009


Microsoft forks out $3m in back pay settlement to make Feds' hiring discrimination probe go away

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Re: Surprising

Microsoft have always been anti discrimination and this was four specific sites.

Heads will have cut off over this.

Brexit border-line issues: Would you want to still be 'testing' software designed to stop Kent becoming a massive lorry park come 31 December?

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What about livestock?

The UK exports livestock to the EU.

Are they supposed to stay in these (yet to be built) lorry parks for days?

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

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Re: I'll See Your 33xx and Lower You

My first mobile was a 3210, great little phone.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

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Cost is king

By that I include the customers which means the sellers cut every corner they can.

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers

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Indian or African?

These things matter.

You *bang* will never *smash* humiliate me *whack* in front of *clang* the teen computer whizz *crunch* EVER AGAIN

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Re: Never Lose Your Hammer

Or your sense of hammer.

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Re: With great power comes

Great sparks and a cooked meat smell

Ex-Apple engineer lifts lid on Uncle Sam's top-secret plan to turn customized iPod into 'Geiger counter'

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Re: We are through the looking glass

Yup, you're from Mars.

Notepad++ website sent to China's naughty step after 'Stand with Hong Kong' software update

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Re: Column editing

And the plugins - the XML plugin has made life easier for me several times.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit

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Re: Adding a comment sometimes caused compile failure

AKA the Plus One Bug.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Re: Hi Ron22

Another site I visit frequently gets the same problem (infection?) now and then but we (the users) expose them.

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Cheap means not cheerful

There are some occasions when you shouldn't make cost the only factor.

Would you fit £10 tyres on your car?

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Can it reduce the time spent at airports

And getting to/from airports?

This will be more than the flight time at each end.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: The future is behind you ....

It seems you don't understand what SDR is.

In practice mobile phones use it.

SDR produces the baseband signal via a DAC which, in the case of mobile that i was involved with, there is a device known as the RFIC whose output chain is composed of primarily a DAC, RF oscillator and the mixer to modulate the carrier.

An external RF power amplifier and filters complete the transmit chain.

Oh crap: UK's digital overlords moot new rules to help telcos lay fibre in sewer pipes

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I suspect a certain amount of brute force is needed to get rid of those so what happens to the fibres and their enclosing pipes/

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: Not unbelievable

At a semiconductor company I was employed as a characterisation engineer and ended up sorting out the more unusual/people issues.

IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it 'pivots' to cloud

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Re: IBM assets

That has been going on for decades, to varying degrees.

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Re: The one thing they are really good at.

One of the big contract electronics manufacturer (Celestica) got started when IBM built the world most automated laptop manufacturing plant and lost money on the laptops because there were so many managers involved.

They sold it to a group of managers who set up Celestica and sold the laptops at a good price then began to expand.

I worked for Celestica starting in '99 on production test for an IBM product.

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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Today in Washington


Apparently the US has "super duper missiles".

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Re: Huada Empyrean Software

China is good at iterations in technology so they can see Trump out.

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: Yes the users are bad

Zen don't outsource.

I am with Sky but will be changing to Zen at some point, very impressed.

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some

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Re: It's the microphone, not the browser

Plus new players come out and you can't add them to the TV.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Re: Well that's great confidence from GCHQ

Reasonable by THEIR standard.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: DIMM Slots

Ah, the magic smoke.

Quibi, JetBlue, Wish, others accused of leaking millions of email addresses to ad orgs via HTTP referer headers

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Call me suspicious

But when I see base64 on a URL just out of curiosity I remove it then lo and behold the URL still works

From attacked engineers to a crypto-loving preacher with a questionable CV: Yep, it's still very much 5G silly season

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Re: "What is the scientific founding of your statement ?"

That is the point being made.

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay

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Re: You are not really familiar with computer security, are you?

And the owner still has to be able to drive the car.

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Risk management

There is always risk and one incident is not statistically significant.

The time they have gone without a successful attack is.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: Matt Hancock started it

I live near Bournemouth and there has a number of cases where people have driven down from London for a day at the beach.

Other places will have had similar problems.

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Re: Hack is the right word

Agreed but this attacks all police.

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Re: some parts of America are infinitely worse

And small town police forces who do what they want.

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Hack is the right word

This is nothing but the usual attack on the police and from someone who isn't even in the UK.

tell you what, go out with the police and watch what they put up with instead of sniping from behind a keyboard.

Tribunal halts all Information Commissioner's Office cases because UK data watchdog can't print or organise PDFs

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It is so bad that some lawyers only get paid for time in court, not for all the time preparing the case.

Just like the Prison Service outsourced things to the private sector has resulted in an increase in re offending.

NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts – the same spyware it's suing us over

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The motto of the US

Devil take the hindmost.

Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant

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Re: "This decision will also ensure the state complies with US trade restrictions.”

Yes but to be blunt we have more influence than Australia.

UK judge gives Google a choice: Either let SEO expert read your ranking algos or withdraw High Court evidence

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Who trusts Google when money is involved

That's all.

Cloudflare family-friendly DNS service flubs first filtering foray: Vital LGBTQ, sex-ed sites blocked 'by mistake'

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A question

Why didn't Cloudflare test the results properly?

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: One Sided Reporting

A one sided post.

Short of tech talent to deal with novel coronavirus surge? Let us help – with free job ads on The Register

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This crisis is bringing out the best in people

Yes, it brings out the worst in some but they are in the minority.

Tupperware-dot-com has a live credit card skimmer on its payment page, warns Malwarebytes

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I use this online if offered, a one time link takes me to PayPal and I approve the transaction.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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10am this morning, the local Saisnbury's had some loo rolls on the shelves.

Expect loo rolls going on eBay cheap in about a month.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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How old is the hardware?

Just wondering if this is a factor.

Rocket Lab wants to break free, hopes next mission is more 'A Kind Of Magic' than 'Another One Bites The Dust'

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Re: Other interpretations

I agree with it except the last line.

The pilots were left in the dark about some things by Boeing.

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Given that Boeing stopped test(s)

This time all test results should be scrutinised with Boeing paying for it.

Australian privacy watchdog sues Facebook for *checks notes* up to £266bn

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Sounds about right

and they will have more than that stashed away.

Clearview said to be chasing every mugshot taken in the US over the last 15 years to paste into its facial-recog system

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The land of the free?

'nuff said.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

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Re: The trade war changed everything

China can copy and create iterations but as to actual innovation?

I have strong doubts.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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"Apparently all testing for a Windows update is done using linux test tools and so this problem never arose."

As a test engineer I would them hung for a week by their dangly bits including the idiots who signed that off!

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more

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Eternal graduate

I like that!

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...

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