* Posts by Arthur 1

230 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010


Ex-Dell distributor in Lebanon ignored ban on suing US tech giant. Now four directors have been sentenced to prison in the UK

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This is why you're not a lawyer. Article makes it clear UK was the venue specified in the contract.

Bite me? It's 'byte', and that acronym is Binary Interface Transfer Code Handler

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Fun fact, the desire to maintain language purity has made Quebecois French create or repurpose words for many of these uses (courriel, aubaine, magasiner, clavarder, etc).

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis

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Re: Too bl**dy expensive now to upgrade every 2yrs

This is one thing that didn't even seem to register with them. I guess they assume everyone is on plans with two year cycles and will just eat the added monthly cost of the next phone being double price. There's also very much less reason to upgrade than there used to be, several years old phones still run fine these days.

Another thing they don't seem to consider is that a lot of people might be upgrading their phones to kit that's not Apple made. The statement in the article just assumed that anyone who hasn't bought a new iPhone hasn't upgraded. Bit of a leap on their part.

Let's Encrypt? Let's revoke 3 million HTTPS certificates on Wednesday, more like: Check code loop blunder strikes

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Re: What's this, a bug caused by a language quirk?

Go is a niche throwback language, don't confuse it with truly modern languages. It's made by plan 9ers for plan 9ers, really only works properly on *nix since it has a ton of OS-y things baked in, and really is only useful for massive multithreading on servers. It's well known for playing fast and loose, not a safety focused language as you seem to assume.

As for what's the point of it? Overall there is no better way to write massively lightweight-threaded code in Unix-like environments.

Google promises next week's cookie-crumbling Chrome 80 will only cause 'a very modest amount of breakage'

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Re: the cookie changes in Chrome 80 further concentrate Google's market power

SameSite comes from IETF and is supported in all major browsers not named Safari. Google is just changing default behaviour to gradually push it to strict, which would improve overall safety on the web. While I'm not one to blindly defend the sometimes ridiculous shenanigans Google gets up to, this isn't really in that category.

To catch a thief, go to Google with a geofence warrant – and it will give you all the details

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Re: This seems kind of reasonable?

Definitely my take too. This should actually be held up as an example of very reasonable police practice (assuming they have an intelligent way of determining which phones they care about from the anonymized ones). The fact that Google has the data on offer... is another matter.

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems

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Re: Why.....

My surface was the one place edge made sense to me, largely because of those pen and other ms integrations. I hope this new browser, when available in English, doesn't lose them or edge's market share is likely to shrink even further.

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Language Issues Indeed

Just tried to install it for kicks. Installer came up in Chinese and wouldn't change, installed copy was also in Chinese with no obvious way to fix the language. I don't ever use Chinese or have any regional settings related to China (nor do I speak it). Fun stuff. Pretty rough for a big release.

Apple is a filthy AWS, Azure, Google reseller, gripe punters: iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud's real backend

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Re: A contract is a contract

> If Folgers sold coffee grown by Maxwell and labeled it as Folgers, I'd believe it was grown by Folgers.

This is at least a consistent position, but you should probably get suing. Neither of these companies grow any coffee and they almost certainly buy from the same farms. The level of vertical integration you're assuming from large companies simply doesn't exist, nobody provides a good or service without a ton of other hands in the pot, and that's a good thing because it allows them to each focus on their strengths. Apple isn't a cloud provider and Folgers isn't a farm, asking them to be would almost certainly harm price and quality of the product they produce.

Time to Ryzen shine, Intel: AMD has started shipping 7nm desktop CPUs like it's no big deal

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Re: Spectre?

Fun fact about Spectre mitigation. From some recent testing I saw: top end AMD chips take about 150~200 clocks to context switch, top end Intel chips post Spectre take 1000~1200. These exploits really pulled the rug out architecturally from Intel, AMD by luck or design pretty much skated through.

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Re: a fair bit of rework to reuse

"AFAIK Space-X hasn't re-used a rocket yet"

They've reused several this year, the first one back in March, one this summer (June?) and another fairly recently.

Australian Greens don't believe Silicon Valley can save the world

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Yes to 'overthrow of capitalism', a violent coup that would require taking all worldly possessions (and likely lives) of hundreds of thousands on the low end let's not forget.

No to 'technology can solve problems', where he lists two problems, including one problem (water scarcity) that a Silicon Valley has already made history in Israel and another (agriculture) which is a favourite field of biotech and making huge progress. I guess looking at facts in cold, hard reality land would disqualify you from running a class warfare party, so no surprise he has chosen ignorance.

Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers

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Re: Malware?

It's not an assumption on the part of the person who originally tweeted it and had access to the uncensored message. They could just visit the website and determine it very quickly.

It also doesn't have to be a mystery to us. Looking at the censored pieces, you can clearly see the top of the word 'tempo' on one of the URLs and that the company name starts with a Q and ends in a k, with about a dozen letters. This is consistent with jogotempo.com (the company behind it has the acronym QNT, not sure what it expands to). You be the judge on whether it's malware or not, I suppose.

Can DevOps and Agile save the planet? US.gov thinks so

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I have the sinking feeling that since they're somehow equating modern rapid dev practices with environmentalism (new = green, I guess?) we'll see a lot of nodejs and the like running these offerings. I'm wondering how the philosophy of 'who cares about compute, use stuff that's faster to dev and throw more servers at it' is green, when you're basically torpedoing your perf/watt on purpose to save on payroll?

I'm not suggesting we write everything as a custom web server in asm to make it green or anything (that would be ridiculous and hopefully isn't the outcome here either) but let's not claim that these philosophies line up with environmental goals when they don't.

On the other hand it might be a nice inciting incident to force people legislating tech to actually understand tech.

TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Because his site didn't do anything especially illegal. It was just an uncensored pastebin clone.

Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: And when the inevitable happens?

Not sure why nobody mentioned it yet but, while that's a custom third party built Viper engine bike, Dodge also made and sold a first party one briefly. Google Dodge Tomahawk. It had two part wheels to lean it into turns gracefully and the same engine. Never demonstrated its top speed but was projected to be unreal.

Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

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Re: Wide open?

I know those modems. The guest network is fine and not actually open. A lot of hotspots appear open but use other authentication these days so WarKitteh is likely to be deceptive in stats. Generally Wi-Fi is reasonably likely to be secure when I've looked around lately, we're far from the heyday of wardriving. Usually if you want to crack a network Reaver is your only option, and most WPS schemes have protection built in against it now anyway.

An aside, those modems aren't Cisco. Most Rogers hardware is from Hitron. The current "state of the art" modem they're pushing everyone to is a Hitron CGN3.

IBM can't give away its chip business: report

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Re: Give it to me

It's very likely the contract it's sold under would require you to keep it running for some time.

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Re: selling in bulk.

"For radiation-hardened, high reliability space-based processors (i.e., Mars rovers)"

Ah. That'll be optimizing for the common use case then.

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Re: I may be oversimplifying this

I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking along these lines as I read it. Sounds like a bargain for IBM.

I suppose it's possible the "believed" numbers are in the totally wrong ballpark. The only way this makes any kind of sense.

The Register editorial job ad

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Yes, spelling is required.

ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Losses

"It is a dangerous precedent since it could be uaed to prosecute protesters who successfully impact a corporation through their legitimate protests."

Stealing from pensioners, now a legitimate form of protest.

By some guy on the Internet's fiat no less. Thanks some guy! Cause you said so is the greatest form of persuasion yet.

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Re: What losses?

"What about people who are too stupid to be able to spell 'lose'? Should they loose money?"

Its Derwin.

6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

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Re: What about 2.5" drives

Given that the last hard drive produced for the 5.25" form factor rolled off the line 16 years ago, was by then already just a curiosity, and had the astounding capacity of 47 GB, I'm genuinely curious about when and where your experience was. Is there really someone still running these relics? And they're still working?

3.5" became enterprise standard about 20-25 years ago, fwiw.

Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong

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Pretty much this. A bunch of old politicians talking about what's wrong with "the computers".

Not that I disagree that there're a ton of problems in the current infrastructure and a very irresponsible head-in-sand policy in the tech industry. I just think they totally missed the boat on identifying the key issues.

Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

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Even for an Apple article this might be the worst comment section on this site. Sigh.

Let's try to invent an even finer hair to split on the original article guys. Think of the fanboi flamewars we could have then!

Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: You can fix that bug...

It's also incorrect to say that the Chinese character tattoos are a Caucasian thing.

Not only do I never see them in the Caucus mountains, but I see them very often on Chinese people.

Is your IT department too tough on users?

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Re: Who is there for whom?

"And guess who makes the moeny..."

Having this attitude should qualify a person as a justifiable homicide.

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Re: As is the case everywhere

To be pedantic, the decisions are usually made higher up in IT, or at least in the stream of management directly above IT. So it's an IT decision, but not usually one "mere" admins have a final say on.

LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Anyone else recall...

Anyone else recall Motorola's short lived but also surprisingly useful BackTrack? Touchpad on the top portion of the back of the phone. Very reminiscent.

Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Re: Does this mean people will consider building Android apps first?

I don't think it's piracy or fragmentation. Fragmentation has a lot of API addressing it pretty decently, I think. Although in the limited segment of games piracy is an issue on Android, it's not really spread to other varieties of app, and it's mainly an issue only in certain foreign markets (Russia, China) where Apple doesn't sell at all, so you'd hardly be able to reach them any better on another platform.

I think the problem is that Android is the easiest platform to develop for, ergo the marketplace is more competitive. Plus Google makes it very easy to go the free app + ads route. A lot of people doing the iOS thing move over to Android and get eaten alive because a free app that does the same comes around, on iOS that doesn't happen nearly as much.

Also what was said before, TV and movies like to namedrop Apple exclusives rather than Android exclusives, there are still a large number of exclusives both ways. Especially where games are concerned. So the iOS types are unaware they're missing out on Principia or Apparatus, but Android owners are aware they're missing out on whatever the newest iOS exclusive is.

Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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"Anime cartoons"

Given that nobody has started yelling about the phrase "anime cartoons" being used in the article, I'm guessing the device's target audience hasn't shown up yet.

Or they're.... unable to type at the moment.

'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

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You Lose Sympathy...

When you decide to get greedy and flip a kilo of coke. Sympathy is dead, it is no more.

Now you have to deal with it like a man: Either take the jail time or run for mayor of Toronto.

Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: re: next disaster will be:

Along these lines, check out what happens if you visit the internetexplorertan page from the article in Chrome vs in IE. That's actually kind of funny.

Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

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They can use symmetrical encryption and lock up the keys, they only have to move between a relative handful of data centres, not millions of users.

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People tend to think of fibre as untappable, or at least practically speaking untappable.

The analysis would be different if state actors were included, but I'm assuming most people figured outside states couldn't get the resources in and the local state isn't that much of a dick. Oops.

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He can get the peace prize if he just drone strikes a few kids or something.

Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic

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Re: Lack of value proposition

Not to mention that once you've done all that, you now get to write a compiler of comparable efficiency to the Intel compiler to actually take advantage of your changes. Yaaaaaay.

Although I'm assuming that in practice customization would be slight enough that the Intel compiler or Intel compiler plus some specific inline asm call would be enough to get your software doing what you want, customizing instruction set is still a goofy idea in the general case.

Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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Shouldn't count anyway

Who can say they predicted that result? All bets should be off when you need a freak QB injury to be right. Bears fans are so delusional.

MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

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Re: What About Replacements and Bare Drives?

I just heard from a friend of mine who had her SSD replaced by an authorized third party vendor this summer. She said she got an email telling her about a critical firmware update she has to immediately update her drive with.

So looks like it's not just new machines.

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What About Replacements and Bare Drives?

I may be making a poor assumption here, but wouldn't Apple be using the same drives they're putting in the new machines for replacement SSDs in previous gen Airs, warranty service, bare drive sales (if they do them?), etc?

So it would actually mean that any Apple device with an SSD that's been replaced since summer 2012 is potentially impacted, correct? I didn't see this addressed in the article, but the scope could be larger than just new Air buyers.

Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Re: Canada has it.

Bell and Rogers want as many stolen phones activated on their network as possible, given that they'll still find a way to lock you into a contract and won't charge you any less for not having hardware from them. So I'd imagine this is being run by the same people that run their complaints department and customer service.

Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Uncontrollable Urge to Pull Steering Wheel Up

"Think Different" indeed

Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Sweet, sounds like I'm immune to cancer. Time to celebrate.

Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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one thing...

One thing that springs to mind immediately on how this is different: the hardware is open, designed to be hackable, and designed for third parties to produce them. This is fundamentally different from any other console. It means that it may not function as a loss leader, a massive change in business model for the industry. It also means you can upgrade it over time like your PC, which is a big deal for the implications that has for graphics, physics and other bling. Consoles usually look great on launch day, but after two or three years they can get a little hard to look at if you split gaming time between console and PC. Steam games would presumably be designed to scale up quality on beefed up hardware like PC games.

Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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Re: "Ann Frank's drum kit"

I have to chime in for the "out of bounds" crowd, although I see it as fairly borderline. It's one thing for off colour pub humour, but even for El Reg's intentionally tabloid-y feel this strikes me as a bit much. It's a casual throwaway comment mocking someone's horrible death. I don't buy the 'coping with tragedy' joke concept either, the casual out of nowhere usage and the fact that it's mocking her directly as opposed to the situation or circumstances really makes it seem like it's not.

Oh, and as for the moron who chimed in with the assumption that a) anyone offended by this must hate gypsies (Romani is the inoffensive term by the way, dolt) and b) Anne Frank's ethnicity was the driving factor in any defence: you need serious help. I'm not sure there's enough therapy in the world, but seek it out anyway.

Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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Shock and Horror - Relevant Experts Were Used!

"On the issues of immigration and the EU in 2012, out of 806 source appearances, not one was allocated to a representative of organised labour," the study concludes. In coverage of the banking crisis "opinion was almost completely dominated by stockbrokers, investment bankers, hedge fund managers and other City voices".

I ran a personal study and found that not one of those was allocated to an astronaut. We can thus safely conclude the BBC is anti-science.

Data broker Acxiom lifts skirt, reveals your private bits

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Re: A golden opportunity

Just a shot in the dark, but I suspect opening a limited subset of data might be a pilot to see what the signal to intentionally introduced noise ratio looks like.



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