* Posts by Triggerfish

2337 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado


Re: Fire, okay, collision, no

I'd say on balance of evidence there was almost certainly an issue with collision avoidance at least at some stage.

Intel and Samsung impacted as COVID closes electronics factories in Vietnam


Re: A slip

This may give you a better idea of the numbers and it may just be three workshops. To late here to be bothered to dig much sorry.


As for the quaranting on site, this is one of the things they do here. Better they stay in site than travel out and spread the virus more is the theory.

This is sort of one of the things they will do here even to blocking off cities and provinces. But at City level I have seen it as well with a case cropping up a few km away (a few waves back as well) in Hanoi, and the whole area being closed off. No one out, food delivered, gov provides meals as well, medical staff on call. The speed they will lockdown a place at risk can be fast (whole city basically shut off in day fast).

Vaccine availability here is low still, I'd be surprised if many had been vaccinated.

Laptop option on the way for ortholinear keyboard hipsters in form of MNT Reform add-on


Re: Innovation is essential

This is what I thought, my muscle memory is perfectly ok having learned normal key layout, and its frustrating enough swapping between US and UK keyboard layouts. I don't want to confuse the issue by having one special no standard key layout on one device for no particular good reason.

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets


Re: Feh.

I always like the Airfix Vosper MTB myself.


Re: Well tried and comprehensively already field tested .....

Oooh like that, could just imagine rocking up to the local marina in that and parking it next to a cabin cruiser.

Remember those wacky cyberpunk costumes in Hackers? They're on display in London this week


Re: The Net

Man if only someone at solarwinds had watched that film.

Vietnam asks Samsung to find it some COVID-19 vaccines


Re: What has Samsung to do with COVID vaccines?

Most of the news I see for VN living here, seems to be more based around getting the Astra Zeneca and Pfizer, Sputnik they are building a factory for apparently. They are also in stage 3 trials of their own.

I think they are getting as many as they can really, the chances of getting them originally was harder because most G8 countries had a priority to them, (TBF also most chucked in a lot of money for research into them).

But this is the biggest outbreak here I think, and they will do things like quarantine a whole factory, in fact there's an image of them setting out tents in one place cos the workers are now quarantined, and someone I know ended up quarantined on the farm they worked at for a few months. Right now I think they are really trying to keep those places going because its going to hit the factory workers hard.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID


I do think in some way this may have helped with the public. SARs was very remote to people living in the UK. meanwhile this played out on the public consciousness in Vietnam.


The words China and Virus, absolutely got peoples ears here pricked up from day one, people already started taking precautions as soon as those words hit the news and it just became a thing that you wear masks and wash hands even before it was official. People were worried.

I believe at the time the gov vowed never to risk something like that getting in the wild again, and pretty much said at the beginning of COVID we'd rather shut down now and have a small mistake than have a disaster.

Public attitude IMO has been a major factor in shutting down the spread. So saying there must have been a point we could have thought people should have been getting a clue also when we saw it hitting other countries.


Yeah i mean the excuse given for breaking lockdown were so lazy it's contemptible and not much happened, cant see why anything else will change.


As someone who had a choice to make of whether to stay in Vietnam, or return to the UK. Never had my judgement been so wrong on who would handle it so well. I stayed in Vietnam because I had elderly parents and coming through every airport seemed a bad idea, I thought better I ride it out in Vietnam, I mean standard hospitals here are scary (and private hospitals few), its still to some degree a developing country, cleanliness etc not as much. I expected it to be the worst hit vs somewhere like the UK.


Politicians seemed only to be giving a shit about their shareholders and party contributors staying open.

People were dropping like flies in Italy, I had UK colleagues still discussing holidays in Spain and the Cheltenham festival was on, there was discussion about keeping music festivals going. I had American colleagues actually tell me as Americans it took their freedom away to wear a mask while they sat in lockdown that weekend, and I went to bars and hit the countryside for a jolly.

I've genuinely sat here last year and been amazed at the batshit craziness that seems to have been the mark of countries outside of APAC response.


Yes he does expect people to forget, he is in the process of flinging so much shit about that he hopes he can disappear in the fecal hailstorm.

Ever wondered what it's like working for Microsoft? Leaked survey shines a light on how those at the code coalface feel


Re: what was NOT said

Maybe by not thinking their employees have to share their personal political affiliations they are actually allowing more diversity and freedom?


Was just about to offer same thoughts, as long as to some degree the money difference isn't too much and you can afford to live on it. There is a lot of value in time and mental health. I'd rather get less and have more time than be stuck in an office doing extra hrs each day, bad managers, workmates, stress because that's the culture there.

Grab, the superapp that made Uber quit Southeast Asia, to go public through controversial 'SPAC'


Grab actually seems quite suited to SEA in a way, the usefulness of a motorcycle driver you can send to pick up anything, and the amount of motorcycle taxis out here (and maybe a bit of the fact you see the fee since gypsy cabs, overcharging etc is quite common on some places) , it's pretty much the default choice for anyone here, even to the point of getting a grab even on a street there is taxis.

I'm not sure it will work as easily in somewhere like the USA though.

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store


Re: I'm pissed off...

I'd add in Irfan view

Jeff Bezos supports US tax rise after not paying it for two years – and paying tiny amount in 2019


i would have thought on the whole it may even be a good thing for Amazon, I wonder how much a independent potential rival gets hit in taxes before they can get to the sort of level they can exploit the same loopholes companies like Amazon do?

Why yes, I'll take that commendation for fixing the thing I broke


Re: Experience is the best teacher

Can you really call yourself a professional until you have toasted a server, network, businesses uptime etc?

Microsoft touts Azure Percept development kits to those toying with AI on the edge


Re: Yawn.

Depends on what you like. I have just been looking at them and thinking ooh new toys to play with can we persuade someone in the company to buy them for us?

Huawei's new Mate X2 foldable phone costs almost $2,800


Re: Nothing

Agreed here I actually remember the first mobile phones and they were hugely expensive and impractical.

I could see gamers wanting it, and content consumption, especially where I am in SEA, most people here tend to use their mobiles for those very things over laptops. But it will be a long time before the price drops enough to actually match the average pocket in SEA from the looks of things.

Microsoft's underwhelming, underpowered dual-screen Surface Duo phone arrives in the UK this month for £1,349


That sort of price gets me a S20+ and a Surface Go, admittedly the surface go wont fit in a pocket like I guess the Dou does, but it fits a manbag nicely enough its not like lugging a laptop around.

I actually like the idea of the surface duo, but the price point for what I get I don't.

Samsung Galaxy S21: Lots of little downgrades, but this phone is more than the sum of its parts


Re: How powerful is enough?

The latest flagship being conceded that it's powerful enough for most , is a bit like a car reviewer saying I suppose this BMW M5 / porsche whatever would be considered quick enough for the average driver at a pinch.

Robinhood plays Sheriff of Nottingham as it pauses GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry etc stock sales, gets sued


Re: Piggly Wiggly

Imagine the situation in reverse. If a bunch of hedgies piled in to drive the price of an ailing company to a clearly artificial level at the expense of a bunch of small time day traders and retail trend followers, prosecutions for market manipulation would follow.

If you had stopped there it would have been a classic example of poes law.

Intel reveals US$475m investment in Vietnam as Communist Party says it loves high-tech industry


Re: Vietnam may be socialist

'For instance, mass infection events such as hundred thousand person rallies pointedly did not happen in vietnam precisely because they know dammed well what would happen to those participating'

Well yeah they all knew what the word infectious means for a start.


Re: Vietnam may be socialist

Update (although doubt many read this) they closed the province. Right before Tet as well.


Re: Vietnam may be socialist

I can't say having never lived in China, but from what I can see they are less authoritarian in Vietnam, however the first link posted up by another commenter is fair and should be read.

Ironically/unfortunately there seems to have been a resurgence in covid as there were 82 cases today traced back from 2 initial.


So here's how the response has gone so far, province now social distancing (and if the gov wants they will shut down a province (they have done before) which is basically the same as a state or county) schools closed for a week. Don't know about any mask order but probably.

They have the authority here and being one party no political shenanigans to get in the way, when announced its happening. No arguments.

But here is the other thing, ask any Vietnamese at the moment there would you send your kids to school if open and the answer would likely be a resounding fuck no. Masks were probably being worn by everyone (rather than just some) as soon as word of that would have got out, the gov order to mask wear would almost be not neccessary. They treat this with a healthy paranoia to some degree out here and actually start taking steps like handwashing etc way before having to be told to.

There's plenty of good reasons to accuse the gov of not being truthful (see that above link) but in this they seem to be approaching it with total transparency because its probably the best tactic when your population hears stuff and goes into pandemic fight mode by itself.

There's good reasons to belive the gov in this, Oxford researchers, and two other groups also backed the numbers. The Vietnamese gossip network would also make George Smiley take notes for its breadth and efficiency, you would be able to tell how worried this country is about covid because you could just count the amount of mask wearers increasing, shops suddenly putting out hand sanitisers and so on. They would be hard put to hide deaths in neighbourhoods that basically know every neighbours business.


What like this?


It was under Trump, which means I can't decide if its legit or just Trump. ;)


It's very interchangeable over there, no one really seems to care what it's called. (Barring possibly official government announcements)


Re: Vietnam may be socialist

Eh I live here and while I wouldn't trust the gov on much. For various reasons I trust them on this.

North Korea infected infosec bods with backdoors via dodgy blog pages, Visual Studio files – Google


Re: So much for the experts

I would guess aptitude tests and fast tracking.

Europe considers making it law that your boss can’t bug you outside of office hours


Re: * Does not apply to non-EU countries

I guess when getting sovereignty back they didn't think about asking who would be their kings.

Loser Trump is no longer useful to Twitter, entire account deleted over fears he'll whip up more mayhem


Re: An elephant in the room

I've been in Vietnam since this started. Tourism is hit, but the rest of the economy is open. That means money isn't going to the Jeff Bezos types because everywhere else is closed, but moving everywhere at all levels, street vendors, small shops, and even tourist spots (internal tourism) and apart from about 2-4 weeks for most (clubs were closed earlier, education centres were shut down for months, some tourist places have stayed closed), that's the only close down they have had. the economy is going to bounce back way quicker because of this.

Also mask and stuff yeah they definitely work, I cant see why wearing a mask is uncourageous TBH.

United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

My people are less dead than yours isn't a great metric.


It turns out the reality of cold war is that a server farm is far cheaper and more effective than a MIG.


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

Dc police reported on twitter finding pipe bombs, long guns and hand guns.


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

What about the Americans that can't afford good insurance? Recent figures say something like 30% of Americans are in medical debt, does that not seem an issue?

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules


Re: Poor response...

Agreed. At the moment money it seems in places like the UK and USA are filtering to just a few big cmpanies, so Amazon does well, Sainsburies does well etc. The money doesn't really get taxes paid on it, or go anywhere except to a few (yes I know wages etc but the real bulk of the money) and maybe sort of trickles down to a few people when some exec buys a suneeker. Meanwhile small businesses that contribute tax and generally spread the profits through the less than 1% crowd are dying.

Countries that are now opened up, that money is moving to them, the hairdresser can stay open, the cafe, the corner shop. It's money more at the real society level and its moving around.


Re: Long-term view

Yes & no, if you look at countries like Vietnam, they certainly did have advantages in being able to lockdown hard with no compromise, they closed ff a province (pretty much like closing a county or state), they closed schools near the end of Jan, if a case appeared on a street they closed off the street and quarantined it. Definetly not easy to do in more democratic countries in Europe, USA. However worth noting they also really had the logistics of it worked out, they were practicing locking down streets and the reaction, the places locked down where fed 3 sq meals a day (and it looked pretty good TBH), doctors in, takeaways, shopping could be delivered to a pick up point etc etc. It's probably a lot easier facing getting your street quarantined when you know its being handled well.

Effectively though most of the country only experienced about 3 weeks of lockdown and it was hardly noticeable.

But countries that were democracies also did well kike New Zealand & Taiwan. I think aomw of it is because of how the goverments handled it. There was a certain trust in the goverment and thats because the goverment were being very clear with their messages and making sensible moves. Do sensible things, be properly organised, give sensible advice, give a united front, people are more likely to get on board. The whole tier system in the UK and rules is just bewildering.


Re: Masks WERE/ARE science

Way I see it, it's not 100% effective alone, neither is handwashing. But you defeat the virus by a thousand cuts. If the idea is to keep hospitals operating under capacity and slowing spread, than even 10% more effective a stopping spread makes a difference. Lots of little things add up to giving you a more contollable situation. So yeah just going well screw masks let's not wear them at all (especially when really come in it's a mask it's not like you're being asked to chop your leg off), is just silly.


Re: Masks WERE/ARE science

The understanding was mask helped prevent spreading by stopping droplets from your breath, and also have a possibility of you getting less of a viral load becuase they are not 100% effective.

I live in a country that masked up and started hand washing right away. The coronavirus effectively doesn't exist here at the moment. So I cant help think you are talking rubbish.


Re: The Institute for Government, a bunch of non-scientists

I feel there may have been two different approaches to taking advice or at least re-acting to the viruses. Here in Vietnam for example they went lets take the advice and react like it is very scary, realise we have no facilities to really deal with it, go hard and ease lockdown if it isn't that bad, a lot of the world seems to have gone, well we have a good health infrastructure, we can ease into lockdown and rely on our systems being robust and hope to keep the country open and take it from there.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth


Re: chewed wires

We lost a Californian kingsnake once, and we surmise it lived under the floorboards for most of the year, it was eventually found healthy happy and a bit bigger in the garden the following Summer. That was also the day I saw my mums friend (who discovered it) break the hundred metres sprinting record.

At one point we also had geckos living in the airing cupboard, the things our parents had to put up with.

Stony-faced Google drags Android Things behind the cowshed. Two shots ring out


The wide description bit is very apt, the field and it's uses are so wide. I do not even think of IOT in home automation. Rather in terms of industrial sensors, smart building tech, retail tech and so on.

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password


Re: no one has to care what appears on Trump’s Twitter feed ever again

my twit or a twit?

Not one, not two, but a trio of hinges to potentially break in OPPO's bendy concept phone


Re: Why?

Especially with the funky blue backlights. I wasn't that much into star trek and even I felt like it.

EU Medicines Agency hacked, BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine paperwork stolen, probe launched


Re: Don't patent COVID-19 vaccines

That seems a great way to help world peace along, lets build up some real resentment in the middle of a pandemic, help still keep the world economy shut down, cause suffering and death for profit.

I bet you think insulin should be at water charge the company can get away with also.


Re: With something as bad as COCID-19,

There is the possibility of availability if you are not in the right gang, its possibly one of the reasons countries like Vietnam are working on developing their own.



When is a remote-code-execution bug in Teams not an RCE? When Microsoft says it isn't, flaw finder discovers


Re: Good Strategy

I'm not sure if he is full on MAGA or just wingnut political commentator TBH.

IT workers join elite sports stars, fat cat biz execs, celebs and posties for special treatment under England's COVID-19 travel isolation rules


Re: No Isolation for Special People or Elites ???

Recently in Saigon an airline steward went through 2 tests and came out negative and then went into 5 days isolation and then self isolation at home, it turns out they actually were positive, they were visited during the isolation at home and this has caused some cases.

So 5 days may not be enough.



Re: No Isolation for Special People or Elites ???

Where I am at the moment, if you are coming in for a significant business deal then you are still quarantined for 2 weeks and then a further 2 weeks self isolation. You also have to take the tests and be negative before flying etc.

Then again we have all been allowed to go to the pub and do normal things for most of the year and generally speaking the economy is in less of a shambles because of this, plus only a few people have died. I think I prefer this option TBH.


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