* Posts by Andy Tunnah

280 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2007


Apple has botched 3D for decades. So good luck with the Vision Pro, Tim

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So many VR systems collect dust

VR is a commitment. It's a faff. You need the space, and as a product ostensibly designed for what would otherwise be sitting on the couch and holding a controller time, is a physical commitment.

Every person I know who got a VR loved it at first, promised to keep using it, even set space aside. But space in all but the biggest of houses is a luxury, and when you're "maybe gonna at some point get round to it" in a room, that room soon fills with boxes.

VR is a faff.

Ransomware payment ban: Wrong idea at the wrong time

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Re: "Such a ban would need to be universal"

The UN has no legal jurisdiction.

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Re: Wrong

Ah yes the famous rule of "if someone didn't back it up then it couldn't possibly have been important". Because people don't make mistakes or aren't sloppy or just suck.

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Re: Wrong

> One could argue that the ONLY exception should be where it is paid in such a way where it can a) be used to identify the perps and bring them to justice AND b) can be got back afterwards.

You thought of this in the time it took you to write an internet comment, why do you not think someone could equally spend another 5mins to come up with a work around to your work around.

This is the issue with stuff like this. People think they've come up with some radical idea without realising literally everyone assumes the same thing and literally everyone thinks of a counter to it. And a counter to that. And a counter to..you get the point.

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Re: Wrong

Ah yes because criminals are the moral type who will simply give up! God this is all so STUPID.

Crims won't stop and orgs would way the cost analysis and find someone to go to prison for it.

(Also how do you even make this illegal ? How can you frame it as a crime to pay to get your own data back under threat of damages to your company ? The idea of it becoming illegal is ridiculous)

Windows 12: Savior of PC makers, or just an apology for Windows 11?

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More like winblows amiright.

I've never upgraded windows for any reason other than having to. WinOS is just something you begrudgingly put up with to use your computer, not something exciting. And making the new one radically different from what you're used to, something you use every day and have a work flow with, always seemed *really fucking stupid*.

US willing to compromise with Nvidia over AI chip sales to China

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Re: Call them by another name and then what?

They accelerate the workloads of AI better than any other competitor. Also, and someone correct me if I'm wrong (most probably am, I'm an eejit) they're not just GPUs. They have accelerator chips, tensor cores, all sorts of special hardware that's either more than the consumer model or a whole other addition. I can't talk about value or price or things like that except to say - people are happily buying em, so they're obviously of value as they are.

I don't believe that they're a well known basic technology. Feels like if that was so the competitors would be a lot closer.

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Re: Utterly absurd

No, it's like ASSUMING it will do 60mph.

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Kinda showing your arse a little bit there with that quote

"I'm telling you, if you redesign a chip around a particular cutline that enables them to do AI, I am going to control it the very next day,"

So then what is the point of the export controls and limits ? You set a limit, a company comes under the limit, so you change the limit to then include them ? Why anyone would say that out loud is baffling - you're basically saying "we want a total ban, but we're going to do this bit-by-bit and blame it on the manufacturer for following the rules we set out"

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Re: Arms for hostages....

I genuinely have nfi the point you're trying to make, because you compared a very real and serious situation involving life, to export controls in general.

Sysadmin and spouse admit to part in 'massive' pirated Avaya licenses scam

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What a horrible argument

It's easier to bundle software as one, and have features unlocked as needed.

Getting into any sort of argument that even mentions real world elements is asinine - there is no analogue.

Software is a product easier built as 1 thing with everything that can be done worked on as development goes along. If from day 1 some of those features were always planned to be DLC or whatever thten so what

California man jailed after manure-to-methane scheme revealed as bull

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Someone phone guinness!

We've reached a new level of punnery, surely the records need rewriting for this one.

(I'm 8 beers deep someone else can insert a dairy pun I'm off to bed)

Metaverses are flopping – hard – says Gartner

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Re: Is there a Gartner-Cycle for Gartner-Cycles?

"It's expensive enough that they don't want everyone to run out and buy it - leading to disappointment."

This is one of the most nonsense things I've ever heard. Nobody has ever considered this when making a product. I

Amazon confirms it locked Microsoft engineer out of his Echo gear over false claim

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Who puts this much faith in devices you don't own or control or even know how they operate ? And an engineer too.

If I was his boss I'd be wondering about his competency if he puts so much faith blindly in this tat.

AWS teases mysterious mil-spec 'Snowblade' server

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Re: Marketing Jargon Detector Goes PING!

Swap 1 dude in a troop carrier for this. Or a heli. Or APC. Or whatever. Portable doesn't necessarily mean it's a human carrying it. It just means it's mobile.

Florida man (not that one) sold $100M-plus in counterfeit network gear

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Re: Damaging networks?

Did you just skip over the bit where they mention them catching fire ? Knock off electronics are notorious for it.

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Re: Makes $100M, pays $15M fine

Anything you can come up with in the time it takes to write a comment on the internet, *the real investigators who do this for a living have already thought of it*

Australia asks Twitter how it will mod content without staff, gets ghosted

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Re: Twitter files

The removal of dick pics that come under revenge porn ? And they were ASKING ? And it was against the Twitter TOS ?

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Re: Those funds are needed, in part, because Twitter is moderating less content

If you open a business it's your burden on making sure it operates within the laws of the land. If you open a club and a bunch of people start dealing drugs from it, it's up to you to sort it out, otherwise you get shut down.

Elizabeth Holmes is not going to prison – for the moment

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Thank god you don't right laws, what sort of nonsense is this.

Knee jerk ideas to punish the "right" people, would only end up being used as a tool to punish the desperate.

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And a mass murderer!

Henry Kissinger was involved. So maybe the first time in history he was the one who got screwed, instead of the millions of civilians whose deaths he caused.

Stratus ships latest batch of fault-tolerant Xeon servers

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Re: Close (but no cigar)

But anyone can supply that ? That's just twice the amount. And already incredibly common.

This is redundancy within the same system, that is the specialised bit. This isn't redundancy so that a failure can happen and then be resumed. This is redundancy so that a failure doesn't interrupt anything.

People who have this sort of redundancy will ALSO have extra systems in place for total failure.

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move

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Re: Bit klunky, but...

If someone feels stupid because someone corrects them then that is a failure of personality.

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Re: Bit klunky, but...

The person who said he didn't know what he's talking about wasn't a Twitter employee. The fired employee wasn't impolite.

Musk tried to bullshit, he was corrected. He fired people. Musk isn't a programmer so why is he trying to act like one. Don't be apologetic for bellends.

I'm happy paying Twitter eight bucks a month because price isn't the same as value

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They'll never get a penny

8 a month is a ridiculous fee no matter which way you slice it. And this whole article rubbed me the wrong way because Twitter has said out loud "unverified posts will be lower priority" so they are forcing people to pay to take part in a social media platform that offers no content other than what other people create. And ads.

They're not offering a service for the money, they're threatening quality if you don't pay it.

Obscure Asian fintech AMTD Digital becomes the new GameStop

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What is with that title ?

First time seeing a bullshit clickbait title on here, it's kinda weird.

Everyone on those subs (not my thing but super fun to follow they're all a bunch of gamblers in denial but that's a whole other thing) is saying it's manipulated, that media is trying to turn it into a "meme stock" and very few people are into it. Hell, there's a lot of fun conspiracy theories too; the stock is being manipulated in such a way that when it's brought under control by force, those rules can then be used to also do the same thing to GameStop and AMC. I'm not quite sure what all that means tbh but considering they're constantly going on about how the SEC is corrupt, it's fun tinfoil stuff.

The dark equation of harm versus good means blockchain’s had its day

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Re: Lack of comprehension and imagination ...

All nuclear waste currently in the US barely fills a US football field 10ft deep. Also it can be processed - a 155g drum, which is the amount of waste a human will cause in their lifetime, can be processed down to a 5kg mass (I could be wrong there, but it's small)

Nuclear waste is not an issue. People not understanding it and REFUSING to understand it has been the problem, They had a whole mountain setup for it and it got killed off because a politician came along with a sure-fire way to win an election and tell people all the dangers and scaries. It's depressing

Belgian parliament halts China Uyghur 'genocide' debate after DDoS smashes ISP offline

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Re: Not a bot whenever Yin is entertaining Yang

I bet you recite your posts to yourself in the mirror

Apple reportedly planning to revive the MagSafe charging standard with the next lot of MacBook Pros

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"no matter how much you moan"

Yeah but I feel like if I keep doing it, it might just work. It's not worked yet but that's no reason to quit.

5 months later, 37.7% of Windows 10 PCs are running the May 2020 Update... Wait, people are still on 1809?

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Re: Understandable

I don't believe it's the version I strongly believe it's the update combined with the ecosystem I run. It's just too many moving parts and too many interconnected thingybobs to then do an upgrade on a moving train ya know ?

I'll wipe and install the newest version. Then next year I'll wipe and do it again. It's about 2-3h out of my day once a year so when worked out like that it's not that big of a thing.

Plus the feeling of a fresh system with zero bloat can't really be beaten.

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Only this week I moved to the latest from 1709, because it was stable, and I'm not a fan of change, and more importantly I trust windows updates as much as a fart while sick.

And immediately regretted it. Messed up so many things, a lot of things no longer work, and am looking at doing a full system wipe and redo at the weekend.

I don't think I've ever done a big windows update without it going titsup in some way that made it not worth the effort.

Third time's still the charm: AMD touts Zen-3-based Ryzen 5000 line, says it will 'deliver absolute leadership in x86'

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Re: Why skip a number series?

4000 are APUs, they split em off to make a clear line, instead of mixing it up.

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Re: How long will it take

They could come out with 100% IPC games and I'd still feel chuffed with my 3700X. I can't think of a single thing that would make me not think it was the best CPU I'd ever bought, in the sense of the gains I achieved vs the one before it, and how much more "breathing space" it gave me doing..well, everything!

Plus because I was previously using Intel it's so nice using a chip that has such a reasonable TDP that I can have my fans ticking along at 200rpm at idle, and barely audible under load.

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Watch the gap!

Unsure why but they've left out the 5700X that will surely fit in the gap between the 5600 and 5800 much like the 3700X did, and much like that it'll be the absolute sweet spot of price and performance.

AMD can't seem to do no wrong in the CPU space and I do take a certain joy in Intel getting a good kicking considering all the years of lacklustre and overpriced chips they flogged; I had a 2700K from 2011, wanted to upgrade it for years but every new Intel was a fart's worth of performance increase for a shite load more power usage, with TDPs so far off actual power draw that overclocking ends up needing you to just patch right into the local transformer, so seeing AMD come back around, with TDPs that have the same number of digits as the actual power draw, the 3700X was a legitimately exciting upgrade. If I need another one before the decade is out I'll be very surprised!

Now to wait on those new Radeons, because considering nvidia's previous gen pricing and power usage, (30% increase of performance for 50 bloody percent more money?!), the only reason they bestowed us such a heavy performer as the 3080, and as thirsty as it is, is because they are aware of the capabilities of the new Radeons. The 3080 was a 1200 quid card, easy, if nvidia weren't scared of what's on the horizon.

It might be a right balls up of a year but if you're going to be in lockdown you might as well have some fantastic looking games while in there!

Russian hacker, described as 'brilliant' by judge, gets seven years in a US clink for raiding LinkedIn, Dropbox

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Nice opening

A Russian scumbag ? Really ?

Corsair's K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can't, but the steep price gets you top-notch components

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Re: Keep it down

Jesus you sound insufferable. Miserable sod, let people have their shiny things.

Cops called to Singapore golf club after 'wrongdoers' use scripts to book popular timeslots

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If you use scripting or automation to circumvent what is supposed to be human based interaction and data entry that is absolutely misuse. Just because they don't have protections in place to prevent it doesn't mean it's open season.

I know this is a leap so far I've practically already broken my legs and popped my knees, but it feels very much like "if it wasn't locked they can't complain someone let themselves in"

That being said there is definitely a certain "ha, deserved" to know a bunch of rich gits got done over by a bunch of BOFHs

So long, Top Gun... AI software waxes US F-16 pilot's tail 5-0 during virtual dogfight drills

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I know the usual thing is to make skynet jokes and be all gloomy about the rise of the machines, but I can't. This is just INCREDIBLE.

How far AI is coming and mow well we're doing in automation just puts a big smile on my face. Technology feels like it moves along at a snail's pace nowadays, considering we've mastered everything; there's no more revolutions, just evolution. But AI feels like a new frontier where we can make massive impressive strides and I am LOVING it.

We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there

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Even the most hardy fanboys won't want this.

That isn't even midrange spec, that is some entry level hardware there. And combined with that price, you'd have to be short in the head to go for it.

What a joke.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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I'll take the "small" one

Why are phones so obsessed with being enormous. I've got an S7 currently, and while it needs an upgrade (it's definitely getting crippled software size; fingerprints take ages, wireless constantly needs turning off and on, all gremlins I reckon they've put in) all phones seem to come with screens so big you need a bloody handbag just to carry em around.

Anything over 6" feels like a waste (giggidy)

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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Re: Unfortunately

"When was the last time all living humans were on Earth simultaneously?" you do realise this is a real question ? Astronauts, eejit.

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Er not quite

My life is exactly the same as it was pre-COVID, and the internet has gotten worse. Hell they dropped the speed a good chunk, from 60mbit down to 40mbit on a good day. But I put it down to them slowing down speeds to maintain better performance across the board with everyone at home. But ya, the internet is way WAY worse (I get dropped connections several times a week now, instead of the weeks on end with no drops like previous)

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

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Re: Business as usual

Why wouldn't they carry on as normal ? Not like they have any incentive to do otherwise. It's a joke. A horrible, rotten, soul crushing joke, the way US regulates its industries.

Huawei unfolds latest shot at the phone-tablet hybrid with reinforced hinge and reassuringly Xs-sive price

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Uh oh

I smell a lawsuit. No way in HELL Apple are gonna let this fly. I know Chinese companies tend to play fast and loose with copyright and trademark infringement, but this is beyond the pale. I mean really, just copying Apple's pricing policy like that ? Shameless.

Take it Huawei, Pai: Senate passes bill to rip 'dodgy' kit from rural telcos

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Uh oh

<wrong thread. How do I delete a comment>

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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Re: The most important statement in the whole article.

Not only do they not care that he's naked, they're envious of it, as they wish they got to be naked too.

Trump supporters don't care what he says or does. They're on his "side" because they view this as a very simple thing - a culture war. And he's their guy. Doesn't matter what else happens, at the end of the day he's attacking "them", and as long as he keeps on their side, he can't do no wrong.

Ex from Hell gets six years for online stalking, revenge pics campaign against two women

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Re: My guess, he's lucky to be alive

Er excuse me but you wanna wind it back a bit there ? Absolutely allow nude pics. Allow nude videos. Record you doing whatever the hell you want, and share them with a partner, add some spice in your life. Give em a surprise at work, give em a surprise out on a do, give em a surprise while they're taking a dump. Raunch from your partner is fantastic, and I am firmly against this climate of "well you shouldn't have taken em in the first place". No, let's just start stringing up the sick bastards who put em out to the wider world by their danglies.

Radio nerd who sipped NHS pager messages then streamed them via webcam may have committed a crime

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If you leave your house unlocked and someone burgles you, it's still a crime, you walnut.

In a touching show of solidarity with the NBA and Blizzard, Apple completely caves to China on HK protest app

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Lemme just pop my tinfoil hat on and...

OK so

> that the app was being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present.

This line made me more suspicious than usual. I had a very tinfoil-flavoured thought on the matter. What if, realising the bad publicity this would cause, Apple and the Chinese police/army (same thing really at this point) came to an agreement wherein they would stage incidents to warrant the removal of the app. Apple looks like they're protecting cops, China has "examples" of HK citizenry attacking police, which could be then further spun into action against HK protesters.

I'll admit it's a bit out there, but considering how many tricks China is pulling with planting protesters and instigating situations to soften the impact of their violent responses. Hell, at the moment are there even any actual HK citizens in the HK police ? Because it sure seems like the current crop of HK "police" seem very..army'ish

The '$4.4m a year' bug: Chipotle online orders swallowed by JavaScript credit-card form blunder

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Why the 'tude my dude ?

It's a problem for both the website AND the autofill system. The autofill system should detect that it's a 2 character limit and therefore put in the last 2.

And I think the number is a good one. The amount of times I've been ordering unnecessary stuff, and the slight roadblock makes me cancel the whole thing. From big bags of biltong from prime, to just random crap on ebay. That minor setback is a great test to see if you actually want it enough to..ergh..check out the order manually.