Just what we always wanted. Not.
95 posts • joined 13 Mar 2010
We're not saying this is how SolarWinds was backdoored, but its FTP password 'leaked on GitHub in plaintext'
PC makers warn of battle for air freight capacity, will have to fight for cargo space with... the COVID-19 vaccine
Two COVID tests, five-day quarantine, limited expense account abuse opportunities: Taiwan sets new rules for business travel
From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard
Anyone know where I can get my hands on a portable 100GHz spectrum analyser and a calibrated antenna for it? I can only find up to 6GHz so far.
I want to go out and do some research on this for myself to settle this matter once and for all. I know that sunbathing and having a picnic is frowned upon, but as far as I know walking around with an electric shopping trolley and coat-hanger is OK. Right?
Good luck pitching a tent on exoplanet WASP-76b, the bloody raindrops here are made out of molten iron
A-high: Prototype drug squad bot to patrol Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, etc for dodgy ads for opioids
We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit
Boffins find proof that yes, Carl Sagan and Joni Mitchell were right, we really are all made up of star stuff
When it gets as far as a tribunal ruling
Then one side or the other has probably been very stubborn and needs to be clouted round the head with a clue-stick by a tribunal to realise their mistake.
Otherwise they would have reached a settlement before it got that far.
Now everyone knows the company's name and what the attitude of their management is like.
Re: Lies, damned lies, and statistics that don't lie.
Which in turn is probably due to a simple router/WiFi arrangement being easier to configure for IPv6 than a complicated and funky corporate network with various NAT IP ranges and upstream gateways.
I've been bashing my head against just two PFSense boxes for days already and now so far I have a headache. And that's just a small outfit.
Time for a career change
When I got into trouble for using the Internet too much many years ago I ended up just making an occupation of it.
Now I am in the fortunate position of being encouraged to read the Register because I am keeping up with news and new developments in IT, which is part of my new career :)
FBI, NSA to hackers: Let us be blunt. Weed need your help. We'll hire you even if you've smoked a little pot in the past
Re: So we are going to have flickering streetlights everywhere
Probably the exact opposite. We will no longer have flickering street lights because the current 50/100 Hz flicker is due to rubbish LED driving circuitry. If it has to be an advanced driver that pulses the LEDs at a much higher frequency than anyone can see then the 50/100Hz will disappear in the process.
"Is there any evidence that electromagnetic fields can affect the behaviour of animals?"
You put them in a microwave oven. They cook!
Sometimes the debunkery is worse than the pseudo-science it is debunking. Of course RF affects living things. In what way and how much just depends on how much power and at what frequency.
I guess with 5G the issue is how much millimetric RF is safe and at what power since this hasn't been used all that much yet, except for these new airport body scanners and for point-to-point links etc.
Facebook won't nuke deepfakes? OK, let's tear up those precious legal protections from user-posted content, then
Re: Should apply to pubs also
The key words here are "the culprits get thrown out" i.e. the pub itself isn't liable or whatever was said.
Making online forums, of any description, liable for the behaviour of the individuals on it creates a dangerous precedent for them to start censoring speech just in case it lands the carrier in trouble.
Some form of expression may be illegal but this is something that is to be determined /after/ it has been expressed, not preemptively before. Also the only crime is committed by the person that expressed it, not anyone who provided the space in which it was expressed. These are basic requirements of free speech being meaningful.
Should apply to pubs also
People in pubs can tell fake stories so convincing that the listener will have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction.
Therefore we should make the pub landlords liable for what the customers say on their premises.
Oh, and people read bad things too, so we should make coffee houses liable for what books their customers read while they are there.
Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater
Re: I would love to hear the response...
"...how does this plan differ from the one alleged of China?"
One difference for me is that I don't actually care if the Chinese government is listening to my conversations quite so much because I know they have no interest in me. Whereas the UK government is a direct threat, or at least a future threat, to its own citizens in the same way as the Chinese government is to theirs.
Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online
Official science: Massive asteroids are so difficult to destroy, Bruce Willis wouldn't stand a chance
Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral
So medium for an initial investment that has multiplied at least by more than 7 times since 2013 is, "exclusively for fools, liars and conmenen"?
Most mediums for investments, such as bank "savings" accounts, are exclusively RUN BY fools, liars and conmen and give almost non-existent returns.
Re: not much better than AM
@Tony W: "Broadcasters use heavy multi-band audio compression, trying desperately to push more high frequencies through the system, to be louder than the competition"
Most DAB stations I here appear to be doing exactly the same thing :(
At least the limited audio bandwidth on AM limits the amount of pain it can cause to listen to.
Doesn't have to be worse than AM, but it is
DAB could give excellent quality if a station is over 96kbps and using AAC HE v2 codec.
Unfortunately the main stations still use the bitrate-hogging MPEG 1 Layer II. And the rest are stations that all play the same narrow playlist at 32kbps AAC HE v2 and sound rubbish because of it.
Get rid of duplicate playlist stations, phase out MPEG 1 LII and there would be enough space for some decent sound quality.
Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again
Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho
Great! Now tackle App Store
I tried installing Garage Band on an IPad 2 only to find it wasn't there because the IPad can only support IOS 10.x and Garage Band isn't available any more for that.
They could at least have a fall back to the latest version of Garage Band for the version of IOS that I Have. At least with a PC you can install older versions of software that are compatible with the OS.
The latest IOS 10.x was released in July 2017 which really isn't that long ago.