* Posts by NoneSuch

1969 posts • joined 25 May 2010

We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS

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Where's Portsmouth?

Paper chart? Nahhhhhh...

Consult the WECDIS terminals, turn left, then ask...

Tech contractors fume over payday outage at Giant Pay after it sniffs 'suspicious activity'

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Re: Sounds like a crack team for dealing with an IT outage

My specialist team were experts before the term 'IT' existed.

I love how some collage educated VP noob who only has the capacity to drive a PS4 tries to tell us how IT works.

Facebook overpaid FTC fine by up to '$4.9bn' to protect Zuckerberg, lawsuits allege

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WTF?

"claiming Facebook's board members "authorized" the company to pay "billions of dollars from Facebook's corporate coffers to make his problems go away.""

No amount of money can fix el Zuck's issues.

US Air Force puts Godzilla in charge of autonomous warfare effort with Project Kaiju

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It's All Fun and Games...

Until a civilian airliner is mistaken for a MIG-21 and a badly written computer program decides to delete it.

Mankind's recognition of civilian airlines in war zones isn't great, so forgive me if my faith in a human programmed system does not inspire confidence.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28361223

US Air Force chief software officer quits after launching Hellfire missile of a LinkedIn post at his former bosses

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A Solid 40%...

...of classified material is covering up government and military f*ck ups.

Civilian deaths, mismanaged projects and just plain incompetence.

Gallipoli was the first battle to be covered by professional journalists. Otherwise, it would have been classified and forgotten.

Volkswagen to stop making its best-selling product for Wolfsburg workers: VW-branded sausages

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The replacement is Soylent Green.

Bio-friendly and eternally self-sustaining.

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware

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Re: How do I opt users out of this "upgrade" ?

FOSS With LibreOffice is 95% of what everyone needs.

Sarcasm does not undermine the truth.

Rumors of satellite-comms-capable iPhone abound. The truth could be rather boring

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Re: Inclusive-Or

Or you can put the damned phone down and be aware of what's around you so no accident happens at all...

Just sayin'

Adding AI to everything won't make sense until we can use it for anything

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The smarter machines get...

The dumber humans get...

Gen Z kids have "smart" phones in front of their faces all day and by god it's like the walking dead out there.

Microsoft abandons semi-annual releases for Windows Server

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Or How About...

You just sell me a server and I run the OS I want without a monthly subscription.

I know that does not make MS billions, but hey I'm a traditionalist. I also like freedom of choice and this locks me into funding their Christmas party fund forever.

When you finish celebrating Linux turning 30, try new Linux 5.14, says Linus Torvalds

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Re: huh ?

"the constant glitz, the fireworks, and the champagne"

Are these euphemisms for a musty cubicle in a windowless basement with the odd whiff of the khazi wafting through? In that case, right on brother...

Pakistan's tax office denies pirated software caused outage – admits it sometimes runs unsupported software

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Re: Hyper-V

If the support contracts and licenses were handled haphazardly, why do you assume the BOFH on site were on-the-ball for patching?

"That'll do..." isn't just a British attitude.

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat

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Re: licensing technology

Parkinson's Third Law of Computing:

The effectiveness of any OS security is subject to the intelligence of the user driving it.

What's the top programming language? It's not JavaScript but Python, says IEEE survey

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I'll look forward to your comparison of Sharia Law to PowerShell.

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Re: QB4.5

You're not wrong. QB4.5 has been a god send at times. It's simple, efficient and keeps exe's small. I still use it to this day for parsing data and translation between systems. The code is easy to follow and it has a very small footprint.

In the early 90's I wrote a 24k program in the first iteration of Visual Basic and I needed five floppy disks to send it out. Each successive programming language gets bloatier and bloatier. In many ways we've gone backwards. My machine coding days are some of my best as I look back.

Big tech proud as punch about cameos in Joe Biden's security theatre

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Re: state-backed disinformation naughtiness

Just bend over and think of England.

Think you can solve the UK's electric vehicle charging point puzzle? The Ordnance Survey wants to hear about it

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Hydrogen over electric. It's just easier, cleaner and less environmental impact.

Live, die, copy-paste, repeat: Everything is recycled now, including ideas

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Re: Under cover

Hmmm, I saw this exact article on Reddit two years ago.

(Yes, joke icon for the less imaginative)

UK's Surveillance Camera Commissioner grills Hikvision on China human rights abuses

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An Easy Equation

If you are not a member of the Chinese Communist Party you are a terrorist or separatist.

The world is waking up to their oppressive regime.

#FreeTibet

#FreeSouthChinaSea

#DemocracyInChina

OK, so you stole $600m-plus from us, how about you be our Chief Security Advisor, Poly Network asks thief

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268 Mil to Spend or an IT Job With Possible Jail Time?

Which would you choose?

WhatsApp pulls plug on Taliban helpline, shuts down official-looking accounts

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The IRA did it, but they were ankle deep in blood before trying to facilitate change.

Once the Taliban consolidate power, I doubt they will stay out of Iran and Syria. They've proven they can beat superpowers. That does not hamper the desire for power "in gods name."

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Re: "We're obligated to adhere to US sanctions laws," explained a WhatsApp spokesperson

By George, I think he's got it.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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Re: Holy Progress

Been a while since I was there, but I do recall several dungeons under Edinburgh Castle. I don't remember them being particularly 'cozy', but I'm sure thirty people could spruce them up if confined there for an extended period.

I mean, if they want the castle then give them the dank dark pits of the 13th century to truly appreciate the freedoms granted by the Magna Carta.

The rest of us will go to the pub and think about what we did.

Russia: Forget about the Nauka incident. Who punched the hole in the Soyuz, hmm?

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Childish Actions

Four kids in a sandbox all trying to be in charge and claim the toys for themselves.

Russia

China

USA

Europe

Pub rules should apply in space. No politics, no weapons and no religion. If we can't play together nicely in low earth orbit, we don't deserve to go any further.

World Intellectual Property Office settles dispute with CIO it previously ousted for 'criminal misconduct'

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Crap rolls down hill.

Had my manager once tell our VP that a $350,000 project would not work if implemented as it was. It needed changes in the $50-80K range to do what the VP promised. VP overrode the manager as it would set back the promised date the VP had given the CEO / board of directors.

Fast forward three months, project goes live and bombs. Now that the project was live, the costs to fix it doubled. Manager was blamed and subsequently fired. VP was promoted to Exec-VP and is still with the company last I heard.

China stops networked vehicle data going offshore under new infosec rules

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Re: I long for the days of yore...

Yes and those days are gone, probably forever. Won't be long until you need three forms of ID and a retinal scan before it will let you turn the key.

Don't worry, the government says it's for your protection and they'll keep an eye on you just in case.

Facebook and Amazon take over Philippines-to-USA sub cable after China Mobile quits

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Re: Subverted by US (tm)

"They can't stop the signal, Mal. They can never stop the signal."

They can monitor, categorize and index every byte though.

Palantir abandons any attempt at curating nice-guy image with 'Global Information Dominance Experiments'

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Re: "unique and extraordinary people who by definition are going to be uneven and spiky"

Nice guy image?

That's Bruce Banner innit?

NASA blames the wrong kind of Martian rock for Perseverance sample failure

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No one thought to get James Dyson involved? One cordless vacuum and voom... One bin bag full of samples.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?

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Brave is a much better alternative. The built in ad blocker is wonderful at keeping out the garbage.

It's time to decentralize the internet, again: What was distributed is now centralized by Google, Facebook, etc

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Re: Shepherds and sheep

My word. A well structured rebuttal with sourced facts in support.

Careful sir, you'll never get a job on Fox News with that crazy attitude. :-)

China plans laws for 'healthy' development of tech companies

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China makes bad decisions all the time. Criticism of those decisions lands you in jail. This results in all government decisions being based on lies. The only question is how long it will take for the system to collapse.

Let's hope it is quickly as western democracies are already talking about filtering the Internet so they are also on the slippery slope of trying to control what their citizens see.

Let the fall of the Communist Chinese government be their warning.

Thief hands back at least a third of $600m in crypto-coins stolen from Poly Network

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This was not a theft.

He simply took an advance on the bug bounty for the flaw he discovered, but not yet reported.

(sarcasm) I'm sure giving some of the money back will stop the investigation. (/sarcasm)

COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free

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Re: Forgery

Aggravated manslaughter charges work for me.

Elementary OS 6 Odin released on a 'pay what you want' basis

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Given that Windows is moving to Powershell commands in a big way for most of their maintenance and configuration, criticizing Linux for terminal commands is pretty hypocritical.

If a user can't use a terminal, give them a Mac.

There, offended everyone equally with one post. My job is done, I'll get my coat.

Engineers work to open Boeing Starliner's valves as schedule pressures mount

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Re: "assumed Boeing knew what it was doing."

"Boeing's Starliner CST 100 – aka the Calamity Capsule"

This first line is why the Reg is always the first news site I check.

Boots on Moon in 2024? NASA OIG says you better moonwalk away from that date, because suits ain't ready

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Re: Nasa priority

Sorry, we can't send you, even though you are fully qualified.

The next seat is earmarked for a green eyed transgender, paralyzed from the waist down, left handed chiropodist, from Zanzibar. Those boxes ain't gonna tick themselves...

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?

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No atmosphere on the moon. This would work better there than with Earths fluffy blanket of protective air.

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"Just like in Elite - anything powerful enough to use for mining makes a hell of an expedient weapons system."

Elite maybe, but Elite: Dangerous mining lasers are wimpiness personified in combat.

US senators reach last-minute compromise on cryptocurrency regulations as infrastructure bill vote looms

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Here we go...

Collecting user data on who owns what in the e-coin space. Expect to be filling in US Gov tax forms regardless of whether you are a US citizen or not very soon. FATCA paved the way, no one objected and now US law is in effect globally.

It's also a wonderful way to collect intelligence (Name, address, phone, email, etc.) on every individual on the planet, but that's just coincidental right...

Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search

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"He was taken into custody and later released under investigation. Following a review of all available evidence, it was determined no offences had been committed and no further action was taken."

Is it too much to ask that the "available evidence" be reviewed BEFORE depriving someone of their liberty? Or is that too much to ask.

You can now live life like Paul Allen on Microsoft cofounder's luxury yacht for '£1m a week'

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Re: whatever it is you nerds get inordinately heated about

Yes, a makeup saleswoman who does not need a drop of it.

Oh and Linux Mint is the obvious fave distro... (Running like the wind cackling like a mad person!)

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Feel Free To Contradict me...

But I thought I read he had two identical Octopus yachts. One in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific to avoid unseemly transits.

New GNOME Human Interface Guidelines now official – and obviously some people hate it

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Re: We had global menus way back

"The past was soo much better."

I'm saying this on a daily basis.

SpaceX Starship struts its stack to show it has the right stuff

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It's a gorgeous rocket...

I wish them nothing but the best, but with ~100 people scheduled to fly in that thing I can't stop thinking it's an accident statistic waiting to happen.

A 94% orbital success rate means 6 out of 100 flights are going to have a bad day.

THX Onyx: A do-it-all DAC for the travelling audiophile

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It really is moot.

There's been little decent music created since 1998.

There has been a surplus of autotuned lyrics, generated by committee, which are pure noise in modern times. Lots of N, B, and MF words, but little of substance overall. There was a recent diddy about a milkshake bringing boys into a yard on the radio, but I must have misheard as that makes no sense.

Kids today have such short attention spans that a three minute track is beyond them. Watching a six second TikTok video is taxing. Let's hope they never discover the Grateful Dead 12 minute Truckin' track. It'll kill them.

Sucks to be them I suppose. All I have to console myself is Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles - Red and Blue albums. However will I console myself with only Genesis, Rolling Stones, The Eurythmics, David Bowie, Queen and the epic Led Zeppelin to sooth my brow.

Poor me, having to live with that limited selection.

Chinese state media describes gaming as 'spiritual opium' that stunts education and destroys families

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CCP vs Gaming

So the Chinese Communist Party is against computer gaming are they...

Fortunately, the real China (based in Taiwan) more than compensates for that loss.

The more I read about the CCP abuses of human rights and freedoms I really don't give a flying fudge what they think.

Free Tibet first and then we'll talk.

Please, no Moore: 'Law' that defined how chips have been made for decades has run itself into a cul-de-sac

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Re: Yes but...

Quantum computing would seem to be the obvious avenue for processing power. Yet, it cannot support Crysis, so a bit of a step back really.

WireGuard VPN gets native port to the Windows kernel

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Reg: As it is Open Source, what is the author being paid for having his code included in commercial software with an install base of several hundred million?

I assume zero.

'Prophetic' Steve Jobs autograph telling kid to 'go change the world!' among Apple memorabilia at auction

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Marketing Bollocks

"Bobby Livingston, executive VP at RR Auction, said in a statement: "Steve Jobs inscription powerfully conveys his grand ambition and vision for the future of Apple and personal computing as a whole," with the auction house adding: "Jobs' inscription was prophetic..."

Sounds like buzz words to bump up the price on a signature auction.

When Jobs was in charge, Apple employees were afraid to get in the same elevator as him our of fear they would lose their job on the short ride. Hardly the prophet he's made out to be today.

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