* Posts by sebacoustic

147 posts • joined 17 Sep 2010


The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points


Re: Will At Work charging continue?

> I doubt employees would be happy getting a bill for the electricity and any installation/maintenance costs

not if it's a "free" benefit to all employees, regardless of usage.

I think the same about workplace parking though, I feel I'm being short-changed by not using a company parking space while others receive that benefit, tax-free as well.

Thinks like parking and workplace car charging _should be_ deducted from an employee's pay (ditto the the use of the bike shed if there is one, current workplace has rather nice arrangement).

Will it bend? That is the question: Arm boffins boast of first flexible 32-bit chip

Black Helicopters

Mind Control

...ideal to be deployed intravenously with the covid19 vaccine so you can remote-control people with 5G masts... Bill Gates has bought the company i read this on FB

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item


Developer here. Yes I also use the "new" menu, for new .txt files and folders, and even the odd (spit) spreadsheet (spit).

Sucks that it is so slow though, seems like it will leasurely peruse the registry for any programs that offer "new..." every time the submenu is popped. I find that annoying, it's the lazy "oh computers are so fast these days no need to think about performance..." attitude.

Northern Train's ticketing system out to lunch as ransomware attack shuts down servers


Ticketing machines

why is it that when i travel to Taiwan and take a local train, I can get a ticket out of the decades-old low-tech machine in under 30 seconds but Northern's fancy touchscreen machines take about a minute and a half if you're lucky?

Hint: the machine in Taiwan has lots of physical buttons. a few are blinking: adult single, return, .... so i push "adult single".

A grid of buttons illuminates with the destinations. Even though the names are sorted by their Chinese names and not alphabetically, I find my destination (Xinzhuang) with a brief systematic search.

The coin slot blinks and a 7-segment display tells me how much cash to insert (not a lot of course).

A tiny ticket is issued, replete with magnetic strip, about 1/5 of the area of a credit card.


Coming home to Manchester Airport. 5 touchscreen machines, 4 out of order, about 10 people queuing. Ah well, i guess I'll miss the next train.

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban


I wish the bbc had the balls to report on the matter like this.. or preferably a coalition of all the "MSM" at once, oh the hilarity!

Belgian boffins dump Starlink dish terminal's firmware, gain root access and a few ideas


Looks like spacex took their security implemetation fairly seriously... not your average IoT "intelligent kettle/fridge/vibrator" kind of effort. I hope the boffins keep at it and crack it though, someone needs to take Musk down a peg or three.

Quantum Key Distribution: Is it as secure as claimed and what can it offer the enterprise?


offtopic, sorry

> we at The Reg are unrelenting sceptics

Thankfully having quietly put aside the "climate-skeptic" rhetoric after it became patently clear you were siding with the morons...

Former NASA astronaut and Shuttle boss weigh in on fixing Hubble Space Telescope


Re: Faulty backup computer

methinks the other possibility is that both computers went kaputt with the same failure mode: cosmic radiation could have killed the spare while it was turned off.


Re: Faulty backup computer

no problem, who does on premises computing anyway? They should just do a cloud migration.

You wait ages for a neutron star and black hole to collide, then two pairs come along at once


What about the buses?

> ..merger events are expected to crop up like buses: none for ages, and then many along at once.

There is no explanation for this part of the prediction, what am i missing?

Deutsche Bank stuffs Oracle systems in on-prem cloud while Google scoops lion's share of white fluffy workloads


No wonder their financial performance is not that great... Probably all those bad loans to the Trump organisation.

India tells Twitter to obey its laws — or make wielding them easier


Re: Democracy ??

Wait a minute, you're not quoting the correct numbers...

> 60% turn out resulting in governments voted in by 33%

Turnout in 2019 was 67.5% and the winners' share of the popular vote was 43.6% that makes about 29% of electorate supporting BoJo & cronies. To give them some credit, 43.6 was some sort of a record and usually this is even worse.

My point is that because of "first past the post" and various gerrimandering efforts, it's not a majority that chooses the big cheeses.

Hubble Space Telescope sails serenely on in safe mode after efforts to switch to backup memory modules fail


Re: This is starting to look bad

> we need both to work together and improve our knowledge of Space and Science

agreed, might add that efforts to bring flesh bags* into space would be considerably lower on my priority list, which appears to be driven in part by politicians' need for showy distraction projects.

(*) sending an engineer where s/he is more capable than a service robot to fix Hubble excluded

Hubble Space Telescope to switch to backup memory module after instrument computer halts


Re: Yes, but can it give 110% like is expected in the workplace...

under-promise and over-deliver is some of NASAs usual MO it seems: look ath the Opportunity rover's service life, or the Voyager missions'.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request


> never set out an official policy of the destruction of its neighbours

no too busy for that, they just get on with destroying their "neighbours" (i.e. the people who lived on the land they consider theirs as "promised")

Agree on Waters to be gullible though, e.g. the White Helmets being terrorists does reek of conspiracy theory bullshit planted by Assad, Putin and assorrted sycophants.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10


I thought self-hosting meant "running the toolchain to build the OS on the same OS", but I wouldn't expect for a CEO to build his own Windows from source...

Calendly’s new logo perceived as either bog-standard or kind of crappy


>The website is nicely awful...

damnit i have to go there now

China's latest online crackdown targets mean girl online fan clubs that turn toxic


Re: "donate money to their idol of choice"

It's "communist" in name only. The Chinese system is state capitalism and a(nother) blot on the name of Communism, which kind of died a slow lingering death along with Rosa Luxemburg's demise.

But it will eventually rise again...

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Re: An old story ...

...generators checked out every month by starting up the generators

That kinda stores up problems for the service life of the diesels - they're built for running rather than being started from cold a lot, this will wear them out long before their time is due.


Re: looking at the DNS log

It's the NY Post so consume with 10^100 grains of salt

New York State Senate first to pass landmark right-to-repair bill – but don't go popping the Champagne just yet


Re: Lawmakers

>Their job is to get re-elected.

Alternatively, just get rich in the current term and then not get re-elected. Anyone remember Governor Varius Flavus in "Asterix in Swizerland"?

Lotus Notes refuses to die, again, as HCL debuts Domino 12



...from the dim and distant past when i started an "IT career" as a data analyst with a sideline in making hopefully-useful apps for my co-workers with my new plaything Notes/Domino 5.

But then i get those every morning when i online-clock in on the virtual punch clock web app our outsorce-happy HR department bought from an obvious low-code peddler with the telltale .nsf URL extension and requiring 5 mouse clicks where 2 at most would do.

Flying dildo poses a slap in the face for serious political debate


Re: Is this...

3ft 36in as in 6ft ?

USB-C levels up and powers up to deliver 240W in upgraded power delivery spec


Re: I predict excitement

so now she's got a bitcoin rig dangling from the porch light fitting...


Re: I predict excitement

In my younger days I had a pysics prof tell me that a "proper" lab scientist needs an electric shock every so often, one kV making you feel "quite lively".

Nowadays i mostly turn off the power when working on circuits though I have done it without, being careful, and knowing that the off 240V zap does little harm.

When working as an electrician (in even younger days) in a working factory, sometimes it was considered unavoidable to wire something up while live, with well-insulated tools, shoes, and an abundance of caution.

Arm freezes hiring until Nvidia takeover, cancels everyone's 'wellbeing' allowance


Lieber arm dran als Arm ab.

Sorry this one was for my ex-compatriots. i remember it made me laugh in the dim ad distant past.

ok, ich geh ja schon.

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly


Re: Fuck the BBC - fuck iPlayer

One sided view: necessarily so since the TV screen is a 2d plane which can only render a particular projection of reality.

But then again, while it's a bit conservative (small c mostly) in outlook it's got a lot of quality journalism on offer compared to the competition in TV space.

Technical merits of iPlayer and BBC sounds aside, if find it worth the fee. Now if they were to allow me to personalise the news so that they can cut the "Royal Family" special interest topic altogether now that would be something! It would be a bit like they put the test cricket on long wave so as to not unduly bore the non-fans with it.

Protip: If Joe Public reports that your kit is broken, maybe check that it is actually broken


Re: "Either that, or they fib and say "of course I have, I'm not stupid"."

It's friday afternoon and google time (while compiling...)


It's still a mystery but some amusing answers given.

Wikipedia is predictabily boring:

Gorm, or gaum, means "attentive or alert", and is the basis for the word gormless

Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet


Re: Swiss number plates

Yes at least this was true at least when I lived in CH (20 years now...) people had just the one number and could bolt it to the motorbike in summer and the car in winter, insurance due for the most expensive of the set of vehicles. Makes some sense, as do a lot of things in CH.

In my native Germany you have the worst of both worlds.. get a new plate for every time a vehicle is registered with a new owner, adding cost/work to the process of buying a new a car.

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years


bought a S8 for my daughter's christmas present this year... she's happy with it.

Does this mean its use is now deprecated?

Ex Netflix IT ops boss pocketed $500k+ in bribes before awarding millions in tech contracts


shrewd investment

Netflix will make that half a mission bucks back by turning the story into a gripping drama series but this time they don't have to pay the writers.

Huawei wins big intellectual property case in Europe – against fashion house Chanel


U for a C

I see... we're talking roman numerals here! The Romans didn't have the letter U of course, using the V in its place. And here's where it all makes sense: the face cream is worth V dollars but Chanel sells it for C dollars!

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children


Re: 11 stone..

Sell tickets per-weight as well, that would be much fairer.

Not sure it would 'fly' with the PR department, but hey we're engineers, a little Aspergers helps with the job.

Feeling brave? GNOME 40 is here and you can have a poke around in the Fedora 34 beta


Re: GNOME 3.0 was always on the right track

I tend to agree... i used Fedora for my work laptop for most of lockdown now... have a new one with windows 10 now and it feels like switching a race bike for a pedado. Honestly, it can't really be that bad, from what i hear, Windows is quite popular, but for me it's currently just a productivity drain. Anything _differnt_ just makes life hard for a while i guess. Sure there is room for improvement in Gnome 3.x / 40 but I'm used to it and it does everything I want/need.

Switching between different RDP sessions, and between windows inside RDP sessions, is something I do a lot, and it just sucks ass in Windows, no keyboard shortcuts so I always have to use the mouse.

What lurks within the latest Big Sur beta? References to two unreleased iMac models



that comma reminds me of the "decimal comma" of my youth, I was brought up in Germany. Now whenever I see one, either when I'm on a visit back in the "alte Heimat" or when fixing a bug related to it in the software I now maintain, which is also used by my former compatriots at our German manufacturing plant, I think it's totally weird.

City of London Police warn against using ‘open science’ site Sci-Hub


Cyber protect officer Max Bruce further reminded his audience that editors should ensure quotes should be in a complete

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs


"Dummy" depends on brithish/american usage. I work in UK and have learned "British English" (though not in Britain) and to us, a "dummy" is what you stick in a baby's mouth as a substitute to stop him/her crying.

I have taken to sometimes call a value 'pacifier' in my code to appease/tease my transatlantic brethren. They probably don't get my drift because they're du^h^h not interested in language subtleties at all.

Using the word "dummy" in the sense of "not clever" can indeed be seen as disrespectful to people with a learning disability and I thus avoid it.

India's demand to identify people on chat apps will 'break end-to-end encryption', say digital rights warriors


Yes agree that digital signatures and e2e encryption aren't mutually exclusive. But signed messages are easy to un-sign before forwarding, screenshot or copy/paste etc., if the forwarder so desires. To mitigate against that you can go and close anything but the "analog loophole", by having a closed code base and strict security, like Lotus Notes used to do (anyone remember that?).

If you _really_ want to crack down on how an "undesirable" message (be it CP, or incitement of racial violence, or farmers' protest messages) meanders through FB or Whatsapp or whatever, you need to break encryption and read/store/trace messages on the central server.

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


Re: Bluetooth mice

never mind re-booting, every time my (Fedora 33) laptop goes to sleep it fogets about that bluetooh mouse. Using a dongle mouse for now. Am I doing it wrong?

Has Amazon finally gone cuckoo? Bezos' behemoth turns to crowdfunding for Alexa-powered timepiece



As a former resident of Switzerland I must protest in the strogest possible terms: Lederhosen are "a thing" in parts of Bavaria and Austria, in Switzerland, not so much. The artisans manufacturing the pricey goods for Zurich's tourist traps (Schweizer Heimatwerk) are actually often disabled people, it's a sensible programme to provide employment for the disadvantaged.

Oracle exhumes ‘Older, Still Useful Content’ penned by Solaris and SPARC veterans


Fyo point

Does this include the useful article about the economics of software pricing?

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password


Re: Don't ever write down your password on a piece of paper

no, add to a porn video with steganography then share as Torrent. Just download the file later when you need it.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet


a steam engine with an electric boiler is bound by the Carnot efficiency limit so not a good idea, without even using as much as the back of an envelope for calculation.

They could use a DC-AC converter to step up the voltage maybe... you know, a bit like Tesla's big idea (Nikolai, that is). You don't need 1000s of cells though, it's not as if all the cells in a Tesla power pack are in series.

Someone not only created a comment-spewing Reddit bot powered by OpenAI's GPT-3, it offered bizarre life advice


Re: Elevator Article a Work of Art

i found it very impressive as well, and better than the rest of the examples. I wonder if AI got a little help in this case? is it confirmed 100% AI output in reply to the question quoted below?

"Elevator-maintenance folks, what is the weirdest thing you have found at the bottom of the elevator chamber?"

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules


Re: You are all thieves

Thank you. Ella sounds just great on any medium

Apple's at it again: Things go pear-shaped for meal planner app after iGiant opposes logo



What about the Cherry (keyboard) brand? Surely that's ripe for the picking. I mean, Fruit, tick, leaf, tick, computer product, tick. OK they have apparently been going a lot longer than Apple (thanks, Wikipedia) but since when has that stopped Apple? They claimed the iPad trademark off someone else, too.

ReactOS hits a milestone – actually hiring a full-time developer. And we've got our talons on the latest build to see what needs fixing


Windows re-write

I remember, back in the mid-00s we had a supplier who shipped a machine to us (a glorified microscope for photomask linewidth measurement) and it came with a Windows application. Only, windows (3.x) was too bad so the company's IT director and clever code genius actually re-wrote a whole ABI compatible windows replacement to ship with the tools. I worked fine on the hardware they shipped, and was more stable than MS's offering, but it was a bit ugly on the graphics side. Also, they still shipped their kit with and actual MS Windows license, just in case MS' legal department got upset.

They later moved to NT or 2000 or whatever.

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this


maybe a nice litte BMW

But it's still the car known as the twatmobile.

What's sad is that BMD tried to pass of their own fale as "the real thing":


Some of the later variants, made to appeal more to a heterosexual male audience, are plainly ridiculously hideous to look at.


maybe a nice litte BMW

But it's still the car known as the twatmobile.

It's sad that BMW tried to position their own fake mini as "not fake"


Some of the later variants, made to appeal more to a male audience, are plainly ridiculously ghideous to look at.



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