* Posts by 45RPM

827 posts • joined 26 Oct 2010


'5G for Five Eyes!' US senator tells Parliamentarians the world would be better without Huawei


Re: Another nutjob hiding behind the flag

The people with their hands on those military weapons are also "the people" and may choose to not come down on the side of the repressive government.

Good luck using military aircraft, vessels or missiles systems without a support crew. True, there might be a full on revolt, Potemkin style, in which case you’re golden but…

…whatever happens…

…there’s still no reason to sell working military weapons to civilians (or, I’d argue, at all. But I’m a whinging liberal pacifist).


Re: Another nutjob hiding behind the flag

And isn't this precisely the reason for the second amendment? The right to bear arms against a repressive government

As I understand it, the second amendment is there to guarantee “the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state”, and was made because the United States, at the time, could not afford a military of its own. Quite critical thing to have when you’re trying to do battle with an expansionist empire, whilst at the same time trying to take land off of people who’d quite like it if you buggered off and left them to their own devices, thank you very much.

The idea that it does double duty to support "rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression” is plainly nonsense since, in the first case, if guns are not freely available (particularly military weaponry) then you have less danger to defend yourself from (contrast gun crime in the US with gun crime in the UK) and, in the second case, the State has access to aircraft, a navy, missiles, bombs and even bigger guns - so good luck resisting oppression with your rifle, no matter how powerful it is.

It’s an inconvenient truth that the NRA would rather you forgot that the second amendment is an anachronism which is useful only to criminals and hillbillies.

The real resistance to oppression is peaceful protest - which is why Trump is unfazed by a mass-shooting but craps his pants at marches against him, civil disobedience and breaking of curfew - even when the protestors are unarmed.


Wait? What? So America doesn’t have our best interests at heart after all? It wants to ride roughshod over what our elected Government wants to do? And this is better than what we had when in Europe, where we had a vote and we weren’t being pulled left and right and every which way in order to beg scraps from the big boys table?

Wake up! This is the real world of Brexit. So thanks any treasonous Brexiteers who read this. You really f’d us. You’ve done irreparable damage to this country - I hope you’re proud. And yes, I know that my language could be more considered. More polite. But America is descending into fascism, is undermining free-speech and sending the troops against peaceful protestors, all at the behest of a tin-pot dictator. And we’re supposed to attach our cart to that horse? F that S! Now is not the time to be nice. Now is the time to be angry. And if you aren’t angry, with Trump, with Cotton, with the Republican party and its enablers on both sides of the Atlantic, if you aren’t angry with Boris, with Farage, with Mogg, with the whole sorry racist shower then you are part of the problem.


Boffins step into the Li-ion's den with sodium-ion battery that's potentially as good as a lithium cousin


What’s the stability of the battery like when damaged? How resistant is it to fire? These are questions which need to be considered given its likely application in cars and (eventually) aircraft.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'


Perhaps if Tesla spent less time on easter eggs, gags and games and more time on safety issues like this could be resolved. In the short term at least, it seems to me that they need to put more effort into checking driver awareness and disengaging automatic cruise control functionality if the driver is not paying attention whilst, at the same time, limiting the top speed to something inconveniently slow.

They better act quickly though - Volvo, through Polestar, is coming to eat their lunch - and Volvo really does understand safety (and the build quality could teach Tesla a thing or two too).

You, Apple Mac fan. Put down the homemade oat-milk latte, you need to patch a load of security bugs, too


In fairness, I tried oat milk once. It was quite nice, kind of like a porridge milkshake.

I could imagine drinking it regularly if the cost dropped significantly and the price of cows milk became exorbitant. Not otherwise though.

Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out


Re: It's UNIX

I pulled out my old Mac recently (SE/30) and it still works perfectly. In fact, and much as I like macOS X, there are some things that the Classic Mac OS did better. Installing the OS on MacOS up to and including 9 is far superior for example, as is the experience of multi-booting (dual boot? pah!) where multiple versions of MacOS can even be installed on the same partition. There are all kinds of little conveniences that make it a pleasant experience to use, even today but…

…Yes, multitasking is almost non-existent (co-operative only), it really will need rebooting regularly (thanks to a lack of memory protection), and the network stack and internet support is now antediluvian.

Which is all a long winded way of saying, you can't make progress without going backwards sometimes.


Re: But.. but..It just works!

If anyone can claim to have seen software that works correctly all the time, even software from Apple, then I've got some primo quality snake oil to sell them that will cure all known diseases, both real and imaginary.


Re: Rebooting

Really? I've had uptimes of 30 days+ (I do reboot for updates). Are you sure that there isn't something else amiss? Bad storage? Bad memory? Malware?

And if you're seriously considering Pop Linux I guess that you don't care much for the aesthetics of the UI. I love Linux - well, on the command line anyway. The closest thing that Linux has to an elegant UI, IMO, is KDE - and even that is only elegant by comparison to its Linux brethren.


Glue? Okay - that is a pain in the proverbial. Does the glue soften with judicious use of a hair dryer - that's how I overcame the glued battery problem in an iPad (actually, it's how I overcame the glued-everything problem in an iPad)


To be fair, I’ve had no problems with Catalina either - other than the niggle that it took some hacking to get it onto my 2009 Mac Pro. The specification says ‘Go’ but Apple artificially says ‘No’. I get that they want to sell me a new computer, and 11 years of being up to date is pretty good run, but until they make an affordable version of the Mac Pro (sub £2k) that I can update to give it a similarly long life span, I ain’t buyin’. That said, Catalina has run without problem on my old beast.

As to replacing batteries, well true. Officially you can’t replace the battery - but, unofficially, in my experience, it’s a doddle. A few screws and the top (okay, bottom) was popped off of my MacBook Air, the battery came out easily and the new (NewerTech) one went in without trouble. All in all the work of a few minutes. Hardly onerous. And, actually, it’s so nicely assembled that it was a quicker job than relacing the battery (also fixed in place) in a friend’s Asus Zenbook.

The battery in my ThinkPad is ever easier of course - one sliding clip and off it pops - but it’s heavier, bulkier, and not as nice to use. So, for all the inconvenience of a few minutes every five years to replace the battery, I’ll go with the Apple. But you choose the tool that works best for you. No point in coming over all religious about it.

5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane


All those questions that I asked then I was a child. Questions like:

"How could anyone have voted for a weird looking racist psychopath with delusions of grandeur and a tendency to shout a lot and throw tantrums?"

"Why would anyone follow a lightweight nobody copycat of said fascist anywhere else?"

"Why would anyone try to harm the slightly dotty old lady who lived in the overgrown cottage at the end of the village, much less set her on fire?"

"How could anyone thing that other genders / other races / other sexualities etc are anything less than equal?"*

"Why would anyone worship a mythic being with a beard?" **

It's all clear now. The answer is stupid people. It always was stupid people. Perhaps my five year old self should have made it abundantly clear to the powers that were / be that I do not need a practical demonstration. Particularly not when I'm well past middle age, and I'm no longer interested in the questions that I asked as a bairn.

*My parents were very progressive

**God. We all know that Father Christmas exists, of course.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother


I forgot that I’d posted in this thread - but it isn’t necessary to come up with ‘gender neutral’ connectors. It’s only necessary to use the correct names for the connector type. The correct names being ‘Plug’ and ‘Socket’. Perfectly clear.


Allow list and deny list make much more sense, so I applaud this initiative. Come on, we work in technology. We, of all people, should be well able to embrace change - and, perhaps, if we can’t then maybe we should look for new roles - steam railway preservation perhaps?

Above all though, we absolutely should be able to deprecate terms which carry gendered / racial / sexual etc connotations. Our language is rich enough and descriptive enough that it’s quite possible to describe anything without causing anyone any offence and without making it difficult for those for whom English isn’t a first language to understand.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam


I don’t know whether Huawei kit is safe from spying, I think that question is better answered by more expert heads than mine but…

…I thought Brexit was all about taking back control? If we ‘take back control’ from the EU, an alliance in which we had a say and a vote, and then do exactly what the Americans tell us to do in order to get a trade deal, any kind of deal, we’ll bend over for you deal, what exactly have we gained?

Seems to me that we’ve gone from being an executive member of the board, if not the actual CEO (which we had to share on a rotating basis) to being the office dogsbody.

Thanks Brexiteers. Ya muppets.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump


I don’t think he knows where Bolivia is or even where the South Pacific is. He might be Thomas the Tug Boat on manoeuvres in a sewage farm though.


You’re telling me. For all her faults, she isn’t such a colossal wuckfit.


Those of us with an IQ greater than that of a brain damaged dog have known since before Trump got elected that he’s a dimwit and a liability. Those who couldn’t see that have been an irritation and a source of bafflement. We’re now way past the point where those who defend the indefensible are merely a source of bafflement. They’re actively part of the problem.

Antivaxxers, Trumpists, NRAers, Brexiteers &c &c, please find another planet to muck up, and stop wrecking ours.

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


Yes, but how many cases of Covid are there on Sark?

Dell files to trademark 'Podference' – presumably the mutant offspring of COVID-19 and a virtual conference?


Really, Dell?

Is this by extension of Podcast? In which case, good luck to them. I mean, I can’t imagine any legal objections to such a filing - but, since Podcast ultimately derives from iPod, it’s almost as if Dell is trying to bask in the reflected glory of a brand which a) isn’t theirs anyway and which b) I can’t imagine will be around for much longer - it’s been a long time since the iPod was Apple’s golden child.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution


Everyone is working - Except the boss

A little later in the 90s, when PowerPC was the flavour of the month in the world of Anything-But-Windows, and MacOS 7.6 was considered pretty decent (well, when compared with the monstrosity that was 7.5), I got a call from a graphic design business which was in some difficulty. Everyone was able to work - except the boss.

This graphic design company was in a small town, just off the A44, and at the bottom of the car park ran a tributary of the River Avon. The business itself was in a single story shed or nissen hut - and when I arrived there I saw that the car park was flooded (so I parked on the road). I grabbed my wellies from the boot and sploshed over to the building to discover that, whilst the power was on, the building too was more than slightly damp inside. The computers, PowerMac 8600s, were sitting on the floor in a few inches of water whilst the designers (also wearing wellies) were beavering away at their work. No, I don't know why they didn't just turn around and go home again.

The boss, being the boss, had splashed out on the more prestigious and powerful PowerMac 9600 - which, at first glance, looked identical to its inferior sibling. His computer, also sitting in water, would do nothing more than impudently flicker its power light when the power button was pressed.

The problem was plain to see when opening the case. The 8600 had a little logic board and the bottom of its case was filled with nothing more fragile than air. The 9600 was chock full of now rather soggy electronics. I took his computer away, cleaned the board with Iso, left it to dry - and it was right as rain. And the boss received a valuable education in why water and electronics really don't mix.

Come to Five Guys, where the software is as fresh as the burgers... or maybe not


Re: One of the better Windows releases

Much as I hate to say it, that was a very long time ago now - I think that the error can be forgiven for any OS which is older than people entering the workforce now.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: This is truely impressive

Hugely impressive - but hugely expensive. The only way that we can deliver a marvellous and world beating technology like this (or fusion, or defeating global warming, or space stations, or Mars colonisation…) is by working together.

Which is a long winded way of inviting a downvote nuking by pointing out that our continued obsession with national suicide (or Brexit, as it is commonly known) is a very good way of ensuring that projects like this will either never be delivered, or at least that they won’t be delivered by Britain.

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else


Yeah but no but

It’s bad enough having to apply security updates to my phone, computer and routers without having to do the lightbulbs, fridge, tv, loudspeakers and whatnot.

My TV is smart only because I couldn’t find a dumb one with the spec I wanted - but I don’t let it connect to my network.

Everything else in my house, including its owner, is as thick as porcine faeces (and I like it that way). My fridge is now nigh on 15 years old (and has just had a service by Fisher & Paykel - so hopefully will last another 15). Will Samsung continue to provide parts for this in 15 years, let alone update the damn things software?

I have my doubts.

It's 50 years to the day since Apollo 10 blasted off: America's lunar landing 'dress rehearsal'


Re: From the dictionary definition

Thumbs Up Steve Todd! I don’t know if you’re right, but it seems plausible and (very) well explained (although it still smacks of misuse to me!)


How did nominal (in name only / very small / not corresponding to a real value) come to mean normal? Rocket scientists they may be, but English clearly wasn’t their strongest subject.

I think that if I was being blasted into orbit, I’d want the rockets to be firing strongly / powerfully - not nominally.


Taylor drift: Finally, a use for AI emerges? Cyber-smut star films fsck-flick in Tesla with Autopilot, warns: 'I wouldn't recommend it'


When I were a lad the best we could hope for was a blow job from yer mates mam in yer dads Allegro. And we were grateful.

America's anti-hacking laws are so loose, even Donald Trump Jr broke them. So, what do we do about it?


Lacking the ability to think critically much?

If it could be condensed into 4 pages then Mueller would have done so to start with.

The précis was written by Trump shills. It can no more be trusted than if I wrote a one word précis “Guilty” (except that mine probably is closer to the truth)


And we don’t know all that it says since the pro-Trump Barr and co have redacted huge swathes of it. Which is pretty damning in itself.


Have a thumbs up. Have you noticed how the Trumpists and Brexitists usually post as AC - almost as if they realise that they’re on wrong side. Hmm.


Really? There are over 300 pages on the subject and you’re asking me to condense it into a forum comment?

But if you really want a few you could start at sexual misconduct, work your way through incitement of violence, take in a little light fraud, and go on to collusion - taking in many others along the way.


Granted, that is a risk. But I think that sometimes it’s necessary to be brave and damn the consequences - after all, Pence might turn out to be even less popular than Trump (maybe even with the Republican base - so there could be an upside)

Ultimately, it’s necessary to do the right think - or criminals (Trump, in this case) will be encouraged , safe in the knowledge that they won’t be punished.


The real tragedy is that so many Americans are either too partisan to consider that removing Trump is the right thing to do (even if it means supporting the ‘opposition’, albeit temporarily, in order to do so), or too stupid to realise that Trump and his cabal are a) acting criminally and b) would screw the voters faster than you can say ‘panties’.

This isn’t a dig against Americans by the way. I’m painfully aware that a terrifying number of Brits support Brexit, and French support the Gilets Jeune. It’s an accurate analogy because guess who has his fingers in those pies, stirring things up to foment the weakening of the US and EU? That’s right. It’s our old pal Putin.

And in current affairs... Apple recalls three-prong AC adapters after some shocking behavior


Re: have I missed something?

Ah yes. Have a thumbs up for pointing out the obvious (which had eluded me)


Re: none of your business

That is all of our business, of course, but if you’re going to hold big tech to account for this then I’m afraid you’ll also have to boycott Amazon, Google (including Android), Microsoft, Facebook…

Very laudable if you do stick to your principles to this extent - but I imagine it must be rather difficult.


Re: Duckhead?

These terms are applicable to people who engage in religious wars of any kind - whether about technology, politics - or even actual religion. Choose what works best for you - there’s no need to pour scorn on somebody else’s decision (which really is none of your business).


Shipped between 2003 and 2010? And they’re only just becoming a problem? If this story can be taken at face value then I’d say that Apple is going beyond the call of duty - these devices are well out of warranty. Surely Apple deserves some credit for this commitment to customer care. Or have I missed something?

Make America Infringe Again: Trump campaign video pulled over Batman copyright


What a colossal bunch of bell-ends. It’s bad enough that they come up with ridiculously over-baroque laws like DMCA, it’s quite another that they think that they can blatantly flout all copyright law (even that which is reasonable). One law for Trump and the GOP, another law for everyone else.

Now I realise that some people will point out that Hillary doesn’t exactly have scrupulously clean hands but I get the feeling that she genuinely wants to do the right thing overall (even if she unscrupulously cuts corners along the way) and at least if she did bend a few laws she wouldn’t rub everyone’s nose in it.

Put another way, if the Left and the Right were dogs then they’d both shit on the pavement - but the Right wing dog would do it in the middle, where maximum footfall is, in plain sight and then deny it, whilst the Left wing dog would discretely wait until it thought no one was looking and lay it (mostly) out of the main path.

As the UK updates its .eu Brexit advice yet again, an alternative hovers into view


Brexit is going to be responsible for the biggest brain drain from this country that we’ve ever seen (it’s starting already - the French Consulate is booked for months, so if you’re in a hurry you won’t get out that way. I’m told that the Irish are similarly log-jammed - and I guess the same applies to all other European Nations with the good sense to remain.)

Your business can remain in the EU though - even if you can’t - and remarkably cheaply too. Estonia will help you out. You register for an e-ID and then you can set up your business as being Estonian (or have an Estonia branch). You can have a virtual office in that country, the lot. All online, all cheaply done. The only expensive(ish) part is that you need to fly to Tallinn to set up the bank account face to face (for obvious anti-fraud reasons) but, once that’s done, you’ll never have to go back - unless you want to, of course. Read all about it here (Estonian government website) https://e-resident.gov.ee/start-a-company/

Given the havoc that Brexit is causing, the perpetrators of this crime against the United Kingdom deserve to be remembered forever - on the same terms that Herod, Macbeth, Stalin and <Insert Name Here> are remembered in infamy.

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road


These self drive systems are very cool but definitely not ready for prime time yet - and, as has been said many times before, Tesla’s is just too good. It’s so good that it fools the driver into thinking that it can do everything (which it can’t, not even close)

The current best systems, in my view, are those which make a donkeys breakfast of providing a smooth and comfortable ride. They weave and jerk and so discomfit the occupants that the driver has to actively take control. All they do is keep an eye on the situation so that if the driver misses something - a person stepping into the road, for example, or sudden braking by another vehicle - they can rescue the situation and avoid an incident. That’s the best we can do currently.

Sadly, in the case of the ‘too good’ system, where the driver is effectively the backup for the car, the driver is unlikely to be paying attention if disaster strikes and, even if they have got their eyes on the road and aren’t playing with the cars games and Easter eggs, their reaction time is likely to be limited.

Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be world's smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest, invisible... OK, it doesn't exist anymore


Re: And still putting...

Really? Have you been visiting the Apple Store in your time machine again? In 2019, the only storage available in Apple’s (admittedly expensive) laptops is SSD. Unless you can find a link to one fitted with a spinner (the last of which, to my knowledge was, the old MacBook Pro with an optical drive - which has been out of production for many years now)


Kudos to Apple…

…for admitting that AirPower was rubbish and abandoning it - many companies might have pressed on and sold it anyway. But…

…a slap around the face with a big fat wet fish for preannouncing the product. Don’t do it again, you muppets!

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


I imagine that many voted then and are still not happy with the result, some may not have been able to vote and are doubly unhappy with the result, and some might have changed their minds and decided Brexit is a bad idea after all.

As for all this Will of the People bollocks, that’s a) uncomfortably close to a Nazi slogan and b) based upon a misunderstanding of democracy - which is that we have the democratic right to change our minds (and hence why governments are regularly elected rather than elected once and in forever more).

The problem with leaving, and especially with leaving on such a slender mandate, is that if we decide we don’t like it later then we can’t change our minds. If there was an overwhelming mandate in favour then that’s one thing, but there wasn’t and so, like it or not, leaving the EU is the undemocratic thing to do.

New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online


I think it is necessary to consider the footage on its own merit. Is it a historical document, with educational benefit (however distasteful) or is it merely a snuff movie for racist / creedist / prejudiced in whatever way perverts.

Make the decision and then, yes, censor as necessary. One of the ills of the internet is that it makes quality censorship nigh on impossible.


Does it have historical or educational merit? If the answer is no then the footage should be erased. Who wants to see people die?


Again, disingenuous. We need to remember the dead, learn from the tragedy and mourn the loss of innocent lives. These materials are necessary, educationally, to help disprove the lies that these holocausts didn’t occur. If it was possible to arrest people who get some kind of sick gratification from watching these films though you can be sure I’d support that.


That’s disingenuous and you know it. The murder of JFK wasn’t a terrorist attack on an entire community. It was the targeted murder of one man for political ends.

Sharing that video doesn’t cause the same damage because any idiot wanting to do the same thing will be disappointed - JFK has been murdered already. Sharing videos of entire communities being killed, untargeted, their individual identities unimportant to the murderer, could well incite copycat attacks.

Now I’m not saying that it was right, and I certainly don’t want to watch the footage, but it isn’t the same thing at all.

And don’t forget Poppers Paradox which, in essence, states that free speech must be limited to protect free speech.

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that


Ratfox and JimmyO. Sorry. Yes, absolutely correct - never reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to, and leave cryptography for the experts. My point, ineptly made, is that to use these tools and to care enough to look for the good ones, you need to have at least a passing familiarity with the subject and the motivation to do so.

Have a thumbs up each for making an essential point and my apologies for my poor wording.


When hiring students fresh out of university I find that they invariably can’t code in C, and that they have only a passing familiarity with simple concepts like modulo arithmetic or prime numbers. This will, of course, hinder any attempt at developing a secure cryptographic algorithm. Nevertheless, I like hiring people from this group because they’re keen and eager - and, whilst I can’t teach enthusiasm, I can teach whatever their big-business sponsored degrees omitted.

Recent years have seen a worrying degree of freetardism creeping in to senior management. They can download apps for free so software can’t be worth much. And if software isn’t worth much then software developers can’t be worth paying very much either - they argue that it’s unskilled labour and all of a sudden it’s a race to the bottom. Which is all very demoralising - so is it any wonder that experienced developers do the bare minimum? They aren’t really motivated to do any more. A pox on senior managers in software development if they aren’t actually software developers themselves.

Level up Mac security, and say game over to malware? System alerts plus Apple game engine equals antivirus package


Yup. Although that’s not particularly what worries me. A hardware killer is bad - a data destroyer that insidiously wipes out backups too is worse.



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