* Posts by Andre Carneiro

278 posts • joined 5 Jun 2007


Microsoft Defender casts a jaundiced eye over Citrix, slams services in quarantine on suspicion of being malware

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... but don’t discard malice.

For Apple's latest trick, the iCockroach – allowing it to survive while the smartphone sector faces a nuclear winter

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Re: And about to fall off a cliff

And I’m sure he COULDN’T care less

Singapore awards 5G licences – and winning carriers pick anyone but Huawei for nationwide network

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Re: Seen it all before

The difference being that Jewish merchants back then weren't involved in the sort of shady practices that China undoubtedly is now.

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Not sure this is the perfect example. I am yet to be convinced that the benefits of the World Wide Web outweigh the disaster of Social Media

(I'm joking.... sort of.... a little)

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: He used the wrong excuse

That's fascinating, I had no idea!

I suppose the rationale being that arson may put multiple lives at risk.

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Re: Silly way to drive customers away

Seagate have specifically said that they have no SMR in their IronWolf and IronWolf Pro ranges. I suppose that's something, at least.

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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Re: Sad

You may be right, but I don’t think this is why.

Elon himself said he’s expecting to go through about 20 prototypes.

Allow scientists to fail. The fear of failure is what corrupts science, to the benefit of nobody.

Shame, nonetheless...

Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023

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Re: Invariably for many thick humans, a forlorn hope on the way to a deserved future dire state


India makes contact-tracing app mandatory for passengers as domestic flights resume

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And so it begins...

The Big Brother tracing app starts showing its true colours.

To be fair, I would imagine the Indian app is the decentralised model, not the data-slurping one touted in the UK. I wonder how long untitled same requirement starts around here...

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

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Re: In other news....

Mine at work is now up to 14...

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers

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Same here. It's not even a slippery slope any more, it's a proper fucking cliff edge.

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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Shouldn't they be suing the driver? Surely he's the one who failed to be in control of the vehicle?

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally

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Re: Core systems

To be fair, OR's FTTP seems so far to be pretty reliable.

Had only the one episode of huge packet losses (like 50%) which both myself and the ISP couldn't explain.

Different routers, direct PPPoE connections, nothing made a difference. All diags OK at the ISP end.

Turns out a hard reset and factory default on the Huawei ONT sorted it all out. I suspect they may be a little crappier than I would like and I wish OR would allow me to use my own (not sure if ONT configurations are a Industry Standard thing or not?)

At least now I know it's a thing...

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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Re: Use Singapore Way

Ah, yes. WhatsApp. That authoritative source of knowledge. Can’t think of a better means to receive information from the Government...

My WhatsApp got sent into the digital bin a couple of months ago and I’m starting to think it was a startlingly good decision.

All the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), all the IT ladies (all the IT ladies), now put your hands up! Oh, still not many here

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“How we fix it”? Could it be that there is nothing to fix?

I don’t understand why it is that this is seen as a problem. Where are all the women crying out for the opportunity to be given a job in IT?

If they exist, then by all means then you have a problem to fix.

It appears that women may well just not be interested in it and that’s anyone’s prerogative. It sounds like you’ve gone out of your way to foster an equality of opportunity and should be commended for it.

I suppose you could FORCE women into a career in IT somehow but that seems rather counterproductive.

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Are they struggling, though?

Just because there aren't as many women in IT doesn't necessarily mean they are struggling to get into it! For heaven's sake!

Maybe there ARE barriers, I don't know. But this "research" looks at the end state and then infers how we got there. This narrative seems only too common and it really helps nobody.

Also "If all OECD countries matched Sweden's levels of female employments, GDP would be boosted by $6tn." I'm not sure what this means. Are women better and more productive than men? In that case, would the industry not have cottoned on to it and employed more of them?

I'm honestly really confused.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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Soooo.... are they being fined?

Computer, deactivate self-destruct system requirement, says Sonos... were it on a starship in space, and not a smart-speaker slinger

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Didn't know they did this.

Honestly, if you needed any more reason to avoid these despicable lot like the plague?

I would be happy to see them go bust, personally.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask

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Re: flawed logic

That’s not what he said.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Re: 1000 cycles?

OK, so it’s not currently adequate for your particular use.

It will be once the battery tech improves (I’d give it no more than 5 years).

I’m not sure I understand the point of your post.

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Re: 1000 cycles?

Not sure I’m sold on the energy storage thing until EV batteries are rated for FAR more cycles than I’m likely to need in a lifetime of driving.

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1000 cycles?

Pretty sure EV batteries are rated for much more than 1000 cycles...

Regarding the “hosepipe charging cable”... you’re still in the wrong mind set.

The idea is that the car is charging at a sensible rate whilst you’re either sleeping or at work. Rapid charging should be the exception rather than the rule.

Having bought an EV 9 months ago (and I have a 100 mile daily round trip commute), I am truly flummoxed by the amount of resistance from ICE drivers.

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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Re: Australian checking in... A huge house of cards




AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021

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It’ll be interesting to see BOINC scores when these monsters start turning up in the wild :)

Beware the Y2K task done too well, it might leave you lost in Milan

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I’m my line of work I have to declare any gifts over the price of a pen.

I’m definitely in the wrong job.

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space

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Airbus, take heed

I would be surprised if this insidious management culture was unique to Boeing so I’m rather hoping this will be a watershed moment for the whole industry and Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, etc take a good hard look at their own processes.

Airbus need Boeing as much as Boeing need Airbus.

I do not wish to see Boeing sink because of this, but the senior management really should be behind bars. There needs to be severe punishment.

BBC tells Conservative Party to remove edited Facebook ad featuring its reporters

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Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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I think the extra hole made it 1.44MB instead of 720MB ;)

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Re: punchlines

Ah, yes! Popcorn. Lacral (Lacaze and Reinal?), if I remember correctly.

<sigh> I know I’m getting old because I can remember useless details from 30 years ago but have no idea what I had for dinner last night...

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election

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Re: Political self-obsession and onanism

Surely some of that is also down to the relatively expensive and immature technology of the time?

I can imagine that providing a POTS in the 80s would be orders of magnitude more expensive than it is now?

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero

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Re: So much for "design"

Actually the sound quality is very good. For all your criticism (just or otherwise), this is not one they deserve.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'

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Re: "we can't just ignore major blockers to uptake."

Pretty sure the US is serve by the best Supercharger network in the world.

I would be surprised (but happy to be corrected) if you were unable to make that journey easily on a Tesla with, admittedly, more breaks for recharges.

Not a good look, Google: Pixel 4 mobes can be face-unlocked even if you're asleep... or dead?

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Not open, merely “not completely closed”.

An anaesthetised person’s eyes are certainly not open like an awake person’s are.

The eyes are taped shut to stop that last little slit of cornea that’s exposed to the air to dry out.

UK culture sec hints at replacing TV licence fee, defends encryption ban proposals and her boss in Hacker House inquiry

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If you travel around Europe (and most of the world) you'll know the answer.

Purely commercial TV is the most absolutely appalling bilge ever contrived in the history of mankind.

From Libra to leave-ya: eBay, Visa, Stripe, PayPal, others flee Facebook's crypto-coin

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Re: Good

Now if only it could take the rest of Facebook with it...

You better get a wiggle on then: BT said to be mulling switching off UK's copper internets by 2027

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I'm pretty sure the new ONTs no longer have the battery backup.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits

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In the same way that petrol prices go up when oil gets more expensive but fail to come down when oils gets cheaper, I very much suspect “surge pricing” would only ever work in one direction.

Still very much a “no thank you” from me.

Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?

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Whilst it does reduce cell capacity, I'm not sure it does so "rapidly".

Also, the idea is to rapid charge only occasionally when on longer journeys. Hopefully you should be able to AC charge over night most of the times.

OK, let's try that again: Vulture rakes a talon on Samsung's fresh attempt at the Galaxy Fold 5G

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The specs are insane, though!

I may be showing my age but an Octa-Core CPU, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of solid state storage that can fit your pocket?

My gast is well and truly flabbered...

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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Re: Cowards?

Did I strike a nerve there?

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Re: Cowards?

Definition fo coward: “a person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.”

Your comment seems to put you in the category.

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Re: Cowards?

I live in Shrewsbury. I wouldn’t bet so highly on the harmlessness of the local scumbags.

That said, I’d probably have a go at stopping them (if I’d realised what’s going on in time, which by the sounds of the article I probably wouldn’t).

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Re: The "Cowards" comment

Morgue’s also full of cowards. We all end up there eventually.

Huawei goes all Art of War on us: Switches on 'battle mode' and vows to 'dominate the world'

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Re: no longer required US components

Might actually be tempted to give Huawei a go if they didn’t run a data-hoarding OS created by one of the most evil and intrusive corporations in the world...

BT adopts Ubuntu OpenStack as core brains for its 5G, fibre-to-the-premises rollout

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Not sure whether to upvote your sarcasm or downvote his moronity...

UK's Openreach admits 50k premises on 'gigabit-capable' FTTP network can't get gigabit speeds

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I don't think they're actually selling any Gigabit services yet.

If memory serves right they're only just starting to make some 500mbps services available.

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Re: Whats this BT company?

Out of interest, what would you be "serving"?

Chinese bogeyman gets Huawei with featuring in EE's 5G network launch thanks to bumbling BBC

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EE playing the game again

Over 50 quid for 10GB of ‘might-be-5G” data?

What moron is going to pay for THAT?

(And I consider myself an early adopter)

Oh 4G, I'm speechless: EE network outage smacks rare breed of customer that talks into their mobile phone

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"Small number"

That really pisses me off.

I don't believe it was "small", and even if it was, it's no consolation to me that your shitty service has fallen over.

Just own it. Shit happens, we all accept it. Downplaying it makes you sound dishonest.

Tesla big cheese Elon Musk warns staffers to tighten their belts in bid to cut expenses (again)

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Re: I don't get it...

I meant reviews from automotive publications.

It's easy to find lots of people with gripes on Google :)



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