* Posts by Haro

67 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jun 2007


Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...


Re: CCTV rant

Nobody monitors the live feeds. Everything is held in loops. Only if there is a shooting do they spend the incredible amount of money it takes to trace back the culprit to a well-lit zone. Looks like they need to invest in street lights as well as the camera. :) Back to the topic, Internet snooping takes a huge percentage of the GDP. As well, every little town and country wants to go back to balkanization and local toll roads. Strike off another hunk.

What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM


Keep on Truckin'

Sony lost a lot of money for each ps3 that first came out. I bought one since I could see there was a factor of two involved somewhere. Then they screwed around with it so you couldn't use it as a media centre. I think the MS factor of two is that they must sell things at twice the cost to make money. But I wouldn't buy unless you see the factor of two is the other way, like Sony.

Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network


Re: A matter of time

Whew. Then we Canadians can enjoy a cheap Cuba for some time. :)

Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome


Wedded to Legacy

MS has always been stuck to all the cruft that has gone before. If they come up with something totally new, then nobody likes it because it doesn't work with anything. Spartan is another attempt to break free. If they had any arrogant people left they would immediate ditch IE and go for the new. But now they are getting twitchy, and are having both.

In order to keep the other two honest, I wish they would start a 'skunkworks', and throw out something new that would eat the old. Not going to happen. :(

Google splashes $80k on Chrome 40 bug splatting


Yeah for Google

This is a great program, paying for bugs. It keeps people interested, and playing by the rules, whatever they are. The MS bounty program is ransom-ware. :)

Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset


And the winner is ...

MS, for the greatest time-shift of any concept product. At least the Google thing worked. In a year or two, you'll still need one of those IBM batman mainframes strapped to your back. :)

Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year


Works on old machines

According to previous articles, this will work wonderfully on old Win7 machines that are upgraded for free to Win10. :)

LEAKED: Samsung's iPhone 6 killer... the Samsung Galaxy S6


More articles like this one!

Total garbage, but man, what comments! Any future articles like this one should always mention Apple, such Apple Destroys Linux, or Android Destroys Apple, or whatever.

Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz


An empty offer

In summary, from all the comments, this is an empty offer that won't kill anybody. Since the software is all important, nobody ever upgrades an existing machine, since you can be sure all your software and drivers won't run. They are just doing this so that people will have w10 on new machines. In large corporations you always start out-typing your Word after 3 years, because of messier anti-virus bloat. New machines are the order of day, and this might even put Intel back in the black.

FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event


The world needs Microsoft

My experience with large companies is that MS hastens old-company disease. It starts when the key to internal advancement is to learn every trick in making a Powerpoint presentation to the Big Bosses, and sending the perfect email to everybody on Outlook. The last few years have been kind to these companies, since everybody got up to the same level. Now, they will be hit with the huge upgrade cycle and features galore. Can't wait until the really smart ones send Cortana Outlook spreadsheets. :)

Like IBM going down, this clears the road for young upstarts.

Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'


Re: Can't be that bad...

That was my experience at a large dysfunctional company. They went the full outsourcing route and everything went downhill after that. Luckily, I only went into computers because I needed good stuff for engineering, and later (with no competent computing) I just did the science with a pencil. :( until the good pension kicked in.


I thought it was Sony

I went into the article thinking it was the Sony IT job. :) They probably just have a very bland description.

2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...


Started a couple of years ago

One son had a job all lined up at IBM, and then it all crashed. The other son was at Accenture, and they were sucking up all the big jobs. For years IBM ruled Canada, and all the ridiculous huge government computer jobs. None of them ended up working. As somebody said, the Cloud has no barriers to entry, and the winnings go to the swift. A big bureaucracy has no chance.

Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE


It's a race between towers and satellites

For example, at the cottage (very remote in Canada), there have been huge wastes of money on this. First came a unique tower on the lake that did wimax very expensively. Then the normal towers came closer. I think Iridium suffered the same thing, very slow and expensive connections, and in came the towers. By the time this comes in, there will be a tower nearby doing super-duper-lte for next to nothing.

Even in Africa, towers are cheaper.

Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM


Re: None of the above

Yeah, I went to unlimited with Bell in Canada, simply because I kept running into bizarre limit overloads. It's so nice not to worry. I run a Tor relay, but that doesn't use up that much.

Fertiliser doom warning! Pesky humans set to wipe selves out AGAIN


Re: No feedlot runoff?

That was a big problem in Canada, and then there are the giant pig farms. But before all that shit destroys the world, it has to get past people drinking it, and the lakes turning green. Thus, there is a great deal of science and technology on this issue. The best approaches are things like soil drilling, and GM crops that need less fertilizer and pesticides. And the elimination of horrible farm subsidies. I blame the Europeans for their weirdo attitudes on GM. :)

Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'


La Geist

We in Canada have the King of the Internets to protect us from great stupidity. The politicians are terrified of him.

I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows


Build it over the train

And then electrify the high-speed train. Great stuff! But the other guy is right, you really need to figure out switches, sidings, mid-stations, and emergency exits. I'm thinking about that right now... :)

Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?


We need a story

I totally failed with my 80 year old neighbour. He wanted Outlook and Office, and has barely got cutnpaste working. Doesn't bother me any more, must have someone else. :) We need a story for these old guys, and a phoney Windows Dressing.

Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl


Room for the Spanish people

All you people who want to tax them to death -- Remember Spain!

Security? Don't bother until it's needed says RFC


End storage

I suspect that all the carefully encrypted emails get stored in clear text on a Windows machine. Busy executives usually have 5000 inbox emails in Outlook. They may encrypt the whole laptop, but the French police know how to take care of that. :)

Sony hack was good news for INSURERS and INVESTORS


Good Article

I like the point about the conflict between free expression and security. I've seen companies totally clamp down on internal (and external) freedom, and lose every speck of intellect. I wonder how you strike a balance.

Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India


Re: Nice price point

I don't think any of my kids have ever the phone as a phone. Just try to hold up a monster phablet to your head!


Re: Blackberry Desperation

Everything those guys bought is now worthless. :)


Blackberry Desperation

Oh, I wanted to be first to mention the Blackberry thing, since I'm Canadian and all. Drat.

Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail


Another reason for Google to leave Spain

I don't read much into this. It's sort of like a cop stopping you for speeding, and then adding the broken headlight. I mean, good old Gmail is totally encrypted, if you include https transport and the fact that it is offshore. This whole war on encryption is going nowhere. Everybody should aggravate them with a Tor relay.

Big Blue's biggest mainframe yet is the size of a fridge


Re: Many years ago...

I'm glad IBM is above the whole earthquake thing. Probably that case is just printed plastic, and only weighs 50 lbs, but a real one would slide nicely out that window in an earthquake. As well, overloaded floors are just asking for trouble. :)

What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues


US Fracking has a time limit

They are injecting all the waste water deep under Oklahoma, and a large earthquake mechanism is building. I know such things, since it was my field. A big earthquake will cause a shock in supply, but new technology may sort that out eventually.

Does the Googler tapped to run the US Patent Office still believe in patent reform?


Defending them, a bit

Who would you throw into these can't-win, meat-grinding positions? I'm all for bright, rich Googlers getting in. She can't do much, but perhaps, a little. I wish we had them here, in Canada. :)

Google crashes supposedly secure Aviator browser


Re: Hmm, Google Chrome...

Hey, I looked all over and couldn't find a single negative thing said about the 'suid sandbox'. Do you have a reference, and is Google hiding it? :)

MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms


Put up a Tor relay

I'm just combining this with the other article on a certain oil state. What can one do other than be brave enough to run an exit Tor relay, and buy an electric car. As stated here, all the massive fishing does is allow the Saudis to whip people, since I'm sure Mr. MI5 and Mr. Facebook give them everything.

Sony boss: Nork megahack won't hurt our bottom line


Poor IT people

It's most likely that the last IT person to get fired, for mentioning the obvious, engineered this whole thing. Now that there's no consequence, we'll see this drama over and over again.

Channel: IBM stamps us into the dirt in race for cloudy glory


Happened Before

My thought is that Sun Microsystems was destroyed because they stuck to channel partners when everything was switching to generic PC's and Linux. If you use channels there's something like 100% margin, and who can carry that these days?

BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'


Register shows restraint

You are right, there can be no comment here. :)

FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws


Sorry, your libraries don't lend out ebooks?

Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers


Re: So, how do we annoy them?

If we could increase Tor relays and bridges by a factor of 10, that would be the most positive thing we could do for the oppressed women, who just want to look at smutty Pinterest.


Re: So, how do we annoy them?

Follow an earlier article here on using Tor. I've set up a Tor relay on my Linux machine.

Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits


Powerful PC adds dynamic range

I use my powerful Linux PC for bittorrent, and running a Tor relay. The Internet limits the need for power, just as I've got all the power I need for my Openwrt router. Everything else I do on it (blog, g+, gimp, etc) could be done on a Chromebook, but I won't get one. An old laptop has found a new use as a Tails Linux super-secure connection, even though I don't need it. My Nexus7-2 is mostly a book reader, with a little bit of Hangouts (texting). The phone use is just for mobile texting. I think the dynamic range of power may increase, from very powerful desktop to small mobile. Perhaps the middle (tablet) will get squeezed out.

Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit


Re: For once, I'm on the side of the apparently frivolous lawsuit...

Although I agree with this, once you start sliding down the stupidity scale, there is no stopping. Does the average i-buyer know what 16G is? My unscientific poll suggests that perhaps not.

Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal


The limits of the Apple premium

As a light grazer of economics, I'd be interested in what people think are the limits to the Apple premium. So far, I've heard someone say "You can't afford Apple stuff, you are scum.". This puts no limits. And, as well, Apple apps make more money per person than Android, because these people are rich.

The premium is now at 2x compared to the Oneplus One, which is a fine phone. If it goes up to 3x, then all the arguments remains the same -- smaller market share of increasingly richer people. Why not go to 4x?

Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code


Look at the larger picture, people

Right now MS must be looking at dozens of worse bugs, and taking their sweet time. This is only an escalation exploit, and must go into that bin of hundreds. Shame on Google for revealing, what must be the most minor of bugs in the MS Universe. :) (I think two years should be the time limit.)

El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014: Part Deux


That's not the way for Europe

The author seems to think that if the regulators hammer Silicon Valley, then it will allow Europe to blossom. This is somewhat akin to Apple's Scorched Earth legal campaign to gain competitive advantage. Have fun with that.

El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014


Re: Tarred by their own brush

My unscientific poll of a few, shows that Apple doesn't put tremendous effort into supporting old hardware. The local cell phone booth says 'Never upgrade.', and some people find quite a performance hit with the old hardware when they upgrade. Of course, the poll could be wrong. :)


Android rush to commodity

The Oneplus One became available to all in North America just before Christmas. Mine was delivered Christmas Eve. Although the CyanogenMod saga is completely psycho, they are supporting the phone outside of India. The phone is great, and I would recommend it.

Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi


They lost the expensive phone

Maybe I'm old, but I remember that once the only way to phone outside was through the hotel, and it cost a heck of a lot. But cell phones snuck in and the hotel phone gathers dust. So, they put out the cry "Never Again!". Good luck!

Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?


Re: Things to do

Sorry, we get in huge jars at Costco in Canada. It melts under the tongue, and has allowed me to cut down on another drug. A small amount of quick release allows time for your own stuff to kick in. :)


Things to do

I think most people have said it already. Eliminate strong blue light at night, warm white led bulbs everywhere. Use Twilight for Android, and I have a lot of trouble on my Linux machine keeping Redshift going, so I don't use it much at night. Take 5mg of melatonin at night. In the morning, hit yourself with blue light. I use the Philips goLite which has blue leds.

Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'


Re: Oops

Oh my gosh! Please don't expose Disney, and copyright extension. My childhood dreams would be shattered. :)

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates


Low Risk of Big Consequences

I mainly do earthquake risk, and this is sort of the same thing. Would you upgrade your building in California? Nobody expects anything to happen, and the government will fix it all anyway. IT risk should be insured, like earthquakes, and the more you do, the less the cost. But big trouble trying to quantify it.


Hackers gone to the next level

They are now threatening to bomb theatres. But I think this is where the Norks could hack in with the 9200 baud analog connections. Just send phony emails.