* Posts by Raphael

144 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jun 2011


Ford SYNC 3 infotainment vulnerable to drive-by Wi-Fi hijacking


Re: Dumb cars...

yep, while I like some of the new features, I do miss my old Mini where everything was simple (I even fixed an electrical fault once with a small piece of wire). You just had to remember to have a plastic bag over the distributor cap to make sure no water got in.

Never mind room temperature, LK-99 slammed as 'not a superconductor at all'


Re: Which does raise the question...

the chap who made the video has apparently come forward and said that he faked it all.


UK watchdog reopens consultation on Microsoft's bid for Activision Blizzard


Re: They will get it

They would have to try really hard to be worse than Blizzard is right now.

The choice: Pay BT megabucks, or do something a bit illegal. OK, that’s no choice



I use the MS one at home, and the nice Logitech one at work (due to a wrist injury from a fall, and 3 surgeries to try fix it, I get sore if I have to use a flat keyboard)

Producers allegedly sought rights to replicate extras using AI, forever, for just $200


this may be one of the reasons why the US Supreme Court recently ruled against the Andy Warhol estate that Warhol's painting of a photo of Prince was a violation of the Photographer's copyright (as it was used for Financial Gain).

I am sure the copyright cases against OpenAI by Sarah Silverman et al. will be citing this case.

Microsoft, OpenAI sued for $3B after allegedly trampling privacy with ChatGPT


"citing The Register's March 18, 2021 special report on the subject."

Yep, you lads are never going to get replies from the MS PR department

Can noise-cancelling buds beat headphones? We spent 20 hours flying to find out


"to the Galaxy Buds I recently washed (dammit) and broke"

I did the same recently to my Buds Plus. managed to get them, and the case, open cleaned and dried out and working again like a charm.

Texas judge demands lawyers declare AI-generated docs


Re: AI Judges

Don't know. I was listening to a lawyer who is also a youtube (Good Lawgic) and he asked ChapGPT to provide the legal precedents for a case he had coming up. ChatGPT cited 5 cases, and 3 didn't actually exist.

Logitech, iFixit to offer parts to stop folks binning their computer mouse


I use a Logitech MX Ergo trackball...I find the left click lasts me about 2 years (about to buy my third one) before it starts doing silly things. (double-clicking on a single click, dropping the mouse down when dragging etc).

being able to repair it would be great.

Curiosity gets interplanetary software patch for better driving and more on Mars


Re: Eurpean format numbers?

My old high school Computer Science teacher (in the mid to late 1990's) always taught us that if a software program couldn't on a 1.44MB floppy disk it was badly written.

Boeing's first-ever crewed mission in Starliner ISS spacecraft delayed to late July


I do appreciate them taking the extra time to do the extra checks, after all, it's not exactly something you want to be a "measure once, cut twice" scenario.

Microsoft and GM deal means your next car might talk, lie, gaslight and manipulate you


I wonder which would make the better AI driving companion persona, KITT or GLaDOS?d

ChatGPT, write a report about database glitches that crashed you today


Is Zuckerberg essentially painting a future that will be AI personas messaging each other and carrying on without any human involvement?

No, working in IT does not mean you can fix anything with a soldering iron


Re: Customer pushback

using my extensive knowledge from way too many hours playing Surviving Mars.

Making the fuel is the easy part.

SOFIA observatory's last hurrah set back by damage from high winds


I saw it at the airport when I was in Christchurch last month, during that extreme weather.

Footnote: The weather played merry hell with our long-awaited holiday we were in Christchurch for. Couldn't get to some places due to blizzards and then major flooding a week later.

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it


Swiftkey is still my default Android keyboard. I can't recall exactly when I bought it, but If I recall correctly I started using it on my original Galaxy S.

Is it decadent that I use four different computers each day, at different times?


Re: Love it!

I'm also on my third one (left the first on a plane, and then a couple of years later did the same with it's replacement). My kindle goes with me everywhere.


Re: No headphone jack?

I have an older pair of bluetooth headphones connected to my kindle for audio books.

Even the cheapest model of Kindle now has it.

From the studio that brought you 'Mortal Wombat' comes 'Pernicious Possum'


It's a pet named Mrs Scoby Lunchbox


I have a mate who used to practice his target shooting (was on the NZ air rifle team) by shooting the possums at the local golf course. He used make a fair bit of the fur (about NZ$100/kg)

Northrop Grumman throws hat in the ring to design NASA's next-gen Lunar Terrain Vehicle


don't they have a good one

There was a Top Gear while the trio were still hosting where James May test drove a lunar rover


It started at Pixar. Now it's the Apple-backed 3D file format viewed as HTML of metaverse


Re: The metaverse can kiss my balls*

Wasn't there an episode of Sliders where they ended up in a dystopic reality where everyone was plugged into their VR thinking things were great, but in reality were slaves living in squalor.

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate


I do similar for audio cables with the Church sound setup.

Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed


Re: I Hope El Reg Stays on This

yes, it has caused minor panic when we suddenly could not find any of our resources

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon


Adolf Hitler killed himself in 1945 having been responsible for the death of millions as the leader of Germany's Nazi party. He had a small rectangular mustache.

What a bizarre way to start the article. you make it sound like the reason he killed himself was because he was "responsible for the death of millions". I think the reason he killed himself is he was petrified at what the Russians would do to him if caught alive.

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


I'm on my second MX Ergo, the first lasted me just over two years.


I have a dodgy wrist (TFCC tear and 3 surgeries) and it, along with a MS Ergonomic keyboard, means I can use a PC for more than an hour without needing lots of painkillers.

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over


Re: The elevator did it

In about '99 I used to own an old Mini, and when I used to drive to visit my girlfriend (now wife) out at her folks farm, they could tell when I was about half a kilometre away because a short in the distributor cap would cause interference on their TV.

Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music


Re: Moderately aggravating

Plex account and a home media server.

That's the approach I am taking.

The show Musk go on: Tesla defies Silicon Valley coronavirus lockdown order, keeps Fremont factory open


I'm not a huge fan of Musk, but he's right, the panic over Covid-19 is dumb.

I'm not saying we shouldn't be cautious or that we shouldn't be following the restrictions, but the complete plonkers cleaning out the shops and generally behaving like morons is dumb.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit


Re: That $11,000 valve story

Except the story comes out of Italy and the litigious maker of the valve is based in Luxembourg.

So nothing to do with the US and their medical costs.

(and I'm a Kiwi, living in Middle Earth, so no dog in that fight)

Stop us if you've heard this one before: HP Inc rejects Xerox's $36.5bn buyout plan as takeover saga drags on


won't someone think about Canon :P

I also read yesterday that Canon has stated that if the Xerox/HP merger were to happen, they would end their 35 year relationship with the company. That would remove about 14% of HP's sales.

Source: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-deals/Canon-to-cut-ties-with-HP-if-Xerox-takes-over

Dead or alive, you're camming with me, says RoboPup: Bomb squad hires Boston Dynamics Spot to snoop on suspects, packages


This one was begging for a link to the new Bosstown Dynamics video.


BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?


Many moons ago I worked for a South African forestry company, Sappi, shortly before I left, they inked a deal with Volvo where people buying a Volvo would have their carbon offset by Volvo paying Sappi some money for a tree they were already going to plant....

IBM stands for I Block Money, says sales rep: Big Blue sued yet again by its own staff over 'missing' commissions


Re: IBM ....

Have an upvote for the Schlock Mercenary ref.

IIRC Howard Taylor used to work for IBM

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


Many moons ago

back when I was a junior dev in South Africa I worked for a large forestry company. This company had a lot of research staff who liked to fiddle.

One several occasions we would have this scenario: there would an MS Access db application that one of the researchers had cobbled together to help him in his day to day work. He would then share this with his colleagues. And in some cases the researcher would have moved on to a new job, shuffled off from this mortal coil, or simply forgot what was happening in the back ground of the app

Then suddenly IT would get a support ticket as something had gone wrong, and as the whole department was now using this Access App it was mission critical.

Ok, where is the documentation? What's that.

Ok, what does it do in the background? Not sure (often some very complicated modelling).

Do you really need it? Yes!

And so a rewrite of the MS Access App into Oracle and .NET1.1 would start.

My boss eventually banned all users from having MS Access.

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry


The HP Toner I bought this week has a shipping label for recycling in the box....BUT it's only good in the USA, so pretty useless here in New Zealand

MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps


Re: Groundhog Day for Apple...

My dad is a little upset his 20 year old copy of Corel Wordperfect 8 seems to have stopped working on Win10 1903.

(the save throws a missing dll error)

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


back in South Africa

When Technikon Natal merged with ML Sultan, they had a submission process for the new name. The Dean of Engineering (a Sea Captain) suggested Southern Hemisphere Institute of Technology.

His suggestion made it almost to the final round of decisions before someone on the Council noticed the acronym....

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields


Methinks Simon has been having to listen to the numpties who live up the Coromandel who recently, successfully, protested against the construction of a new cell phone tower (regular 4G, not even 5G).

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


Re: Bah!

But it will confuse the hell out of the Beetle Overlords whilst they try figure out how we achieved it all.

now to go dig up that dinosaur fossil holding the "End Nuclear Testing Now" placard....

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal


Re: Skype for Business

and my personal bugbear. In a group chat especially, no indication of which team members have (a) recieved the message and (b) read the message.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers


Re: Mozilla are only partly right

Brave has a Tor mode for it's Privacy mode.

Fellow AI nerds, beware: Google Cloud glitch leaves Nvidia T4 GPUs off estimated bills for some virtual machines


"If you can keep a straight face when claiming you didn't know you had to pay for high-end processors." The article does point out that there are some scenarios where you legitimately don't have to pay for them. (Just not the scenario they setup)

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door


Re: flights of stairs

looking at the building on street view, seems to be about 5 floors. But I would not expect an elderly person (or someone with groceries or young children) to be only using the stairs.


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin successfully lobs another capsule beyond the edge of space


Re: Vertical landing rockets

While the sci-fi fan in me loves the idea of flying cars and longs for them, I look at the other idiots on the road and feel very happy they're not also in the air.

Eggheads confirm it's not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected


Re: Saying God did it, with extra steps

Galileo was condemned because he called the Pope (who up until that time) a simpleton for not accepting Galileo's (unproven at the time) theories as fact.Up until that incident there is plenty of evidence that the Church was fine with his teaching about his models, he just wasn't allowed to refer to them as facts because they were not proven yet (and the scientific conses of the day was that he was wrong.

The pope over reacted to being called a simpleton, and condemned Galileo's teaching as heresy.

(and Galileo's models were wrong, and had even more complicated epicycles with circular orbits than the Ptolemaic models used. Kepler's models with parabolic orbits and no complicated epicycles were right)

Google Fiber experiment ends with Choc Factory paying Louisville $3.8m to clean up its mess


Re: Scorched Earth

"6) Sky mapping - plenty of applications already available before (I was using one on a 286)."

Skyglobe? (I had fun playing with that)

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?


Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

In South Africa we always called them stiffies.

Much like South Africans call traffic lights Robots.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


Re: El Reg follows common sense!

Personally I'm in favour of giving this scum a cell made out of container to live in on White Island..... as close to the biggest active vent as possible.

Azure Kinect: All-seeing 3D camera shenanigans for everyone ... except consumers


Re: It already did

The new Cat S61 phone, in addition to the FLIR camera that was introduced with the S60, had a laser for measuring distance. And an indoor air quality monitor.

They're targeting the tradie market.


Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up


Re: Pour encourager les autres ?

Rule of Acquisition #34.