* Posts by Blank Reg

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Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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Re: Stop the pandering!

Well, that is often the problem. If you're an asshole and you're at the bottom of the corporate ladder then you will likely get fired, unless you're the star developer in which case they might overlook it. It gets worse though when the management includes assholes who then hire more assholes. Or the worst case is someplace like Uber where it really did seem to start at the top

Tech support scams subside somewhat, but Millennials and Gen Z think they're bulletproof and suffer

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Re: Wasting their time

Years ago while programming T1 boards I learned that I could set whatever I wanted for the 'A' (originating) number. The network didn't check and just accepted anything. I don't know if it's still as wide open as it once was, but I get plenty of calls with fake originating numbers so it's still a problem.

Ubuntu on a phone, anyone? UBports reaches 18th stable update, but it's still based on 16.04

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Re: Linux phone

Couldn't do that, but I at one time I had worked on DTMF for so long that I could tell the number pressed by the sound. And for fun I'd dial a phone just by repeatedly pressing the receiver button/hook flash in the appropriate pattern, kind of like Morse code, only easier.

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Re: Linux phone

ATDT5551234

I think I still have a laminated Hayes command set cheat sheet somewhere

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I have about half a dozen throwaway accounts that all link around to each other in a circle.None of them have any of my real data.

You're not imagining it. Amazon and AWS want to hire all your friends, enemies, and everyone in between

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Re: "You don't get through the process of hiring unless you're really, really good"

Really? Maybe that's a local thing because here I've been told by people I know at Amazon, Google and Facebook that I'd make an extra 15-30% if I took a position at at any of them. I'm well paid already so the extra isn't enough to make up for the downsides.

Malaysian Police crush crypto-mining kit to punish electricity thieves

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Re: Ecological vandalism

Do you really think destroying these prevents others from buying more?

So instead of selling them and having them reused will have more manufactured which will then consume yet more resources.

Microsoft adds cloud enablement to 1970s Altair 8800 tech

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Re: We had the "cloud" back in 1975

And the PSTN/POTS was usually depicted as a cloud in most diagrams

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Your headline reminds me...

I don't know how anyone can stand it. it smells like burning dog crap

JavaScript, GitHub, AWS crowned winners in massive survey of 32,000 developers

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Re: Questionable methodology

No, Objective C was always an abomination

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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Re: Land of the free

These too big to fail companies would fail less often if they focused on the long term rather than the next quarter. Cap executive salaries at a couple hundred thousand with any additional compensation coming in the form of stock with a 5 year vesting period.

And make stock buy backs illegal again to get rid of some of the stock manipulation shenanigans. Then they will actually need to manage the company in a sustainable manner if they want to make the big bucks

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Re: Other side of the coin

if I have the cash and an idea for some new gizmo there are plenty of companies in China that will handle the entire process from design through to manufacturing for you.

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Re: Must be seen to be doing something

Well they can do away with the filibuster so things can actually get done.

Then pass appropriate voting laws so that the Republicans can no longer rig the system in their favor. Finally appoint a few more judges to the Supreme Court.

With that all in place the Republicans will never win again until they abandon their current stupid ways

Massive 3D catzilla gets crowds purring in busy Shinjuku district of Tokyo

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Re: The Japanese…

I've been to Japan many times and every time I encounter some new weirdness. There is so much weird that weird is normal

After 15 years and $500m, the US Navy decides it doesn't need shipboard railguns after all

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Re: Sharks

No need to rail guns, we just need man made sharknadoes

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Re: It’s not 15 years

Well that is all true, but it won't make rail guns suddenly feasible. Making a rail gun isn't really rocket science, but making one powerful enough to be suitable for a battleship is a challenge we can't yet meet.

Until we get room temperature superconducting cable and a working fusion reaction small enough to put in a battle ship then chemical propellants will be the way to go.

Bitcoin doomed as a payment system and its novelty will fade, says Federal Reserve Board of Governors member

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Re: Gold

It's not even good as a reserve, when markets tanked last year, bitcoin tanked twice as much. Gold on the other hand did quite nicely. It helps that gold actually exists and has real world uses, though of course the value of gold also relies on speculation for a good chunk of it's value.

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Re: It's the usefulness

"naive or deluded"

Crypto-currencies rely on such people for it's existence.

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Re: It's the usefulness

It actually wouldn't be that hard to enforce.

If the g7, or better yet the g20 all forbid any crypto-related activities by their banks, and forbid them from even dealing with foreign banks that do, then crypto is dead.

And then there is the Bank for International Settlements, if they forbid members from any crypto transactions then it's dead.

UK arm of international charity the Salvation Army hit by ransomware attack

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That's likely a problem for many charities. If they pay enough to get good people then they are seen as wasting money. On the other hand paying below the going rate gets you the dregs that couldn't make it in the real world

Tesla shows off the AI supercomputer training what it hopes will one day be an actual self-driving car

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Re: Let's move away from remuneration shall we, and consider the wider society

I drive in the snow for fun. When we do have a rare heavy snow fall then I'm out driving the back roads at high speed.

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Re: Let's move away from remuneration shall we, and consider the wider society

I love driving in snow, but I'm Canadian.

Unfortunately we just don't get much of it anymore

AWS launches BugBust contest: Help fix a $100m problem for a $12 tshirt

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Re: There’s one born every minute

Tally up all the prizes and it's not even a years salary for an Amazon engineer so it really is a good deal for Amazon if they find anything significant

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it

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Re: Surprised?

yes, I've often said that his one skill is failure

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

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Re: I am no lover of the Chinese political system

I doubt there is a high enough concentration of miners anywhere for them to be a factor in planning new power generation.

But let's assume there is. So you suggest the run during off-peak hours? How long do you want bitcoin transactions to take? They are already stupidly slow, this will just make it even slower.

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Re: Technical ways Bitcoin could stabilize it's value....

Cryptocurrencies as they currently exist are just pure speculation so there is no controlling of volatility. Their "value" is based in the current whims of the speculators so there is no real ceiling, while the floor is 0

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Re: Oh, Irony...

Sometimes it takes a dictatorship to get things done.

When China decides to start some massive infrastructure project then it gets done before most western countries could have finished arguing about it.

And then we have the pandemic. When the Chinese government says stay home, people stay home. When we tell people to stay home we get all the whiny toddlers out complaining about their freedoms.

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Re: I am no lover of the Chinese political system

"The planet thanks the banning of mining!"

Yes, I always have to laugh when people talk about green, carbon free mining. There is a finite amount of green energy available, so if you waste some of it on something stupid like crypto mining then it's not available for some other more worthy use. And then there are the huge amount of resource wasted in all the technology that goes in to mining, that is not helping the planet any, though it's making plenty of money for the GPU makers

TITAN crypto-token does the opposite of zero to $60: Value plummets in hours

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Re: I for one commend IRON

Sure but with those 100 cents I could buy a donut last month, I can still buy a donut today, next month I'll still be able to buy a donut and it ten years I may need to kick in an extra quarter for that donut.

On the other hand last month you could buy a Lexus with a bitcoin, this month maybe a Honda, next month will it be a 1972 Lada or a Ferrari? Who knows? The answer is no one, and that's just one reason why it's not a currency

Facebook, academics think they've cracked spotting deepfakes by spotting how they're generated

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That may be feasible for images but is likely too time consuming for video. Though so far I've yet to see a deep fake video that I couldn't detect was a fake fairly easily

Canadian province's supreme court orders Dell to pay nearly $500,000 to sales rep fired in his twilight years

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Re: 64 years old, $390K retirement package

It surprising that it even got that far. Here in Canada all it usually takes to improve a low-ball severance package is a letter from a lawyer. Most companies know they are won't get away with it and will just pay up the going rate. In IT, at his age and with his experience it should have been in the range of 18-24 months.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Masks and the Flu

Pre-covid there were at least a couple of universal flu vaccines in clinical trials. If they pan out then we'll always be ready regardless of which strains becomes most prevalent each year. But covid probably slowed down the clinical trials, it must be hard to test when there are so few people getting the flu.

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Interestingly I recently read that according to the latest data there is a chance that we may have lost a couple of strains of the flu as there have been no reported cases anywhere in the past year.

It may just be that the people getting those strains weren't tested, but regardless flu infections have plummeted due to all the Covid measures. And I expect them not to rebound to normal levels right away as people are likely to stick with the extra hygiene measures for a while yet.

It is with a heavy heart that we must tell you America's richest continue to pay not quite as much tax as you do

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To be fair I'm sure none of these people do their own taxes. But still I'd feel pretty guilty about claiming petty tax credits meant for the poor and middle class if I were sitting on billions. But then I'm not an asshole.

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A big factor in the crazy real estate prices in many countries is the stupidly low interest rates. We've had almost free money for over a decade. They should have been normalizing rates long ago but governments everywhere are afraid of slowing down the economy, and as a consequence not being re-elected.

The low rates are also a big reason behind the crazy stock markets. You can't make money elsewhere because the rates are so low, so people turn to the stock markets. Even people that shouldn't be in stocks. This leads to the stock markets going up because the stock markets are going up, not because there is any real basis justifying the prices.

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There are many possible solutions to the problem, but none will happen.

- A wealth tax, 1% per year on assets over $100 million.

- Ban share buybacks and tax companies that hold too much cash. That will force them to spend it or payout dividends, and then tax dividend income as regular income, no special breaks.

- Fully tax all capital gains as income after some small lifetime maximum has been reached. The only exception would be for investing directly in a company, not when investing in the secondary market

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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Maybe the intent is to sow doubt about all their communications. If no communications channel can be trusted then that will hamper their ability to coordinate

Remember Anonymous? It/they might be back, and it/they are angry with Elon Musk

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Except that shiny orange metal actually has uses, and therefore has some intrinsic value. Crypto currencies have 0 intrinsic value and are far more volatile.

It's 100% speculation, basically a greater fool market. You can make money as long as you can keep finding a greater fool than you who will pay more than you did.

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Actually I've driven 800 kms with no more than a single 10 minute stop to pee on a number of occasions. I did need to refuel at the end though

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Also a liar, though not (yet) at trumpian levels, more like jobsian levels at the moment

Just look at his latest excuse for cancelling a premium Tesla model.

He said the base model is so good that you don't need the premium version. As range is one of, if not the main issue with EVs for most people you'd think a 1/3 increase in range is substantial enough that many people would care quite a lot, so I'm not buying it. The more likely reason is that they can't hit the targeted range, or at least not at the prices they were trying to sell it for.

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"hardworking people [had] their dreams liquidated over [Musk's] public temper tantrums."

They've joined a ponzi scheme, so they shouldn't complain if it doesn't work out for them.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

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Re: How to tell if you're stupid.

Yes the repair people are 100% liable here. They should know better and must be held accountable.

On the other hand I've told my kids to never take a photo that you wouldn't want to show your grandmother. Either by accident or by malice there is a good chance such photos will one day end up where you don't want them to. And once that happens good luck purging them from the internet.

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely

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Re: Good

You're probably right, but in this case I think it's worth the effort to try and make it happen

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Re: Good

I'd like to see him locked up and have to share a cell with his kids. There is probably no greater punishment than them all having to be together 24/7

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

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Re: Go for it

Not all governments think that way. Here in Canada we don't make nuclear weapons despite having the capability to do so. In fact Candu reactors may be the best at turning weapons grade nuclear material into something less explody.

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

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Re: "misbehaving cores"

Replacing CPUs is the easy part. Detecting that a CPU needs replacing because it makes a mistake once every ten thousand hours is the hard part.

Apple's iPad Pro on a stick, um, we mean M1 iMac scores 2 out of 10 for repairability

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The last time I bought an Apple product it had ][ in the name.

VMware’s incoming CEO promises to change ... almost nothing

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Re: I've heard that before...

he's not saying he'll never make changes. This is far better than the CEOs that come in and immediately start making changes just to make it look like they are doing something without taking the time to understand the current state of things first

Sony makes a play for edge compute chores with smart sensors

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Re: One of the few companies

that's everyone's problem at the moment, the thing that is different is that few products are in demand as the ps5

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing

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Re: Tea....

Watching your political system at work (or more accurately not working) makes it abundantly clear that ignorance is alive and well and thriving in the USA

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