* Posts by Brandon 2

151 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jun 2011


After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice

With all due respect, it's not stupidity. They know exactly what they are doing.

Former US Homeland Security Inspector General accused of stealing govt code and trying to resell it to... the US govt

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Re: Quite Right

What does the color of his or his accomplice's skin have to do with anything?

Instagram influencer fools followers into thinking Ikea photoshoot was Bali holiday

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Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.

Astroboffins may have raged at Elon's emissions staining the sky, but all those satellites will be more boon than bother

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Re: Missing the point

These satellites are in low earth orbit, which means they're in the shadow of the earth for much of the night. This means that the window of observation will shrink some, but it's hardly terminal. This really an inconvenience, more than anything... and no more inconvenient than the moon blocking views for 1/2 a month every month... give or take. I'm a wide-field astro guy and i'm not at all worried about ole Musky's constellation.

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid

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is it worth it?

This definitely shrinks the viewing window for astronomers, but it doesn't eliminate it. Once the low earth orbit satellites are in the shadow of the earth, they really won't be a problem. The question in my head, is it worth it? I mean, do we actually care if terrestrial astronomers' views are obstructed by an extra hour or two each night, in exchange for the whole planet has access to megabit internet? Seems like a fair trade to me, and I'm one of those guys that loves taking astro-photos and time lapses on eq mounts which nearly cost me my marriage. Then again, my livelihood is not based on making up fanciful stories about planets revolving around stars we'll never resolve on more than 1 pixel...because, you know, because diffraction limits and all that.

Yeah but, no, but... 'Overpaid' Boeing snaps back at NASA's watchdog

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Even if the falcon 9 is only re-usable 5x, that's still 5x more than the SLS. There will be no competition on cost. SLS will always cost WAAAAY more.

Stack Overflow makes peace with ousted moderator, wants to start New Year with 2020 vision on codes of conduct

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At work, I don't are about anyone's sexual orientation. It's none of my business. My religious beliefs, are none of anyone else's business. What any of us do in our bedrooms, is none of anyone else's business. Why am I forced to change my language because someone declares their sexual-anything? Why aren't they forced to change their appearance because it offends me? It's equally logical, in that it's all completely illogical. I'll just do what I've always done and just treat people the way I'd like to be treated, with a bit of kindness and empathy, and go on about my day, blissfully ignorant to all the new gender pronouns. If you get stark raving apeshit crazy mad because I say he instead of she, you have a problem, not me. I care that you're angry, not that you're sexual identity is... whatever the hell you want it to be.

This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals

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I feel like this story's title is a missed opportunity. Something along the lines of Poking Privates Punishment Proliferated Per Privacy Pushers... I'm not very good at this, but theReg usually is.

Ex-VMware veep loses attempt to throw out his own $1.5m legal win

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300 large...

Wants his cake and all that... so he accepts the settlement, but wants more now? Should have told them where to stick it the first time...

Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

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Re: Nasty

Yikes. He should have been ready to walk out the door with nothing but his birthday suit prior to any meeting with the CEO if he suspected him of fraud.

Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Batteries in the pocket, eh?

As soon as you design an idiot proof {insert widget here}, nature will give you a bigger idiot. I tend to go the opposite, more "evolutionarily sound" way, that people are generally responsible for the dumb crap they do, especially when warned.

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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15 year olds and advertising

If facebook requires accepting terms of use, which is legally accepting a contract's terms, then how can a 15 year old legally use their site?

B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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Star Citizen comes to mind...

Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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what about

What about radioactive decay? Sure, one can readily know the average, but what any particular isotope decays into is still unpredictable. Similarly, if you create a truly rand string of numbers, randomly chosen from 1-10, you will also know the average over time. Thus a random string correlated to radioactive decay should be possible.

Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Privacy and Facebook in the same sentence? What a joke.

How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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Not the KKK weather man...

This reminds me, I need to put AI on my resume...

If AI is so smart that it can establish trends describing how racism, sexism, etc change in our language, then it can predict them into the future, and whatever that data is being used for should account for that. The racist forecaster...

FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

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I agree too. It sounds like he's trying to reduce the level of regulation by the FCC, which I generally agree with. The problem is that the ISP's are basically monopolies using their market share to influence policy and restrict competition. Just ask Google how hard it is to get a permit in Atlanta, GA when Comcast has the ear (and wallets) of those that grant the permits. They're giving up. You don't solve one problem by creating 10 more, and I think that's what the "internet" is afraid of. If you take away the regulation of the ISP's, they're afraid Comcast (who doesn't give a shit about customers) will run amuck and restrict access to content. They already throttle the heck out of sites... but so does Google. No easy answer here.

Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

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Corporations and politicians alike have one thing in mind at all times, their bottom dollar. They don't give a rat's ass about you, me or any individual citizen or right we so barely maintain. That goes for Google, FCC, Trump, Obama, insert company / politician here. They don't care about you, they just want your vote or your dollar (which is really the same thing).

Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

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Re: I must be missing something

Agreed. Why would i stick 16GB (or 32GB) of anything on an M.2 slot, when I can just put a 500GB SSD on there for 150 'merican pesos?

Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Corelation =/= causation... especially where the stock market is concerned.

Launch set for GOES-R satellite capable of 30-second weather updates

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No Dana..

... only Zuul

Fake election news meltdown vortex sucks in Google

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People get their information and "truths" from unreliable, social networking sources... Has this not been going on for centuries? E.G. "fan death".

Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

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From across the pond

Wait, can I, as an IT consultant that does 90% of my work remotely, set up a corporation in Ireland, move there, and only pay 12.5% tax? Because with just an LLC in 'Murica, I pay 50%, right off the top (35% income tax and 15% "self-employment tax" which is FICA and other crap)... there are ways to mitigate some of that... like form an s-corp and pay about 1/2 your income in dividends... that gets you to around 35% of your money going to income tax, without ruffling the IRS's feathers too much. But still, 12.5% is WAAAAY better... then again, you guys have VAT... bleh.

Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

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So these rioters wanted their guy elected, and now that they're not getting that, they're throwing a fit? And they want to tell me how to live my life? I'm no Trump fan, but the irony is thick!

Tax-swerving IT director disqualified for 8 years

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Re: Bah!


Google Pixel: Devices are a dangerous distraction from the new AI interface

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Re: VR

Call it what you want... it makes my Grandma queasy...

'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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Re: Idiocracy

We all just need more electrolytes. Hell, our plants need more electrolytes.

Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Re: Facebook of all companies ...

All that user data... and still no clue what they really want...

Just the facts, STT-MRAM: Your DRAM replacement's on its way

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Re: Call me jaded...

Sounds a lot like all the new battery technologies that fuel dissertations...

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

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Re: The sound you hear...

... the frog is slowly boiling...

Asteroid-sampling spacecraft prepped for September launch

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Re: Awesome

Speaking of tucked away and not newsy enough...The Japanese did this years ago... from wikipedia: " In November 2005, it landed on the asteroid and collected samples in the form of tiny grains of asteroidal material, which were returned to Earth aboard the spacecraft on 13 June 2010."

Planet-bonking rock hunt armed with humanity's cruellest weapon: bureaucracy

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On par

Government program costs 10x original estimate... sounds about right. For some reason I'm less upset about NASA using / wasting tax dollars than the rest of DC's brain farts.

Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

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Re: If used Facebook I'd be screwed.

What I imagine your facebook looks like:


As a business owner, I stay the hell away from Facebook, despite its potential to reach customers. Not having control over a part of my business scares the crap out of me.

Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

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bend over...

... grab your ankles... I don't walk around naked in the street, because my genitals are private. I don't want MS collecting data on what I'm doing on my computer... not because what I'm doing is illegal... it's JUST PRIVATE! And I value that. I sincerely hope that update has not installed, and I will not be updating Win7 in the near future. I wish Adobe CC worked on linux... i'd never touch windows ever again.

Associated Press sues FBI for impersonating its site to install spyware

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Re: "...private message..."

So, no harm, no foul? there's some truth in that... Could have damaged and ACTUALLY damaged are quite different... so i agree, but it's till bad form on the part of the FBI. Clever, yes... good idea, no.

Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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lost me when particles and energy became "information"... which is somehow lost in a black hole? Uh... ok...

Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Re: Another week...

Cool tech! Looks promising! Talk to me when I can buy them on Amazon... we all know the huge need for higher energy density in batteries... and we all know everyone wants to be first to the prize... and we've all read the click-bait-headlines... none of us can buy this new tech yet... it'll probably become available when when Star Citizen is finally released... which is shortly after cold fusion becomes a viable power source.

Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 terabyte SSD

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Re: I think you mean

Having traveled with many a flash drive full of work photos, i've never thought twice about hauling 2 or 3 TB of work through an airport in a Pelican case. Not once have I had a card or drive damaged by scans. I've dropped a few, sat and stepped on a couple, but x-rays and gamma rays really are the least of your concerns.

EU clears UK to give £50m to SABRE space launcher engine

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oh the humanity!

I wonder how many Kerbals died in the development of this proposal.

Germany formally drops ‘treason’ case against Netzpolitik journos

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Re: Just one question:

I see what you did there

Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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I'm not saying it's aliens...

... but some pockets may have been lined with space bucks...

'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Why is it so hard for people to admit they simply don't know? Oh yeah, big grant money isn't given if all your research shows no correlation... no no... you have to tell a convincing story for those big contracts... and if you don't follow through... you don't get another one. So yeah, I can see the motivation to "cook the books" or interpret data in a way that gets you paid. There is HUGE money in global warming, and whether you "believe" or "deny" it, you should acknowledge that and the possible motivations for people to write and say what they say. I'm a skeptic, and I follow the money when science gets fuzzy... hasn't failed me yet.

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: It's pretty bad... Really

How long before an "auto"-update undoes what you do to the registry to stop the "reporting home"? I was wondering why this was free... now we know. Frankly, I don't mind selling some of my data for advertising, etc. But when they have access to ALL of my data, my spidey sense tingles... then i read that awesome Reg article about government spying on us... and... well... i think I'll stay with 7 for a bit longer...

John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Does anyone believe this?

Surely this is satire... "Hi, this is the FBI. You have a virus. Just hand over the password and we'll gladly take care of it for you." RRRIIIIIGGGHTTT... who falls for that? My grandmother doesn't even click on those emails... (anymore)

Intel TOCK BLOCK: 10nm Cannonlake delayed to 2017, bonus 14nm Kaby Lake to '16

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Re: we're all doomed!

I, for one, welcome our neural-net CPU overlords...

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: So...

I just want to double click on an icon to run the program I want to run, and I want to be able to easily manage a little bit of data... i.e. choosing where to install things and where my music, photos, and work files get placed... how hard is that? Windows 7 works great for that.... what in the hell could windows 10 have to offer me? I really do not want to have to watch 10 hours of youtube videos just to figure out how to change a network setting or find a file i just downloaded... windows 10 (and 8) are just a huge waste of time...

Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: It's possible that...

Occam's razor be damned...

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

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Re: Mom told me

This is true, in a personal relationship, but when it comes to business, firing someone that is under performing or demanding more money than they're "worth" is hardly the act of a heartless "sociopath". It just makes sense. Maybe I'm a heartless jerk, but if my company's livelihood was on the line, and that of the many employees, I'd make the same decision on principle. He sticks to his guns, and that kind of discipline often rubs people the wrong way.

Your servers are underwater? Chill out – liquid's cool

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Re: hard drives?

I thought the guts were sealed and filled with nitrogen...