* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Zealous Zoom's zesty zymotic zone zinger: Zestful zealots zip zillions

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Re: How are they making any money?

Agreed. It's a tech "Emperor has no clothes", but doesn't that describe most of Silicon Valley?

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Re: Why zoom?

My company uses Teams, Skype and Webex due to the fact that we've made a boatload of acquisitions around the world in the last couple of years and the acquisitions, while almost entirely on Teams now, occasionally need to fall back on one of the others. My far flung extended family uses Zoom because it's free. I have to say I have not seen anything in it that makes it superior in any way compared to the others except it does a lousy job with time zone adjustments (or specifying the time zone) in invite emails, causing endless confusion. I think it's taken off mainly because Mac users seem to think it's the only thing out there and they can use it for free. Ironically, in my extended family, the most problems with Zoom have been with the Mac users. It appears Firefox for Mac doesn't play well with Zoom. It took weeks to convince some familial Mac users to just launch the stand alone Zoom app and type in the meeting number & password rather than click the meeting URL in their AOL account in Firefox (Yes, AOL. Like most Mac users, "tech savvy" they ain't).

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: Big savings! Now!

Sorry, my brother in-law beat you to it years ago. He says he invented the General Energy Reducing Buttock Infiltration Lobule (GERBIL).

Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out

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Re: Bizzarely

What's odd is that this isn't "news" that the battery charge algorithm should have about 10% hysteresis in it. Even Microsoft figured that out long time ago.

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters

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Re: Inclusion? Sure.

I've noticed a trend of film and TV appealing to younger audiences by making the younger person's decision be right,

The Resident is a perfect example. The least educated, least experienced and youngest level of MD magically out diagnoses everyone else, who are always wrong.

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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Virtual Box

Since the malware runs in a Virtual Box VM, it should be able to run on any host OS that Virtualbox runs on. VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: Petty or Pedant?

"Whatever you do, don't try sealing ducts with duc[k,t] tape!"

Yup. It will peel itself off over time. The warmer the duct gets, the faster. My brother in-law once tried to tape insulation over ductwork with duck tape (cloth, not the real thing) from Home Depot and within a month or so it had all fallen off. Then he talked to someone who actually knew what they were doing, used the aluminum foil tape made for ductwork, and (miracle!) it worked. And is still working years later.

OnePlus to disable camera colour feature with pervy tendencies in latest flagship smartphone

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More than a few years ago.

My Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD71 from the late 90's (used a floppy for storage) had this feature flaw. I still have the camera, and it still works.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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His own email?

No smart.

AT&T tracked its own sales bods using GPS, secretly charged them $135 a month to do so, lawsuit claims

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California has it right

All these companies are simply trying to skirt existing labor laws by making up new terms for employees. The bottom line is "how are the employees treated and compensated"?

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Well there's the problem

What do you expect, some kind of AI? Google of all people know that's impossible.

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: Plague Doctors?

One of the better articles on the topic.

https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service

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Re: Why would anyone use it?

If you are visiting The Register to post here, you are sending stuff to Google (even if you are trying to block Google Analytics, doubleclick, etc). Sorry.

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Why would anyone use it?

Never heard of Wink. But more to the point, why would anyone use it? What does it offer that's unique?

Dell files to trademark 'Podference' – presumably the mutant offspring of COVID-19 and a virtual conference?

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Dell: The Chia Pet of computing!

Just don't water it, at least not while it's plugged in.

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Re: Really, Dell?

Yea, "...Downloadable written articles in the field of technology, business and digital transformation", caught my eye. Pretty much covers every academic article ever published in those fields, even ones originally published before the Internet that have since been scanned by their respective journals & put online.

Find your wallet, Apple: Ex-engineer adds eight more patents to lawsuit seeking credit for his developer work

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Obviously

If two groups independently & simultaneous came up with the same idea, that's evidence the idea was obvious.

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Don't you love that?

I worked at a Silicon Valley startup in the 1990's where we had a small pass-through government R&D subcontract from a huge multi-billion dollar government contractor where the government contractor didn't have a single employee with expertise in our technology area. They had zero IP rights to any of our work under the terms of the contract. Yet a huge photo (with our logo photoshopped out) of one of our devices under test taken in our lab graced the cover of their annual shareholder report as an example of their cutting edge technology.

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Re: Could the patents be invalid?

Who constitutes an inventor isn't "who worked on it" nor "who implemented the idea". In the US it was supposed to be limited only to "who came up with the idea in complete form first". Very few companies really limit the listed inventors to that, and the "complete form" is critical. If all you had was a vague idea, you are SOL.

Since 2013, the US changed it's patent law to match the rest of the world. Now, it's only "who filed first". So now, if you tell me your idea and I rush to file a patent & get my application to the patent office first, I get the patent. You can have a video of yourself telling me of your idea, and it's worthless to you.

Some of these fly-by-night patent companies that milk backyard "inventors" still tell their marks customers that the US is first to invent, but if that just shows how shady some of them are.

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Re: He was an employee

Moral rights, even if you believe he should be listed as an inventor, have no cash value.

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Agreed - software patents, like business process patents, should not be allowed

“This is a really good idea and something we have on our list to consider.”

This implies that the idea already existed within Apple prior to Mr. Eastman's email to Mr. Cue.

But the idea had been around long before Apple got into the phone business, so the bigger question is how Apple got a patent on it in the first place. Computrace, Homing Pigeon and Blue Bite, for example, were software that all existed in the 1990's for doing exactly this with laptops. Extending it to handheld computers like phones was obvious. Blue Bite even offered a full service laptop recovery service, as it was founded by former RCMP computer crime folks who even in the 90's knew the ins & outs of both IT and police departments.

Business process patents are even worse. Thank God Halliburton filed a patent application for the business process of patent trolling & then abandoned it, just so no one else could patent it. http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20080270152.pdf

Gmail and Outlook sitting in a tree, not t-a-l-k-i-n-g to me or thee

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Re: re: Google Mail

If you reside at any major University pretty much anywhere in the US, the University handed it all over to Gmail to run for them "for free" years ago. That's how the US government ended up going after people like Prof Xi Xiaoxing. Most involved believe the government was scanning University email en mass (via Gmail) and simply didn't understand what they were seeing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/fbi-xi-xiaoxing.html

Spyware slinger NSO to Facebook: Pretty funny you're suing us in California when we have no US presence and use no American IT services...

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Re: Government Spying

Facebook can collect by having a US court order any funds destined to or from NSO be seized that come under the control of any bank that does business in the US. It's exactly the same lever the US uses to enforce sanctions against foreign regimes even by, say, Chinese banks. The bank can comply or find it cannot do business with petty much any other bank in the world.

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Re: Implications...

"NSO's technology exists. I have seen no evidence to suggest it is unique."

Agreed, but irrelevant. As are the motives of Facebook. The real legal issues are (1) does NSO violate US Law, and (2) if so, whether NSO can use a defense that is denied to hackers (e.g. Marcus Hutchins) charged with violating US Law when they create & sell tools to others who commit crimes (under US Law) with those tools.

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Eh?

NSO is the desperate one. Should the court rule in Facebook's favor, NSO could quickly find it can't deal with any banks & it's people can't travel outside of Israel, except direct flights to authoritarian regimes. It's hard to see how it can get out of this scott free given how US Law treats "willful blindness" which is the foundation of most of it's arguments, although it's far from certain Facebook will get what it wants either. Should the court rule in NSO's favor, it gives free license for Facebook and anyone else to target NSO software for exploitation that NSO cleared the way for.

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

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Or

He just wants Chinese transcripts of the proceedings.

Resistance is futile: Some Cisco security appliances are ticking time bombs of fail thanks to faulty resistors

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Re: The manufacturing process issue

If the bean counter bought a resistor with a lower power rating than the one on the BOM, then they didn't do their job properly. If the component on the BOM had a lower power rating than was proper for the circuit to have proper margins, then that is an Engineering screw up.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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Re: UFOs too useful to shutdown

Damn! I have got to ground my bratty kids for joyriding in my saucer.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Look on the bright side

Microsoft has officially documented that the company is illiterate.

Facebook, AWS team up to produce open-source PyTorch AI libraries, grad student says he successfully used GPT-2 to write his homework....

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

"It also doesn’t care about facts, which is why it won’t be good as a collaborator for subjects such as history and science. ®"

That makes it the perfect AI tool for every politician and their sycophants.

Move fast and break stuff, Windows Terminal style: Final update before release will nix your carefully crafted settings

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Re: It's actually decent

It has nothing to do with the program. As someone mentioned above, it has to do with the development team being too lazy to write about two or three lines of script for the installer.

GCC 10 gets security bug trap. And look what just fell into it: OpenSSL and a prod-of-death flaw in servers and apps

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Re: El Reg (or the readership) really has changed

Anyone who knows how to write a technical document correctly knows you either expand every acronym the first time it is used, or you have an acronym table in the document. Anything less is incompetent technical writing. The goal in any type of professional writing is to be as unambiguous as possible so the document can be read & understood years later without the reader needing to know what fad long past you were were talking about. This is true for papers (I bounce a lot for this first round when I referee journal articles), technical documents (we send back before signoff a lot of new hires writing because they never learned to write properly in college), and news articles (if they have competent copy editors).

Your comment makes me wonder if you know how to write properly commented code...

SAP decides one head is better than two in a crisis, parts ways with co-CEO Jennifer Morgan

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Re: It is simpler than that

Almost certainly she was the one let go simply because she's a woman.

Scaleway disarms its ARM64 cloud, cites unreliable hardware as the reason

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Yet another example

Of "cloud computing" being untrustworthy. Doesn't matter if its "reliable" if you can't trust that it will "be there".

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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It's Iranian Science like this

That is their largest impediment to getting nuclear weapons, not sanctions.

Facebook's Libra Association tries again at this digi-cash game, with more modest ambitions after global flop

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Why doesn't Facebook just buy Paypal?

Oh yea. Everyone would then stop using Paypal for the same reasons no one wants to do business with Facebook in the first place.

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

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Re: comparison

"For people that use Trello for personal organization, we recommend creating a separate account that’s only associated with a personal (non-work) email address."

I have no sympathy for Shashank Tomar. The bank analogy isn't bad. Just as you would not run the money for your employer through your personal bank accounts (unless you are a moron or an embezzler), you should not mix your work product for an employer with your personal (hobby) work.

IBM age discrimination lawsuit suddenly ends, suggests Big Blue was willing to pay to avoid discovery process

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Re: Europe, land of radical ageism.

In the US, requiring photos on CV's is grounds for race/gender/age/nationality discrimination suits, which is why the requirement died out decades back. Having said that, people can unknowingly enable that kind of discrimination by putting their photo on LinkedIn, or putting past job info (enough to allow matching to a CV) on Facebook.

Second-wave dotcom Uber-investor Softbank forecasts gargantuan losses as world economy faces slump

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Re: Business models

Uber is a sharecropper company.

Oh wait - sharecroppers had a better deal, as in traditional sharecropping the landlord shared in the profit-loss risk of the sharecropper. With Uber, the "landlord" takes on no risk, just skims cream off the revenue stream regardless of profit or loss of the "sharecropper". With Uber, the "sharecropper" has 100% of the capital & operational risk.

The rich get richer! Yea for the sharecropper economy!

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay

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Chaff

This is why my computers have tons of documents about our super-secret transporter beam project, our time machine project, our Zombie project, our Afterlife project (code named “San Junipero”), aging reversal project, human-to-host project (code named “Westworld”), ...

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks

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Re: Well....

Given that kids are becoming less and less mechanically inclined due to thinking "tech savvy" means working a phone, the old locks with keys are getting more secure each day without doing anything.

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

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Re: No so much COBOL as the tools

I have not used COBOL in 40 years, but a quick Google search indicates there are quite a number of "COBOL for Windows" development systems out there. For example

Visual COBOL

https://www.microfocus.com/en-us/products/visual-cobol/overview

NetCOBOL for Windows

https://www.gtsoftware.com/products/netcobol/netcobol-for-windows/

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@Blackjack

Sounds like your life experience is limited to web pages and phone apps. Yeesh.

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much

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Re: During my time in front line IT support I've seen things

Same for computers. Use the work one for work, own your own for personal stuff. Don't mix the usage.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: Troll

Ok, snowflake.

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Re: Troll

If your employer tells you not to come into work, for any reason, and you do, you are trespassing. That alone makes you subject to arrest for trespassing if the employer wants to be a hardass, let alone dismissal for insubordination. I'd terminate any of my employees who came in if they were told to stay home. Amazon has nothing to fear and it has nothing to do with what jerk the Trump administration has appointed in Washington.

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...

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Then there's that little audio transcription issue

Where the host can record the zoom meeting & have it transcribed. How many humans are listening in order to improve that service?

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature

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same

I'll put my personal machine's security over the company's any day. The company set Windows policy settings always have us months behind on patches, among other things.

Having said that, we've been having our corporate stuff screwed up by Oracle & SharePoint for years, with us all issued laptops with docks, that 99% of work can be done off site without a VPN, and the other 1% of work can be done through the VPN. The bigger issue was the company being too cheap to issue second docks for home setups, but $40 on eBay & an old monitor fixed that problem years ago.

Biggest WFH issue, which won't go away when WFH ends, is the boss just discovered the instant video chat in Teams.

British Army adopts WhatsApp for formal orders as coronavirus isolation kicks in

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So Facebook is in command of the British Army

What could possibly go wrong?

Zoom goes boom, Teams tears at seams: Technology stumbles at the first hurdle for this homeworking malarkey

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The dogs in the background

Are usually the best participants in the meeting. Direct about what they want, no bones about it.

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